View Full Version : Saiga .308 - 16" or 21" Barrell?

10-08-2009, 1:30 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

10-08-2009, 2:24 PM
Go with the 16". I here about sub standard accuracy with the 21".

10-08-2009, 2:26 PM
lot of barrel flex with the 21" hence the worse accuracy.

HUTCH 7.62
10-08-2009, 2:28 PM
Thought Saiga was going Bankrupt

10-08-2009, 11:05 PM
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...

10-08-2009, 11:10 PM
Thought Saiga was going Bankrupt

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

10-08-2009, 11:28 PM
21" would make for a nice Saiganov build.

10-08-2009, 11:30 PM
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.....

10-09-2009, 6:15 AM
16 in. for a handy 308 carbine. My Saiga 308 shoots into 1.5" at 100 with milsurp.

B Strong
10-09-2009, 7:19 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.

10-09-2009, 7:38 AM
get the 16" and have it PG converted:D

10-09-2009, 9:51 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.

10-10-2009, 10:29 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:


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

10-10-2009, 1:18 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.

10-10-2009, 2:19 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?