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another 16" vs. 20" barrel question

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by roscoe, Aug 6, 2003.

  1. roscoe

    roscoe Well-Known Member

    I have been noticing with interest that Saigas in .223 are for sale for around $225 on gunbroker and gunsamerica. For a reliable, budget .223, that seems pretty hard to beat.

    My problem is this: the Saigas are all 16" barrel (although theoretically they also available with the 20"). I have checked at ammo-oracle and understand the 2700 fps issue and terminal ballistics, but no one has mentioned the difference in drop. How much more flat-shooting is the rifle with the 20" barrel? I understand, of course, that with the Saiga the accuracy at distance may not be good enough to make it an issue.

    But, humor me - how much more holdover is required at 100, 200, and 300 yards?
  2. Southern Raider

    Southern Raider Well-Known Member

    I can assure you that at those ranges, even with a velocity difference, the drop is negligible. Let me know if you want exact numbers.
  3. Flash Hole

    Flash Hole Well-Known Member

    With my 16'' Bushmaster and a 55gr FMJ @ 2810 fps with a 200yard zero
    Drop is -9'' at 300 and +1.59 at 100.
  4. roscoe

    roscoe Well-Known Member

    Just checked a bit further at ammo-oracle and the answer was there all along. Wow - that place really does have it all. Southern Raider, you are dead on. At 200 yards the difference is something like 1/2".

    Thanks for the response.

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