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Saiga 7.62x39 receiver bulge?

Discussion in 'Maintenance & Gunsmithing' started by PMC, Jan 20, 2012.

  1. PMC

    PMC Lynnwood Active Member

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    I've owned a couple AKs before, but this was my first Saiga. I bought it used for a good price and even got to shoot it before buying. I didn't notice this until after I got it home and got a better look while I was cleaning it.

    There apprears to be a small bulge on the right side of the receiver around where the dimple should be and where the rail is welded on the inside. I was wondering if this could cause some problems further down the road with more rounds put through it? The bolt and carrier slide along the rails fine

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    That top (right side) rail looks a little distorted
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  2. civilian75

    civilian75 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    Seems as if it was dropped. I would take it to the range and if it works, I'd leave it alone. In fact, I am pretty sure it will work just fine. That's how AKs are, so forgiving. It is one of the advantages of the AK platform.

    I have built a few AK receivers flats. Once I tempered the holes too aggressively and the receiver warped not too different to what I see here. Since I was the builder, I figured a way to fix it. In your case, I do not recommend you try to "fix" it. Lower rails spot welds may come off, and that will ruin your whole day.

    Just my non-expert opinion.
     
  3. wayoutwest

    wayoutwest Polk County, Oregon Active Member

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    I wouldn't worry about it in the least, there is a lot of room for error in an AK/Saiga.
     
  4. uban77

    uban77 Maui, HI. Luck favors the prepared.

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    From the pictures. It looks like there maybe some interfere with the safety arm. Cartridges may not eject as well as before. Stubbing a little on that side. I've seen worse and not have a problem.