7.62x39 mags

Looking for recommendations on good 7.62x39 AR magazines. I picked up some 30 rounders from ASC, researching via search engines they seemed to fit the bill. However all of mags I received have weak spring issues plus I can somehow cram 35 rounds in there. Not that i did that intentionally, was watching vids while loading them. Even with 30 rounds the spring isn’t pushing the rounds up until i get down to around 20.

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Brownells only have 2 in stock. I have not tried either. :us:

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High-quality magazines are over-built to help ensure dependable operation during competition or tactical operations. Feature a TIG-welded, heat-treated steel body, precision wound spring, and polymer follower for consistent feeding, plus a removable steel floorplate for easy cleaning.

Big Book Catalog, Issue:73, Page:182

PRO MAG - AK-47 7.62X39 MAGAZINES

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AK-47 7.62/39MM 30 RD STEEL MAG-BLUE

687-000-051WB
AK-47 Magazine 7.62x39 30rd Steel Black

Mfr Part: AKS30

$34.99

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Cartridge: 7.62 x 39 mm Russian

Capacity: 30-Round

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Finish: Black

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Action Type: Semi-Auto

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Cartridge: 7.62 x 39 mm Russian

Finish: Black

Material: Steel

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Let’s face it, you can’t just have one, two or even a few AK mags. You’re not a true AK enthusiast until you have plastic bins filled with loaded magazines, and the US Palm AK30R Magazines are priced low so you can grab enough to fill out your stockpile. Best of all, the company has bowed to consumer demands and now offers these magazines in both black and flat dark earth finishes.

Each US Palm AK30R magazine is designed for use in the iconic AK-47 and its semi-automatic clones chambered in 7.62x39mm. Reliability was priority one when designing this magazine, so the unit features a self-cleaning follower that’s made from polymer. The classic look of the waffle-and-tread design only from US Palm also aids in handling, as you can get a solid grip on this mag, no matter the weather.

US PALM - AK-47 AK30R MAGAZINES 7.62X39

C-Products is my go to mag supplier for “off caliber” AR mags. I’ve tried several others that had issues or needed extensive mods to run right. Most of C-Products are Stainless which adds some more credibility. I’ve run 7.62x39, long mags and 6.8 SPC long mags with NO issues. Other companies I have had issues with but due to availability was forced to go with. Me being me I modified things to make them work. JMHO, if it holds more than five of non 5.56 you will end up with C-Products after spending money elsewhere.

Cheers,

Craig6

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Thank you, now I just need to find some in stock!

My go to shop for magazines; looks like they have Magpuls in stock:

I appreciate the links to the AK mags, but I don’t own any Kalishnikov products. I recently assembled an AR15 chambered in 7.62x39 and the magazine’s i received have trash springs. I’m wondering if it’s fixable with new springs because I can’t find any of the mags @Craig6 mentioned.

Anyone familiar with Midwest Gun Works? Found some in stock, only slightly expensive…

@Spence the first link is the only one to have 30 rnd mags available. The rest are 5’s and 10’s.

https://vtsupply.com/c-products-ar15-ar-15-30rd-magazine-7-62x39-mag.html

https://redriverreloading.com/outdoor-store?route=product/product&product_id=194249&p=C-Products-Defense-AR-15-762x39-10-Round-Magazine-Black-Stainless-Steel&r=ammoseek

https://www.selwayarmory.com/c-products-duramag-ss-ar-15-7-62x39-5-round-magazine-with-anti-tilt-follower-black-steel.html

Cheers,

Craig6

Isn’t an AR-15 chambered for 7.62 actually called an AR-10?

@KillJoy Yes if it is chambered in 7.62x51, or 7-08, or 243 or one of may other mid size cartridges. The 7.62x39 fits in an AR-15 mag as does 6.8SPC and a whole bunch of others. They are both Lego guns and you can get them in many flavors. I use an AR-10 in 308 (7.62x51) AND an AR-15 in 7.62x39 to hunt with in VA as the .223 (5.56 x 45) is too small to hunt with according to the VDGF. The diameter of the boolit is one thing the length of the cartridge is another.

Cheers,

Craig6

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Guess you did say that. Oops.

I just read up on the various rounds.

My experience with ASC is not good. The follower does not move evenly and firmly. I’ve put it in my AR twice and it failed both times. Go with ProMag (see below). The follower moves smoothly and firmly every time. I’ve bought several of the PM since, and have not been disappointed. BE CAREFUL; some of these posts have AR products instead of AK. I made that mistake ONCE. Fortunately my son-in-law has an AK and I gave it to him.

So this is turning in to a journey!

With most places sold out on 30 round duramags for an AR15 chambered in 7.62x39, I’ve resorted to modifying what I have.

First step: turned the springs from “front” to “back” and applied some lubricant.

This fixed the issue of loading too many rounds and of the cartridges not being pushed to the top.

Next issue: cartridge casings catching on the front lip of the magazine. I busted out my dremmel and rounded out the front lip of the magazine, dropped it approximately 1/4 of an inch. There is no more hang up.

Now there’s more issues: i need a different extractor. Apparently there’s one made specifically for steel case ammo and that’s all i can find. That’s going to run $150.

Gas block opening needs to be drilled out larger to improve consistency.

Feed ramp: going to have to dremmel the feed ramp so it becomes flat. The standard M4 feed ramp, even with larger gaps for a larger round, causes the occasional hang up.

After this, hopefully i will have a reliable 7.62x39 chambered AR.

Now that I understand the different rounds better Im curious as to why you just didn’t go with an AR-10 chambered in 7,62x51. I’m still not clear as to whether I can use .308 in my new AR-10 (PA-10) Im building. I also have a Hunter (Ruger) American Predator 308 Win. I’m not clear if my 7.62x51 rounds can be fired in it. I have plenty of .408 win rounds thankfully and don’t see the need or desire to use 7.62x51. I’m fine with switching between 5.54 NATO and .223 in my AR-15 though.

@Spence GOOD FOR YOU!!! Figuring stuff out opens lots of doors to the imagination.

@KillJoy Yes you can use 7.62x51 in a 308 and vs visa. You will notice on your AR 10 build the the whole rifle to include the mags are much bigger. The ar15 platform is reserved for smaller cartridges. I hope you finger fouled 308, because 408 is an entirely different animal.

Cheers,

Craig6

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@KillJoy I’ve been working on having something for the more common rounds. At the time i started building this rifle AKs and SKS rifles were either not available or so ridiculously overpriced that I went this route. It’s a real P.I.T.A. for the AR15 version.
Also, I haven’t been able to get a stripped lower for the AR10 either. But when I do I will add that to my collection as well.
As for as 7.62x51 and 308, listen to Craig6. He knows his stuff.

@Craig6 unfortunately I didn’t use my imagination here. Pure research into the issues plaguing this type of rifle got me to this point lol

My buddy is laughing and giving me a hard time over this, but he fails to realize that I love this stuff. In fact, I’m hoping to start online gunsmithing courses next year.

In my research I discovered that Bushmaster figured all of these issues out and had their 7.62x39 AR15s set up with the correct adjustments. Unfortunately interest in these rifles was too low for it to be worthwhile for them.

What amazes me is that 3 different magazine companies have identified issues with 7.62x39 AR mags and have each taken one or two steps to fix them.

ASC: improved anti-tilt follower
C Products: lower profiles for front lip of magazine as well as the top lips that hold the rounds to the follower.
Promag: roller followers with a polished interior

If these 3 companies combined their efforts AND used actual AK mag springs there wouldn’t be magazine issues for this AR. Then the companies making these ARs would have to make the proper adjustments on their end.

Edit: AR15s are no longer reserved for smaller cartridges.
https://www.mccutchenfirearms.com/50BMG-Upper-Receivers-s/106.htm

I got some unimags Gen2 that worked perfectly for the 7.62x39 AR rifle I put together, 25rd capacity, worked flawlessly even using my binary trigger…

Only one of them does not feed very well right now but that was my fault experimenting with a round it was not designed for and bent the feed lip a but, got it mostly bent back, it feeds, just not 100%, just need to tweak it a bit more but again, I damaged the mag…

Hope you put the enhanced firing pin in yours…

It came with one! That being said I’m still going to get the better BCG down the road and a couple of spare firing pins. Always get spare pins…

I have a couple spares, should probably look at seeing if the enhanced hammer spring is in stock again, got the enhanced hammer spring and firing pin in the rifle platform I did, but even a standard spring from the FA gen3 Binary worked fine with just the enhanced firing pin.

The pistol just has the enhanced firing pin for now…

Just stocking up on the 7.62x39 ammo, can’t remember if I’m up to 2,900 now or 3,900…