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Old 06-09-2010, 07:52   #1
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74 vs 47 - Recoil spring difference?

Is there a difference between recoil springs in 74s and 47s?

Does the 7.62 round require a stronger recoil spring and thus would cause cycling problems in a 74 built for the 5.45 round?
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Old 06-09-2010, 07:57   #2
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Okay, perhaps my question is answered on K-Var's website. They have a "Maintenance Kit For AK-47/AK-74" that includes a recoil spring.

One kit for both guns, so it seems to imply they will work in either. Sound right?
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Old 06-09-2010, 07:58   #3
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No difference. The recoil springs are the same. Some, but not all, 5.56 AK's have slightly stronger springs. The milled receiver AK-47 and the stamped receiver RPK's, both 7.62 and 5.45, have a tube type recoil spring guide. The stamped receiver AKM and AK-74's have a loop type recoil spring guide.

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