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Old 03-03-2012, 21:41   #101
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It would sure be appreciated if, in this thread, you could specify whether the mags you are talking about are for the Mini 30 or for the '14. All most of you mention is the capacity with no clarity about which Mini we are talking about. Thanks,

My Mini 30 has been really touchy about after-market mags. Factory Rugers have been flawless, but copies?... not so much. It looks like the Mini 14 drivers are not having as much difficulty with after market mags for their rifles. Your experience?
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Originally Posted by adennya View Post
My Mini 30 has been really touchy about after-market mags. Factory Rugers have been flawless, but copies?... not so much. It looks like the Mini 14 drivers are not having as much difficulty with after market mags for their rifles. Your experience?
Run the factory mags in either and run they will. I have never had good luck with ANY aftermarket magazine. I have shot most all my aftermarket mags full of holes when they were unreliable. I bit the bullet and bought all factory Ruger magazines for my Mini 14.
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Does anybody have any experience with this "U.S.A. Magazine" brand magazine for the Mini-30?

Ruger Mini-30 762x39 5rd Blue Steel Mag New USA MFG

What about this (also Mini-30)? Not even sure the brand.

Mini 30 762x39 15rd Blue Mag New Replacement
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Originally Posted by wahoowad View Post
Does anybody have any experience with this "U.S.A. Magazine" brand magazine for the Mini-30?

Ruger Mini-30 762x39 5rd Blue Steel Mag New USA MFG

What about this (also Mini-30)? Not even sure the brand.

Mini 30 762x39 15rd Blue Mag New Replacement
Their crap. Like I said above, just bite the bullet and buy once, cry once. I have tried Promag, USA, I do have a couple I think Triple K 20 round straight magazines that work but I had to tweak them a little bit.

Back before Ruger made their magazines available I tried a few different magazines, they all turned my Mini into a jam o matic. I found and bought a Ruger 20 round for $60 bucks and that was my only reliable mag for over a year when I picked one more.

I got in on Hoffman's deal awhile back and bought 7 20's and two 30's. I think the 20's were $19.99 and the 30's were $24.99. I have to say that the factory Ruger mags are quality, made out of good steel that does not bend easily.
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go factory if you can.
problem is I don't think ruger MAKES a factory 10... for the mini 30. (for the california boys, and those of us that want a smaller hunting mag)
I have 3 10 round promags that ran flawlessly out of the box,
if you want Highcaps - stick with the factory 20s none of the aftermarket high caps are worth a darn (the promags IMHO are the best of a bad lot)

funny thing is the one mag that I own that gives me trouble is the FACTORY 5 rounder that came with the rifle it hates soft point ammo - if it's full on loading the first round it slams the round into the lower lip of the mag and dents the point, and jams. if I short load it to 4 rounds it feeds SP fine.
it'll feed FMJ fine... weird.

I have 3 10 round promags that work perfectly - and I have 3 Factory 20s on the way from midway ($28.00 each... on backorder)


for for the 30 - for my high cap needs, It'll be factory steel for me...
(at least until Tapco has a go at making Mini 30 mags)
I like tapco mags for the 14 - CHEAP, and they actually function well.
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I have two nickel or maybe they are ss I don't know but they are 30 rounders but they are not marked at all. How can I know if they are Ruger Facrory mags or aftermarket. I have showed them to my local FFdealer and he says they are non marked factory So is there a way to tell for sure. Help please is appreciated
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Originally Posted by tnsigger View Post
I have two nickel or maybe they are ss I don't know but they are 30 rounders but they are not marked at all. How can I know if they are Ruger Facrory mags or aftermarket. I have showed them to my local FFdealer and he says they are non marked factory So is there a way to tell for sure. Help please is appreciated
Those are aftermarket. I don't believe ruger ever made ss ones.
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Originally Posted by tnsigger View Post
I have two nickel or maybe they are ss I don't know but they are 30 rounders but they are not marked at all. How can I know if they are Ruger Facrory mags or aftermarket. I have showed them to my local FFdealer and he says they are non marked factory So is there a way to tell for sure. Help please is appreciated
Promag's?
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thank you for creating this thread! Very helpful!
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Every after market mag I have for my mini 14 has failed at some point, except for one. Be they 10 rnd, 20 or 30. Only one remaining 30 rnd mag has stood the test of time. The rest have stove pipe problems, double feed problems, even one that literally scrapes the cartridge as it feeds. I'm fairly reluctant to try any aftermarket mags anymore.

IMO you just can't beat the factory mags, they are worth the extra money. All my factory mags have been going for over 10 years with no fails. And I just ordered 3 more 20 rnd mags from Midway.

BTW, went to a gunshow this weekend, hoping to find some used factory mags, but only found new ones, and only at one booth. And this guy thinks they are gold plated or something. $50 for 20 rnd mags new. Wouldn't drop price even one dollar. Found one used factory 30 rnd mag at another booth, but the guy wanted $700 for it. Granted, it did come with a 581 mini-14. LOL
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Originally Posted by Jsh1284 View Post

P.S. Anyone like Triple K?
I am very happy with my Triple K blued 40s, and i have heard the 20's also work well but I've heard nothing but problems from 90% of the people using the 30s. The bodies are very sturdy (slightly heavier or same gauge as factory bodies,) the finish seems blued (but I'm not that knowledgeable on bluing,) the feedlips needed no tweaking and the locking tabs are welded, looking almost exactly like my 2 PMI 40s. I was surprised to find that the Triple K's actually lock into place more solid than my PMI 30s or factory 20!! If the bodies were just a slight bit wider in the mag well then the mags would be rock solid. In a comparison each PMI had 1 stoppage in 3-4 loads and the Triple K's had none.

update: The Triple K's finish actually appears to be a paint or enamel. I am planning to eventually buy 2-4 more of their 40's to replace my PMI (actually Fed. Ord. or Bingham) 40's because they simply lock in much cleaner and more solidly, also being guaranteed new they have stronger springs that will last longer. Important, since they can't yet be replaced.

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Mini 14 magazine issues

I have a mini 14 tactical 580 series and I initially had magazine problems. The brand new rifle came with three promag magazines which worked when I filled a 10 round mag to 9 and wouldn't load unless the bolt was open. More interestingly I also bought gen 2 tapco magazines which are straight garbage. Wouldn't feed and broke on me. At the end I bought ruger factory magazines and now they load 10 rounds with no problem and cycle beautifully. Just wanted to share with everyone to just buy authentic magazines worth the money.
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Originally Posted by wahoowad View Post
Does anybody have any experience with this "U.S.A. Magazine" brand magazine for the Mini-30?

Ruger Mini-30 762x39 5rd Blue Steel Mag New USA MFG

What about this (also Mini-30)? Not even sure the brand.

Mini 30 762x39 15rd Blue Mag New Replacement
the 15 rd mag is made by National. never read any review pro or con, but at that price can't hurt to have a few even if you do have to tweak and/or de-burr the feed lips. think I'll get a couple I'm planning on buying some CDNN items anyways. hope this helps.
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Anyone know where I can get some Pmag 20 round steel rebuild kits?
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I've read on a couple of gun supply websites that the 'Gen 2' Tapco 30rd polimer mags they sell won't fit the newest model mini 14s (581-582 series). Can anyone on the forum verify that?
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Not sure. I know on mine, serial number 195xxxxx they are very tight fitting. So tight in fact that they don't feed well. Taling some measurements compared to factory mags they are a full milimeter wider. I sanded some of the outside of the mag to try and relieve the pressure so it would feed better. Still didn't feed properly. Took the mag apart and found there is no tolerance between the inside mag wall and the feed spring. They rub on the two grooves, or humps inside the mag. The small humps. Using a wood chisel, I shaved those humps down some, and have gotten 2 out of 6 to feed flawlessly. Still working on the other four.

Seems to me the problem is simply designed with too tight of tolerances. A little bit of play would make them function smoothly.
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One of the on-line retailers listed on Tapco's website, Heroes Tactical, states, "PLEASE DO NOT PURCHASE THESE MAGAZINES IF YOUR RIFLES SERIAL NUMBER BEGINS WITH 580, 581 or 582."

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Tapco 30Rd Mini 14 Magazine MAG4830 BLACK - Heroes Tactical - America's Discount Shooting Superstore!
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I like Pro Mag and Tapco polymer mags for their reliability. I've had too many aftermarket mags crap out on me.
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I have 2 Tapco gen 2's that work fine in my 581 with the factory wood or houge stock. They are tight but with 55 grain rounds not a prob. That being said the 62 grain military stuff will not feed because they get stuck.
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The two CDNN #JB1420 mini 14 straight mags with the green followers i bought have fit and worked well so far in my old 185 series. going by this thread i must have just got lucky! have six factory 20's so if the JB's do stop working i am still o.k.
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You got very good mags!

Originally Posted by cavtrpr340 View Post
The two CDNN #JB1420 mini 14 straight mags with the green followers i bought have fit and worked well so far in my old 185 series. going by this thread i must have just got lucky! have six factory 20's so if the JB's do stop working i am still o.k.
I have 6 of these mags, 20 round .223 and they work perfectly (CDNN #JB1420), the quality is very good. I have shot nothing but steel case ammo (Tulammo and WPA polyformance). No FTF or FTE, very smooth running mags!
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Just want to add my endorsement to cavtrpr340's and Gray Fox's opinions/experiences with the CDNN "JB" mags. They work like the Ruger factory magazines and also look very cool!
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Originally Posted by qcarr View Post
Just want to add my endorsement to cavtrpr340's and Gray Fox's opinions/experiences with the CDNN "JB" mags. They work like the Ruger factory magazines and also look very cool!
i'll add mine too. bought one to test & it worked great today. will be picking up a couple more.
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Just purchased 8 FACTORY Mini-14 30 round mags for $ 29.99 from Welcome to Hoffman's Gun Center & Indoor Range. Fellow said they had about 100 in stock. I think that's a pretty good price on a Ruger Factory 30 rounder. Cheers
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