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Saiga 308 ???

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by HIPOWER, Jan 18, 2004.


    HIPOWER Well-Known Member

    Anyone have one of these? How is their durability? I like the concept but I am a little concerned about the AK style receiver holding up to the 7.62 NATO round. Any real problems with that? Thanks for any help.
  2. Dave R

    Dave R Well-Known Member

    Don't have one, but have read many reviews at AK-47.net. There was also a review in the NRA's "American Rifleman". General consensus is accuracy is good (surprising for an AK?). Trigger is not good. They had to put additional do-dads to make it reach the sear because....the receiver is lengthened and strengthened to accommodate the .308.

    The guys at AK-47.net think they'll be plenty robust, but they love everything AK, sooo....

    Anyway, the guys who shoot them love them, other than the trigger.
  3. Tomac

    Tomac Well-Known Member

    I own one and pretty much agree w/what Dave R has said. The trigger pull is very smooth and light but excessively long for best accuracy (accuracy is surprisingly good). However, a good 'smith can add a perceived "stage" so you know when the trigger's about to break. I topped mine w/a Russian 8x42 scope and the 18" gong at 500m was a piece of cake using surplus ammo (haven't tried it w/match ammo yet). Receiver is definitely beefier than a std AK receiver and if the PSL/Romak-3 (which is a beefed up AK) can take the pounding of the 7.62x54 then there's no reason the Saiga shouldn't be able to handle the 7.62x51. A side benefit is that since the Saiga isn't classified as an "evil assault rifle" it has all-original Russian parts.

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