I recieved my new Saiga 12 with the gas tube adjustment set on 2. When I move the setting clockwise it will bottom out just past the 2 setting then back it off just a little and it snaps in place in the 2 setting. The adjustment tube is VERY hard to move. Had to put a flat screw driver/combination tool laid through the 2 slots sideways, depress the lock in ket and turn. Very stiff. I'll get back to this later.
My brother recieved his new Saiga 12 with the gas tube setting on 1. Now I didn't move my brothers setting because its cycles pretty good but I'll get back to his later.
OK, the first time out with my new Saiga 12 shotgun on the 2 setting the gun cycled Federal low brass with 2 failure to ejects, one each on 2 differant 10 round mags. I didn't think much of it at that time because the gun is new. The same day I fired some Remingtom 2-3/4" 00Buck and fired 10 rounds on the 2 setting without a problem.
Put the Saiga away"uncleaned" because I new I was going out again in a day or two. In the mean time I bought one of those Shark Brakes and a folding stock. I installed both. Took the shotgun out and started out and fired one 10 round mag full of 2-3/4" 0 Buck and had one FTE on the 2 setting. Took the SG out later that evening and tried some Federal Low Brass "Walmart stuff" on the 2 setting and it would not cycle not even one round. Every single round was a FTE.
I then tried some 2-3/4" Remington 00 buck and the SG cycled terribly. Almost every round was a FTE. I had 5 rounds of 3" magnum 00 buck and it fired all 5 without a problem.
I then put the gun on setting 1 (this is when I found out how hard it was to move the setting from 2 to 1. Now the SG would not cycle at all with Remington 00 buck. NADA and sometimes the spent shell stayed in the battery. Change back to the 2 setting with the same result as before I changed to 1 setting.
I got to thinking, first go back to what I changed. I changed the folding butt stock and the shark brake. I highly doubt the FBS could cause feeding problems but I remembered how the SB advertisement said it would reduce recoil by 15%. I changed back to the OEM Saiga choke on the 2 setting and the SG performed much better. 10 rounds of Remington 00 buck without a problem and 5 rounds of Winchester 00 buck with 1 FTE on the 2 setting.
I ran out of shells for now. My questions are? Could the SB cause problems? Should my SG 1-2 setting be so stiff? Should my Saiga 12 come with the setting on 2?
Where else should I look for problems.
Back to my brothers SG. We fired Federal low brass and Remington 2-3/4 00 buck on the 1 setting without a single problem.
When he changed to the shark brake and the Federal low brass would not feed at all but cycled high brass 00 buck just fine. Put the OEM choke back on his gun and it still would not cycle the low brass but cycled the high brass just fine. I'm totally confused.
Any help would be appriciated.
Edited by TTR, 21 May 2008 - 11:19 AM.