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Overtly Occidental
March 11, 2017, 17:37
Perhaps i'm jumping the gun here, but I want my trouble shooting to be a bit easier once I hit the range next week.

Any experience with 30 round bren gun magazines? I've heard some of the feed problems come from the fact it was intended to be gravity assisted. Also, they fit TIGHT. I'm assuming that is due to the more pronounced rib underneath the catch lip? Grind that down and stretch the springs a bit?

Heres some OG poop for the fans out there.

https://preview.ibb.co/dsVg6F/IMG_0300.jpg (https://ibb.co/kxtetv)
https://preview.ibb.co/gCLQYv/IMG_0301.jpg (https://ibb.co/nbQsDv)
https://preview.ibb.co/jBMA0a/IMG_0302.jpg (https://ibb.co/ev0g6F)
https://preview.ibb.co/mP48mF/IMG_0303.jpg (https://ibb.co/b7n5Yv)
https://preview.ibb.co/mHC5Yv/IMG_0305.jpg (https://ibb.co/e56A0a)
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30 round bren front.

ActionYobbo
March 11, 2017, 18:05
never had a problem with the British made mags that I use. I have 8 of them and they all feed 30 reliably. I did have some Indian made mags that did not like to feed reliably and I found the spring was not the same as in the British mags. it looked like it could have been a 20 stretched to fit the 30.

is your receiver cut for inch mags?

Overtly Occidental
March 11, 2017, 21:27
never had a problem with the British made mags that I use. I have 8 of them and they all feed 30 reliably. I did have some Indian made mags that did not like to feed reliably and I found the spring was not the same as in the British mags. it looked like it could have been a 20 stretched to fit the 30.

is your receiver cut for inch mags?

This is good to hear. The magazines are in very good condition, two look unused, so I have high hopes.

My receiver is an inch cut. The seller was under the impression it was perhaps a metric that was cut out into an inch? I've been browsing and browsing the forum to try to piece the gun together completely. So far I know the bolt is british and the stocks are rhodesian.https://preview.ibb.co/n2qv0a/IMG_0307.jpg (https://ibb.co/kUENfa)
https://preview.ibb.co/ioyR6F/IMG_0309.jpg (https://ibb.co/gWpoLa)
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Stoney
March 12, 2017, 01:00
century inch receivers are really tight, had buff my to get the mag in. then i sold it.

ce
March 13, 2017, 15:08
The Century mag well cut is cut round, and the tab on an inch mag is square, so simply round off the front locking tab on any inch mag, et voila.

It won't take much effort with a file, and you may need to relieve the rear of the mag as well.

Overtly Occidental
March 13, 2017, 21:09
century inch receivers are really tight, had buff my to get the mag in. then i sold it.

Any suggestions on what to use for the buffing? And where to buff?

The Century mag well cut is cut round, and the tab on an inch mag is square, so simply round off the front locking tab on any inch mag, et voila.

It won't take much effort with a file, and you may need to relieve the rear of the mag as well.

This was huge, thank you kindly. :bow:

LetMeBeFrank
March 14, 2017, 17:48
Had my century sporter at the range on Sunday to try out my new mil surp 30rd bren gun magazines.

One of them had to be filed down on the front lug to lock in, still pretty tight but it fed the rounds perfectly. The other one fit without any modification and fed rounds perfectly as well.

Chester Nimitz
March 14, 2017, 18:20
Were those mil surp mags the ones wrapped in brown oily paper, and the back (spine) of the mag is sort of rough ground flat? Contract number stamped on side like British?

I had some of those and had to fit each and every one. I think they are from India.

Overtly Occidental
March 14, 2017, 18:48
Were those mil surp mags the ones wrapped in brown oily paper, and the back (spine) of the mag is sort of rough ground flat? Contract number stamped on side like British?

I had some of those and had to fit each and every one. I think they are from India.

Yes. Those seem to be the ones. All are stamped with the following.

MAGAZINE 7.62 MM. L4A1
9600089 D68
With an up facing arrow

Except for one that is marked D72, with the arrow cockeyed. Best condition.

So I guess, file the mag rather than the receiver? A little bit of both? I'm leaning toward filing the receiver. When purchasing the weapon I was allowed to select the best 20 rounder magazines he had (he had a lot) and the first one I picked up and inserted had to be knocked out with a rubber hammer. So I'm leaning towards hitting the receiver up.

https://preview.ibb.co/dQG3mF/IMG_0316.jpg (https://ibb.co/mtoutv)
https://preview.ibb.co/nJSnDv/IMG_0318.jpg (https://ibb.co/dnSXfa)
https://preview.ibb.co/btMm6F/IMG_0320.jpg (https://ibb.co/ihJoLa)

lysanderxiii
March 14, 2017, 20:26
It's known as a "Broad arrow".

Trivia: it's also the British version of prison stripes...

https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/564x/12/69/4b/12694b3e2e28ff8bcf6431a64c2b46a5.jpg

LetMeBeFrank
March 14, 2017, 21:55
Yep those are the mags I have.

LetMeBeFrank
March 14, 2017, 22:10
Far right mag had to be filed down, left 30rd fit fine (but tight) the way it was.

http://i.imgur.com/ptBv3lhl.jpg (http://imgur.com/ptBv3lh)

Chester Nimitz
March 14, 2017, 22:12
I would not file the receiver until you get a 20 round magazine of another maker and see how that goes. I had a set of the India made 30 round magazines and they all had to have some of the tab taken down to lock up. But any other 20 round magazine fit just fine.

LetMeBeFrank
March 14, 2017, 22:14
I would not file the receiver until you get a 20 round magazine of another maker and see how that goes. I had a set of the India made 30 round magazines and they all had to have some of the tab taken down to lock up. But any other 20 round magazine fit just fine.

Yeah the 20rd mil surp mag in my above picture fits perfect. Less tight than either of the 30rd mags.