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Old 10-15-2012, 01:04 AM
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Picked up a really nice SKS 1951 TULA over the weekend. Giving some serious thought to converting the mag to a detachable hi cap mag. The research I 've done thus far seems to be split amongst those that say not to convert and those in favor.

We are very lucky to have several extremely knowledgable folks in this community, so I'm anxious to hear what the concensus is .

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its a fairly inexpensive and easy to do. get a couple different mags try it out.. if you dont like it put the box mag back in. I have a yugo with a 20 round tapco mag and a 30 round no name metal mag from ebay and they both have worked flawlessly.
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The conversion is simple, and they work flawlessly in my own, with the tapco stock as well. I would think most criticism is with possibly defacing a classic Russian model. Yugo's and norinco Chinese versions don't have as big a cult following. I will say, if I owned a Russian, I would probably leave it stock, and do all the mods I wanted to a lesser variant.

The biggest problem with the tapco mags is making sure you push the rounds all the way back before loading the next round. Not a lot of extra cartridge length in the mags, due to the thickness of the plastic.
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Thanks Fellas. I appreciate the feedback. How simple is the conversion ?
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I have a sporter stock on my sks. bought 3 tapco 20 rounders. all have been flawless. the conversion was easy with my stock. No extra fitting with mine at all. You might have to do some filing on your mags to get them to fit your stock if your using a original wood stock.
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Thanks Fellas. I appreciate the feedback. How simple is the conversion ?
Not reallty a "conversion. If you take off the fixed mag, it can be replaced with the detachable. Requires removing the trigger group and stock, as if doing a field strip and cleaning. Just leave the mag out when you reassemble.

Legality issues do prevail. Best case would be to buy a Tapco stock/mag/compliance kit set. Then you have parts that will definitely work together and no legal issues.
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don't call a 20 round mag "high cap" thanks
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don't call a 20 round mag "high cap" thanks
Considering that 10 rounds is standard capacity for an SKS, a 20 round mag is high cap.
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Great input and greatly appreciated ! Didn't realize the "conversion" was that straightforward. The SKS is a very easy weapon to field strip , part of it's genius. I'll post some pics of it later this evening when I'm done with my work.

The finish and general condition of the rifle is excellent. It is a refurb according to the marking on the receiver top. Receiver has been painted black. However, everything else seems to be stock. Probably will just leave it as is.

I have to say I do love the feel and handling of the SKS. It's starting to rival my affinity for the AK platform.

Thanks All.
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Considering that 10 rounds is standard capacity for an SKS, a 20 round mag is high cap.
the term high capacity is not limited to the limitations of a gun but the legal wording, do some reading bud.
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If you take the stock mag housing off the SKS ,the new tapco mag will fit to tight and cause jams. The link below shows you what to do to stop this with the factory stock. This will now make the SKS as reliable as it was with the 10 Round factory housing.
Be sure to follow all 922r compliance laws and not modify the gun so as it is illegal in any way.

https://www.survivalistboards.com/sho...d.php?t=247720







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I'd get one of these instead.

Never cared for the detachable mags for the SKS. Just seemed more trouble than they were worth.
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The biggest downside to using any High Cap mag in the SKS is the portion that makes up the forward latching point. This is sometimes referred to as a duckbill and it extends off the top of the magazine roughly 3 1/2". There is a guy on the SKS Boards that invented a device that allows the "Duckbill" to be cut down to a 1/2" tab making them more like a standard AK rock and lock system. They work very well and require no permanent mods to your rifle. The only mod that is required is in-letting your stock for the adapter. SO if you don't want to modify any part of your rifle all you would need to do is put it in an after market stock. Here is a video of my Paratrooper SKS using the adapter. He is also in development on another adapter that will also be reversible that uses 7.62 X 39 AR mags. He is still refining that adapter.
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Thanks RockyRiver. I want no issues with 922r. That's why I'm probably going to leave this SKS as is plus it's a real good looking rifle that I don't want to alter. Looking to pick up a cheaper SKS that I won't mind altering.
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Thanks RockyRiver. I want no issues with 922r. That's why I'm probably going to leave this SKS as is plus it's a real good looking rifle that I don't want to alter. Looking to pick up a cheaper SKS that I won't mind altering.
The best way to stay legal and not modify a classic firearm to where as it can not be returned to its original state is is just buy a Tapco T6 stock and then place the original wood stock in a safe place for storage. The t6 stock and the tapco mag gets you legal and 922 r compliant with the Feds, however check your local laws if you live in a commie state.
That way At a later date you can put it back to its original stAte and sale the gun local and the stock on eBay , getting most of your money back.
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care less About keeping the SKS in its original state, I like the more modern look.




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An SKS stock change is about a 10 minute job if it were not for the small wood piece on top of the gas tube. To change that verys from 10 minutes to 1 hour. But still very simple.
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Dmac very nice !!! Seems very smooth !! Seems like DMAC13 knows how to handle weapons nicely as well. RockyRiver looks like the same T6 intrafuse adjustable stock and saw grip that I just installed on my SAIGA .223. It did only take 10 minutes.

Thank you for taking your valuable time to respond and enlighten !
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I have 2 tapco'ed chinese, one a paratrooper. One wears a choate scope mount and optics, the other wears tech-sights. They are both great guns. The tech-sighted para is my favorite 7.62x39 shooter, a cheap old WASR is a close second. The duckbills don't bug me at all.

Good call on getting another SKS to alter, the russkies are worth too much these days to do a bubba job on one. Once you convert to detachable mags, you will likely want to mod the bolt so you can change mags on a closed bolt, and that alters the bolt assy.

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Boredom,

excellent looking rifles ! I really like the wood furniture Wasser... Very Nice indeed !
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Here are a few pics of the SKS I picked up over the weekend. Can't wait til Thursday to get it to the range.
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