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Posted: 6/17/2014 4:23:57 AM EDT

Can someone tell me if the Saiga IZ240 5.45 rifle accepts standard AK 74 magazines? Thinking about getting one so I have something to shoot at the range without having to register it.

Link Posted: 6/17/2014 5:57:24 AM EDT
Will they fit? Sometimes, sometimes you need to file on the magazine catch a bit. Mine didn't need filed on.

Will they feed? Probably not, unless you stick a feed ramp in there.
Link Posted: 6/17/2014 6:11:32 AM EDT
in my experience, the 5.45 SAIGA does not require a bullet. I always install one though, mainly because they do at the factory with the real 74s.
Link Posted: 6/17/2014 6:24:16 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By nictra:
in my experience, the 5.45 SAIGA does not require a bullet. I always install one though, mainly because they do at the factory with the real 74s.
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I agree, watch that last round in the mag though....that last round sometimes smacks into the chamber face...a bullet guide fixes that.
Link Posted: 6/17/2014 9:29:34 AM EDT
If you want absolute reliability then install a bullet guide. The catch likely won't need filed, but some have in the past.
Link Posted: 6/17/2014 10:43:47 AM EDT
Mine accepted AK74 magazines out of the box, I did not have to file down the mag catch at all. I did install a bullet guide though. I did not test prior to the installation if it fed reliably.
Link Posted: 6/18/2014 8:08:23 AM EDT
I owned two of them. AK74 mags fit and functioned 100% when I tested them when new. I installed bullet guides in them and later sold one of them.
Link Posted: 6/18/2014 10:32:36 AM EDT

Thanks guys, I thought about getting one chambered in 7.62x39 but I really like the 5.45 round.
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