It is a well known fact that the AK is one of the finest rifles in the world. The original AK plant and the office of KALASHNIKOV is in the IZHMASH factory in Izhevsk Russia. Now the IZHMASH factory brings you the sporting version of the world famous AK and they call it "SAIGA". Yes, there are some changes such as: Hunting stock / forend
Standard capacity magazines
Wide range of calibers or gauges
Sporting sighting system
But under the hood lies the famous AK action / design, built by the original AK factory. Standard features: Hammer forged chrome lined barrel
Machined steel bolt
AK side scope rail
Polymer magazine and iron sights.
Checkered wood stock / forend
Polymer stock / forend
If you want a dependable semi-auto rifle or shotgun then buy a Saiga and you will see why the AK action is considered one of the most dependable actions in the world.
.223 and 7.62x39 came close to buying one today...
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Introducing the new Savage AccuTrigger™... A revolutionary design that will forever change the way shooters expect triggers to function.
Savage is constantly searching for new products or innovations that provide a true benefit to shooters. The trigger is one significant area that captured Savage's attention. Most triggers found in firearms produced today have a very heavy pull. The reason is quite simple...liability. Manufacturers cannot afford to ship firearms with triggers that could accidentally discharge; therefore, they design their firearms with heavy trigger pulls.
Almost all triggers can be adjusted to some degree. Some triggers have a screw that can be adjusted in order to reduce spring pressure on the sear mechanism, while others require a gunsmith to polish the mating components to reduce sear engagement. Adjustments to factory triggers can create an unsafe condition and usually void the factory warranty.
Savage is a unique company. Its managers, including the owner, are shooters and hunters. They listen to other shooters to understand what they want (and don't want) in a firearm. Most shooters are frustrated with a legal system that mandates the design of heavy triggers. They don’t feel they should be required to buy a firearm and then pay a gunsmith to have the trigger adjusted.
Savage challenged its engineering team to design a completely new trigger system that would give shooters what they desired. It took several years, but Savage’s new AccuTrigger™ meets every objective.
The AccuTrigger™ is Easily Adjustable
In most centerfire hunting models for 2004, the AccuTrigger™ is adjustable from approximately 2 1/2 lbs to 6 lbs, giving the shooter the flexibility to set the trigger pull to individual preference without paying a gunsmith to adjust the trigger. In the 12 Series Varmint and Law Enforcement Series, the AccuTrigger™ is adjustable from approximately 1 1/2lbs to 6lbs.
Adjustment of the AccuTrigger™ is easy. Simply remove the stock and rotate the return spring with the tool supplied with the rifle. The AccuTrigger™ has a single adjustment location and is designed so it cannot be adjusted below the minimum setting.
The AccuTrigger is Completely Safe
The AccuTrigger™ is completely safe and cannot accidentally discharge from being jarred or dropped when maintained and adjusted as intended. The trigger is designed with an integrated AccuRelease™ that must be completely depressed or the rifle cannot fire. While pulling the trigger, the AccuRelease™ is intentionally depressed, which unblocks the sear and allows the rifle to discharge.
A newly designed teardrop safety is an additional feature on rifles with the new trigger. It provides for better acquisition of the safety button and operates smoother and quieter.
The AccuTrigger™ is Extremely Crisp and Exhibits No Creep.
Savage used sophisticated software to compare objective measurements of their new AccuTrigger™ with competitors’ triggers. These comparisons confirmed there is a graphic and repeatable difference between the AccuTrigger™ and all other triggers tested. This objective method of testing demonstrated the new Savage system has a lighter trigger pull than all the other major brands. In fact, the AccuTrigger™ was lighter than a top-of-the-line imported brand and a custom aftermarket trigger. Testing also revealed the AccuTrigger™ was much smoother, crisper, broke cleaner and demonstrated less creep than any other factory-built trigger tested.
See and use the future of the industry — the Savage AccuTrigger™--the trigger system that makes all others obsolete.
Given the parameters of cheapness, shooting foxes, stray dogs and other varmints, and keeping it simple - my vote would be the H&R/NEF single-shot in .223 Rem caliber. You can find one under two bills. Add a cheap but decent scope - you're in business!
I would agree with the previous post regarding Savage and Sagia. If you want to step up a little from there in price, you can get a .223 ruger ranch rifle for a little less than an AR-15. Kel-tec is also making a neat little .223 rifle in the $500 range. Lots of choices!
Stick with the single shot or bolt action if you plan to hunt varmints with it. The Ruger Mini-14, though a fine rifle has poor acuracy when it comes to small varmint size targets especially past 200 yards.
I would hope this doesn't upset anyone BUT,the ak is and will always be what it is, A well designed MILITARY (throw-a -way) firearm. As far as i'm see,the best thing about the ak is you can throw it in the mud and keep shooting. Its to bad we didn't have it in the early days of S E Asia. Anybody that knows about our early stoner understands.