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Old 01-29-2010, 04:52 PM
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So I used to shoot the steel 30's in my sks but recently switched to the tapco 20. I've heard sks shooters raving about them and claim they are flawless. I went to the range today and almost every round failed to feed. I had to pull the bolt back after every shot because they just didn't want to slide all the way into the chamber. Not sure if it's the mag or my rifle but it was not an enjoyable day. Any help?
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I don,t shoot a sks but I do own other Russian guns and have had feeding problems.Sometimes it helps to touch the magazine with a very fine file in the right spots(for your weapon).I have also found that snap caps(dummy rounds)have helped me solve problems with this type of thing with trying out some of the cheaper magazines out there.I,m not a gunsmith but I like to see how things work.Not sure if any of this helps but good luck.Maybe the springs need oiled or cleaned also.Safe shooting.
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My guess is that the inside dimensions of your stock are squishing on the sides of the mag which is a bit wider than the standard steel ones. Tapco mags were actually designed for the aftermarket T6 stock and others. Mine fit fine in a Choate sporter. Just lightly sand the inside of your wooden stock a teeny bit at a time until it doesn't bind when you insert it. Don't sand the mag. The pressure affects those feed lips. Sanding will not affect the use of your normal steel mag.
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my tapco's fit great in the tapco stock I have...feed great.
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So I used to shoot the steel 30's in my sks but recently switched to the tapco 20. I've heard sks shooters raving about them and claim they are flawless. I went to the range today and almost every round failed to feed. I had to pull the bolt back after every shot because they just didn't want to slide all the way into the chamber. Not sure if it's the mag or my rifle but it was not an enjoyable day. Any help?
To use the Tapco Mags with the factory wooden sks stock you have to take a dremel or similar tool and open up the Magazine opening of the stock.
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you will see wear patterns on the mags... get a dremmil tool and shave down a little, and it should be fine... tapco are american made not russian... tight tolerances..
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I have a sks in a t6 and love it with a tapco 20. But got another one and will not work looks the same as the first one just will not cycle.
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FWTIW, my suggestion (from personal experience rather than from my lazy Boy!) is that one should enjoy their SKS as it was designed with the original steel, hinged mag (or an equal, mil spec, Com-Bloc replacement). If you are shooting rapid fire strings and frequent reloading is an annoyance bring a decent supply of stripper clips to the range.

I never had problems with mine (back in the 90s) until I switched to the 20s and 30s, and never had problems again once I switched back to the original mags.

This is just one of those add ons that we Americans just can't seem to get right... (and I am not a Tapco basher; I like a lot of their stuff...)
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FWTIW, my suggestion (from personal experience rather than from my lazy Boy!) is that one should enjoy their SKS as it was designed with the original steel, hinged mag (or an equal, mil spec, Com-Bloc replacement). If you are shooting rapid fire strings and frequent reloading is an annoyance bring a decent supply of stripper clips to the range.

I never had problems with mine (back in the 90s) until I switched to the 20s and 30s, and never had problems again once I switched back to the original mags.

This is just one of those add ons that we Americans just can't seem to get right... (and I am not a Tapco basher; I like a lot of their stuff...)
I have never had any issues with using the tapco mags in my sks so i would call that personal experience. You can also mod your tapco mags to accept the stripper clips
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FWTIW, my suggestion (from personal experience rather than from my lazy Boy!) is that one should enjoy their SKS as it was designed with the original steel, hinged mag (or an equal, mil spec, Com-Bloc replacement). If you are shooting rapid fire strings and frequent reloading is an annoyance bring a decent supply of stripper clips to the range.

I never had problems with mine (back in the 90s) until I switched to the 20s and 30s, and never had problems again once I switched back to the original mags.

This is just one of those add ons that we Americans just can't seem to get right... (and I am not a Tapco basher; I like a lot of their stuff...)
From my personal experience tapco magazines are great.

Like others have said, you need to relieve the stock, by sanding it down just a little bit. In my opinion, if you are going to use a/m magazines I would get an aftermarket stock to go along with it. I just think it looks better, plus a pistol grip is nice.
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If the gun is in a wooden stock, did you follow the directions and sand the magazine opening larger? If not, it applies pressure to the sides of the magazine and effects feeding.
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i had the same problem with my tapco 30 round ak mag, almost every round the mag popped out or failed to feed correctly. i just tossed it and got more steal mags.
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FWTIW, my suggestion (from personal experience rather than from my lazy Boy!) is that one should enjoy their SKS as it was designed with the original steel, hinged mag (or an equal, mil spec, Com-Bloc replacement). If you are shooting rapid fire strings and frequent reloading is an annoyance bring a decent supply of stripper clips to the range.
I never had problems with mine (back in the 90s) until I switched to the 20s and 30s, and never had problems again once I switched back to the original mags.
This is just one of those add ons that we Americans just can't seem to get right... (and I am not a Tapco basher; I like a lot of their stuff...)
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+11... If I spend my hard earned money, I want a product that works properly and does not require modification.

I like SKS Rifles in their original wooden stocks. They are a classic Cold War era firearm, just as they came from the factory... I think the plastic aftermarket ones look as gooooofy as can be.... the stuff of a MMN's Wet Dream... (Major Mall Ninja). Particularly the ******** with the collapsible M4 style buttstock.

Back in the day when I tried these aftermarket mags, I was simply seeking more rounds between fill ups, not an excuse to buy a plastic stock... (and all I wanted for Christmas was a 20 round mag for my SKS.... well, not really...)...

I understand that there is a reason that they make chocolate, strawberry and vanilla.

In my case, I will keep my SKS vanilla, thank you very much...
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I have a tapco t-6 stock on my rifle. The mags snap right in and fit great so I don't think that's the issue. When the empty shell is ejected and the bolt returns forward the new round isn't making it into the chamber. The nose of the bullet is hitting the wall of the chamber and getting stuck between that and the returning bolt. It's almost as if the rounds are not lining up right to fall into the barrel. If I pull the bolt back manually and let it go again they fall right in. Just doesn't want to do it on the blowback. I only have the one tapco mag I bought to test them out. Maybe I just got a bum one.
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I have a tapco t6 stock also and I to am having issues with my 20rd mag chambering shells. The shell wants to bind in to bottom of barrel. Also I am having issues with the bolt catch being bound up when the 20 rd mags are in. Must be some mods to correct this issues!
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I have a tapco t6 stock also and I to am having issues with my 20rd mag chambering shells. The shell wants to bind in to bottom of barrel. Also I am having issues with the bolt catch being bound up when the 20 rd mags are in. Must be some mods to correct this issues!
The bolt catch issue is a common problem. I filed my bolt catch a small amount where it makes contact with the back of the mag. I used a dremmel. The reason I shaved the catch and not the mags is simple. It only needs to be filed a small amount and once done now all the tapco mags work and I don't have to shave all the mags. As for the shells binding in the gun and you are using a t6 stock also that's a new one on me. Try fixing the bolt catch first and then see if you still have a feed problem.
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So I used to shoot the steel 30's in my sks but recently switched to the tapco 20. I've heard sks shooters raving about them and claim they are flawless. I went to the range today and almost every round failed to feed. I had to pull the bolt back after every shot because they just didn't want to slide all the way into the chamber. Not sure if it's the mag or my rifle but it was not an enjoyable day. Any help?
Their mags have always been junk. I suggest sticking with the old steel ones. That is my opinion.
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What type of ammunition are you using? Wondering if it might be a little underpowered or an odd shape.
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I have a tapco t-6 stock on my rifle. The mags snap right in and fit great so I don't think that's the issue. When the empty shell is ejected and the bolt returns forward the new round isn't making it into the chamber. The nose of the bullet is hitting the wall of the chamber and getting stuck between that and the returning bolt. It's almost as if the rounds are not lining up right to fall into the barrel. If I pull the bolt back manually and let it go again they fall right in. Just doesn't want to do it on the blowback. I only have the one tapco mag I bought to test them out. Maybe I just got a bum one.
I have the same problem with some of my steel mags for my Russian sks. The bullet does not like to kick up to get in the chamber. My buddy has the same problem with his steel mags.
I ended up taking apart the mag and cleaning them, then wiping the inside of them with a lite coating of oil.
This is the reason I left my yugo sks with the factory box mag, and use the stripper clips. Hope this helps..
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