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deema
09-19-2011, 10:53 AM
I am considering to purchase a Saiga rifle to be used as a versatile gun for primarily target practice and occasional small to medium game hunting. However, I am undecided on the caliber I should get. I am not looking at the .223 since that would be too small for decent hunting and am choosing between the 7.62x39 and the .308.

Is it possible to get a single gun and be able to switch out calibers on it? Since both of those are 7.62 in diameter, I presume that the barrel would fit. Is it realistic to have two sets of feeders, magazines, and other integral parts to be able to easily swap between the two, depending on what I wanted to shoot?

ke6guj
09-19-2011, 10:55 AM
it might be possible, but it would not be practical. "Easy" would not describe the process to convert it.

zfields
09-19-2011, 10:57 AM
with how cheap they are.....why?

someR1
09-19-2011, 11:01 AM
not worth the $$ to "convert"

kalieracer
09-19-2011, 11:12 AM
I am going to say no, it is not a viable option.

1. Barrels are not swappable easily
2. Magwells are cut different.
3. The labor involved and reliablity issues are going to be huge.

Mamluke
09-19-2011, 11:15 AM
with how cheap they are.....why?

+1 .....

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richzmn
09-19-2011, 11:19 AM
:facepalm:

chead
09-19-2011, 11:57 AM
Don't do it. Mikhail won't ever forgive you.

M.C.
09-19-2011, 12:37 PM
Don't do it. Mikhail won't ever forgive you.

Who's Mikhail????


Just kidding.


I agree. Waste of time money, and effort. If you're not sure about which caliber you want, find a couple buddies with said calibers and pick which one you want. Better yet... buy all three and whatever one you don't like, sell to me for a significantly discounted price :D

adamsreeftank
09-19-2011, 1:10 PM
The chamber (the part that holds the loaded cartridge) is a different size and shape, so no, you can not easily switch between .308 and 7.62x39.

chead
09-19-2011, 1:19 PM
The chamber (the part that holds the loaded cartridge) is a different size and shape, so no, you can not easily switch between .308 and 7.62x39.

Well, maybe. For one shot.

vincewarde
09-19-2011, 1:38 PM
If your goal is hunting, by the .308. 7.62x39 is too limited. The .308 shoots flatter, can handle heavier bullets, is inherently more accurate, and delivers a lot more energy. You can load a .308 down to 7.62x39 levels - but not the reverse.

7.62x39 is roughly as powerful as a .30-30, OK for deer (if you can find good American ammo), but marginal for anything bigger (Larger Hogs, Elk, etc). 7.62x39's biggest advantage is the cheap ammo, which kind of makes it a big plinker. Could be used for three gun too.

I have guns in both chamberings, and I like both, but I would not take my SKS hunting unless the shots were going to be close (100 yards or less) and the game small (Blacktail deer or smaller).

Of course if you like the first Saiga you by, you could always buy one in the other caliber!

Just my .02 worth.

1911su16b870
09-19-2011, 4:59 PM
Changing calibers on the AK would require an new bolt, front trunion and barrel...not an easy thing to do.

MrPlink
09-19-2011, 6:47 PM
and this is why many of us end up with multiples of the same type of gun but in different calibers... at least that is my excuse! :D

KCDS
09-19-2011, 10:30 PM
7.62x54r FTW, punch of .308, price of x39

darkest2000
09-19-2011, 10:34 PM
I don't think it can be done, but even if it can, it's cheaper to just buy one of each.

doctor_vals
09-19-2011, 10:39 PM
7.62x54r FTW, punch of .308, price of x39

Exactly!!!

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