.223 AK Magazines


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Grump
June 12, 2003, 06:29 PM
My friend has a .223 AK that is not working so well with any of its mags. To some degree, all of them tend to drive the rounds into the rear of the barrel, below the little bitty barely-coned area that tends to funnel the bullets into the chamber.

The end result is frequent bullet setback and occasional jams with the round beginning to fold into an accordion shape just behind the shoulder.

All springs and followers are in good condition. The mags just appear to direct the rounds 1/16 to 3/16-inch too low, depending on which one we're talking about.

So, all you's guys and gals with .223 AKs, how are the rounds directed from the magazine? It appears that either the mags need to be tilted upwards a bit (remove metal from the rear mag lug and build up at the front), or we need to build up a surface on the front lip of the mag that will tip the rounds upward more as the case neck and shoulder move forward.

So, if yours works okay, what does the geometry of feeding look like?

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Grump
June 18, 2003, 03:00 AM
Update--the worst mag didn't improve with a bit of upward tilt from building up the front mag lug.

Now I'm trying the front lip treatment for the mag.

Interestingly enough, the ChiCom mag works best so far, but that might have been an accident from deburring the inside edges of the feed lips.

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