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Old December 7, 2012, 10:29 PM   #1
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Who "made" this barrel? - pics











Installed in a Saiga .308 rifle:






I picked this barrel assy up on Gunbroker back in '07, I think the seller was in Connecticut. Has a British proof mark so it appears to have been in England once upon a time.

It's 26" long,
OD is 7/8",
chambered in .308,
gas block is steel (fluted to match the barrel),
handguard is slightly modified 308 Saiga,
rear sight base and gas tube are stock 308 Saiga.

There are 2 small holes on the underside at the muzzle, probably for some type of front sight, muzzle is about 7/8" OD. From what I can see, excellent craftsmanship overall, any ideas as to who might have done the work?

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PS: a shoutout from Texas to Georgia...many (MANY!) thanks to Saiga board member superhawk138 for his help over the years in trying to help solve this mystery.

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Old December 7, 2012, 10:49 PM   #2
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Pretty sure it's from a Valmet Petra.
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Old December 7, 2012, 11:04 PM   #3
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OD of the barrel is around 7/8" at the muzzle, didn't know any Valmets were that large(?)


eta - edited OP to reflect that dimension.

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Old December 7, 2012, 11:08 PM   #4
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I think you are right. I was just looking at the hand guard which really looks like a Valmet.
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Old December 7, 2012, 11:17 PM   #5
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It looks like it came off a Super VEPR rifle. See here:

http://www.k-var.com/shop/VPR-601.html

That would be my best guess.
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Old December 8, 2012, 12:00 AM   #6
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Your uncle Bob?
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Old December 8, 2012, 12:16 AM   #7
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Did a little digging.

BNP is a proof mark from the British Proof House in Birmingham.

Beyond that, don't know.
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Old December 8, 2012, 02:39 AM   #8
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It looks like it came off a Super VEPR rifle. See here
I guess if you ignore the length, the gas block, the lack of a brake, the proof marks, etc then it kind of does in the sense they are both heavier profile barrels with flutes.
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Old December 8, 2012, 06:32 AM   #9
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Old August 21, 2015, 02:32 PM   #10
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still curious.

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