I had a thought a few weeks ago and wondered if the Tapco AK74 5.45 10 round mag might work in the 223 VEPR with a bullet guide. I PM'd with Captain Hero, and Greg at Carolina Shooter Supply to get some initial checking, and run the idea past them before making a purchase.
From what I know so far, 223 ammo will fit into the Tapco 10 round 5.45 mag. Which, I thought it would, since many early 223 Saiga owners used 5.45 mags before 223 mags became easy to find. The big issue by most accounts was that 223 ammo was hanging up in 30 round mags due the curve if the mag and the ammo not traveling properly in the mag without a modified mag follower. By most accounts many people could manage 10-15 rounds without major feed issues.
So my theory is that 223 ammo should feed fine in the Tapco 10rnd 5.45 mag since it has little curve in it, and hopefully since it is made for the AK74 magwell which is what the 223 VEPR has it should fit the width of the magwell without modification.
If Greg gets the mags to me as fast as all of past orders I should have them in hand Saturday or Monday next week to test fit, and then off to the range for function testing.
If they work this will give 223 VEPR owners a 10 round mag option that is 1/3 the price of the factory VEPR mags which are out there but not always easy to locate.
Wish us all luck Gentlemen.