Nearly perfect day today, so I decided to call up my dad and give the Texas Weapon System AK rail a try today on my Saiga .308.
Installation was a breeze until I had to mount my Nikon scope. The front of the scope was too large and it bumped the top of the TWS mount, even with high clearance mounting hardware.
Thankfully, my father is ready for a brigade of zombies to invade SW Kansas. He had an extra Leupold 14x just "sitting around". We did a quick check, and sure enough it was within a **** hair of touching the TWS rail mount, but still fit. Off to the range.
Well, what can I say? It sucked ass. 5" MOA was the best I could muster (100 yards), minus a lot of fliers, even after shooting 2 1/2 to 3" groups with the iron sites a few months ago.
Conclusion: A Saiga .308 simply is NOT made to handle a scope IMO. It is a 200 and in gun, period. I know the AK guys will attack me to no end, telling me I can't shoot for shit or that I didn't mount it right, but we tried EVERYTHING to get this to work.
On a high note, to build my confidence back up my dad brought out his 24" DPMS AR-15 with JR trigger. Less then 1/2" groups at 100 and less then 2" groups at 300
. I even did a sitting free-style shot and hit a 3x3 target at 300.
It is obvious to me that I will probably go to a 24" DPMS .308 with bipod. My Saiga will turn into a conversation piece, only to be brought out to be scorned.