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    Saiga alternative?

    With AK prices on a steady rise how many of you all would consider a Saiga as an alterative?

    Read some stuff (mag conversions/pricey mags) on here about them as well as a Saiga forum. I can get them around here for mid 300s compared to AKs for mid 400s (hardly ever in stock) and most being high 500s.

    Any one in here have one?

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    Zero - I did a bunch of research last month on the Saiga - my son almost bought one. He went with a 9mm carbine instead but was just about to pull the trigger (so to speak) on the Saiga. NIB is very affordable and I've heard good reviews. Those I know who own one say it goes bang every time and is fairly accurate at 150 yards.
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    Thanks for input sniper58.

    I went ahead and picked up a new 7.62 Saiga today. It was very affordable, especially compared to what the Romy’s and Yugo’s are going for around here and much better finish too. With the money saved I can do many alterations.

    I’m hoping on getting out this week to try her out.

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    Great! Please keep us posted with your range report. Enjoy!
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    Get yourself a Choate stock, and look what you'll get! :)

    GunBroker.com guns: 308 Saiga AK 47 Sniper Buy Now+3 25rd Mags (item: 94901336 ends: Mar-21-08 0622 PM)

    Dunno who sells them anymore, but it's definately worth if the price is right...
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    mags for the 7.62 version are cheap... look up moulder master mags, ATM they are ~ 10 to 15, same as any other AK mag... and they don't need a bullet guide.

    With those you only need to swap out the gas piston to a US piston...

    CDNN and ioinc.us have them...

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    Bought a Saiga 2 weeks ago, finished the conversion last week. Paid less than 3 bills for the gun, plus less than $100 for conversion parts and I have a BRAND NEW AK straight from Russia, complete with the cyrillic markings. No dimples, no threaded barrels but I can handle that. Off to shoot it this weekend.

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    Im probably going to pick one up this summer (after a Ruger SP101), a couple of extra mags, and about a thousand rounds of ammo. I've heard good things about them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mo View Post


    Bought a Saiga 2 weeks ago, finished the conversion last week. Paid less than 3 bills for the gun, plus less than $100 for conversion parts and I have a BRAND NEW AK straight from Russia, complete with the cyrillic markings. No dimples, no threaded barrels but I can handle that. Off to shoot it this weekend.

    Man that looks great!!! Congrats...Range report asap PLEASE!!!!
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    Looks great Mo. Mines still a "plain jane", paid 3 bills which I feel is still a deal for what I got. I will be doing some similar conversions soon too. Was the trigger job as simple as everyone says it is?

    I’m dying to get mine out and give her a go. Been super windy lately, hoping for friday.

    Let us know how yours shoots. What are you going to run through it? I was shocked at the cost of wally worlds white box Winchester. Guess it is time to order 1000 rounds of Wolf. I’m confident it will eat it….it is a Kalashnikov.

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    I had a .223 that was converted by Tromix. I simply cannot get used to the AK platform- but it was everything you could want in an AK and more. I'm looking at picking up one of the shotguns though. I may not be able to run one like I can an AR- but it is faster than an 870!
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    I thought Saigas were made by EAA....did someone buy them out?
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    Quote Originally Posted by zero View Post
    Looks great Mo. Mines still a "plain jane", paid 3 bills which I feel is still a deal for what I got. I will be doing some similar conversions soon too. Was the trigger job as simple as everyone says it is?

    Im dying to get mine out and give her a go. Been super windy lately, hoping for friday.

    Let us know how yours shoots. What are you going to run through it? I was shocked at the cost of wally worlds white box Winchester. Guess it is time to order 1000 rounds of Wolf. Im confident it will eat it.it is a Kalashnikov.

    It wasn't super-easy but it only took hand tools, mostly a dremel. I had a bit of trouble drilling and tapping the trunion for the bullet guide, but I've never cut threads in anything before. If you've ever done it, it should be a breeze for you.

    And yep, I'm running Wolf through it. I'll definitely post a range report.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mercalf View Post
    I thought Saigas were made by EAA....did someone buy them out?
    EAA is an importer. I guess they lost their rights to import these, because Russian American Armory is doing it now. Saigas are made by Izhmash, a company founded about 100 years ago by Alexander I to make guns for Mother Russia. It's the factory that true russian AKs come out of, which I think makes the Saigas pretty special. As far as I know it's the only form of a true Russian AK available in the US.

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    Had the day off so I took the Saiga out to the range. Started at 25 yards and was amazed at the accuracy. 10-shot group in about 3 inches, about 2 inches to the right of center. I brought along a punch and hammer, so did a little windage adjustment and shot another group and was dead center.

    Took it to the 50-yard line and set up a silhouette with two 3-inch Caldwell orange peel targets, one on the chest and one on the head. I put 10 shots into the lower target and got a group about 5" center to center. Took my time on the head shots and got all 10 into a 4" group.

    This was with Wolf 124 gr Military Classic FMJs. I couldn't be happier with this one, especially when I compare its accuracy with my 223 AK. I can barely keep that one on a paper plate at 50 yards.

    It was cold out so I didn't shoot more than about 50 rounds, taking my time to sight it in. Ran everything without a hitch!

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