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Old 01-29-2013, 12:49 PM   #11
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I use two duckbill Cobray 30 round mags in my SKS with total reliability. In my opinion, the polymer mags are better by far than steel mags primarily because you can work with them, and usually have to to get them to function without problems.

It's as simple as getting a fine file and filing down the feedlips and sometimes the area that activates the bolt hold-open. Cycle the bolt, see what's interfering, file a little bit, check operation again.

Sometimes polymer mags have more "feed lips" than they need. You can file more 'gap' between the lips and actually improve performance. But it is important to only file off a minute amount of material at a time and check operation again or else you'll render the mag into a useless pile of plastic. Make sure you file the lips 'square' and straight, not crooked and angled.

And by "check operation" I mean 'cycle the bolt'. It's highly advisable to use Snap Caps while checking feed and bolt hold-open. But they are expensive at $15 or $20 for five.

I must admit that I used live ammo.......so if that's the case for you, for crying out loud keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction away from other people, preferably out in a rural area. Go to a buddy's house if you have to. A negligent discharge can go through two or three walls and get you into a lot of trouble.

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I just use the stock 10 round mag. It has never had a fail to feed or a double feed. They are like a timex. Take a lickn' and keep on tickin'.
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My Frankenstein Norinco runs absolutely flawlessly with the Tapco 20 rounders, they won't refill through the top of the rifle with stripper clips though. Never tried a steel duckbill.
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I just use the stock 10 round mag. It has never had a fail to feed or a double feed. They are like a timex. Take a lickn' and keep on tickin'.
I second that, ive had 3 or 4 detachable mags and none of them were worth a damn. I stick with the built in mag.
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I have an original Russian sks and I was wondering if anyone knows if there is a conversion kit out for it so it can accept AK mags?
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I'd leave an original Russian SKS alone. If you really want AK capacity that works reliably and doesn't alter the gun, get an AK clone. A Russian SKS in really good condition can probably get you a decent payment on an AK.clone.

"Customized" SKSs will tend to lose value now that supplies of good condition originals are dwindling.
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I have a NORINCO and I use a NORINCO twenty round fixed magazine with it. 100 percent reliable, loads with strippers, and the original 10 round fixed can be reinstalled in 15 seconds.
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I have a NORINCO and I use a NORINCO twenty round fixed magazine with it. 100 percent reliable, loads with strippers, and the original 10 round fixed can be reinstalled in 15 seconds.
This. Even with the lowly 10 round factory mag in it, if you practice with Chargers, you can pull off some fast reloads. It has worked well that way for close to 70 years, so why change it now?
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I can strip two chargers, 20 rounds, into the SKS almost as fast as changing detachable mags in my AK..
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I can strip two chargers, 20 rounds, into the SKS almost as fast as changing detachable mags in my AK..
Then you aren't swapping your AK mags right.

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