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Magazine difference, AK 47 vs. AK 74?

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#1 fflincher



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Posted 23 August 2011 - 07:43 PM

I couldn't find it in any of the posts I looked at on the Saiga forums, so I asked diffen.com. They said:


"Magazines for both rifles are similar except for the minor changes in dimensions to accommodate different size cartridges. AK-74 magazines are polymer, and have a raised horizontal rib on each side of the rear lug to prevent their use in a 7.62x39mm AK."

So, please help me here if I'm off base. I already missed out on the group buy of 45 rounders. Does this mean my 7.62X39 magazines will hold and feed the 5.45?

And in an emergency I could shave off the horizontal ribs on each side of the AK-74 magazines to use them for the 7.62X39 round in my AK-47s?

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Posted 23 August 2011 - 07:49 PM

no, the curve of the mag is different, it may feed 1 or 2 rounds but nothing past that
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Posted 23 August 2011 - 08:48 PM

I always thought the ribs were for stripper clip loading

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Posted 24 August 2011 - 01:59 PM

You don't have to buy 45 rounders. Copes has Polish steel mags for under $15 and centerfire has the 4 pack of used Bulgarian mags for something like $40+shipping.

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Posted 25 August 2011 - 05:57 PM

47 mags wont even fit into the well.

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Posted 25 August 2011 - 10:42 PM

I love my steel Polish mags...I couldn't even imagine using a 45 round mag. I think they are too long...

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Posted 26 August 2011 - 10:58 AM

I love my steel Polish mags...I couldn't even imagine using a 45 round mag. I think they are too long...

Too long for what? Prone shooting? Even a 30rd mag is too long for that. 45rd mags are almost exactly as long as a 10rd S12 mag.

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