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  1. The marksmanship training is just that.....training. It is applicable to any rifle you later pick up. The only thing you can do wrong, regrading an Appleseed shoot, is to not attend!
  2. To start with ballistic coefficient is a property of the projectile and not the barrel length. You won't be changing it unless you change bullet designs. A bullet with a high BC will travel farther than one with a low BC since it will retain its velocity better as it travels downrange from the muzzle. Rate of twist has little to do with the barrel length but should be selected based on the weight of the bullet you intend to shoot. Slower twists work well with lighter weight bullets while a faster twist is needed to stabilize a heaver bullet. Given all other cartridge components being the same, a longer barrel (up to a point) will give you higher velocities. I've chronographed the same load in my Saiga .223 and Remington 788 .223. The 788 has about 6 more inches of barrel. The velocity difference was well over 300 FPS higher in the 788. In fact, I was getting high pressure primer indications in the 788 with the same load that showed no such problems in the Saiga. Powder choice makes all the difference in the world in these situations. My choice to purchase my Saiga .223 was not based on its accuracy or down range performance. It was bought because it can be thrown into the back of my Jeep, along with a few supplies, and it will most likely run on any .223 or 5.56 ammo that gets tossed in with it, even in the worst of conditions. It has a purpose and that is it.
  3. If you haven't seen this Saiga .223 write-up, take a few minutes and read through it. The details and photos are pretty good.
  4. I could understand if it was actually difficult to install, but it really isn't. Hell, I spent more time trying to drill out a couple of rivets on the trigger guard than I did putting the BHO back in.
  5. Correct....but given everything else done in the conversion, it is quite simple. Looks like this....
  6. I wouldn't want a 1 1/2 pound trigger on a semi-auto rifle. Too light. In a high stress situation, it's too likely to go off when you weren't trying to.
  7. Sounds like you got hold of a budget conversion write-up, LOL! Try this one....and it will show you how the BHO can be easily installed....and the photos are clear enough that you may also see what is preventing your trigger from operating properly. http://www.stu-offroad.com/firearms/saiga/saiga-1.htm
  8. A couple of $$ at the auto parts store will cure the brass denting issue.......at least it did for me.
  9. I do not believe it is the depth as I milled mine right at .94" deep (didn't have the install instructions back when I first did mine). I just checked it and the magazine body comes quite close but does not contact the point where the milling was done. Perhaps the mags need a little more break in time? They are all new and so it may just be that. I just tried each of them, empty, in the adapter and there is a difference compared to when they are loaded. It may also be that the top round of the magazine is contacting the bottom of the bolt carrier and so it pushes down on the magazine. Let me run some more rounds through it and see how if I notice any change. If I don't, I'll get in touch. Many thanks! Stu
  10. I finally got a chance to get to the range this past Monday and try the adapter. All in all, I was pleased with it operation. I ran about 60 rounds of Wolf 55 gr. through it using several different magazines. These included a 30 round Pmag, a 30 round aluminum Brownell, a 20 round aluminum MidwayUSA Stoner, and a 20 round aluminum Colt. All mags functioned quite well. I have a couple of failures.....one was a type III malfunction that put me out of action for a minute. The extracted case cleared the chamber but ended up getting stuck in the receiver with a fresh round half stripped off of the magazine. I believe this malfunction occurred from my not having the magazine fully seated. The biggest thing I notice, compared to my Eagle Arms EA-15, is how the magazine latches into place. On my Saiga, it is as though the magazine just barely engages the catch while on the EA-15, it really "latches" into position. I've not stuck my nose in there far enough to determine if there is something I can do locally to allow it to latch up better. I found the ambi-mag release to work very well after I installed it. I had no issues with it binding up or being too stiff to easily operate. It simply worked. I loaded all of the mags to 1 or 2 rounds under full capacity when I tested them.....then fired about 5~10 rounds to see how they fed. The final maga, which happened to be the Magpul, was filled and then I emptied it as fast I could shooting from the shoulder. That was where I had the type III malfunction early on. After it was cleared, no further problems. By the time I was finished testing mags, the barrel was burning off oil residue left from the last cleaning session. 10 rounds fired later to verify proper operation again resulted in no problems. As I said, I was pleased with the operation of the adapter and the fact that I own no magazines that will not function in it.
  11. That doesn't make much sense....you say the gun came to you like that but yet you were the person that installed the hammer during the conversion? Can you explain that one again?
  12. I did, IMHO, a pretty good job documenting how I put mine back in during my .223 conversion. If you want to see how.....here is my Saiga conversion write-up with the details included.
  13. No problem with the safety after installing a Tapco FCG in my .223 conversion.
  14. arizona98tj

    Saiga Help

    No one mentioned the cost of feeding your new rifle, did they? Any more, the up front purchase price is shortly out spent by the long term feeding costs given the price of ammo these days. Even reloading isn't cheap like it use to be. That being said, .223 cartridges are notably cheaper than .308 cartridges. Spend a few minutes on line and check the common ammo outlets to get an honest idea what a day of "plinking" will cost.
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