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  1. I was looking for an intermediate range deer rifle and the Ruger American Ranch in 7.62x39 really caught my interest. Recoil magazine had an article on it where they claimed sub MOA with Federal ammunition and an average of 1.5 MOA with cheap steel case ammo such as Wolf white box. Quite frankly I did not buy into it, but after handling the rifle, I found it to be light, have a very smooth action, and a threaded barrel in 5/8x24 for my .30 can. The caliber also appealed to me because of my love for AK's and the multiple 1000s of rounds I have stored for feeding that addiction. I ended up picking up the rifle for $434.00 out the door. The rifle is a bolt action that takes Mini thirty magazines and comes with a 5 rounder that operated well. Insertion and removal was smooth. The mag release clip is pretty much straight AK, but there is no need to "rock and lock" as the mag inserts and locks straight up. The safety is located on the neck of the rifle (where I like it) for seamless intuitive engaging and disengaging. The trigger is very good straight out of the box. It has virtually no take up once the safety trigger bar is engaged, no over travel, and it breaks very cleanly and predictably. It is adjustable from 3.0-5.5 pounds (although you must remove the action from the stock to adjust it). I tuned mine to 3.25 lbs, and I won't be replacing the trigger, it is that good out of the box. (when replacing the action to the stock , I tightened it to 80 inch pounds per the Ruger specs of 60-80) Before going to the range, I outfitted the rifle with Vortex rings off Amazon, a Nikon P223 3x9 scope (from my parts bin), and my YHM Phantom Ti .30 Can. I brought (2) different types of ammo: Tulammo, and Golden Tiger. I will hunt with Hornady SST's but did not have a chance to pick some up. Plus I really wanted to see if this rifle lived up to the hype and could turn in close to 1 inch groups with ammo we are used to seeing turn in 3-4" groups in our AK variant rifles. It lived up to the hype: Tulammo: The best group turned in a 5 shot 1.27" group at 100 yards Golden Tiger: Turned in a best group of 0.967" The first shot was lower and opened up the group. The next 4 shots made a large ragged hole at 0.4 MOA. No kidding. I haven't been posting much, but I was so impressed with every aspect of this rifle, that I really wanted to share with the forum, what a terrific performer and value this rifle is. I do not know how the pics will turn out, as I had to lower the resolution to get them to upload, and can't figure out for the life of me how to get them to post between text like the old days. Bottom line: Great bolt action rifle. Buy one if you want a great shooter. ETA: Ruger also makes the American Ranch in .223, 300BLK, and .450 Bushmaster as well as 7.62x39.
  2. Interesting. I wonder if they will offer that bullet for reloading. I load up subs with 208 grain AMAX over 10.5 grains of AA1680. Very quiet, but I have recovered some of the AMAX bullets after firing that were almost pristine. No expansion and the only deformity is the rifling on the bullet jacket. Appreciate the heads up on this ammo. I will definitely try some.
  3. Congratulations on a son and a beautiful family MM!
  4. Spacehog

    Failure to eject

    Pics would help..of the casing and orientation of the stove pipe, the mag where it is gouging, the bolt face, etc.
  5. I understand. I have gone the same route with 300 BLK in an AR SBR. I mostly shoot subs out of it, but with similar ballistics between the 300BLK Supersonic and the X39, it would make a fine short range deer/hog gun for sure.
  6. I just looked up your CZ and read a couple of reviews on it. I don't blame you for wanting to hold on to it. It truly is a beautiful rifle. It seems that the accuracy you are seeing out of it is par for the other reviews I read 2.5 - 3". The Ruger American Ranch stock is pillared and the barrel is completely free floated from the receiver to the end of the barrel. This probably accounts for a lot of the difference. I have also found that the tension on the action screws mating it to the stock can open or close groups with adjustment. Possible get a torque reading on your screws and adjust 5 inch/pounds at a time up or down within the CZ specs to see if it tightens up the groups some. Just a thought.
  7. I will post up some more groups once I get some quality brass case x39. I will need to sight in again with the Hornady SSTs prior to Nov. 17th. Won’t be Lapua, but it should produce better results than what I have already tested.
  8. My primary beef with Ruger in the past has been it seems like their liability lawyers are fundamental members of the design team. As a result, I think some features that have made it into their firearms in the past, got in the way of the shooting experience in lieu of safety, this making sure they covered themselves in case of a lawsuit. That is understandable I guess in today’s culture, but fortunately they hit a home run with this one IMHO.
  9. Just to be clear, I shot several groups with the rifle. Not every group was like the ones above. Those were the best for each respective ammo. Worst group with Tulammo was 2.25 to 2.5”, Golden Tiger faired better with the worst group at ~1.8”. Funny thing was that the rifle actually shot better once it heated up. The only thing I can think of is the first few groups were shot while the barrel was rapidly warming up with the can on, so each shot was shot at a different temperature. Looking forward to seeing what it will do with some higher quality ammunition. But regardless if it inproves much or not, I am happy with it.
  10. Let us hope they are extremely stupid!
  11. Congrats Evl. Being able to make a living doing what you want to do is priceless in terms of its effects on our health, attitude, and mental well being. Good to hear you giving glory to God, and I look forward to seeing what you are going to turn out of your shop now that you have more time.
  12. Just an FYI, Henry has their Heirloom rifle sale going on again until October 31st. If you ever wanted to customize a firearm alpha numeric serial number for a special occasion here is you chance. I got the notification through Sportsman Outdoor Superstore, which is also where I bought the original rifles above for my daughters. You may be able to order directly through Henry as well. The rifles I received from the last special like this were truly presentation grade. ETA. Gunfun the sights were top notch on the two rifles I received, no issues with either.
  13. Here is an old Atlantic link to the Sporter Saiga with AK hand guards already installed (IZ332). Boba did the back conversion himself. https://www.atlanticfirearms.com/products/saiga-iz-332-100-series-russian-ak47-rifle
  14. True, but sometimes it's easier to just be helpful than to continue to be belligerent. Now everyone can move on and the answer to the question is saved in a forum thread for future reference.
  15. I do not see caliber mentioned. If they are 7.62 x39, then the two rifles you have were imported/sold as model Saiga IZ-332. As previously stated, the value is based on what the market will bear or how badly somebody wants them. ETA: The 5.45x39 versions were IZ 340.
  16. Spacehog

    SBS/SBR Pictures

    Finally got around to finishing up my last two stamps. At some point in time, I will swap out the rear trunnion on the PAP for a proper triangle setup but am ready to enjoy them now for the time being
  17. Spacehog

    trigger group help

    A modified double hook G2 in a Saiga (single hook) receiver can be a terrific trigger on the cheap. The bottom of the second hook is ground to act as a stop to limit the amount of over travel. I believe that Gunfun still has the mock up of the modification in his signature line if you are interested in more info on it. I have double hooks in all my Saigas along with a couple of spares in the parts bin. Be advised though you will still have to remove the hump and material on the side for BHO as Evl already alluded to for the Saiga 12.
  18. Spacehog

    Need Side Rail for Tromix S17 to Mount RDS

    MM, I do not disagree with you, except that the UTG Pro’s will uninstall and will return to zero. But that is not really the issue here is it? Come on guys (HB included). We all have different experiences and different opinions. Not everybody can afford to spend $250 on a side mount. For that matter not everyone can afford to spend $250 on optics period minus the mount. My experience with the MI rail was that I could not get multiple rings to tighten down. MI customer service blew me off like I was an idiot. I won’t buy their crap anymore, but I know I got the one off, where most get a quality rail. I did not disparage it because I know what I experienced was not the norm. We are all trying to help here. That’s what this forum should be about isn’t it? Point being is that we get pissed and wonder why we are getting our tails kicked by those who want to take our firearms away, yet we fight with, degredate, and run down those we disagree with on this forum, yet they are our brothers and sisters to a common goal and passion. It shouldn’t be this way. Op I am glad you found a solution to your question. I think you will be happy with the RS Mount.
  19. Spacehog

    Need Side Rail for Tromix S17 to Mount RDS

    I also question MI’s refusal to support the S12 platform when I can take multiple side mounts and interchange them between saiga shotguns and multiple caliber rifles. Maybe they are not too confident in a 12 guage’s recoil with their product or they have someone not experienced with their product on multiple formats/options? With that said, I do take issue with your blanket statement of “UTG Garbage”. The UTG Pro side AK mounts are very solid, even for magnified optics. They return to zero and are a great value for the price point. Perhaps you are basing your opinion on the old first generation mounts? I have two of these new mounts and they are solid. One I have even cut down to do exactly what the OP wants to do with a RDS. To HB’s point, they sit higher than a RS Mount which I also own, but they allow field stripping the rifle with the mount and the optic still attached. It is all about preference. The UTG Pro is a great value. Are there better mounts out there? Yes. The RS Mounts IMHO are the best side mount options for an AK out there. Are they the best out there on a budget? Not necessarily. RDS afford quick target acquisition but are not precision sights, especially on a shotgun where range is cut down considerably. There are many mount options that will be more than adequate, without tearing down other members of a forum that share your love of firearms. Just putting things into perspective for someone who’s opinion I respect and often agree with.
  20. Spacehog

    Need Side Rail for Tromix S17 to Mount RDS

    Below is the Carolina Shooters solution rail that fits into the rear sight dove tail and friction locks with set screws. Not sure Evl if this is the exact rail you have seen bent up or if those were a knock off of this. I have a different set up now, but never had issues with durability or zero when I had a red dot on it. To the OP, if you don’t use something like this, IMHO the RS mounts side mounts are about the lowest profile and adjustable mounts out there:
  21. Bought a Mossberg 590 Shockwave as a snake gun for the tractor. As cool as these little firearms are, with 5 in the tube and one in the chamber the shockwave grip is just not practical shooting "one handed" unless you have Popeye forearms. If there was ever a firearm that was tailor made for a brace (or SBS), this is it. Modified it quite a bit to my liking. Mesa Tactical high tube adaptor and shell carrier is nice. The rest came out of the parts bin. Although the firearm has grown from 26.5" to 31" OAL, the balance with the brace makes one handed shooting much easier. May add an adjustable brace in the future, but for now I am happy. Still have a little color matching to do on the brace. Before: After:
  22. FN FAL Handguard.What's the tubular handguard under it? The tube is part of the handguard. To OP. Sorry for the Hijack. Nice job on the S12
  23. FN FAL Handguard.
  24. Spacehog

    Sights for rail Saiga 12

    Are you looking for iron sight recommendations, optics, or both? Traditional iron sight setup on the scout rail will be tough on the S12. You will need a rail in back for the rear sight, or need to place the rear sight on the scout rail, and get a front tower set up. If it was me, I'd put a quality red dot on the scout rail and go with it. I have a primary arms red dot on mine and can recommend them.
  25. Spacehog

    saiga 20 mags from russia

    Centerfire just got a batch of S20 factory fives in, in case someone is looking.