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#1 Foghorn

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Posted 04 March 2014 - 10:11 PM

Title says it all.  I can't find anything worth getting out there.  I was dead set on a saiga but for the prices out there I'm not going to buy a bare bones and then have to outfit it.  I also looked at the Waffen Werks but the reviews coming in now say that the American made receiver is too tight and makes them less then reliable as a battle rifle.  At this point I may just pull the trigger on a tantal and call it a day.


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#2 ODGreenThumb

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Posted 04 March 2014 - 10:22 PM

As a IZ-240 owner who got one when they were under $400 I don't know what to tell you. I have been looking at the waffen works B-grade 74's from classic pretty hard. Eager to hear what others have to say about them. I love my saiga 545 (should post some updated pics) and feel for those who missed out on the affordable to buy and convert era. Affordable on my budget anyway. I think I was the first, maybe only member that got a iz240 that keyholed (due to an out of spec barrel I'm told) so I'd like to hear any issues related to the waffen works.

#3 Ethan

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Posted 04 March 2014 - 11:07 PM

Here's a few just barely under your 800 mark...

http://www.atlanticf...l.html?Itemid=0

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Posted 05 March 2014 - 03:23 AM



Get the Tantal ASAP.

From what I've seen, you won't regret it.

They folders were selling for the same as fixed just before the "panick".[/quote]

From what I've seen, you won't regret it.

Get the Tantal ASAP.

From what I've seen, you won't regret it.

They folders were selling for the same as fixed just before the "panick".

Edited by Sim_Player, 05 March 2014 - 10:56 AM.


#5 dashowdy

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Posted 05 March 2014 - 03:45 AM

The BR-74 seems like a good deal, properly heat treated reciever and barrel, it is the best u.s. made clone.

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Posted 05 March 2014 - 07:50 AM

J&G has the Saiga 5.45 with with basic conversion for 699. I think the price just went up, because I recall seeing it for 70 bucks less just a couple of weeks ago.

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Posted 05 March 2014 - 11:09 AM

If I can get a tantal I will. I have read too many reviews on the waffen being too tight and jamming a lot.
I don't see a lot of optic mounts on the t antals but I believe most standard dust covers with rails will fit it. I have a very nice AT but the ammo is too s pendy for my budget.

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#8 W8lifter

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Posted 05 March 2014 - 12:46 PM

Widener's has Bulgy 74s for under $600, but they're Century builds w/ non-chrome barrels. 

 

Other than that, if you're chomping at the bit for a 5.45, it may just be worth it to you to grab an IZ-240 in spite of the fact that the prices are sky-high on them. You'd still be well under 800 even after a conversion, and it'll still be better than anything else you get in that price range.


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#9 dashowdy

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Posted 05 March 2014 - 04:12 PM

rwc half converted saigas should be around 650, check slick guns 5.45 deals and see if there are any left.

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Posted 10 March 2014 - 01:37 PM

http://www.wideners....tem_id=10000021


Its a bulgy for under $600.

ETA. Just noticed its a century build. Get a Saiga. They were down around 445 a few weeks ago. Probably get there again.

Edited by Semper299, 10 March 2014 - 01:40 PM.


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Posted 22 March 2014 - 12:22 PM

The 5.45 Saigas will resurface soon. Watch Atlantic Arms and Classic Arms closely and contact them at their web site and ask to be put on that list. They are worth waiting for big_smile.gif


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#12 Saigaczech

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Posted 08 April 2014 - 08:42 AM

If you can, the InterArms/High Standard Tantals are the way to go. I have one, came with chromed bore, US receiver and just enough part changes to pass 922r.  Not sure what they are going for now, had mine a few years already.


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Posted 30 April 2014 - 10:13 AM

The WW are good looking rifles but there have been way to many problems. My has been sent back for the second time. You may get lucky or you may not ?


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Posted 18 May 2014 - 09:18 PM

The WW are good looking rifles but there have been way to many problems. My has been sent back for the second time. You may get lucky or you may not ?


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Posted 02 July 2014 - 12:35 AM

I too have had the 5.45 bug and have watched the WW and other options. Was also considering a Tantal from J&G but in the end found a Saiga IZ 240 for less than $600 out the door. After looking at all the lesser expensive dealers on line, the reality here is by the time I pay shipping, FFL fees and sales tax on the transaction (good ole Washington State tightened that loop hole), it is just as easy to get it from a local dealer in the long run.

 

Now to finish deciding which parts I want to use in converting this and another Saiga 7.62 X 39 sporter I picked up.


Edited by Inspector 12, 02 July 2014 - 12:35 AM.


#16 sqeezeatrigger

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Posted 26 September 2015 - 10:58 AM

Just last week I got a rear converted Saiga 5.45 from joeboboutfitters for $619 with free shipping, you can also get the alg ak trigger for $20 with rifle! Good Luck

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Posted 28 September 2015 - 02:15 PM

$579 on Gunjoker rear converted


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