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Old 08-13-2017, 07:11 PM   #71
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The range test was a success! Fed without any issues, I went slow for the first five, then shot fairly rapid from there. Was limited to 19 rds, but they fed great, and felt tight in the magazine, no rattling. The height of the follower seems to be a bit close to 6.5 Grendel than 7.62x39. Granted, this is with a Tapco 5.45x39 mag. I will now look for other aftermarket 5.45x39 mags and try them out as well. You will lose capacity, as the rounds are more vertical, but I think that adds to feeding reliability. Csspecs could probably weigh in on the technical aspects to my bubba engineering...:-)
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Old 08-13-2017, 07:40 PM   #72
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sounds good. Were you limited in capacity by the mag, or was that all the ammo you had on hand?
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Old 08-13-2017, 08:09 PM   #73
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Good to know and thanks! Can't believe I'm going shopping for Tapco mags.
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Old 08-13-2017, 09:16 PM   #74
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Awesome info Sirosisofliver!

-(seems weird typing that, almost like "Yay- i have cancer")

Does tapco make 5.45 mags in "slab-side" ?

also- possibly adjust the spring length to allow for more rounds.
check this out
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIpC-6qS45g
probly still cant fit 30 but maybe more than 19
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Old 08-13-2017, 10:11 PM   #75
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chillypepper- I bought 20 more at Cabelas, so limited by magazine. Narrower magazine.

Lane H - Sir Osis Of Liver was the name of a knight in a Bugs Bunny cartoon, I never caught it til I was in college and saw it again..:-). Not sure about the slab side Tapcos. That spring length is a good idea, I hadn't thought of that.

One thing is certain, sanding that part of the follower retainer is critical, to achieve the right angle for the rounds to enter the chamber.
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Old 08-13-2017, 10:40 PM   #76
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I'm going back through this so I have what you just said fresher in my mind. With 20 in the 20 round tapco 7.62 mag, it won't lock into the receiver. As I mentioned before. With 19 it locks up properly. I suppose I could get off my ass and pull the bolt and carrier out of the pollock and see if it'll feed with 19. We won't know for sure for at least a week or so until I get the barrel. but it should launch the out the through the trunny. With any luck anyway.

gimmie a little time to reread and look at some of the pics again and I'll get back to this.
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Old 08-13-2017, 11:19 PM   #77
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Interesting. Thanks, Sirosisofliver for the information.
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