I recieved a Saiga 12 that needed the barrel replaced. I bought a new 18 inch barrel off of somebody that was sold as a second because of chamfering. I made some scribe lines on the receiver where the old barrel was so I would know how far to push in the new barrel. I installed the new barrel. The new barrel had a longer Tab? than the original barrel (to improve feeding issues?) .
Anyway, To cut to the chase. I thought I installed it properly until I noticed that the bolt wont close into battery. (the bolt wont rotate into the front trunnion lugs). Note...I already drilled and put in the barrel pin and drilled the gas port holes..
Do I - Remove barrel pin and pound out the barrel until the bolt closes, redrill for the the barrel pin and fill the gas port holes , re-drill gas port holes??
OR Do I - Grind down the trunnion lugs so the bolt will rotate into battery?
I have built several aks from original barreled parts kits but never from a new barrel.
This is my first experience with a Saiga 12