So this whole Saiga 308 thing has been quite an adventure for me from some super awesome to super frustrating times. My hopes for this rifle have started to come back into sight after my range trip today... but with a few modifications.
My rail/optics combination is:
TWS Dogleg Gen 2 Dust Cover Rail
Nightforce Ultralite rings
After my experience today, I will most definitely be trading out the TWS to a Side-Mount (probably the RS Regulate).
This is a huge bummer since I love having the rear peep sight on the rail which gives it a longer sight radius, and it much easier for me to line up than the standard rear leaf sight. If anybody has any suggestions as to where I can still find a rear peep while using a standard dust rail, please let me know!
So onto my experience today...
I bought myself a Lead Sled DFT to help remove as many of my human-error variables as I possibly could. Especially considering the first trip I made after getting my scope setup (I was all over the target because it was windy, I kept flinching, and I didn't have a proper rest for the gun). And before any of you throw any negative remarks to me getting the Lead Sled, please keep them to yourselves!!! I understand they are not 100% dead balls Nasa accurate compared to other shooting styles, but it DID help me actually come up with multiple and consistent groups that I can actually get some numbers from.
Anyways; after finally getting a good idea of where I needed to sight my scope, I began doing 4-round groups. After the first 3 groups, I noticed a pattern:
The first round was ALWAYS low and to the left. Human error? Maybe, But as I finished 4 more groups, it was the same thing every time. My bet, is that every time after I loaded my magazine with 4 rounds, and cycled a round into the chamber, it threw the "zero" off on the TWS Rail. But then after firing the first shot, it returned to the true "zero" spot every time with each shot after.
I used completely different types of ammo for each group and also ensured on the last 4 groups that I was handling the gun in the exact same manner with each shot.
So with that said, the following are my results from today. I decided to leave out the first shot since it was always off, so I went with the remaining 3-shots as my true result. The quarter is just to show that I'm not trying to BS you guys.
Saiga 308 100 yard 1.jpg 66.13KB 12 downloads
Saiga 308 100 yard 2.jpg 68.76KB 8 downloads
Saiga 308 100 yard 3.jpg 61.82KB 8 downloads
I first measured the groups in inches, then converted them to their respective decimal point. However I was sort of estimating each group, so I decided afterwards to measure in millimeters (it was easier for me) and calculated the groups much closer to what they actually are.
With all 7 of those groups, they average a smidge under 1 3/4 MOA at 100 yards. (1.72")
I am pretty pleased with this average as I've seen some people averaging closer to 3.
So with these new findings, I plan on selling my TWS Rail and getting the RS Regulate Side-Mount to hopefully tighten those groups a tad more. If anybody is interested in purchasing it, please let me know with a private message. (I apologize in advance if I take a little while to respond as I don't consistently check this website).
Sorry for the long post guys, but thanks for reading. Happy shooting!