If you guys have $100 to spare, now is a great time to pick up a spare barrel for your Saiga .223. Since these rifles are no longer imported this is pretty much it, and the barrel is the heart of your rifle.
Both AK-Builder and Arms of America have in stock right now AK-74 profiled 5.56 barrels that are compatible with the Saiga .223 - these are complete drop-in replacements. The barrels are available in non-CL, CL, and nitride treated. All are made from Montana Rifle Company blanks, which are known to be pretty accurate.
I've had one of the non-CL barrels for some time from AK-Builder, and was just about to press it in to the trunnion on my Ak-74 build, then at the last minute I ordered one of the nitride treated barrels from Arms of America. This barrel appears to be one of AK-Builder's barrels that was simply sent off for treatment. The two barrels are identical placed side by side.
Rather than selling the non-CL barrel I'm keeping it on as a spare for the Saiga. I may never even need it, but I feel better knowing that it's there.
Guys these barrels are all about $100, that's cheap insurance for some of you that have put serious time and effort into modding your rifle. Compared to 7.62x39, 5.56 is a barrel burner and will eventually wear out the factory barrels - it may take over well 10K rounds but it can still happen.
Edited by mancat, 28 June 2015 - 11:01 PM.