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What kind of accuracy will this get me?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by kcmarine, Jun 14, 2007.

  1. kcmarine

    kcmarine Well-Known Member

    Okay, I've been looking at Saigas on the net for about a week now, and I'm coming to the point of determining what barrel length I want. I've determined that the 7.62x 39mm Soviet will be best for my needs. But I'm torn between the 20" w/ skeleton stock and the 16" with the regular sporter stock.

    Overall, I like the looks of the 20" better. More "tacticool" in that kinda throwback Rainbow Six way. But they are harder to find, more money, and we already have a SA M1A that will kick the Saiga's vodka bottle all day at the range as far as accuracy goes. So there is really no reason to have one. That means that the 16" will probably be the one I will choose. But at the same time, I want an accurate rifle. Not considering ammo choice or shooter error, how accurate will a Saiga 7.62 x39 with a 16" barrel be with iron sights at 50 yards and 100 yards? How will a conversion/ stock change effect the accuracy or the firearm?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. trueblue1776

    trueblue1776 Well-Known Member

    I would expect less than 2 moa with good ammo
  3. akolleth

    akolleth Well-Known Member

    Like trueblue said, around 2 moa or so is about average for that round from a Saiga.

    If you are looking for better accuracy from a Saiga, I would definately say go for one of the ones in .308, or .223

    If you want to stay with eh 7.62x39 you are not going to get that good of results from commercially available ammo (Wolf, Brown Bear, Golden Tiger, etc...) It's not horrible qaulity, but certainly not match grade stuff by any means. If you want to tighten the accuracy of the round, you will need to start handloading.

    And alot of this discussion depends on what you want it for. Is 2-3 moa acceptable?
  4. kcmarine

    kcmarine Well-Known Member

    Eh, yeah. That will do. We've already got accurate rifles in the way of an M1A and a Garand. So this won't have to be the tack gun. I was just wondering how it would hold.
  5. aka108

    aka108 Well-Known Member

    Have Saiga 7.62 with the 20 bbl and in the 16. Don't notice any difference in what is called accuracy. The 16 is simply easier to handle by not having that extra 4 inches hanging out there. Look at 3 to 4 in MOA with the standard iron sights. Red dot will help tighten group up a bit. Fun plinkers but not targeteers by a long shot.
  6. kcmarine

    kcmarine Well-Known Member

    Hmmm... sounds like the 16" is going to be the winner.
  7. rangerruck

    rangerruck Well-Known Member

    I have two of the 16 inchers, now if I want the extra 150 fps, of the 20 inch bbl, and the accuracy was equal, I would get the 20 inch. For hunting purposes, that speed would give you an extra 2 inches of dead on hold, out to about 200 yds
    Accuracy??? Well, it is not fair for me to compare my shooting with others, since my longrange eyesight is totally sick good , and near off the charts. Suffice it to say, that I bet you can find some milsurp ammo out there, that if you did your part, with open sites, you could get it moa. Mine does, but as mentioned above, it is easier, with the 223, but seriously, they both shoot so tight, I don't bother to even scope them anymore. No need.

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