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    Belt Fed?

    I thought he meant just using the PKM general design but redesigning for the 12ga round.
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    Belt Fed?

    Development expense would be a big part of it, but still the manufacturing cost per item would be up there. I don't think it could stabilize under $10k, or maybe 7-8k at the very least. In other words, Barrett prices. Would probably have a comparably sized customer base.
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    Thinking about making a 3" S-12

    To me this is the realm of pure science. I feel the need for some length of barrel for the cartridge to speed up through, so at some point I would be looking into a shorter cartridge. In such a conversion, you may actually get better ballistics out of an Aguila short shell than a regular 2.75" shell, because the shot would have a longer effective barrel. If you did have a gas port using a blown out chad, it may need a self cleaning gas system of some sort, ie some way that the plastic would be reliably ejected. It's always bugged me that barrels are measured and compared including the chamber. A 30-06 has about 1/2" less effective barrel than the same length barrel chambered in 308. That matters when you get down to 16-20". So in my book, an IZ-109 has effectively a 16.25" barrel, and this conversion would have a 0.25" barrel, using 2.75" shells. Ok, maybe a 0.5" barrel, considering that the shot starts from behind a crimp.
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    Belt Fed?

    $100k is really not all that bad when you think about it. The second one would take about 1/3 what the first did, and retrospective redesign for manufacturing would take a little more off by the 5th one or so. For systematized small scale production (approx 30 units per year) I would pull the $10k each number out of my ear. Which is about what pre-'86 registered AKs and ARs go for. I would imagine military full auto and civilian semi-auto would cost about the same.
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    Custom Wood furniture

    If I had to sum up what makes my work most distinctive, I'd say it's using a variety of solid hardwoods with a family of patterns that can be applied in a wide variety of configurations to fit different guns in the same family. You could get A handguard with B buttstock and C grip, with D and E options all made in matching F hardwood for G gun. A few variations that allow for lots of customization. And then there are customers who have new ideas too. Some of the orders I get I just think "Ok, if that's what he really wants..." and by the time it's done I can understand why someone wants it that way. My biggest limitation is the number of hours in a day and number of days in a year. If you're looking for a Saiga related category I'm not really aiming for, it's p-grip and t-hole stocks for unconverted Saigas. I can do them, I just prefer not to.
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    922r - Is my Dealer Wrong!?

    It depends on which parts count list you go by. One ATF letter showed the S-12 having a parts count of 13, making it compliant with the 3 US parts of an AGP mag. I don't count parts the same way. My count leads up to 15 or 16 depending on muzzle attachment, including thread protector. But that's me. Some even consider the disc in front of the piston to be an op rod, bringing the possible count to 17. The dealer is getting 922R, which is law, confused with HR1022, which is pretty much stalled in congress. HR1022 bans Saigas by name, along with the M1 Garand and Ruger 10-22.
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    .338 Federal

    338 Lapua and 338 Federal are completely different rounds. There is also the 338 Winchester Magnum, the 300 Remington Ultra Magnum, and the upcoming 338 Hornady Compact Magnum. Also in 338 caliber is the 340 Weatherby, the 338-378 Weatherby (if that's what they call it), the 330 Dakota, and several other less known and wildcat cartridges. The attraction of the 338 Federal is that it is a necked up 308 Winchester and can be chambered in many popular guns chambered in 308, like some of our favorite military rifles.
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    .338 Federal

    220gr loadings should be fine in the Saiga 30-06, but DO NOT use Hornady light magnum loads. They specifically state not to use them on any semi-auto and I'll take their word for it.
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    I'm glad both of you are in good shape after the storm, and hope that neither of you have any permanent property damage.
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    FAL hand gaurds on Saiga

    The T48 handguard is one piece with an open top, same as a Saiga handguard. Two piece handguarsd are another animal. The saiga-100 has a two piece handguard, at least the version that made it to the US.
  11. I may know someone with a set to sell for an unconverted S-12. Check the for sale forum.
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    Saiga .243 Winchester convert?

    The 6.5 Grendel would be an easier conversion than 6.8 SPC due to having the same rim size as an X39.
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    US Made Buttstock - Source?

    The US made AK stocks will fit, but they'll only work well if the trigger group has been moved in the standard conversion. If that conversion isn't being done, one will need a stock similar to the Saiga factory stock that places the grip behind the receiver entirely. If you do look at my furniture thread, notice that some stock sets have a separate p-grip and buttstock and others have a single piece buttstock with grip included. The polymer and wood buttstocks made for typical AKs are designed for the separate p-grip. I don't know of any other source for US made stocks for Saigas, especially in polymer, but you could try modfying a pump or auto shotgun stock like a Remington or Mossberg. I've thought of doing that, just haven't found the time.
  14. I do my best to answer accurately. I'm not always right. I won't give a serious date until things are farther along. The only number I can throw out there is the number of orders remaining - 15. I'll need some organization time between then and the time I start the next batch. I do not have a wait list, but I do have an E-mail list, so that I can send everyone pictures and updates when I feel the time is correct. The list started off very slowly so I haven't sent any E-mails yet, but it's grown long enough that I will soon. My plan is to get everything done that's on order right now, and finish a few sets I started, some over a year ago, to list ready for purchase. Things happen and plans change, and my first priority is to be honest and take care of business. Some people these days take their paying customers for granted and seek new customers above taking care of the ones they already have. The people we respect most don't do that. To everyone anxious for me to take new orders, consider how you'd feel if you already placed your order. I'm sure you'd want me to give yours the priority. I'm sure you can agree that's worth waiting for. And for folks who rightly think I talk too much, I think it was either Ben Franklin or Mark Twain who ended a letter saying "I'm sorry for sending such a long letter. I didn't have the time to write a short one."
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    Tromix 12" SBS (pic)

    12" is the way I'd want it if I ever got such an animal. The Tapco galil handguard looks to be just the right size.
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    STG 2000C

    Not exactly. I've done an extended lower HG for a S-308, and I've done an extended upper HG for a Romak III in collaboration with a fellow who modified the gas tube to take it. I've wanted to see this STG-2000C in person to see if its furniture attaches in a way that interests me at all. That being said, I'm a fan of Saiga style one piece handguards.
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    Saiga .243 Winchester convert?

    Here's an observation on cartridge conversions of Saigas: The feed geometry of the S-308 is a strange dichotomy of sensitivity and reliability. Basically, it depends somewhat on the shoulder to feed correctly, or more precisely, to stack correctly at the top. A general rule of thumb is that you can always rechamber for a necked down cartridge and feed alright, but necked up cartridges may or may not feed as well. So 243, 260, and 7mm-08 would be sure bets, while you'd have to take some measurements and see how a loaded magazine inserts before trying the likes of 338 Federal and 358 Win.
  18. I know that Cobra's not on the staff anymore and that J-Naut is taking a temporary break to take care of things that matter. So which mods are currently active? I know that Bvamp does a lot of administrative stuff, but who's also on board (no pun intended) taking care of nuts and bolts like general thread maintenance and various unseen duties like spam fighting? Short list of any other recent staff changes, and mods who are active as well as those on break, would be great.
  19. Just looking to check on who to approach with nuts-and-bolts stuff, like thread tools. Like "I have this 3 year old thread in the for sale section that keeps getting bumped to the top, with stuff I haven't sold for years, and no one really wants to see their ads bumped down because of it." That kind of stuff. Like tactfully locking threads or moving them to a different part of the site. Cobra's explanation was helpful, as was the list including Vjor, and noting Topmaul's involvement in a specific forum. That's what I was looking to know, so thanks!
  20. I'm about to ship my largest order to date, which will clear out the backlog by over 20%. The more sets that head out the door, the closer everything else is to being done. I'm sorry everything is taking as long as it has. I don't know that I could have done anything faster, but I'll keep the backlogs much shorter in the future and take some additional time to make some stock sets for stock (no pun intended.)
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    Will Saiga .308 handguard fit the 12 gauge models?

    No, unless you find a way to modify one. I've tried, and have run into thickness issues. Haven't given up yet. I'm referring to the synthetic handguards. Wooden ones probably have just enough material, but considering that you'd have to refinish part of it, it may be just as well to get a fresh US made one (shameless plug) and keep or sell the S-308 one unmodified. I'd say modifying the 308 handguard is the way to go if that's specifically the type of handguard you want, beyond the finer economics of it all, or if a roughly 6 month wait isn't acceptable.
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    STG 2000C

    I'd like to see what they look like with the handguards removed. I like the shorter site radius.
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    Slotted HG

    Vents are much easier to make when the handguard is a block of wood and you can mark the surface all you want to cut the vents before milling material away. When I'm making a vented handguard, the first thing I cut are the vents, then I do all inletting and shaping. Come to think of it, I'm not sure what methods the professional venters use on already made handguards, but making a guide block with the vents drawn on and machining both together may be a way to get maximum precision with simpler tools. It would just take a bit more work than putting it in a milling machine.
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    new witness fcp

    Sniper Country had these wholesaling for $177. I'm assuming they're in stock, but maybe not.
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    CZ now importing the VZ 58

    Thanks a bunch for the pics! I'd need to spend some quality time with the CZ to find an answer. It looks like the AK mag is smaller in most dimensions, which means it would probably fit in the well ok, but there's a chance there would be interference with the bolt or issues in feed geometry.