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    Should I should or should I shan't?

    I've accumulated enough polymer Bulgarian AK 7.62x39 mags from K-VAR that I'm seriously thinking of selling my steel mags to the local gun shop.

    I've got over 50 steel mags. Some are new Bulgarian steel mags still in the cosmoline. Most are Chicom and new-but-no-cosmoline European.

    Should I switch over completely to polymer mags, or have you guys encountered issues with them that might make me want to hang onto my steel mags?
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    Personally I would keep them all. If you do sell them you should give us the first crack at them unless you are getting a real good price for them locally.
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    I agree...if you sell them give us the first crack at them .
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    sell to a gun shop?....





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    All right...I'll bite.

    What would you guys expect to pay (plus shipping) for:

    * New in cosmoline steel Bulgarian mags
    * New-looking but no cosmoline Eastern European mags
    * Mixed batch of good condition (no dents, etc.) Chicom, European, etc. mags?
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    Whatever the gun shop is/was going to give you (within reason) plus shipping.
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    I'd sure be interested in some of them!
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    Sell to a gun shop so they can turn around a rape a brother? Glad that you decided against it.

    $9 shipped. Is that fair enough?
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    Quote Originally Posted by vatolocal
    Sell to a gun shop so they can turn around a rape a brother? Glad that you decided against it.

    $9 shipped. Is that fair enough?
    I think he's kidding. (He must be a kidder).

    Seriously, though....

    Here is what I've been getting from the gun shop: $12-15 each based on condition and I don't have to fool with verifying they're legal to ship to a certain state, packaging them up, shipping them, etc.

    I'm not trying to be a hard-ass, but this dealer turns around and sells 'em for $20-25 each.

    It's not that I'm trying to get THAT for them necessarily, but to make it worth my while I'd think I'd only want to fool with shipping them if I can beat what that dealer gives me, plus shipping.

    If you can find 'em for $9 apiece, tell me where and I'll buy a bunch too.
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    recent prices are $15 each for good working metals.

    I recently paid that for two and really needed them to refinish to match the gun. I was doing an odd Olive greenish tint Military type finish and nothing else looked right but mags finished with the same Norrell. So that right there is a reason to keep some and have some.
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    I want Chinese mags but I'm only willing to pay $12 each...


    If you have any Chinese 40 rounders... you got my attention... make an offer.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Q-gunner2
    I want Chinese mags but I'm only willing to pay $12 each...


    If you have any Chinese 40 rounders... you got my attention... make an offer.

    Sorry, thirties only.


    But getting back to the original topic...is there any reason the polymer mags wouldn't outlast the steel ones? Or should I keep some steel ones for SHTF on the theory that the polymer mags probably will wear out sooner?
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    I think, (with proper care) both will still be working long after we've all dissolved into dust.
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    [quote=Zane Zackerly]
    Quote Originally Posted by "Q-gunner2":134fv1xy
    I want Chinese mags but I'm only willing to pay $12 each...


    If you have any Chinese 40 rounders... you got my attention... make an offer.

    Sorry, thirties only.


    But getting back to the original topic...is there any reason the polymer mags wouldn't outlast the steel ones? Or should I keep some steel ones for SHTF on the theory that the polymer mags probably will wear out sooner?[/quote:134fv1xy]


    No.

    The mag makes very little contact with the rifle- IE, the bolt doesn't even touch the feed lips. The mag does get a lot of wear on the front and rear catches... but those, on the Bulgarian polymer mags, are made of steel... so basically, the points that really matter, are made of steel. Plus the Bulgy mags are steel lined.


    I am willing to be the Polymer ones will outlast the steel, simply because when people have a ton of mags they tend to neglect some and rust can become an issue. Not so with the Polymer mags, plus they are lighter.


    I'd keep 3 or 4 for originalities sake... but sell the rest, hell, buy more polymer mags with the cash.



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