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Vepr II .308

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Nightcrawler, Mar 9, 2006.

  1. Nightcrawler

    Nightcrawler Mentor

    Dec 24, 2002
    Utah, inside the Terraformed Zone
    You know, despite the fact that I'm about ready to send my FAL off to be converted to total-awesomeness, sometimes I look back and regret not buying the Vepr II .308 way back when.

    I mean, I love the AK design. Period! (Exclamation point?) And the idea of a nice scoped Vepr II (maybe even with an LER scope) for mid-ranged work and a 7.62x39 AK (Arsenal) for close-in stuff still has appeal for me.

    Granted, my 16" FAL is kind of a compromise. Lower mag cap than the regular AK, but more power. Shorter barrel/less velocity than the Vepr, but higher capacity, and handier.

    I don't suppose there's any reason I can't have both?

    Actually, I imagined a Kalashnikov triumvirate:

    -Arsenal SA-M7R (with scope rail) 7.62x39
    -Vepr II .308, shortened to 18", Ultimak mount, Leupold LER scope 2.5x
    -Super Vepr .308, 22", IOR/Valdada 6x30 Super M2 scope

    But, alas, I chose a different path. The FAL carbine I'll have is a nice "do-all".

    Strange, but sometimes I've got this urge to start my gun collection over from scratch, all pre-planned and such, to get a nice small collection that fills my needs and works well. The three aforementioned rifles (or even sans the Super VEPR), my 870 shotgun, my Colt and my 625. Heck, even less flashy? CZ P-01 and a Ruger .357. (I do prefer the .45, though.)

    Unfortunately, I'm too much of a gun whore for that whole theory to ever really work, I think. I might just have to get the Vepr II anyway, even though, with the FAL, I technically have no use for it.

    Too bad the importation's so spotty. Mags are hard to find. Don't care so much if they only hold 10 rounds, but I want to have plenty of them. Might be worth getting the Galil magazine conversion (if Krebs even does it anymore) just because the 12-round .308 Galil mags are cheaper and more plentiful than the 10 round Vepr .308 mags. (The 25 round Galil mags are all but impossible to find now.)

  2. Ian

    Ian Senior Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    Don't fret. I had a .308 Vepr for a while, and IMO you're waaaay better off with a shorty FAL.
  3. Correia

    Correia Moderator Emeritus

    Dec 19, 2002
    NC, when you're out here next time, let me show you one of our custom .308 16" Saigas. FAL pistol grip, ACE side folder, refinished in black moly. I can also take a 20" down to 18" if you want. So far customers are reporting sub 2 MOA.
  4. maasenstodt

    maasenstodt New Member

    Mar 6, 2006
    Florissant, Missouri
    Having found the VEPR in .308 rather alluring myself, what do those who have owned one found to be the best and worst aspects of this rifle?

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