SVD Rifle Chambered in .300 Winchester Magnum

Sureshot Armament Group is working on a project of chambering an SVD rifle in .300 Win Mag. Initially, this was just a project for them. However, according to the company’s officials, the amount of interest towards the project may eventually lead them to sell the converted rifles and even make brand new .300 Win Mag receivers.

SAG started with a Tigr rifle (civilian copy of the SVD). They used Tigr-9 (the civilian version of SVDK) 9.3x64mm Brenneke magazines, which also fit five rounds of .300 Win Mag. Next, they widened the magazine well to accommodate the larger SVDK magazine. The new barrel is 25.5″ long with a 1:8.5″ twist rate. They’ve also designed a new clamp-on gas block. After all the modifications, the rifle weighs 5.2 kg (about 11.5 lbs) with an empty magazine attached.

The enlarged magazine well with the 9.3x64mm Brenneke magazine

The new gas block (halfway machined)

Interestingly, they didn’t change the original SVD bolt. It turns out that the 7.62x54R bolt works fine (feeds, extracts, ejects) with the .300 Win Mag cartridge.

The forearm is SAG SVD Chassis Mk1 and the stock is SAG SVD Adjustable Buttstock. Both accessories are shown below.

In the video below, they are single loading the .300 Win Mag cartridges and doing some sort of safety testing. The gas port is not drilled yet, that’s why the action doesn’t cycle.

I think SAG does a great job on improving and extending the capabilities of the SVD platform. We’ll keep our readers up to date concerning the further development of this project.





Hrachya H

Being a lifelong firearms enthusiast, Hrachya always enjoys studying design, technology and history of guns and ammunition. His knowledge of Russian allows him to translate and make Russian/Soviet/Combloc small arms related information available for the English speaking audience.
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  • Tim

    Pochemu? Razvye, zachem takaya vintovka?

    • Green Hell

      Pochemu net?

  • BeGe1

    Shut up and take my money.

  • PK

    Finally! I’ve thought about this possibility since the first Mosin I saw reworked to .300WM.

  • gusto

    with all the computers, all the engineers who know a crapload of math you still have to test it with a string (:

    • PK

      Cheap insurance, why not?

    • Brick

      Never forget that we lost a $125 million orbiter because NASA and Lockheed Martin screwed up the imperial and metric systems.

      • RocketScientist

        Slight clarification. LM f****d it up. Contract for the software for the ground-support navigation software very clearly stated what the units should be. LM didn’t do that. Granted NASA quality folks and integration testing and all that should have revealed that too, but still.

        • Brick

          Yes, that’s true. LMCO used imperial when NASA asked for metric, or something like that.

    • God help us, we’re in the hands of Engineers.

  • Grant

    If they can import either complete rifles or parts for this thing, then why hasn’t anyone brought in any ‘normal’ SVD rifles. I understand that it might not be possible right now with the sanctions, but I know the SVD would sell.

    • Seth Hill

      Better yet, why not just build them completely here? It should be easy to reverse engineer one to get all the measurements, etc.

      • PK

        “Should be”.

        It’s actually fairly complex to machine the needed forging dies, set up the needed manufacturing base, and so forth. Russia and former satellite states have the advantage of many decades of the machinery, generations of the technology behind the AK and similar, to build on.

        It really is quite a feat to rebuild that sort of manufacturing, which has largely left the USA. Some companies are doing it already, but it just takes a lot of time and effort.

        It won’t be easy, but it will be worthwhile.

        • Why not buy all the SVD tooling from a non-Russian country?

          • PK

            We’re missing generations of tooling, machinery, and experienced machine operators for the way they’re made. There are too many steps between raw material and the way an SVD is produced that we totally lack as a nation, but we’ll get there again.

            For example, a while back a USA based company announced that they’d started hot forging the AK-47 trunnion, rear sight base, and bolt. That’s enormous news, but it is still only one step, albeit a confident step in the right direction.

            “You can’t get here from there” is the problem, in a nutshell.

          • Kris Moore

            Just ask Para how easy it is to up and begin creating product in the US. All they did is move machinery and it took them years to get American workers to where the product was even close to the older counterparts. Sad to say American machine work, just as a current skill set outside the established experts is borderline non exsistant.

          • PK

            I can’t quite cry about it, as it was very obvious and advertised. “We’re going to severely lack production engineers and skilled machinists, very soon” was the cry going out from many schools in the mid-90s, and it was widely ignored for computer-focused jobs.

          • Muzzlehatch

            I sold off the contents of a New Jersey high school machine shop several years ago. A lot of students wanted to take the machine shop class but the school board decided no.

          • PK

            That’s just a damned shame.

        • Flounder

          It would be redesigned and everything would be made on American machinery. So… Everything would be milled, or surplus parts, very much like the current AK’s are. Although we can make dies and stampings easily in the US as well…

          The redesign is the hard part and would require some testing and some redesign after the product launches.

      • Grant

        I personally would not buy one made here unless it has been sold for at least a year and was receiving good reviews. Even something relatively cheap and simple like the AK has been really problematic to make in the US. Century’s US made AK rifles that go out of headspace in a few thousand rounds and have brittle front sight bases and gas blocks are a perfect example of this. Other makers had numerous problems too.

        A SVD would be a premium rifle and I would expect to pay $1.5k-2k for one. A custom .300 WM would probably be even more expensive. It would be too much of a gamble.

        • Samuel Millwright

          LoL

          And THAT RIGHT THERE is why you’ll NEVER see Americanski SVD’s successfully brought to market…

          Bare minimum an American SVD is $3000 a pop

          A sexied up chassised up “bored and stroked” big boy caliber SVD isn’t coming in under$4500

        • PK

          The Century/IO use of cast bolts/trunnions/rear sight bases is exactly why one US company set up a while ago and has been making hot forged parts, instead. We’ll get there on the quality, the AK is just a totally different approach to manufacture than the AR, for example.

          • Grant

            From what I’ve seen on the AK Operator’s Union, Palmetto State Armory is making a reasonably priced AK in the US. It survived their 5k round torture test and was pretty accurate. If I wanted a lower end AK, I’d feel comfortable buying one.

            I wouldn’t keep an IO if I got it free. My cousin has one and the barrel is populated with roll pins. Sad.

            I think the biggest problem with the AK is everyone thinks they should be dirt cheap. To actually do everything right cost a bit of money. It’s not 1990 anymore when the Eastern Block had just collapsed and still had mountains of AK rifles that could be stripped for parts or skilled arsenal workers who were still working for peanuts.

      • SuperFunkmachine

        Building them is easy, it’s building them to price in small numbers thats hard.

      • Wow!

        The other issue is that making this market was viable back in Obama’s presidency, but with the availability of cheap AR 15/10 80% kits today, the majority of the market is satisfied with that. Lots of gun owners would be interested, but I don’t think enough that it would cover the costs to set up production, and certainly not at a price that would rival imported parts.

        • Seth Hill

          First off, there are NO imported parts for the SVD. Second, don’t confuse this with ARs, just because there is a down shift in the AR market doesn’t mean that it applies to other areas. Third, just because there may be a small number of buyers doesn’t mean that it isn’t doable. Look at the number of thriving custom rifle shops there are. Not everything would have to be made in house (barrels for example). To start off it could be done in a small machine shop and then as orders come in it could expand, just like a number of gun makers have done it. The bonus is that there is very little R&D needed, so that should save money.

          • Wow!

            First, dude. Do a google search. There are fewer distributors and it is much harder to get a complete set (not that it has ever been easy) but parts have been kicking around for years. And this is just at the consumer level. Every so often someone will post on gunsmithing forums on how to build his partial part kit collection.
            Second, the drop in AR sales do correlate to the rest of the market. The majority of gun owners are not mall ninjas or collectors, they are people who want something reasonable for self defense and recreation. The market for these more expensive and niche firearms is relatively slim. Even competition shooters would not be interested which is another major market. Plus there are a lot of guys who will buy it, shoot it for a few years, then sell it off when the novelty dies down. The rifles are cool, but generally not cool enough for most to loosen their purse-strings.
            Third, it isn’t impossible, but the odds are against production when full US made custom orders are likely to cost way more than converting an import. People aren’t buying the rifles floating on auctions as is. The SVD is almost like the PS90 market due to surplus ammo reaching 308 pricing.
            If they do it, it would be cool, but I really don’t see that many buyers. I’ve owned an SVD before and even I probably wouldn’t shell out over $1000 for one when I already have an LR308. And the going price for low end rifles is already in the $1600 range.

    • Kelly Jackson

      They were expensive guns even when they were imported in the US. I remember seeing them at gun shows for $1,700 and that was back in the late 90s.

      The market for them is pretty limited, your average ARRRRRRRRR operator can’t tell the difference between one and a $700 PSL.

      They’re cool guns, but people have the misconception that these are long range sniper rifles. The Russians deployed them more in a medium fire suppression role not unlike what you’d be doing with a modern ACOG and M4.

      For long range shooting the Russians use the SV-98.

      • I wunder

        Don’t forget the Zastava M76 dmr ak in 30-06 and 8mm. The tacticool crowd probably thinks they are a svd too.

      • iksnilol

        They’ve been used for long range without issue (not hella long range, it is after all only a 308 equivalent, but 800-1000 meters).

  • Brett baker

    Why? According to the US military, 7.62×54 is the equivalent of 300 WIN mag!😉

    • Wow!

      It’s actually closer to 7.62×51. The case capacity is so close, sometimes you can exchange load data between the two.

  • Alvar

    Нет! Riфle is фine!

    • Green Hell

      Нет! Зэ райфл из файн!

  • Vhyrus

    Oh my god yes.

  • feetpiece _

    Even if it doesn’t work it’s still better than an “M1A”

  • The_Champ

    Well I’ve got no objections, the world does need more .300 Win Mag self-loaders. I do love that cartridge.

  • John

    Hmm, I always looked at the .300 Win Mag as a hunting round or sniper round. Why would I need rapid fire capability in either of those situations? Yes, it is cool but the recoil compared to the smaller rounds would be brisk and you can’t let loose unless your figuratively “loaded” as .308 can be had for 50 cents a round but .300 Win Mag??? $Ouch$ No mag dumps here!

    • Xtorin O’hern

      because whats better then being able to lay down the hate on something 1,000 yards away? laying down the hate on something 1,000 yards away 10 times as fast as you can line up your crosshairs

      • John

        Simple, take your auto AK, load it with tracers in a 75 round mag, stick it in the dirt at about a 45 degree angle, tie down the trigger and literally rain fire down on your enemy!

      • feetpiece _

        That’s what the 240L is for.

        • Xtorin O’hern

          let me rephrase that, lay down the hate on something 10 times as fast as you can align your crosshairs accurately…

    • mazkact

      It’s not about need. But I do need one in 6.5×55 😉

  • Anonymoose

    Make it in full-on .375 H&H, so it can best the current Russian 9.3×63 Brenneke SVDK and we’ll talk.

    • Brett baker

      .375 Ruger might be easier to do.

  • iksnilol

    Tigr should have potential for stuff like this. Since it is made in larger cartridges (IE there’s Tigr in 30-06) which gives you space for rechambering.

    Personally I’d go for a Tigr in 6.5×55

    • gusto

      Apart from the old ljungman there are NO factory semi 6,5×55
      Damn shame cuz its a Great round

      I did shoot a rebarreled Merkel semi in 6,5! Very soft and sweet shootin
      It was a spensive customjob

      • Brett baker

        6.5 Creedmoor.

      • iksnilol

        Mags are a bit difficult to find I guess. I mean, it’s not like there’s affordable mags for that cartridge floating around.

  • Jimmy the cracker of corn

    That’s great if you’re an AK nut, but I don’t see the appeal in paying for something like that when you have perfectly capable AR platforms that offer the same capability. I can’t see an SVD platform being more accurate and price competitive than an AR platform.
    Don’t get me wrong, I’m no fan of any rifle that is chambered in 4 dollar bills. But still.

    • Devil_Doc

      NEMO 300WM….

  • Salty

    People say an SVD produced in the USA is not going to happen because it is too expensive. Yet there are semi-auto copies of the FG42, BAR, and other WWII-era weapons produced and sold. So why not an SVD clone?

    • Brett baker

      Simple, There are more WW2 buffs than Cold War buffs.

    • mazkact

      Ohio Ordinance can do it.

    • Wow!

      Anything can be built in the US. The question is more if people are going to pay for it. For custom orders on an individual basis, yes. For selling to the mainstream gun owners at a gun shop, probably not. If people want the capabilities of the SVD, generally they will buy a cheap $600 LR308 80% kit.

  • Fred

    They went with a Keymod rail!
    Nevermind!

    • Wow!

      Anything with keymod should be slated for its demise.

  • Colonel K

    I’ll wait for the 3-D printed version and then still not buy one. 🙂

  • Devil_Doc

    Wait. You can chamber a Mosin to fire 300WM? Shut the front door…

  • Kerwin Kerr

    Replicating a Dragunov SVD in any caliber is not that hard. It is well within the abilities of the Amerikan firearms industry to do so. Any good machinist, tool & diemaker or gunsmith can do this. Whether or not it can be made cost effectively is another matter. However I question the reason for doing so. AR10 clones have been made in .30-06 and .300 Win. Mag. and I’m pretty sure they are simpler and cheaper to make then the SVD. Correct me if I am wrong but the SVD is a product improved AK47 with a forged receiver and short stroke gas system to increase accuracy. Also it’s side mounted scope mount is inferior to the top mounting of the AR10, I think.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2ab4fa11244ab00ac1c0e83b1362b3406c0592a28e17df8bf5f7953d2f1bb5f4.jpg nk.