Anyone ever seen a bolt action rifle with AR-15 magazine?

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

Caleb got thinking about bolt action rifles and noted that no bolt guns exist to his knowledge that can feed from STANAG (AR-15 / M16) magazines.

everyone seems to be talking about how the world/economy/social order is going to collapse soon (it’s not) I figured the best rifle for that collapse would be a bolt action .223 with an 18 inch barrel, forward mounted optic, back up iron sights, and the ability to feed from standard AR15 magazines.

This got me thinking and I could not come up with one that did.

My artist impression of what such a Remington 700 would look like.

The Australian AIA M-10 “5th Generation” Lee-Enfield rifle comes in 7.62x39mm and feeds from a AK-47 magazine. The one pictured below is being sold on gun broker. Not many are available in the USA because after it was found out that some parts of the rifle (maybe the whole) was manufactured in Vietnam, they were banned.

While 30 round magazines are not as practical on a bolt action as they are on a semi-automatic, magazine parity with the AR-15 would be a big bonus. Remington and Ruger are you listening?

Steve Johnson
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  • Birch Birch on Apr 06, 2014

    it already exsists! the mossberg mvp rifles bolt action .223 and takes ar mags. comes with a 10 round ar mag

  • Amanda Lynn Hammond Amanda Lynn Hammond on Apr 17, 2014

    Since this was written, Mossberg sells the MVP-series rifles, which all accept AR-15 magazines (though feeding and seating from the mag is more reliable with STANAG mags as opposed to PMAGs, they look better with Pmags). They are very nice rifles, and I want to get one with a forward mounted optic and BUIS, possibly Magpul's MBUS sights? and a bayonet lug. There is a version called the patrol with buis installed, as well as has a rail over the top of the receiver for scope rings, and you can get one with a threaded barrel and put any standard AR brake or flash hider on it, which is cool.