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Old 07-05-2012, 20:34   #1
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? Magazines, what are the most reliable for the $

Magazines, what are the most reliable for the $??
I see a lot of people use the polymer magpuls, are they better than the old steel mags? There are so many out there, what is the best without spending a ton of cash?
I like 20 round mags, need 10 of them.
Post your prefferance

O yeah - I'm looking for .223 / 5.56 caliber
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Old 07-06-2012, 05:05   #2
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It kind of boils down to preference. As long as the metal mags are GI spec, they should be good to go. All my metal mags have the Magpul followers that I put in, (nowadays some come with them already installed). Never had an issue in Iraq with them, 20 or 30 rd mags. I also have Magpuls, they are very nice and very rugged. Some don't drop free like all my metal mags. Troy, CAA and a few others out there reportedly have some really nice mags for decent prices too.

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Get the MagPul 20's. These are durable and they have a "controlled-tilt" follower that is self-lubricating. And, you can get them for about $15.

I also have many 20-round aluminum mags, but I have seen some of them get finicky over time. YMMV.
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For the money: Brownells 20rnd or 30 rnd. Last ones I ordered were 9.99 a piece. Next would be anything Magpul. I prefer the 30 rnd which are usually around 15.00. I've had really good luck with both. The Brownell mags are so cheap, I add one to every order.
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Magpul hands down. Never a jam and between BIL and I we have a few. The covers for the mags work well also.

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I'm the new guy, but gonna post my input on this. I prefer Polymer mags over steel mags due to the fact they are cast molded, cheaper made, cheaper shipped comes down to a cheaper price. I am getting them about 12 and some change for 30 rd mags. I don't use 20 rd mags so I don't know the prices on them. But thats all i run in my AR, they are durable and hold up. Glock has been makings their weapons out of polymer for years. oh and not to mention a lighter in my opinion.
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Gi mags work well with a magpul follower installed with ranger plates. Magpul, Troy industries, and Tangodown are also the top of the line.
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I like the Pmags, most of my personal mags are the Pmags. However! When loading up the mag, I have been able to stuff one extra into the mag if I am not counting. So a 20 round mag can sometimes (not always) hold 21. BUT, one thing I have found is even more so on the Pmags, you should always dump a round, meaning a 20 rounder should only hold 19. I have had failure seat issues with the magazine not properly seating and the first round failing to load, or sometimes even the mag falling out when releasing the bolt if I loaded 21.

Even so, if you dump a round, you're all good with the Pmags. Why do I like the Pmags? Because I find them much more durable than the stamped sheet metal, with no sharp edges. If you have to rip a stamped sheet metal mag from your magwell, like a Cproducts mag for example, you can cut your hand pretty easily. Plus because the pmags have the storage clip which takes pressure off the feed lips, they don't deform over long term storage, like the metal mags WILL.
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CGS, good to know!!!

So far I've gotten 1 -20rnd, and 2 -30rnd Pmags (Palmetto State is offering free shipping!!)
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What have you been paying at PSA?

$9.43 for the pro mag 20 rounders http://chicagogunsmith.com/catalog/m...2_439_680.html $7.57 for the Tapco 30 rounders

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Oh and another note, I found some pretty cheap mags. But you always get what you pay for. So maybe some of others have had experience or tried them. Here they go. AR15 magazines Magpul Enhanced followers Teflon finish 30 rd mags, 10.99

Paid 12.99 for my 30 rd Pmags

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Old 07-27-2012, 18:20   #12
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I was going to buy a couple of factory ruger 30 rds but after hearing some good things about tapco's I decided to give them a try. At $11.99 I figured it was worth a try vs $40, We'll see how they hold up :fingerscrossed:
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I have used the Pmags and the CAA mags.....both have served me well.
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Originally Posted by Dustinc10181 View Post
Oh and another note, I found some pretty cheap mags. But you always get what you pay for. So maybe some of others have had experience or tried them. Here they go. AR15 magazines Magpul Enhanced followers Teflon finish 30 rd mags, 10.99

Paid 12.99 for my 30 rd Pmags
The 3rd and 4th ones on the page with magpul followers for $10.99 ea are what I use and have never had a problem with them.
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The only thing I noticed is the Pmags are a snug fit, they don't drop free, they pull out with little force.
I have pistols that when you press the mag release, the mag falls out - nice feature IMO.
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i've had good luck with these for a low price mag.

AR-Stoner 223 Rem AR-15 Magazine Sale -MidwayUSA

they are made out of stainless steel instead of aluminum & have the good followers in them. never had an issue with them in my or my son's AR.
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The Stoner mags are good, that is all I use in my 6.8SPC and have never had a problem with them either.
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Old 08-03-2012, 15:35   #18
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My 2 tapco 30 rnd mags have been through about 300 FLAWLESSLY. I'm very surprised how well these are made, specially for the money.The fit is perfect too.
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I wouldn't get any poly if you want them to last 30+ years.
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Depends Drache if you want to store the mags empty or loaded. Metal mags will warp after long term storage from the constant pressure on the lips.

30 years? Personally I never considered 30 years to be an option either way. I figured they'd get lost, or broken before then. Hmmmm
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Yes lips will deform in any. thats why I got enough followers and springsd to replace each mag 3 times. When I pay 40 dollars a mag and buy 20 of them I want them till I am dead !
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Im not sure i agree but its all about preferences i guess. Im stickimg to these till i find a problem
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Im not sure i agree but its all about preferences i guess. Im stickimg to these till i find a problem
Well ya you already got em use em. Try buying some factories even if its a couple here and there. Get brand new and extra follows and spare wolf springs. Just a thought.
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When I pay 40 dollars a mag and buy 20 of them I want them till I am dead !
If I ever pay $40 for a mag, I will expect to get a blow job with it.
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If I ever pay $40 for a mag, I will expect to get a blow job with it.
lols the cheapest ruger factory I found was 26 dollars on cheaper than dirt and they only had 5 so had to get rest else where and they are just about 40 bucks to the door.
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