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Russian Saiga in .308 - Info please

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Splat Shot, Jan 4, 2003.

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  1. Splat Shot

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    Saw a Russian Saiga today in .308 with a wood stock. This is the one based on an AK action with a conventional (no pistol grip) rifle stock. The thing shouldered real nice, had a good weight to it and the wood & finish was nice etc. Comes with 10 round mags only but that is OK with me.

    Anybody got one of these and care to comment about accuracy, recoil and overall good or bad experiences? Also, do they have a chrome lined barrel? Thanks. Splat
     
  2. SodaPop

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    The Saiga stuff is kinda unique. They are all in the AK family but not quite combat weapons. The Saiga is a pretty decent semi-auto .308. Accuracy is in the 2-3 MOA with good ammo. I have a DSA STG58 and think that gets better use of the 7.62 cartridge than the Saiga ever would.

    I had one in 7.62x39 and wish I never sold it.
     
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  3. plateshooter

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    Saiga 308

    I have the 308-1. I'm very satisfied with mine. The mags came as 8 round, but are convertable to 10 round in about 5 minutes. Accuracy is good. With an MTK-75 scope mount and an old 4X Tasco, I can wack old fire extinguishers at 300 yds. The trigger is smooth but long and needs to be learned as to where the break point is. I have no regrets about buying mine, and no plans to ever sell it. Great way to get into the 308 game.
     
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    I read several threads on 'em at AK-47.net. All complimentary. American Rifleman had an article on 'em recently. They really slammed the trigger. But apparently they're not all of 'em that bad.
     
  5. JohnKSa

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    The trigger is unusual, but not bad. It's like a light, smooth DA revolver trigger. Long but not creepy or hard to pull.

    Of course, for someone who likes a single stage, crisp break trigger it's going to be hard to swallow.
     
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    I have a 308-1 also. Like others have said, it is a cheaper way to get into the 308 semi auto game. It is fun to shoot. I lke mine.
     
  7. Engineer

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    I have a 308-1 as well. Yes it does come with a chrome lined barrel. As far as accuracy goes, I think plateshooter is right on. Don't shoot mine too much these days after getting an M1A, but the Saiga will remain in my safe.
     
  8. Splat Shot

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    Thanks guys. I have shot .308 before in a FAL and was a bit concerned about recoil on the Saiga since I think it is a little lighter. At $299.00 NIB I thought it was an OK deal and will put it on the acquisition list. Regards, Splat
     
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