Most do not function 100%.
Found a couple at a pawn shop at $45 each. These are the fixed 20 round sks mags with the big star on the side. First time I've come across any. Good deal on these? I have a sinking feeling I should have snagged them. Denny
Most do not function 100%.
Planning on shooting down a "Yankee Sky Pirate"?
I too have read and heard about them not functioning well many times. I guess I just got lucky because the one I pick up here on the boards functions just fine on my chinese SKS. As to the price, thats about typical for what I see them go for.
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All 8 of mine have functioned fine with no modifications at all.
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I sold one to a gentleman here on the forums with a return if it didn't work well. It did not, so I will refund the man his $45.
Planning on building a bejing typewriter ?
I had them before and could get no more than
16 rounds in them .
I thought these were hard to find....guess not
They show up regularly on the trader.
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Those 20 round pot metal
fixed sks mags simply dont
work . You know it , i know
it , bob dole knows it .
''w i n k''
I have three of them. They are all junk. They don't even make good door stops.
The trick to getting reliable functioning with a "Red Star" 20-rd. box mag is pretty simple: Make the feed path identical to that of the original 10-rd. mag. This can take some effort to accomplish, but it does work. I've used this method on at least half-a-dozen different carbines and it's been 100% effective.
Those 10-rd. factory boxes are serial numbered for a reason: They have been fitted and/or adjusted during the assembly process to function correctly in that particular carbine. Manufacturing tolerances are inherently present to some degree in every machine and those can, and quite often do, differ significantly with the relative condition and sophistication of the manufacturing equipment a facility has to work with and skill level of its workers. IMO, it's pretty naive and unrealistic to expect that every random part should be a drop-in fit for every SKS, even if it happens to have the same country of origin. In China alone, how many different outfits, from huge government arsenal/factories to little one-room subcontractors (usually on a "piecework" basis and with rudimentary tooling), do you think have been involved in the making of SKS carbines over the last half-century or so?
$45 may well be the going rate, but it'd have to be brand-new and pristine before I'd pay that for one. If some ham-handed Bubba has already messed with it, it's very likely to have been rendered irreparable, IME.
Also only MO, but just because you can't figure out a way to make something work correctly doesn't warrant the blanket dismissal of an entire part genre as "junk". It can be surprising what some skull sweat and little elbow grease can accomplish, if you're up to the challenge.
I've swapped-out different stock, 10rd. mags without any fitting or any hickups.
For a fraction of the price, I gathered up a lifetime supply of SKS strippers. They're only for folks with elemental hand-eye coordination, so they may not be for the hi-cap mag seekers, but more ammo can be carried a lor easier than with the aftermarket mags...