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Anybody have a technique to cure the three handed Mag change required for SKS?

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by Brutus57, Apr 16, 2013.

  1. Brutus57

    Brutus57 Skagit County Well-Known Member

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    Hi Folks,

    Have an SKS I got from my son a few years ago and got the mags together. They are duckbill steel and Tapco poly. Anyone aware of a reliable way to get these to work? I've checked some internet sites but nothing looks very convincing.

    Brutus out.
     
  2. trainsktg

    trainsktg Portland OR Well-Known Member

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    Not trying to be funny, but the best way to cure this problem is to put an original 10-round magazine back in place and use strippers. Its a much faster and reliable reload method for this type of rifle.

    Keith
     
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  3. MountainBear

    MountainBear Sweet Home, OR Well-Known Member

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    My suggestion, and like trainsktg, not trying to be funny, is to buy an AK. The sks (other than the M(?) model designed to take AK mags) was designed to be run with a fixed mag and stripper clips.
     
  4. mosinguy1

    mosinguy1 out by the ocean Active Member

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    I have some with tapco and some with original 10 round, all I can say if you keep the tapco is practice pradtice practice.

    The ones with the tapco mags I find myself leaving them in and using strippers. I did find the extended release helped in speeding up mag changes.
     
  5. Rix

    Rix Tacoma Active Member

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    This.
     
  6. I-Shoot

    I-Shoot Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    There is a way... but you have to modify the bolt. Do some research on it, make your own decision. The short answer is you are modifying the bolt to look like the "M" model bolt. If you have a gunsmith do it, it will cost you around $50.

    If you go to this website -- Survivors SKS Boards -- and do a search for "drop free bolt mod", there are some decent instructions and pictures showing how to do it, as well as plenty of discussion about it.

    I didn't invent it, and I'm not personally recommending it, but that is one answer to your question.
     
  7. Trailboss

    Trailboss Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    I'm just trying to figure out where the third hand came from...
     
  8. Stomper

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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    Hopefully its not holding an apple on the end of a baby's arm. ;)
     
  9. Archer762

    Archer762 Benton Co. Active Member

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    I would also go back to the 10rd stripper clips. The removable mags tend to fall out if you're actually using the rifle for something other than posing on a bench
     
  10. WasrNwarpaint

    WasrNwarpaint Portland Well-Known Member

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    do the "drop free bolt mod" and you will be happy and ignore the elitist's that dont want you to touch your SKS there is some sks wierd cult crap that the head dude has an opinion and the lemmings follow

    not only are the replaceable mags great when custom fit but the drum they all swear wont fit and is absolute junk is the best mag there is AGAIN IF YOU KNOW HOW TO CUSTOM FIT A MAG
    the drum is a single stack and will feed 700 rnds per min ...if you could change drums fast enough

    sorry I dont fit in the SKS box boys....and pretty much anything can be improved
     
  11. WasrNwarpaint

    WasrNwarpaint Portland Well-Known Member

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    Forgot to mention I made some "How To" videos on custom fitting the mags and drums...keep in mind there is no one size fits all after market HI Cap mags, with a gun thats been made in multiple armories & countries

    pm me if you need a video
     
  12. tony r

    tony r vancouver wa New Member

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    I also prefer the after market mags. I have 2 sks's and removed both of the stock 10 rnd mags. You can still use the stripper clips with the detachable mags. They are a bit of a pain to put in at first but with any thing it takes practice to swap mags with any finesse.