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Ak FTE, is it a mag problem?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by TylerS, Mar 19, 2013.

  1. TylerS

    TylerS Active Member

    This is my first post, but I am not new to the firearm world. I have an Ak that my brother built for me and it worked flawlessly for around 5k rounds. Then all of a sudden it started stove piping about every 40 rounds. I checked the extractor looks like it did when we purchased the receiver and I have replaced the bolt with no effect and even had the gun professionally resurfaced just incase the old paint job was gumming things up. How would I know if it was the mags without going through a thousand rounds. Thanks. Also I am open to other suggestions I have just run out of other ideas of why it is failing to eject properly.
  2. egg250

    egg250 Well-Known Member

    I don't have much experience with AKs....

    - Have you cleaned it?
    - Is the magazine worn? (feed lips)
    - Steel magazines or polymer?
    - Have you tried multiple magazines? Is there one magazine that you always have issues with?
    - Is the extractor claw/spring worn?
    - Have you ever had this issue when cycling by hand?
  3. briansmithwins

    briansmithwins Well-Known Member

    Stripped and clean the bolt?

    Don't swap AK bolts without checking headspace.

    Also, check the the ejector hasn't chipped off.

  4. bfoosh006

    bfoosh006 Well-Known Member

    No offense ,but...When is the last time you cleaned the chamber ?

    Also check your ejector.
  5. TylerS

    TylerS Active Member

    The gun, as do all of my guns, get cleaned after each range visit and sometimes for fun, the ejector hasn't been chipped and the spring is in working order. Also when the gun was refinished all metal moving parts where stripped and cleaned. I have about 10 magazines for it and when I look back in retrospect I believe that at points I will go through a full mag without any hiccups. So perhaps I need to hand cycle through a few mags with ammo and see if one does eject properly. Brian... should I put back in my old bolt back in seeing as how it didn't change anything?
  6. Davek1977

    Davek1977 Well-Known Member

    Cycling the rounds through by hand won't necessarily tell you anything. You need to run the mags through the gun, keeping track of whatg mags caused problems. Running loaded rounds through by hand is much different than a fired case being ejected under normal circumstances.
  7. TylerS

    TylerS Active Member

    Thats what I was afraid of, I think that I am just going to have to use up some of the ammo stores and test all the mags. Has anyone had feeding problems with mags before on an ak?
  8. mortablunt

    mortablunt Well-Known Member

    Try different mags. That's how you'll figure it out.
  9. briansmithwins

    briansmithwins Well-Known Member

    Feeding problems on a AK can be the receiver being built with the wrong rail height or mag related.

    I'd swap back to the original bolt. Did you strip and clean the extractor? Extractor spring is good? Extractor pin is good?

  10. TylerS

    TylerS Active Member

    Yeah I stripped the and cleaned the extractor, actually the entire receiver. The springs and extractor pin is fine. I had about 4,500 rounds previous to this with absolutely no problems. So I am thinking that it is the mags. Now that I am going back through my purchases I think the problems started when I purchased some cheap korean mags from AIM. I will take it out this friday with the old bolt and try out all the mags. Thanks guys for all your help I will let you know how it turns out.
  11. TylerS

    TylerS Active Member

    well actually I don't "know" if the extractor spring and pin are fine the reason why I believe that they are fine is that compared to a knew bolt they seem and look the same. Is there another way to tell?
  12. SabbathWolf

    SabbathWolf member

    Do you have other mags to run, or do you "only" have these Korean mags?
    Why did you change bolts?
  13. TylerS

    TylerS Active Member

    I was told about a year ago when I started having the problem that the bolt could be the problem, saw one for 20 bucks new so I picked it up hoping it would solve the problem. I have about 10 mags 3 or 4 are the korean ones but the rest are the ones that I have had since I got the rifle. So I am thinking it might be those mags. I don't think 5k rounds is enough to ruin an ak???
  14. SabbathWolf

    SabbathWolf member

    Did your problem start after you changed bolts, or, did your problem start when using the Korean mags?
    That "should" be your answer right there.
  15. TylerS

    TylerS Active Member

    mags came before the bolt. Ya know, I should have logically come to that conclusion but for whatever reason couldn't make the connection. I am going out friday and will test all the mags. Thanks everyone for all the help.
  16. SabbathWolf

    SabbathWolf member

    Yep. Live-Fire Testing is the only way to know for certain.
    Test the bolts too, not just the mags.
    Without testing both, you'll still not get the answer you need.

    If the mags run fine with the original bolt, but malfunction with the "new" bolt, then it's most likely the new bolt causing the problems.

    If the mags malfunction with BOTH bolts, then it's most likely the magazines.

    I own an AK too, so good luck and I hope you work this out.

  17. wally

    wally Well-Known Member

    Are any of your mags Pro-Mag or Tapco? That'd be the most likely explanation.

    Both bolts?

    AK bolts are not generally interchangeable like AR bolts usually are.
  18. stubbicatt

    stubbicatt Well-Known Member

    FTE? Failure to eject or is it failure to extract?

    Neither of these issues will be magazine related. I'd start with a good chamber cleaning. Then, assemble the rifle and look into the magazine well while hand cycling the bolt/carrier assembly. Look to see whether the tip of the ejector rides really closely in the groove in the bolt, and through the slot cut in the bolt. If there is excessive clearance between the slot in the bolt and the tip of the ejector, this could be your issue.

    Too, stovepipes can be caused by an obstructed gas port from the barrel into the gas block on the barrel. If the action is "under gassed" ejection can be problematic. To address this issue, get you one of those gas port reamers and run it down the port to make sure it is unobstructed.

    That's all I have. Good luck.
  19. InkEd

    InkEd Well-Known Member

    When will people learn, if it ain't broke don't fix it!
  20. TylerS

    TylerS Active Member

    InkEd - I didn't try to fix it, until it was broken...

    stubbicatt - The chamber is clean, I checked the bolt in relation to the extractor and it fits right in the groove and it just barely doesn't touch the bolt. I haven't checked the gas tube at the gas block. However, I don't think it is under gassed because when it extract it send the casing 15 to 20 feet out. While that doesn't necessarily mean it isn't blocked I would think that is a good indicator.

    I am wondering why you think that the magazines can't be the problem. It seems that if the spring or the follower was to get hung up on the mag body that could cause a problem. Then again I am the one with the problem so I am not sure.

    Wally - The gun is Romanian (not a WASR) they are both romanian bolts for the national guard kit guns, we bought them about 9 years ago for $75 with a $50 receiver.

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