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TheCortez
10-08-2009, 2:30 PM
I'm looking to buy a Saiga .308 to have fun shooting and just wanted to ask the member's opinion on which length barrel I should get. 16" or the 21" ? Thanks

geronimo2012
10-08-2009, 3:24 PM
Go with the 16". I here about sub standard accuracy with the 21".

Scratch705
10-08-2009, 3:26 PM
lot of barrel flex with the 21" hence the worse accuracy.

HUTCH 7.62
10-08-2009, 3:28 PM
Thought Saiga was going Bankrupt

gunrun45
10-09-2009, 12:05 AM
Mine is a 16in version. I love it and it has very acceptable accuracy for a semi-auto 308 of its design type (1.5 to 2in at 100 yards) using surplus ammo. My only regret is that there are no magazine conversion kits out there for this rifle. Lots of talk, but my FAL and G3 mags are still sitting in a box...

69Mach1
10-09-2009, 12:10 AM
Thought Saiga was going Bankrupt

What, no one posted the news? It's over, no bankrupcy.

NSR500
10-09-2009, 12:28 AM
21" would make for a nice Saiganov build.

SanSacto
10-09-2009, 12:30 AM
16 incher for sure! The 308's are super easy to convert too! I would convert a Saiga 308 for fun! Too bad I sold mine.....

SCMA-1
10-09-2009, 7:15 AM
16 in. for a handy 308 carbine. My Saiga 308 shoots into 1.5" at 100 with milsurp.

B Strong
10-09-2009, 8:19 AM
7.62 x 51 out of a 16" tube is loud!

No experience with the Saigas, but I had a Valmet M76 in 7.62 - great AK type variant, magazines were unavailable, or ridiculously expensive when you could find 'em, I dumped it during the run up to the RR law for about 200% of my purchase price.

unclejesse
10-09-2009, 8:38 AM
get the 16" and have it PG converted:D

GunOwner
10-09-2009, 10:51 AM
Depends on what you want it for. In close (100 yards or so) I use an AR. I only use 308 for longer distance. IMHO - 21" is better for a 308 for long range use. I think the increase in velocity makes for a better long range shots. Plus have you seen a 308 out of a 16" tube? It is a FLAMETHROWER and LOUD. Your mileage may vary.

Hoop
10-10-2009, 11:29 AM
I have been looking at buying a .308 and converting it for awhile. From what I've been told it's ~150 grain ammo and 2" or less at 100 yards with the longer barrel. The rifle this guy built is pretty nice:

http://www.akfiles.com/forums/showthread.php?t=36462

Too bad I have no cash at the moment otherwise I would already have one.

zeus45c
10-10-2009, 2:18 PM
Can you add some sort of support to the barrel to minimize barrel flex. Maybe something similar to what's out for the mini-14.

69Mach1
10-10-2009, 3:19 PM
lot of barrel flex with the 21" hence the worse accuracy.


I'm not so sure it's that bad. both .308 versions have barrels with at least a .70 inch diameter. What is the diameter for an M14 / M1A?