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    5.45 no need for bullet guide?

    The factory 10 rounder has a built-in guide at the front. You need to file that down to match the surplus mags.
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    5.45 no need for bullet guide?

    You should install one; prevents bullet setback from hitting the barrel shoulder and last round jams.
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    The 5.45x39 picture thread

    Saiga 5.45 with PK-AS
  4. Thread resurrect! I got burned on a 1P78 Kashtan: http://www.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=4&f=56&t=129342 Cliff notes: - received scope with 5 defects (missing chunks and extra blobs) in reticle - returned scope for exchange - second scope has defective lens cover; will not latch closed and flops back and forth - returned second scope - Kalinka is selling my 1st scope as blemished for $30 less - Kalinka claims second scope was perfect when shipped, claims I violated their return/replacement policy by "modifying" it and will only return it to me. Screw Andrew and his defective junk.
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    Purchasing my first gun tomorrow, Saiga 5.45

    The Atlantic ad is wrong... it comes with a 10 round mag. You can get free shipping from Atlantic if you tell them you are a member here and ask for the code.
  6. I had no trouble drilling through the trunnion with my crappy 7.2v cordless drill and a cobalt bit. The trigger plate rivets were much harder and required moderate downward pressure to make progress.
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    These mags wont work will they?

    Citristrip + brass wool takes that nasty paint right off. There are sanitized Soviet plums hiding underneath the paint.
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    +3 for Dinzag and his bullet guides

    Finished up the install on my 5.45 bg tonight. I had a problem seating mags with the guide bolted down. Picked up some aluminum tape today and shimmed the bottom of the guide with 3 strips. Guide now sits at the correct height and all my magazines seat properly. Applied blue loc-tite to the bolt and the gun hand-cycles flawlessly.
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    Bolt on LHG retainers

    Alright, I finally fixed it. I took some epoxy putty and packed it into the rear of the lower handguard retainer. I then formed it into lugs that hold down the front tab on the handguard. It's rock solid now.
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    Bolt on LHG retainers

    It looks like this: There is no barrel clip, just a heat shield.
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    Bolt on LHG retainers

    It's a K-Var lower handguard: As far as I can tell, the only thing that prevents it from rocking up is friction between the upper tabs and the lower handguard retainer.
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    Bolt on LHG retainers

    I've been tinkering with my broken CSS handguard retainer tonight. Even with the cracked ear, I can still bolt it on tight to the barrel. However, the original problem of the front of the lower handguard rocking up and down still exists. It looks like a design flaw since nothing limits upward travel of the lower HG. I found a different design lower HG retainer at Copes Distributing: Note the tabs to retain the lower HG vertically. Now the CSS: Nothing. I would buy Dinzag's bolt-on, but it appears to have the same problem: I'd really hate to blow $90 on Dinzag's retainer and not have it work any better than the broken part I'm using right now. I think my best bet now would be to buy the Copes part, dremel-fu it like my broken CSS, then anneal it so it doesn't crack during install.
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    When did you check? I got mine from Atlantic ~2 weeks ago. Also got free shipping for being a forum member.
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    BHO and Gas Piston Questions on 7.62 x 39

    A large trash bag twist-tie works better than dental floss.
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    Bolt on LHG retainers

    I didn't squeeze it that hard; just enough to straighten the ears. It looks like metal fatigue from all the bending required to get the ears over the barrel.