From what I've been reading on the saiga forum, the bolt an trunnion in the saiga 30-06 is identical to .308. According to the Hodgdon site, the 7.62x54r makes between 36,000 and 49,000 cup. the .308 makes on average 50,500 cup. My primary interest is the 8mm which generates between 36,000 and 49,000 cup. So you see, the saiga .308 guns are well strong enough for a 8mm or 7.62x54r conversion. The 30-06 by the way make 48,000 to 50,000. No question about it, according to the pressures generated, the .308 requires the strongest action between the 8mm and 7.62x54r. The 7.62x39 parts people want to use worry me, they may be strong enough, but were built for a round that generates 40,000 cup max, it your choice though and I really hope it works for ya.Originally Posted by hcpookie
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I am going to do a 8mm conversion of the .308 saiga. I just won a 24/47 barrel on ebay with a bright shiney bore for $49 shipped, and I got a mg 13 mag to look at and it is only 1/16 narrower than a standard ak47 mag. so it will work fine. All I need now is a .308 saiga for $350-$400, and I'll be happy. The only hard part will be possibly moving the ejector rearward if needed, making the mg 13 mag. fit won't be too bad. You may ask "Why a 8mm when 30-06 is available" well, 2 reasons, first is because I can, second, I have 10k of romanian surplus 8mm