Internal and External Mags

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by BigSe63xy, Jun 2, 2010.

  1. BigSe63xy

    BigSe63xy New Member

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    If you buy a rifle with an internal magazine is it possible to use an external magazine with it?
     
  2. Dillinger

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    Depends on the rifle, but usually you can replace all or part of the bottom parts ( bottom metal ) and change it over.

    As long as the tolerances at the top of the external mag matches that of the internal one, your weapon should feed without a problem.

    What specifically are you looking to do?

    JD
     

  3. BigSe63xy

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    Nothing yet. Just trying to learn right now.
     
  4. bkt

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    It's possible if you're willing to modify the rifle from its original factory specs.

    SKS's can be modified. Remington 700's (the ones with a floorplate) can be modified to take a mag. Other rifles can be modified as well.

    Obviously, not all rifles can be modified. What's the application?
     
  5. BigSe63xy

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    I don't understand. What do you mean by application?
     
  6. Dillinger

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    bkt is asking what kind of weapon you would like to modify, and why?

    Is it a hunting rifle with an internal magazine that you wish to turn to an external magazine feed for the use as a primary SHTF rifle?

    Or?????

    Just merely a question as to what was driving the initial question I believe.

    JD
     
  7. BigSe63xy

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    Oh I see. I was just wondering. I was just browsing rifles on the internet and I saw one with a 4 round internal magazine but I thought that was kind of small. If I were to buy that one I would probably want a larger magazine and I wanted to know if it was possible to switch it.

    It was a Weatherby Vanguard .223 Bolt Action btw.
     
  8. Dillinger

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    The Weatherby Vanguard is a great action. It is made by HOWA out of Japan and we are a big fan of them in the shop I work in part-time.

    About 4 or 5 months ago Brett, the owner and Mastersmith, completed a HOWA 1500 ( basically the same action ) build with a Wild Dog Stock ( out of Australia - expensive, but VERY tough and Real World Durable ) with a sweet Krieger bull barrel and external 10 round box mag in .308

    That rifle was a tack driver and it was very cool to look at, sitting on the Harris Bi-pod with a Leupold Mark IV on top of it.

    I know that particular action can have it done, but I honestly don't know if it is a "drop in" that you can do at home, or if it was "custom" that Brett did in the shop for this customer.

    I can find out for you if you are truly interested.

    JD
     
  9. bkt

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    The Vanguard does have a floorplate, so it might be possible to do without a major effort. Looking around just now, I didn't see anyplace that offers such modifications, but a gunsmith might be able to hook you up.
     
  10. BigSe63xy

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    I'm not truely interested atm. Just browsing but you guys came up with the answer I was looking for. Thanks.