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Rob Roy
09-27-2009, 10:13 AM
Which caliber is preferred for Saiga and why?

Rob454
09-27-2009, 10:50 AM
I think 7.62 is the most popular. Probably due to that style rifle being chambered in that caliber to start with and its the most easily found one and thus the cheapest.

69Mach1
09-27-2009, 12:59 PM
The Russian Saiga's have been imported for well over a decade. I think by now the 7.62x39's quantity can really never be matched. I think next year, the popularity will be about even between the 7.62x39 and the new 5.45x39.

SIGman Freud
09-27-2009, 1:06 PM
I kinda regret picking mine up in .223 because of the ammo pricing and the ubiquitous 7.62 round availaibility. However, this is my very first rifle and I thought it could be a happy medium between plinker and potential last-resort home defense survival arm.

Where I purchased my .223 Saiga, it was the same price as the 7.62. Only the .308 was about $50 more or so. I'm still thinking about picking up the 7.62 before prices go up on this surprisingly well-made rifle for the money.

The 5.45 wasn't available when I bought my .223. I don't think I would pick it up, even though people say the ammo is cheap. I think .223, 7.62, 5.56, etc. will be around for far longer and more available in the long run.

tombinghamthegreat
09-27-2009, 1:09 PM
I kinda regret picking mine up in .223 because of the ammo pricing and the ubiquitous 7.62 round availaibility. However, this is my very first rifle and I thought it could be a happy medium between plinker and potential last-resort home defense survival arm.


Look into an adapter to allow for AR mags.

justin_5585
09-27-2009, 1:15 PM
My preferred would be a .308, as you can't come close to building an AR-10 or M1a for the same price...

Double_D
09-27-2009, 1:25 PM
I couldn't be happier with my 7.62

BuzzKillin
09-27-2009, 7:48 PM
7.62x39 for your AK and .223 for your AR. I personally wouldn't purchase a Saiga in anything else but 7.62 unless I had a specific reason, like .308 for hunting or something. Definitely not .223. The rifle just isn't accurate enough to justify going to a softer hitting caliber imo. The AR really shines specifically because of its accuracy and velocity. I think the truth is that once you have shot an AK for a while, you will enjoy the accuracy of an AR and probably end up buying one anyway. By purchasing your Saiga in 7.62x39 and then your AR in .223, you are covering your calibers.

Rob Roy
09-27-2009, 10:26 PM
Why do you prefer 7.62x39 over .308? Any particular reason for that?

IsaacGlass
09-27-2009, 10:35 PM
Why do you prefer 7.62x39 over .308? Any particular reason for that?

Ammo cost.

tombinghamthegreat
09-27-2009, 10:38 PM
Why do you prefer 7.62x39 over .308? Any particular reason for that?

and you can use AK mags.

510shooter510
09-27-2009, 10:39 PM
+1 for ammo cost. I shoot wolf at 5 bucks a box of 20 out of mine. 7.62x39 rocks. would hate to own a 308 right now.

bballwizard05
09-27-2009, 11:51 PM
I really like my .223 and there are AK mags that hold the .223 so once you do the bullet guide you can buy up surplus AK mags for way cheaper than the stock or surefire ones. Also since the military uses 5.56 I see no reason that it should ever be to difficult to find (other than our nations fearless insightful leader getting in the way) and it loves eating crappy wolf from it's home country so it doesn't break the bank to shoot.

BuzzKillin
09-28-2009, 8:14 AM
Ammo cost.

+1 on that. And Ammo availability.

StevieC
09-28-2009, 8:34 AM
and the 7.62x39 is a kick *** round