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    looked around alot on here and elsewhere but how hard would it be to convert a vz-58 to .308? would it just require longer repair plates for a longer mag well and maybe a longer striker? or would the bolt carrier ned to be lengthened as well? just throwing out an idea that's been rolling around in my head to see what you guys think and what's been done before. I don't know a whole lot about the vz-58's systems just enough to get me thinking. I know i'll need to turn a barrel and enlarge the bolt face mod the ejector all that just thinking if lengthening the receiver would require lengthening other things.

    also i put it here in the ak caliber conversion section as i wasn't sure where else to put it

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    The question is will the VZ handel 308 pressures???

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    Wouldn't the area between the locking block and the chamber have to be cut and lengthened for the longer 308 cartridge/mags? If so I wouldn't trust my welds to keep back 50Kpsi. Let alone as 1 biggun says, the pistol type locking block the vz has that is similar to a P38 or 92FS.

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    from looking at pictures of a vz i would think it would be behind the locking block that could be lengthened for the mags and round i guess you could legthen either side but if you lengthen behind the lugs and block i was wondering if you would need to thengthen the rear of the carrier and the striking pin I personally have no clue how much a vz can handle but from pictures it looks like a the lugs and locking block looks at least as large of contact and material as an ak maybe even more. anyone ever do a vz conversion? does vz-58 make reweld plates for it anymore? or did he ever get them working well?

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    There has bin a conversion to 6.8 Grendel and some talk about converting to 6,5 and they make it at factory for 223.

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    actually my main interest would be 8x57 hehe

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    My 6.5mm grendel build was easy compared to a .308 round. Hardest part was modding the AR mags. Not sure about whether it would handle the .308 or not. But you're right, the striker would probably need to be custom made since it would most likely be to short in the longer receiver.
    As far as I know, no one makes vz repair plates. I think hcpookie was going to try(sorry if I'm wrong on who, been awhile since I read that post) but had issues with batf. A .308 vz would be cool. HMMM, hey 1biggun, ah never mind..lol I'll stick with the switch barrel idea! lol

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    i might be able to get welldog to make some plates especially if he's going to make some regular plates for himself hhhmmm i imght need to get a vz kit

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    I need to get one of these guns to play with. A 308 really steps up the pressures so do your home work on a conversion. the new 30 RAR might be a interesting round in a VZ 58 it gives a increase over the x39 and still fits in a ar mag. Afreys1967 mag set up would be perfect for it.

    the grendal he did is pretty sweet and evcery thing fits with out serious mods.

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    You will no doubt have to lengthen the magwell area to accept a broader
    mag. That might do the trick as far as cycling the larger cartridge on the Vz.
    I find the .308 conversion enticing. Do homework for sure as 1biggun suggests.
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