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Am I the only Saiga fanatic?

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by ZA_Survivalist, Sep 14, 2009.

  1. ZA_Survivalist

    ZA_Survivalist Oregon AK's all day.

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    I've been puttering around the web what seems like a few months, looking at different peoples Saiga rifles and shotguns. I've came across a few decent sites but it seems like the Saiga's are too much work for some people; They would rather just buy a beater AK or shotgun.. :confused:

    I don't have EVERY caliber or gauge.. yet. :D
    But I do have the 22" (.308)
    as well as the 16.3" (7.62x39)
    Sunday I'm looking to purchase the .223 version as well as the 16.3" .308


    After I converted the .308, I became hooked. I already enjoyed the simplicity of the AK design and the fact that it darn near takes a TANK to run it over before it'll stop functioning!

    Call me crazy, but I like them more so than the AR15
    (I own 2 AR's, not great versions.. but they get the job done)
    Yes, I'd grab the .223/7.62x39/.308 Saiga over the AR15 in my safe.

    So really I'm asking, anyone out there enjoy the Saiga's as much as I do!?
    Pics, Stories, Best places with decent prices to buy..etc..
     
  2. PosterGuy

    PosterGuy Hillsboro Member

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    I wish I had some converted Saigas. For one, I just can't afford it. To put together a really nice converted Saiga, it's going to cost you:

    1. Some work. I don't have the time, unfortunately.

    or:

    2. About $1000. That's a lot of money for an AK.

    That said, there is nothing more badass than a fully converted Saiga 12 with a 20rd mag. NOTHING.

    If you haven't already, check out www.saiga12.com.
    Here's a forum that has some good info: http://www.gunsnet.net/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=782
    It's pretty dead now, but use the search feature to pull up some good stuff.
     
  3. .45's and .38's

    .45's and .38's Happy Valley OR Well-Known Member

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    I to am addicted to saiga's. My only 1 is the 16.3". I consider it halfway converted,since it has a pistol grip. I want it to look like a AK-103. Thats why I keep it.
     
  4. el gringo loco

    el gringo loco PDX Member

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    I wouldn't say I am a fanatic, but definitely a fan. I just got a .223 this summer and I love the gun. Not the best rifle I have ever shot and not the best I own. But....value per dollar, probably the best buy I have ever made. Well worth the $350. I hesitate to convert it because I like it so much the way it is.
     
  5. chris61182

    chris61182 A little west of Portland Active Member

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    Another Saiga fan here. My opinion is that there might be better guns out there, but I'm not aware of any that come close once you consider the price as well. I'm currently debating between whether I should add the 7.62x39 or the .223 version to my collection next, though really I'd do both if my wife wouldn't use one of them to shoot me for doing it:laugh:!


    Trust me the conversion is worth it for the trigger alone! It's a night and day difference between the factory trigger and the Tapco G2, especially on the .308 model.
     
  6. parsons_12b

    parsons_12b LaPine Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I'm actualt in the middle of a Saiga (7.62x39) conversion I'm having some trouble with the geomotry of the bullet guide and the bolt hold open but otyher than that it has been fairly straight foward.
    J.P.
     
  7. Saigashooter

    Saigashooter Or coast Member

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    Love them I have 308 223 and 2 12ga want to get a 5.45 when I get a chance. look at my name.
     
  8. wayoutwest

    wayoutwest Polk County, Oregon Active Member

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    I dont own one but would like to, x39 for sure for a conversion, who knows maybe the 7,62 or 12g
     
  9. jakk586

    jakk586 Astoria, Or Active Member

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    What's a saiga?
     
  10. NorthernBornRebel

    NorthernBornRebel Keizer Member

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    I have a few, converted and plan on getting more. I get them in from time to time and have all the models available to me.
     
  11. ZA_Survivalist

    ZA_Survivalist Oregon AK's all day.

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    The best darned AK rifle/shotgun set up on the market. (For the Price)
    :thumbup:
     
  12. brian78503

    brian78503 beaverton New Member

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    How much are they worth converted? I'm thinking about selling my 7.62x39.
    list of mods
    Modified G2 FCG with Retaining Plate,
    Bolt on Carolina Billet Trigger Guard,
    Hole Plugs,
    Magpul MOE Stock and CAA Poly Tube,
    Tapco SAW Grip, bullet guide and utg quad rail


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  13. ZA_Survivalist

    ZA_Survivalist Oregon AK's all day.

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  14. raftman

    raftman Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Saigas are awesome guns. I just did a Saiga .223 conversion that I'm pretty proud of. The total cost ended up just under $450 or so ($340 for rifle, $109 in parts). 200 rounds through it so far, brass and steel-cased as well as handloads without any issue whatsoever.

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    I've also got a 7.62x39 Saiga which I haven't converted yet but might. Have had it for years, it's definitely a keeper.

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  15. Saigashooter

    Saigashooter Or coast Member

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    za and raftman did you do a bullet guide on the 223? how much? was it hard? how much to thread the barrel for a 308? and za is it you selling saiga parts on a less cool website? you should post it here.do you still have the stuff?
     
  16. raftman

    raftman Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Yes on the bullet guide on the .223. There's a variety of kits available, theyre not uber expensive and usually come with step by step instructions. If you don't rush it, it can still be done in in under 15 minutes. Check out the Saiga forum on specifics, they have an absolute wealth of info about saigas and modifying or converting them.
     
  17. billdeserthills

    billdeserthills Cave Creek, Arizony Well-Known Member

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    Have you seen the Aluminum 30 RD Drums?
     
  18. jayleno

    jayleno Western PDX Member

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    I like the Saigas, but with the prices used ones go for, I can't even begin to look at them.
     
  19. jordanvraptor

    jordanvraptor Oregon City, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I didn't make mine but I think my Arsenal Saiga is the best AK I have owned. I had 2 preban Norincos, a milled bulgarian and a WASR. While all worked just fine, I like that this one originated in Kalashnikov's factory. :)

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  20. blindfox

    blindfox tacoma, wa New Member

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    knock it off with the cool pics! now i gotta go get one! >.<