Accuracy on an sar-1
I am just curious what can somebody expect the accuracy on an sar-1 to be with factory sights at 100 yards. I was talking with a fellow and I said I can go around a 4" group at 50 yards from a bench with 30 rounds. I am fairly decent with my bolt guns holding under 1 moa at 100 and I thought that was pretty decent for my Romy. He was saying he could go 2" at 100 in 10 rounds. Are there SAR-1's that will in fact meet 2 moa on a 10 shot string at 100 with factory sights out of the box? I was told that I needed to have my rifle looked at. Thanks.
My SAR-1 won't. I am averaging 2.5-3 inches at 100 yards with optics for 5 shot groups with ammo it likes. I am a decent shot so I don't think there is much more to be obtained from my rifle anyways. If his SAR-1 is getting 10 shots into 2 inches at 100 yards he has a really good specimen.
You have two factors.
(1) Optics limit the shooting accuracy at longer ranges (100') as the rifle is set with thick combat sights great for quick use, but not designed for target shooting accuracy. Using a scope on a good side rail mount will ensure you are firing to the exact same Point Of Aim which would increase your accuracy and reduce group size.
(B) Firing Position - are you bench shooting with rest and bags, or just "grip it & rip it" down the range?
A good SAR-1 will shoot 3"-4" groups . An exceptional SAR-1 will shoot 2" groups.
My humble experience over many years. Your mileage (and accuracy) may vary!
The Soviet Army standard for 7.62x39 rifles was 4 shots in a 6" group firing from the supported prone position at 100 meters.
IME a 7.62X39 rifle should put 5 shots in a 4" to 6" group at 100 yards from a bench with commercial Russian ammunition. If your results are worse than that, try other ammunition. If the poor results persist, have other people shoot the rifle to eliminate the shooter as a variable. If all goups exceed 6", there's something wrong with the rifle.
Unless I hold my SAR-1 tightly, it is minute of pie plate at 50 yards. If I sit down and keep a tight grip in the barrel then it is much better but it is still basically a bullet hose with a spray adapter mounted in it. It just is a violent little carbine that as to be kept under control while shooting. No way I can set up, rest my one hand under the heel and expect to hit paper at 50 yards. Definitely not at 100 yards.
I have had mine for almost 8 years now and it seldom gets to the range. It is just not comfortable for me to shoot. My Russian, German and US made milsurps are much more enjoyable to shoot. I like shooting my SKS's a lot more.