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    The new slotted forearms

    Actually I saw the forearm on a rifle Classic is selling but I don't think it is cool to link it. It has three horizontal slots and 3 slanted slots in the from by the gas block. They call it the "2nd generation Sharkfin forearm" so I was hoping it was a OEM. Of course Classic isn't above putting lipstick on a pig and calling it Christina Hendricks. I like the factory forearm and kept it when I converted but I do believe it could use some ventilation. Thanks for any info, Dallas
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    The new slotted forearms

    Anybody know if they can be had (outside buying a new rifle) and if so where? Anybody fired a rifle wearing one? Dallas
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    Diff between .223 and 5.45

    Yeah ... uh 5.45 won't even chamber in a Saiga 223. The round is completely different. 5.56 on the other hand will chamber and will fire safely. Actually I wish they had never stamped "223" on the friggin' things. I think it is more appropriate to say that the IZ-110 and IZ-114 are both chambered in 5.56x45mm NATO, but you can shoot Remington .223 in them. As opposed to the other way around.
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    Finally fired my Saiga .223 this weekend

    Ran mine in the import configuration for over a year. Finally restored it last week. Definitely like the dry-fire feel of the Tapco trigger better that the original. Look forward to some live fire this weekend.
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    sight adjustment.

    A special tool is used to drift the front post or to raise/lower it. I few patches soaked with Hoppes will do for cleaning.
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    RAAC response about shooting 5.56 in your 223 Saiga

    Mr. Moderator, please pin this.
  7. What gives? I keep getting an error whenever I try to view a gallery photo. I can see the thumbnails but if I click on one she bails ugly. Am I missing something? Happens whether I'm logged in or not and on multiple machines.
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    Saiga 223 handguards

    That is a combination I have considered. So the Ultimak and Intrafuse play nice together? No mods?
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    Best prices on 223's?

    +1. What is that??? He means that there are indentations on both sides of the receiver at the mag well. Provides lateral stabilization for the magazine so it doesn't flop around side-to-side like. Older rifles did not have this feature from what I understand. My has them and the mags are rock solid.
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    No front sight block or no front side post? Got a picture?
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    Thoughts on 5.56 vs 5.45

    Dang Jim! If I ever come over to your house I am definitely gonna knock first! I always imagine that anyone breaking into my house is after crack money more than likely. Their convictions tend to erode pretty quickly after the shooting starts. I agree though that my home defense firearms would not be that lethal against well trained, well equipped intruders bent on killing me. Then again I doubt my cardiovascular system would stand up to that scenario either. Yeah I would love to have a 308 but doubt I could afford to shoot it. Would be nice though ...
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    Thoughts on 5.56 vs 5.45

    Yep that option certainly occurred to me. Thought about maybe keeping my .223 and getting a cheap 5.45 from Classic Arms with a couple of cases of cheap ammo. They have a tantal for < $400 usually and 15 cents a round delivered is very attractive. As for home defense I lean a different way. Layered system starting with my fur-coated razor blade/alarm system (Roxy the Wunderhund), backed by 5 12 ga rounds, backed by 24 rounds of 9x18. I figure by the time all that has gone off my two LEO neighbors will have engaged, I'll be dead or both. Anything that would or could stick around after all that is a very robust AND very motivated fellow. The lack or high velocity rifle rounds whizzing through there homes definitely would help ingratiate the neighbors of course. Now for the Apocalypse my system is a little different. SKS's and 91/30s for handout guns and the .223 as my personal carbine. Was wondering if a 5.45 might replace the .223 in that role. Could stock almost twice as much ammo $for$.
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    Thoughts on 5.56 vs 5.45

    I've had my IZ-114 since last May and I really love it. But the price of surplus 5.45x39 sure makes it look more attractive to shoot. Anyone have any thoughts on trading? I'd be curious to hear from people who own both and especially would appreciate links to research on ballistic and wound data that anyone might have handy. Thanks, Thunderheart
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    loading the Surefire mags

    Oh I agree entirely, money isn't the issue really. Of course thrift is a virtue so I personally dislike the idea of discarding even the factory mag, much less my surefires. Really I was more curious in the question from an engineering perspective. By nature, training and habitation, I am interested in mission critical systems design. From that point of view, the bullet guide built into the weapon seems inherently more reliable than the little lip on the front of the mags built specifically for the Saiga. Anyway it is an academic question and I will know for certain when (if) I install the guide.