I went to the range today to shoot a few firearms, including my Saiga 7.62. I left the Saiga for last. I load a 30-rd mag with the usual corrosive/non-magnetic ammo (indoor range). I shoot the first round, but the next round does not chamber; first time this has ever happened. I clear the rifle and try again...same thing. I do it once again, but this time I smell something like burning fabric. My better judgement told me to stop and call it a day.
I get home and start cleaning the Saiga. As I start to disassemble it, I see what appears to be some burnt lint in the trigger group chamber. I go..hmmm. The only thing that makes any sense to me is that I probably left a cleaning patch in the rifle the last time I cleaned it, but where is the rest? I stuck the cleaning rod with a wire brush tip in the gas tube and there is was...the rest of the burnt cleaning patch, which was plugging the gas tube.
I think I will start counting the cleaning patches before and after I clean my guns, especially the Saiga, just like OR nurses count instruments and sponges before and after a procedure.