View Full Version : Saiga in 16" or 20"?

11-19-2007, 3:38 PM
I'm thinking about buying a Saiga and having it shipped to a local FFL.
However i was wondering people's thoughts on the different barrel lengths?
Benefits? Disadvantages?


11-19-2007, 5:32 PM
Depends on the caliber. My simple answer: 16" on x39 or .223, 20" on 30-06 or .308

Barrel length gets you more velocity, which translates into better distance, which is only useful IF the rifle is accurate to begin with. For whatever reason, the x39 and .223 rifles I've shot aren't particularly accurate and those rounds are really only good out to 400yds, but the .308 versions are significantly more accurate (shockingly, sometimes near 1-MOA with decent ammo), which means you could conceivably shoot at longer distances and hold decent groups.

The other considerations: will you be fielding it or bench shooting? Shorter is better for carry, longer is better for the range.

11-19-2007, 5:46 PM
20" .308. Target was shot at 100 yards using surplus ammo.

11-19-2007, 5:56 PM
hmmm... i've been thinking about buying a saiga in .308 as a cheaper alternative to purchasing a ar10-like rifle or an M14... for the price, looks like it shoots alright.

11-19-2007, 11:47 PM

Saigas looks great in bathrooms and scares the crap out of people when they take a dump at my place.

I personally like 16" barrels over 20" because shorter is more tactical. If you your getting a Saiga, get it in 7.62X39 otherwise it is like putting a V8 in a RX7. Too bad the 20G or 12Gs Saigas are illegal here in Cal.

11-20-2007, 5:22 PM
get both.
in .308 of course

11-20-2007, 6:57 PM
I have a Saiga 308 from Irvington Arms, love it..

12-22-2007, 11:34 PM