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  1. you still doing stocks and grips?


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      He hasn't gotten back to me in over 10 years now.

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    Anyone got a response from BattleRifleG3

    I am still alive. I am not currently active in stock making. Whether or not to resume is something I continue to think about.
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    Saiga Sporter Wood Stock

    Here is where I stand: I have avoided discussions related to stockmaking on this forum because I was not able to function as a business member due to limited sales volume. "Inactive" is the best term to describe my current stockmaking status. That is the result of the combination of professional and family commitments. I describe myself as "inactive" and not "closed" because nothing is in stone. Any number of changes could cause me to "re-activate". It was a gradual process to realize this, as custom orders took too long to complete and production sets were started and not finished. I apologize for unreturned E-mails, but in this age it is simply not possible to catch and respond to everything. As infrequently as I check and as many E-mails as come in, I probably miss many, or lose track of the ones requiring a response. In short, I'm very much alive and active away from the internet. And if I do not leave this internet promptly, my chances of remaining alive and well will decrease.
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    G3 Mag adaptors - It's taken far too long; Who's still interes

    Fear not the worst. My life is just completely consumed by the most important things. G3 mag adapters were practical when the AWB was in effect. Now, an aftermarket mag makes the most sense, especially since there are many choices.
  5. The good news is that I'm still alive, haven't forgotten how to make stocks, still have my tools, and have a few stock sets to finish. The bad news is that many demands are adding up to a point where I can't do everything I used to. To answer the question of whether I'm still "in the business", I'm definitely still "in the hobby", but the long term projection for "business" is under careful consideration. If you're interested in something some day, E-mail me, I'll add you to a list, and let you know when anything's available, with no obligation, and no promise on if/when anything in particular will be ready. I can say that if I end up wrapping up, I have at least some things to complete and offer. Basically at this point I plan to function as a regular member of the gun community with maybe something sometimes to offer for sale.
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    I have experience with purpleheart and can echo the other comments about it being very hard to work. I would not have believed it in the same ballpark as ebony without actually forming a complete stock set out of it. For something hard and tough, I prefer jatoba. A different color but a very nice one that forms a good surface finish.
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    Counter-study in progress by anyone?

    If everyone and his brother publishes his own "study", none of them will matter. But the fact that the NRA has responded directly indicates that prominent gun organizations have something to say. The challenge is making the response compelling, ie such that people who read it can't refute it. That means keeping it specific and well documented. If I found anything significant in the study it was that there are a lot of directions it could go from here.
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    Counter-study in progress by anyone?

    When I read the ATF shotgun study, my first and strongest thought was that we needed a well thought out, documented, broadly reviewed and endorsed, polite, and professional study that redirects some of the discussion, counteracts some of the points, and makes new points for consideration. Not something all inclusive, but something sporting organizations, lobbying groups, and government officials can easily review and say "I agree with this study", and not excluding any other actions or positions. So I thought about how I would directly respond, and I'm sure I'm not alone. So my question is, are their any organizations or prominent individuals who are doing such a study that we can support through research, supporting documentation, technical analysis, review, or distribution for review and endorsement? A single, refined, direct, and compelling response will probably help in ways that other methods don't, even though other methods should continue to be pursued (ie letters, sporting events, etc).
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    opinions on best conversion parts for s 308

    I myself have had good experience with the Tapco G2 as well. I prefer the double hook version and just make a small extra cut in the receiver to mirror the other side. Minor detail but that's my cup of tea.
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    .308 vs .30-06 my rifle depends on it!

    If you could still find a Saiga 30-06, I'd say try one of them. But a Rem autoloader won't match the reliability of a Saiga. Doing the conversion will improve your ergonomics, whereas adding a p-grip to a Rem auto will do nothing. Ultimately everyone who likes the Rem autos admits they're a niche gun - for hunting only, semi-auto good for one mag only, lifespan in terms of bullets suited for hunting only. That's not to say I would never consider getting one to play with, but play with it I would, to try to change some element of the equation.
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    Saiga 236 - Norinco Hunter

    Correct, at best it would require major carving, but it may not have all the material you need. My suggestion would be to do the trigger group conversion and then make a stock to match. The knob that goes into the hunter receiver is hard to mill and even harder to cut without machine tools, but if you didn't mind being slightly amateur you could just cut the stock to match the receiver profile and then make a separate knob to go into the receiver recess. Do NOT try to put a thumbhole on a hunter without the FCG conversion - the trigger is very long and is pulled up as much as back. It needs a classic curved grip stock to be the slightest bit ergonomic.
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    Pictorial Writeup: Saiga-100 in 30-06

    Food for thought: a. What would you sell 100 mags for? What would you sell 50 mags for? If you have some thoughts there, share. Those few of us who love the Saiga 30-06 probably wouldn't rule out paying 1.5-2x the cost of a 308 mag in the same capacity. b. Maybe think about approaching a distributor to see if they'd reconsider bringing in more 30-06 rifles if there were hi-cap mags. The S-308 had the same issue - people were shy of getting it because mags were scarce, and no one made spare (10rd) mags because the rifles were scarce. It took some time after the ban dropped for someone to make mags for S-308, but now that the snowball is rolling many of the usual mag makers have something for Saiga. Don't have the capacity to mass produce mags? Consider selling your tested, proven design with notes to a manufacturer who has the technology, or consider sourcing to a modern fab shop and still selling them yourself. Sometimes a good product just needs baby steps to take off.
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    Wood furniture for my brand new Saiga-12...?

    The dichotomy on thumbholes tends to be something like this: They were considered "sporting" enough that a given gun could be imported with a thumbhole but not a pistol grip, per the import ban, that acts as a moving target because something new is always being cut off from import while items already here are fine. But under the expired 1994 AW ban, there was an opinion issued that a thumbhole stock counts as a pistol grip, and therefore takes up your one allowed feature (where applicable.) So a MAK-90 could be imported under the '89 import ban (until banned by exec order) with a thumbhole stock and 100% imported parts. But that thumbhole stock is a pistol grip per the '94 ban, so you can't add anything else, no matter how many parts you replace with US made. You could go the US compliance route just to change to a regular p-grip, it's one-to-one. Now that the federal AW ban is gone, anyone living in a free state can just watch their parts compliance and not worry, as long as their gun is semi-auto only and has a barrel length minimum 16" (18" for shotguns). However, if you live in a state that copied the expired federal ban, you have your state's own justice department to try to get answers from. One rule of thumb WAS (pun intended) that if the thumb was below the top of the trigger, it was a pistol grip. A number of stock sets have been designed specifically with this criteria in mind, keeping the bottom of the thumb groove above the height of the trigger.
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    has anyone used ironwood furniture

    These days I'm doing wood for Saigas either unconverted or rear end conversions only, and sending people who want AK front ends to Ironwood.
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    wood furniture for factory set up?

    I checked Rhineland's website, very interesting. They do just what I won't - thumbholes for non-converted Saigas. Their handguards are pretty well priced and featured - I wouldn't mind checking one of them out. If you don't want to wait 50+ years for me, and it was your cup of tea, you might consider a handguard from Rhineland and grip and buttstock from Ironwood as a matching set for converted Saiga.