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    need a factory gas tube...

    Thanks for that sir! I already have one in my hands My buddy just got himself a 5.45, and the first thing he did was convert it. He said I could have his old gas tube, so all is well. Thanks again, Red.
  2. Hey all, I had a bit of a mishap with my factory gas tube, and suffice to say, its busted. I was wondering if anyone here knows of a place where I can get a new one? Thanks guys, Red.
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    need a factory gas tube...

    Hey all, I had a slight mishap with my saigas gas tube, and its broke now. I have been looking all over the place for a replacement factory gas tube, but they are super hard to find. Would anyone here happen to have a spare that they are not using? hit me up if you can help me out thanks again guys, Red.
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    Should i or shouldnt i?

    I love my 5.45! great shooter, fun, cheap to feed...
  5. I had the same sort of issue with my 7.62x39. Turned out it was the shyte side mount. I had the UTG lever mount, and it looks like you have the UTG bolt on. My groups were all over the place one day, and i was going crazy trying to figure out why... Turns out the mount was loose and was flapping against the receiver after every shot, spoiling my zero. I tightened up the lever as much as i could, and torqued it towards the receiver before closing the lever. After i did that, I got my best group EVER. I am going to be getting a decent side mount for it that hopefully takes care of the slack UTG.
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    Bad Vision+Leaf sight= Misery.

    I have this problem as well. My eyes are terrible. I just gave up on using Iron sights... still practice with them occasionally, but I have either a scope or red dot on all my rifles.
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    Saiga "AKAR" evolution

    I cant wait till you nail down the recipe for that handguard... I want one...
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    Hello, new here

    Hey CZ, In the unmodified version of the stock there is a steel post just behind the cheek riser that is meant for a sling to pass through... Here is a pic: you can kind of see it there, just behind the cheek riser. I have a 3 point sling on it, it was the most comfortable sling i could find for it.
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    Saiga 308 good long range rifle?

    accuracy from a bone-stock saiga is really pretty damn good. If you cannot convert, and are wary of converting it yourself, I would suggest staying away from the trigger job show above. You really need to know how that FCG works, because if you mess it up, you will have a very dangerous rifle on your hands. The first Saiga that i got I have left unconverted, and it shoots really well. The trigger wont win any awards, but after a couple hundred rounds you really do learn to use it well. I would say to get more ammo and practice with it. Really pay attention to how the trigger feels. Once you have your particular trigger figured out, you will be good to go.
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    welding bullet guide

    Went shooting today, and took the modified mag with. Success! It worked perfectly! I will move forward with modifying the other one, and i will document the complete process with photos. Cheers all, Red.
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    welding bullet guide

    Think1st, Please do take the idea and use it! Here is a list of things that i used: Sacrificial poly mag - I cut small sections out of the front of the sacrificial magazine to make the insert. Fitting it was pretty simple, i used a sharp knife to do the final trims to get it to fit. 1/32 drill bit - Dremel makes good ones that you can pick up online for pretty cheap. 1/32 diameter, half inch length steel rods/dowels - Again, you can pick these up online, i got mine in packs of 10 and of course, JB WELD! First thing to do is to cut out a piece of polymer from the sacrifice mag to make the insert. a simple hacksaw will work nicely. You do need to clean up the edges a bit with a file, as the polymer will melt a bit as the saw cuts it. then you need to fit the insert to the new magazine. I used a sharp knife to fine tune the fitting. once you have the insert sized and fitted right, you need to mark a point on both the insert and the magazine for the holes you drill. I did this by holding the insert in place, and used a soldering iron to melt a divot where the insert and the magazine meet. When you separate the insert from the magazine (the soldering iron makes a kind of small plastic weld), you will have reference point on both the insert and the magazine for drilling. i chucked up one of the 1/32 drill bits into my drill press (really the best way to get neat, straight holes. I recommend getting one, but you probably have one already.) Then, i got a small drill press vice that i clamped the magazine into. You need to use a sharp centre punch to make a small divot on both the magazine and the insert, as the small drill bits tend to flex and walk a bit. I found that one neat hole drilled into the middle should be sufficient. Grab the insert with a pair of pliers, and drill through it. Dont leave the bit spinning in there too long, the friction causes the plastic to melt, and reduces the inside diameter of the hole. Grab the new magazine and drill a hole into the magazine wall. Get one of the new pins (if you cant get the steel dowels, you can use a sewing needle, they are roughly the same diameter, and are just as strong), insert it into the magazine hole. push it down as far as it goes. i then slid the insert into place to make sure the holes lined up right. If they do, remove the insert, but leave the pin in the magazine. Mix up your JB weld, and slather it around the pin, on the pin, and where ever the insert and magazine will meet. push the insert back into place, and fill any gaps with jb weld. on the inside of the magazine, clean up any overflow of JB weld to make sure the follower cant get hung up on anything. Now all you have to do is wait for the jb weld to cure, and file the insert to be flush if you need to. I have another magazine that I will do this process to this weekend, and i will document each step with photographs. Im sure that some of my descriptions are cryptic... sorry guys... again - this is fiddly, small, precise work, but very rewarding when its all said and done. Feel free to experiment and improve on this process Think1st, as with anything, collaboration brings the best results
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    welding bullet guide

    Hey all! I think the modified mag works! here are some pics: This is after a bit of filing to bring the level of the mod flush with the mag... you can see how i gooped up the jb weld. from the side. you can see the polymer insert, as well as the steel pin. All in all, it was a fiddly job that i enjoyed doing. I got some snap caps to test cycling, and it cycled every time. No failure to go into battery. I even tried holding the rifle in funny positions to see if gravity could throw it off, but it went into battery every time as well. The top of the polymer insert clears the bolt by a whisker as well! The last thing i need to do is take it to the range and test it with real ammo. Seeing as how the snap caps went into battery every time, Im quite confident that it will work with real ammo. The only bad thing that i can see happening is the new bullet guide deflects the round too much and i get a feed failure... No biggie. And seeing as how the snap caps cycled so weell, i think i might be good to go Thanks for all your help guys! Think1st, thanks again for your mags pics sir
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    welding bullet guide

    Hey there Think1st, I finished one this weeked The most difficult part was finding the parts i needed... I ended up getting a couple of 1/32 dremel drill bits, that i chucked into my drill press. I did a couple of tests, and found that a single hole drilled into the magazine just in front of the follower, and a corresponding hole drilled into a piece of polymer from a sacrificial magazine lined up quite well. Once i had the holes drilled, i took a small metal rod 1/32 in diameter (these can be found on the interwebs in packs of 10), and pushed it into the magazine hole. I then took JB weld and put it over the rod, and along the bottom of the future join. I then pressed on the small polymer insert, and smeared JB weld all over the front of it to make sure it gets where it needs to go. Its been curing, and i reckon that tonight i will be able to file it down to be flush with the rest of the magazine... Im sorry if my descriptions sound cryptic, but i didnt take photos as i was working. I will take a photo of what it looks like pre-finishing tonight, and another one when i've got it all filed and cleaned up. I know that some folks look at this as crazy, but i really enjoyed working on it. I stepped back from it thinking it was a fiddly job, and i feel like i did it well Thanks for all your input Think1st, I cant wait to show you how it turns out
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    Angled Foregrip with Surefire Quad Rail?

    I have the AFG on my 16 icnh 5.45. I am with you, It feels more natural to have it there. My weak capitalist wrists begin to get tired using the normal AK handguard. I have a 20 inch 7.62x39, and a bipod on it. It is a very accurate rifle, as I'm sure you know. Mine likes Golden Tiger best, but finding it of late has been a fruitless task. When/if you put a bipod on it, try and get it as close to the receiver as possible. I have found that having it close to the receiver helps balance it out more than if it were forward. It also looks more dragunov-y
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    Hello, new here

    I have that same stock, minus the filling. I really like it. You dont need to modify anything, and it works very well with a scope mounted. The only complaint I have about it is that the pistol grip section feels a little too short. If it was half an inch longer, it would be perfect.
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