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Saiga rifles

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by BCPerry, Mar 25, 2009.

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  1. BCPerry

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    I've been looking for an in-expensive AR. But with the fears that the gun ban is coming back, the price for them is outrageous. I found this Saiga rifle at a gun show for $600. Everything I have seen so far tells me its a good gun.

    So, what do you guys think?
     
  2. lipadj46

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    $600 seems steep for a 7.62x39, or .223 or 5.54 Saiga. The Saiga 12's and .308's are going for around that though. Just wait it out there is no ban coming soon and the Saigas are a sporting rifle anyways.
     
  3. frankd4

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    I have lots of Saigas, but I got mine when they were under 300$ for the shot guns and the .223's they are great and shoot good.
     
  4. CoRoMo

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    You can find great ARs in the $800 range, or at least I have.

    or...

    Wait a while, forget about an immediate ban, and you'll get an overstocked Saiga at a great price.
     
  5. Ben Shepherd

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    Not quite- Siagas are tough to get ahold of for reasons outside of manufacturing capacity. They're tough to get imported at the moment. So I doubt you'll see an over supply problem with them. But prices should come down somewhat once people ease up on the fear of a ban.
     
  6. Storm

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    Right now I'm seeing Saigas going for between $600 and $800. That's a shame as mine, a .223, .308, and a 20 guage that I traded, were all bought for under $270. They are excellent rifles, but at the current prices one of their great aspects, being a value buy, is diminished.
     
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    Saiga

    Saw Saigas for <$350 at the last gun show. 223 ones though, don't know what the 7.62x39 ones are going for.
     
  8. lipadj46

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    Just a cursory scan of gunbroker and I see a small handful of Saigas available with a BIN of ~$400-$450. Gunbroker is the home of idiots and inflated prices these days so you should be able to do better than that. My advice would be to go to a big gun show with cash and shop around.
     
  9. Girodin

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    600 for an unconverted saiga is high even in todays market. I would keep shopping if it were me.
     
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    A bit high....

    In my area they are between $419 and $499 for the 223 and 7.62 models. Not crazy yet, but bordering on it.....
     
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    Good grief. I paid $300 OTD for mine two years ago. What happened??
     
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    :eek: $600! Wow, we got ours for 290 a year ago. I should stop being surprised by these insane prices.
     
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    Locally, Tampa FL, last month, I purchased a Saiga 12 for $499. The same gun store had a .308 for $600. If the rifle is around when I get my tax return I am going back to purchase it. The motivating factors being it is local and it is a 16" barrell; I am not interested in a 20" barrel.
     
  15. Raines

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    It is high

    That price is high, even in the market we are having to deal with right now. I would expect to pay 350-400, if you look around you should be able to find that. as for the rifle itself...I have a 7.62 and its a beaut! I wouldnt get rid of it for anything... Reliable, parts are easy to find...ammo...well I will leave that to another thread...

    If you can find one at a decent price Jump on it!
     
  16. Ignition Override

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    lipadj46:

    Your descriptions of the present situation, among others', are clear and reflect the level-headed view that so much of the shopping hysteria has been caused by people believing gun show/shop rumours.

    Just mention the word "O" or "B" and any justification for anxiety can seem plausible.
    The sellers are smiling behind peoples' backs::)-
    all the way to the bank (or a Caribbean island;)).
     
  17. noob_shooter

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    549 @ gilbertsguns.com for me. That's the .308 22" barrel version.
     
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    I paid $450 for mine, and really had to think about it. The first one I saw (late '03?) was priced at $189 plus tax.

    If it had already been converted, and I had $600, I'd snatch it up (which would make two that I cant find ammo for). But for an unconverted Saiga, I'd pass.
     
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    I personally would not pay over 400 for an unconverted Saiga.
     
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    I bought a 7.62x39 for $209 5 years ago, looks like I made a good call.
     
  21. Girodin

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    I paid $270 OTD for each of my saigas a year ago. I just bought a .308 for $450 about a week ago.

    It is insane what has happened with gun prices but aslong as people keeping buying they will stay there our go up,
     
  22. DIM

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    I paid $500+ for Saiga .308 last year at the gun show, this is crap, factory tested 4 shot group 3.5" at 100 yards, if you going to buy one get one which is accurate, Saiga docs always have factory firing specs, I didn't know when I got mine... o yeah if you plan to reload Saiga chews and dents brass, you might be able to reuse brass 3 times at most... I heard now .308 Saiga's go for 900 or more... hmmm maybe I can sell my :-D
     
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    Saiga's are over USD 1K in France. (700 odd Euro's).

    Not cheap to say the least.
    Fortunately there are a few dealer who have managed to get Milsurp Ak's and Vz's and are disabling the happy switch and selling for around 400 Euros.
     
  24. maskedman504

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    I had no problem spending $500 on mine; I would spend (up to) $700 for a converted one. Okay, they might have been $XXX when I saw them X years ago- but if someone is going to pay $700 for an AK parts gun, why not spend $700 on a new Saiga instead? Anyhow, the most I have seen them for in FL is $550.
     
  25. SimpleIsGood229

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    Yeah, $600 is definitely high. I recently bought one in 7.62x39 for $400 from Centerfire Systems.

    I love mine. Its full potential cannot be realized without a conversion, however. I would say skip it if you don't want to mess with the whole conversion process.
     
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