Skip to comments.any Saiga 12 experts out there?
Posted on 11/06/2012 8:06:22 PM PST by TurboZamboni
Im the new (2nd owner) of a saiga 12.
Ive read about the low brass issues it has, but mine has no gas port markings 1 or 2 since it came with some customization from the previous owner. My interwebs reading shows set it to 1 for low brass and 2 for high brass.
Does having the port screwed all the way in as far as it will go (toward the buttstock ) equal 1 ?
It jams (failure to eject) with No # 4 estate tactical 2-3/4 and with S&B 00 buck 2-3/4.
And what exactly is considered low brass and vice versa? If its cheap and sold at Wal-mart, is it all considered low brass?
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I fooled with the settings some to no effect on either ammo type, they still mostly eject halfway or not at all.
Try here...http://www.saiga-12.com/ Should be able to answer your questions.
I have an S12. Thus far it has ran great on everything I’ve fed it, EXCEPT the cheap Winchester birdshot/skeet loads you can buy in bulk. The cheap Federal shells will get out of that 20rnd drum as fast as you can pull the trigger without so much as a hiccup.
All ‘high brass’, high powered shells have done great. Never have messed with the gas plug any, because I haven’t had to.
Definitely checkout the Saiga 12 forums for lots of good info if you haven’t already.
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I’m no saiga expert but I did shoot it once...
Based on what you wrote, I think if you screw it in all the way (to the buttstock), that is “1” and unscrewing it out will be “2”. By going to “1” you are allowing more gas to stay in the gun to operate the piston. “2” would allow more gas to escape.
I think low brass is less pressure and high brass is more pressure. I looked at my S&B buckshot- it is low brass. YOu can tell the difference because I compared the S&B buckshot shell to a winchester super x buckshot.Definitely high brass based on the height of the winchester metal part compared to the lower metal on the S&B.
I would recommend trying the “1” on your s&b and estate buckshot.
then try winchester super x at the “2” setting.
In all cases, keep the weapon stock firmly tucked in your shuolder so the recoil spring can operate correctly and cycle the weapon. Having loose grip or firing from the hip may cause cycling issues as the whole gun rides back.That happens when you fire a pistol too.
Winchester super x is what i would call standard good ammo hi brass and it is sold at walmart. buy a box so you can compare the difference. Also, I think AA birdshot is high brass.
Thats my five cents. Hope it helps.
I’ve seen videos about adjusting the gas piston 1/4 turn at a time and then test firing and keep doing that until it runs on whatever you’re shooting. not much good if you depend on it working immediately after cleaning it , IMHO.