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  1. Mike38

    Finally found a load that works!

    It was consistent, four groups of 5 rounds per group. My 1 x 1.5 was an average of the 4 groups. One group was slightly smaller, one bigger, but it would be safe to claim less than 2moa across the board. Very surprising, and very pleased. I plan to get the Saiga out again here in a couple weeks to see if I can repeat. I don't shoot rifles very often, mostly a handgun guy. But do get the rifles out a couple times a year.
  2. Mike38

    Finally found a load that works!

    Steel cased factory ammo such as Tula and Wolf is horribly inaccurate, and very dirty. Tried reloads with some powders I had "laying around" with good results, but far from great. Gave 3031 a try and really like it. Also, as compared to the steel cased stuff, 3031 is very clean. Shot 50 rounds and I could hardly tell the rifle had been shot. Next attempt will be with CFE223.
  3. I finally found a load that works in my Saiga 223. Hornady 55gr FMJBT bullets, LC Brass, Winchester primers, 23.0 gr IMR3031. Shot at 100 yards, 1.5 inch groups. Some would call the group sizes 1.5x1 (1.5 high by 1 inch wide) Used a red dot sight that covered the target. I could probably cut those groups in half using a scope with cross hairs. Saigas can be accurate, but only if you work at it. Beats the heck out of that cheap steel cased stuff that I have been shooting. I might back down to 22.5gr of powder because by looking at the primer, I'm right on the edge of over pressure. Other than that, I am very pleased.
  4. Mike38

    Is a buffer necessary?

    Neither did J.M.Browning, but even great designs can be made better.
  5. Mike38

    Is a buffer necessary?

    I use shock buffers on all my semi autos, especially my M1911s. Many people say they are "snake oil". A few even say as above, they can do more harm than good. Tens of thousands of rounds using shock buffers, and I haven't experienced a problem one. I used to shoot M1911s competitively, that's how I can claim so many rounds. IMO, a shock buffer is a necessity. To each his own I guess? To add one thing. Many guys claim a shock buffer is not needed on a pistolsmith custom built M1911 such as I use because the slide to frame fit is perfectly square and battering / peening can't happen. It is hard to argue that point, but, stop and think, is the bolt to frame fit on a AK perfectly square? No way ... no how. I use shock buffs. Again, to each his own.
  6. Has anyone tried this rear sight rail made by Strike Industries? Opinion? http://www.amazon.com/Strike-Industries-Profile-Optics-Rifles/dp/B007KD3V88 Thanks.
  7. The second to the closest WalMart near me just started selling guns again. It has been years that a WalMart near me has sold guns. (Illinois) Also, their ammo shelves where full. Amazing. The closest WalMart to me, hasn't sold guns for years and the ammo shelves are near empty most of the time.
  8. Mike38

    thorough saiga .223 barrel cleaning

    So I have been told, that’s exactly how the Afghan Army did it until US troops trained them otherwise.
  9. Mike38

    What are you guys feeding your Saiga .223s

    My 16 inch Saiga hates 55 grain bullets. The best I’ve found to date is 62 grain M855 NATO. Then 62 grain Silver Bear. Then 62 grain Wolf black box. Then 62 grain Tulammo. I tried some of my reloads using 55 grain bullets, and it was acceptable, but still not as good as the M855.
  10. Mike38

    223 reliability

    I have a 2002 EAA Saiga .223 using Surefire / SGM Tactical mags. 2000 rounds of Wolf, 300 rounds of Silver Bear, and 200 rounds of Lake City 5.56 NATO and not one failure of any kind. Not one! It eats all ammo I’ve fed it, and asks for more. I have found that it is much more accurate with 62 grain bullets. It doesn’t care for 55 grain. It eats the 55 just fine, but accuracy is poor.
  11. Mike38

    Can 5.56 be used in a Saiga .223

    Not much of a test, but I ran 100 rounds of Lake City SS109, 5.56 ammo threw my Saiga. No problems, and I‘m very pleased with the accuracy. I put the remaining 900 rounds away for a “rainy day”.
  12. Mike38

    Bolt Holder lightening questions.

    I’m no gunsmith, machinist, scientist or physicist, but I have been around the block a time or two in the past 52 years. I wouldn’t lighten the bolt carrier on a AK/Saiga. Correct me if I’m wrong here. Lightening the bolt is done to decrease cycle time, the time between the hammer falling and the next cartridge being inserted into the chamber. This is a bad idea. Let’s say the gasses that operate the bolt are 20K PSI. I don’t know that to be a fact, let’s just say they are. The weight of the bolt group, and the recoil spring dampen this pressure. Ideally, the bolt group starts rearward extracting the spent cartridge, and comes almost completely to a stop before the bolt group hit’s the frame of the rifle. Contact is made, but in a perfect world it would be just a tiny kiss. In a not so prefect world, the bolt group hit’s the frame hard. Lightening the bolt would make the cycle time faster, it also sends the bolt back faster and harder, thus hitting the frame faster and harder. Remember, you still have that 20K PSI pressure there. This increases wear and tear on the frame of your rifle. To over come this, you could install a heavier recoil spring, but that would defeat the purpose of lightening the bolt carrier. I wouldn’t do it. There are 30 million AK47 pattern rifles in the world. The design is tested and proven. It works. No need to mess with it.
  13. Mike38


    You still don’t have it right. Minute of Angle does not change when the distance from the muzzle to the target changes. MOA is a fixed angle which is 1/60 of a degree. As the distance from the muzzle to the target gets farther, the angle opens. Look at this symbol here ….. < ….. Imagine the left side is the muzzle and the right side is the target. If you increase the distance from the muzzle to the target, the angle does not change. One hundred yards or one hundred miles, the angle is the same. But, the group size of the bullets will get larger the farther away the target is. Again, the angle does not change. In simplified terms, one minute of angle is approximately 0.25 inches at 25 yards, 0.50 inches at 50 yards, 0.75 inches at 75 yards, and 1 inch at 100 yards. No matter the distance, it’s still one minute of angle. In simplified terms, three minutes of angle is approximately 0.75 inches at 25 yards, 1.5 inches at 50 yards, 2.25 inches at 75 yards, and 3 inches at 100 yards. No matter the distance, it’s still three minutes of angle. If you have a Saiga that will punch holes in a paper target that the average group size is one half an inch at 50 yards, you have a one minute of angle rifle. If so, I would like to buy it from you. You have the most accurate Saiga ever made. I believe there has been something like 100 million AK47 pattern rifles made since it’s invention, maybe more? You have a 1 in 100 million. You have the most accurate AK ever made. How much do you want for it?
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    I think you may be getting your terminology mixed up here. 0.5 minute of angle would be 0.26 inch groups at 50 yards, 0.52 inch groups at 100 yards. If you have a Saiga .223 that shoots 0.5 MOA, I will buy it from you for $1000.00 … seriously. There isn’t an AK pattern rifle in the world that shoots that accurately. Google "minute of angle explained". You will figure it out. A one minute of angle rifle will print groups on paper of 1.047 inches at 100 yards. On a dead calm day, no wind at all, that same rifle will print groups on paper of 5.235 inches at 500 yards. Again, there isn't an AK in the world that will shoot that good.
  15. Mike38

    ammo choices

    I have found the 62 grain bullets perform much better then the 55 grain. I think Silver Bear or Golden Bear makes a 62 grain soft point. If they feed good in your rifle, they should work fine for coyote hunting.