M76 308 magazines...what works?

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M76 308 magazines...what works?

Post by Stevo MT » Wed Feb 01, 2017 9:35 am

I have a M76 folder in 308. I thought all Valmet 308 magazines would fit this rifle, but sadly found that the M78 308 magazines do not fit. Also, apparently the MCP mags are too wide also. The reinforcement at the top makes them too wide for the M76 308 mag well. I have seen a magazine on Gunbroker that is a Galil 308 and the seller states it was "modified" to work in his M76 and "worked perfectly". Looking at the photos, it looks like a stock Galil 308 mag to me.
I'm also seeing what looks like a "ProMag" Galil mag, being advertised as functioning in a M76 308... Does anyone have any experience with any other magazine for the M76 308?
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Post by AGG » Wed Feb 01, 2017 11:48 am

The blued (non-reinforced) Valmet magazines (5-, 9-, 20-round)--- expensive though!!! :wink:

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Post by Stevo MT » Wed Feb 01, 2017 12:52 pm

Yes. Those are the correct magazines, but what I meant to ask is, what -if any- OTHER magazines have been used successfully in the 308 Valmet 76?
There are originals available, but the asking price ia $400.00 each. If I can modify Galil magazines at $100.00 each, it's a lot more attractive (as sick as $100 per mag is, sounding attractive).

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Post by GoodGuy » Wed Feb 01, 2017 6:14 pm

Steve... for what it's worth. The variations in the .308 rifle models, milled versus stamped, etc. have resulted in a lot of confusion over the compatibility of magazines. Unfortunately, very few commercial factory magazines made it into the USA prior to the 1989 ban. Everything was made worse by President Clinton's 1994 ban which effectively required all high capacity "conversion" magazines to function in their original rifles in addition to in the rifle for which they were being converted. Too, there isn't sufficient demand for magazines today to warrant more commercial production. We're kind of stuck with what's in the country now.

In my experience, rifles with milled receivers seem to be more adaptable to "conversions." The IWI (and older IMI) .308 Galil magazines I have will fit and lock into and function in my MILLED receiver M78. They are, however, a tight fit... tighter than the Swedish AK4 (H&K) magazines. Because of that, I doubt that the Galil magazines can be readily modified to function reliably in your M76. If I recall correctly, Tony Rumore of Tromix tried about 20 years ago to modify 12 round .308 Galil magazines to fit and function in M76 rifles, but I never heard whether he was successful or not.

I know the original M76 magazines are pricey, but I would recommend you grab a couple if you can. I doubt you'll lose much if you later decide to sell them.
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Post by Stevo MT » Wed Feb 01, 2017 6:40 pm

Thanks.
I went ahead and purchased the "modified Galil" magazine. It will likely be a couple of weeks before it arrives, but when it does, I will post the result. I'm trying to screw up the guts to drop $800 on two factory mags, but it's not easy to get my head around that price!

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Post by GoodGuy » Wed Feb 01, 2017 6:43 pm

Steve... In case you're curious, here is a photo of a 12 Round Galil magazine inserted into my milled receiver M78. Again, it fits and locks into place and functions, but it's a very tight fit.
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Post by Sako92S » Wed Feb 08, 2017 8:03 am

Our guys modify G3 STEEL magazines to fit. Of course you need to weld locking tabs from other AK magazine to that modified G3 magazine. ;)
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Post by AGG » Wed Feb 08, 2017 4:09 pm

Sako92S wrote:Our guys modify G3 STEEL magazines to fit. Of course you need to weld locking tabs from other AK magazine to that modified G3 magazine. ;)
For milled receivers??? :D

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Zastava M77 perhaps?

Post by Green57 » Sun Feb 12, 2017 5:00 am

Has anyone tried a Zastava m77 mag yet?

They are single walled at the top, and have an AK style front and rear lug.

I think with a little modification of the front and rear lugs and some minor tweaks to the feed lips it might work.

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Post by Sako92S » Sat Feb 18, 2017 3:45 am

AGG wrote:
Sako92S wrote:Our guys modify G3 STEEL magazines to fit. Of course you need to weld locking tabs from other AK magazine to that modified G3 magazine. ;)
For milled receivers??? :D

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Yes, for milled receivers.
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Post by Djeger » Sat Feb 18, 2017 9:54 am

How do you get the incredibly thin lips on the single wall G3 mags to work?

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Post by Sako92S » Sun Feb 19, 2017 1:54 am

They seem to work ok.
Other option is to enlarge magwell and use G3 steel mags without removing the extra metal.
Petra/M83s has different size of magwell than M78. M78 is larger.
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Post by Sako92S » Sun Feb 19, 2017 1:57 am

Picture of modified G3 steel magazine
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Post by AGG » Sun Feb 19, 2017 4:17 pm

Sako92S wrote:Picture of modified G3 steel magazine
Excellent--- thanks for posting!!! :D

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Post by Sako92S » Tue Mar 07, 2017 12:00 am

Removing that extra frame of G3 magazine is very easy with spot weld drilling machine. ;)
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