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Old 06-09-2011, 20:45   #1
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Ruger factory 30 round mags?

Guys, I would like a little input. I currently only have Ruger factory 10 and 20 round magazines for my Mini-14. I would like to get some 30 rounders but I have heard about issues with them.

Those who have factory 30 rounders, how have they worked out for you? Would I be better off sticking to 20 rounders?
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All of mine have worked fine with no problems.

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Originally Posted by SharpsShtr View Post
All of mine have worked fine with no problems...
+1 here for all 7 of my 30 rounders.
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For function my 2 Ruger 30 round mags have worked perfectly, but they do have some quirks that some people don't like. First, they can't be loaded in your rifle with a closed bolt. They have strong springs and the top round will be dented, I have even tried with 27 rounds and it still dents the top round. Second, they rattle around in the mag well slightly. This may not even constitute a problem but it is annoying. Lastly, they are difficult to load after 20 rounds. I don't really see this as a problem either, and they loosen up after time, but those last 10 rounds can be tough to get in there. Truth be told I mainly use my 20's at the range but keep my 30's loaded and ready to go if I were ever to need em. Hope that helps you decide.
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Originally Posted by BangBangPlay View Post
For function my 2 Ruger 30 round mags have worked perfectly, but they do have some quirks that some people don't like. First, they can't be loaded in your rifle with a closed bolt. They have strong springs and the top round will be dented, I have even tried with 27 rounds and it still dents the top round. Second, they rattle around in the mag well slightly. This may not even constitute a problem but it is annoying. Lastly, they are difficult to load after 20 rounds. I don't really see this as a problem either, and they loosen up after time, but those last 10 rounds can be tough to get in there. Truth be told I mainly use my 20's at the range but keep my 30's loaded and ready to go if I were ever to need em. Hope that helps you decide.
Do you have the Mini-14 Stipula? It makes loading 20 and 30 round magazines a breeze. I got two of them. I found I didn't like loading the 20 rounders, and someone on here recommended the Stripula. The Ruger website sells them, they're relatively inexpensive and they make loading quick and easy.
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Originally Posted by chicagoan View Post
Do you have the Mini-14 Stipula? It makes loading 20 and 30 round magazines a breeze. I got two of them. I found I didn't like loading the 20 rounders, and someone on here recommended the Stripula. The Ruger website sells them, they're relatively inexpensive and they make loading quick and easy.
I use a Stripula to load all my mags, it loads them really fast when used with the flat 5.56 stripper clips. I have two factory 30's and 10 factory 20's that are 100% reliable. I don't care for the 30's, they are long and unwieldy. The 20's burn through ammo fast enough but if I were an operator using a Mini 14 I would go with the 30's
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Thanks for the input guys, very helpful. I will place an order for some 30 rounders this weekend I think.

Another question, Is it okay to keep Mini-14 magazines loaded for a long period of time? Say if they are loaded for 2-3 years, would it make them any less reliable?
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Originally Posted by chicagoan View Post
Do you have the Mini-14 Stipula? It makes loading 20 and 30 round magazines a breeze. I got two of them. I found I didn't like loading the 20 rounders, and someone on here recommended the Stripula. The Ruger website sells them, they're relatively inexpensive and they make loading quick and easy.
I don't, I typically load all of my mags by hand, and I am pretty fast and efficient at it. My 30 rounders have softened up quite a bit so they are a lot easier to load now. But they still won't go on my Mini with the bolt closed. Oh well, I typically leave it with a 20 rnd mag in it loaded with soft point Winchester Ranger for home defense. When I load a round I position it slightly forward of where the other rounds, and as I push down I also slide it back into place simultaneously. The rounds never bind and go in easily that way.

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Thanks for the input guys, very helpful. I will place an order for some 30 rounders this weekend I think.

Another question, Is it okay to keep Mini-14 magazines loaded for a long period of time? Say if they are loaded for 2-3 years, would it make them any less reliable?
I wouldn't keep them loaded that long, but 5-6 months won't hurt. If you take it to the range every so often you should be good. Cycle em all so the springs compress and decompress. Some people say you shouldn't leave em topped off, but I always do in case I need em in a hurry. I know that is far fetched but you never know when you could get caught with your pants down.
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Originally Posted by Cole125 View Post
Thanks for the input guys, very helpful. I will place an order for some 30 rounders this weekend I think.

Another question, Is it okay to keep Mini-14 magazines loaded for a long period of time? Say if they are loaded for 2-3 years, would it make them any less reliable?
As long as you get Ruger factory magazines, leaving them loaded for months (maybe years?) at a time shouldn't be an issue.

I have ammo in mags for months with no problems. I cycle thru ammo before YEARS go by, however.
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Originally Posted by BangBangPlay View Post
I don't, I typically load all of my mags by hand, and I am pretty fast and efficient at it. My 30 rounders have softened up quite a bit so they are a lot easier to load now. But they still won't go on my Mini with the bolt closed. Oh well, I typically leave it with a 20 rnd mag in it loaded with soft point Winchester Ranger for home defense. When I load a round I position it slightly forward of where the other rounds, and as I push down I also slide it back into place simultaneously. The rounds never bind and go in easily that way.



I wouldn't keep them loaded that long, but 5-6 months won't hurt. If you take it to the range every so often you should be good. Cycle em all so the springs compress and decompress. Some people say you shouldn't leave em topped off, but I always do in case I need em in a hurry. I know that is far fetched but you never know when you could get caught with your pants down.

Well, I guess I don't know what the issue of loading a magazine with the bolt open vs closed is. In the Army, I always loaded the mags with the bolt open, and pushed the button when it was 'go time'. LOL. I just naturally figued with ther Mini-14 (or any semi for that matter) that you pull the bolt back, put the mag in, and let the bolt go forward.

I store my rifles with the bolt open and the magazine in the well. Something happens (which, luckily, would be a small likelihood), all I have to do is roll over, pull back on the bolt release, take the safety off and BOOM BOOM BOOM. (Ideally, however, I'd put hearing protection on first)
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I don't like to store a Mini with the action locked open, its to easy to bump the op-rod or catch the charging handle on something when pulling it out of the safe or picking it up and have the action slam into battery.
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Originally Posted by Cole125 View Post
Thanks for the input guys, very helpful. I will place an order for some 30 rounders this weekend I think.

Another question, Is it okay to keep Mini-14 magazines loaded for a long period of time? Say if they are loaded for 2-3 years, would it make them any less reliable?
You can leave them loaded for a long time. I only keep two of my 20's loaded for homestead protection. I think the longest my Mini has ever gone without being shot is 3 weeks.
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Again, thanks for the input. Really the longest I would be leaving the magazines loaded for would be 3-4 months but I was curious if its okay to leave them loaded much longer.
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Originally Posted by Cole125 View Post
Again, thanks for the input. Really the longest I would be leaving the magazines loaded for would be 3-4 months but I was curious if its okay to leave them loaded much longer.
I understand in the early days of the VN war, the Army shipped mags fully loaded and they sat in stores for years. Decades later some of these loaded GI mags were finally utilized without any problems.

Now, the question is are Ruger mags as good as the original GI issue Colts? I would not be concerned. Quality mags springs are actually designed for long-term load bearing and wear out from USE not tension.

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For some odd reason i can cram 31 rounds in my 30 round mag but on the down side it wont fit in the gun with the extra bullet in there, other then that it has worked with no problems at all.
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I have been using factory 30 round Ruger mags since I picked up my first mini back in 1992.
I can't recall ever having a magazine related malfunction with the 9 that I have.
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Originally Posted by WES213 View Post
For some odd reason i can cram 31 rounds in my 30 round mag but on the down side it wont fit in the gun with the extra bullet in there, other then that it has worked with no problems at all.
It's a 30 rd Magazine..don't "cram" more than 30 into it.
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Originally Posted by PABin25 View Post
It's a 30 rd Magazine..don't "cram" more than 30 into it.
I know that but when you get on a roll stuffing them in there you stop when it makes you, took me a few to figure out why the gun wouldn't take the clip.

I was just listing my only con with the clip and that being that with the one i have i got to count them off so i don't put the extra bullet in there.
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It's not a clip.
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Originally Posted by jar9946 View Post
It's not a clip.
You are correct sir.



BTW thanks everyone else for the input, I have some 30 round mags on the way.
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