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Tell me about the Saiga 308-1

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by epijunkie67, Oct 12, 2005.

  1. epijunkie67

    epijunkie67 Well-Known Member

    I'm not at all familiar with the weapon but happened to run acrossed one in my local shop this afternoon. .308 of course and looked to be in good condition. Had a tag on it of $325. Serial number H04740XXX.

    Good? Bad? Accuarte? Typical Ak reliability? Whats the story? Google was pretty much no help what so ever.
  2. Kjervin

    Kjervin Well-Known Member

    Have you tried over at saiga12.com they have a forum (see the forum link on the left side) specifically for the rifle (as well as it's brothers in other calibers/gauges). I have one in 7.62x39 and put a .308 on layaway today. I love my 7.62 and look forward to the 308.

    Good Luck!
  3. SpookyPistolero

    SpookyPistolero Well-Known Member

    I've got the .308. I really enjoy shooting it. I scoped it once and even with a loose mount I got 1 MOA out of it. That was with the 16" barrel. The only thing that is irritating is that I have never been able to find extra mags for sale, and that God has decided that he hates the idea of hi-caps existing for this rifle. So what you see is what you get. Good overall though.
  4. TexAg

    TexAg Well-Known Member

    Thats a good price for one. I have the 7.62x39 and its a great shooter, very accurate. I have not heard anything bad about the .308 version unless you count the low amount of mags available and no "high caps", but 8 rounds is plenty for most people and they will be importing them again soon.
  5. Crosshair

    Crosshair Well-Known Member

    There is supposed to be a new importer, they are just waiting for the ATF to clear the forms right now.

    /Owns a Saiga 7.62x39
    //Converting it to pistol grip.
  6. beerslurpy

    beerslurpy member

    Russian American Arms had a great website up, but they took it down and stopped answering the phones because I assume they arnet ready yet and they got bombarded by interested FFLs and gun owners. They are the new importer FYI. I heard they will have 8 rd saiga12 mags, hopefully at a price that isnt gay.
  7. Correia

    Correia Moderator Emeritus

    Russian American Armory should be getting guns out in November. My company has signed up as a distributor and we are getting a pile of them next month.
  8. TexAg

    TexAg Well-Known Member

    Do you know how much the MSRP has changed? What will it be?
  9. Correia

    Correia Moderator Emeritus

  10. SpookyPistolero

    SpookyPistolero Well-Known Member

    Got any idea how much mags will run once they start importing them, Correia? It's the achilles heel for this rifle. If I had some of them and could get that PG conversion done, Id be a happy camper.
  11. Correia

    Correia Moderator Emeritus

    Let me check. I'll get back to you.
  12. Drakejake

    Drakejake Well-Known Member

    The Saiga .308 is an excellent rifle. Its only drawback is the lack of hi-cap mags. Available mags hold only eight rounds, are scarce, and expensive. But if you live with that, you have a fine .308 carbine. I took out my new FAL and my Saiga .308 yesterday. The Saiga was right on target at 50 yards even though I had pulled the scope and put it back. The FAL jammed miserably.

  13. Crosshair

    Crosshair Well-Known Member

    How well do they hold zero with a scope?
  14. GunGoBoom

    GunGoBoom member

    Wow, straight from the horse's mouth, guys.

    I was really skeptical until you said that Corr - after all, why would you take down a website promoting your product unless you were closing down? I had read an ominous thing into that fact - that their red tape must not have cleared a hurdle like sporting purposes or something - you sure about that? I can see why you wouldn't publish a phone # if you're getting deluged by calls and can't get work done - but why take down a website if not throwing in the towel? Just remove phone, fax, and email from said website, leaving snail mail addy only.
  15. Crosshair

    Crosshair Well-Known Member

    Actualy from what I understand (AKA: rumor) GunGoBoom, their website was just an unlisted beta version that they had up for testing so they would be ready when they got the guns imported. Someone over at forum.saiga-12.com found it and posted it on the board. It soon spread and they started getting calls. Since everything was not finalised, they took the site down until they are ready to begin selling. Though they at least know there is a large interest in these rifles.
  16. Correia

    Correia Moderator Emeritus

    Well, I'm pretty sure. But I don't have any guns yet. :)

    I'll be sure to keep you guys up to date.
  17. Euclidean

    Euclidean Well-Known Member

    I'm so happy... I just emailed my local FFL. I want me a Saiga or two.
  18. antarti

    antarti Well-Known Member

    Any idea of the availability of their 30-06 AK-pattern?

    I sure would like to see if I could get surplus BAR mags to fit. Would tickle me to no end.
  19. GunGoBoom

    GunGoBoom member

    K, thanks for the info. Yeah, I know that they know there is a high demand. I just thought that maybe there was a red-tape problem related to 922 and/or sporting purposes test, etc, that was nixin the whole deal. Can't *wait* to get my Saiga-12.

    As to the original question, My Saiga .308 shoots great, although the trigger pull is pretty bad. I have a "BP-02" mount from Tantal on it, with a Bushnell Elite 3200 2-7x32, and it's a hoot. This is the 21.8" bbl one with wood furniture. If 20-rounders for the Saiga .308 are ever forthcoming, then I'm going to add the 16" bbl one to the collection as well.

    Antarti, when EAA was importing saiga's, their website showed that one of the Saiga models was in theory available in (1) .308 win, (2) .270 win, (3) .30-'06, and (4) .243 win. So apparently they were being made. But to my knowledge, none of them other than the .308 were ever actually imported. Having one in .30-06 would be awesome wouldn't it?
  20. Beren

    Beren Moderator Emeritus


    Including 8 round Saiga-12 mags please!

    Oh please oh please oh please. :D

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