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Old 07-28-2012, 03:34   #1
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Just got 10 Tapco Gen 2 magazines in

No sure yet.


It will take me forever to get out in the woods to dump a few magazines.


What I can tell is they fit real snug.

The spring seems weaker then the 20 round factory magazines and I dont like that.

I put 20 rounds in one and then took them out one by one... A few rounds feed into the way of the magazines and did not come out clean.

I bought them in wake of the bat movie shooting and I want a stock pile of magazines, but I think I will buy factory 20 rounders form hear on out.


The price is good, but when I empty a 20 round factory magazine I never have rounds feed into the wall of the magazine.
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I was not happy with the Tapco Gen2's.

I would recommend returning them and buying factory magazines. You know the factory mags will work, and they will last you a lifetime if they are cared for (and if you are worried about a magazine ban passing, then you will need magazines that will last a lifetime.)
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I have about 300 rounds through my gen 2, with absolutely no malfunctions. I even have a gen one and it's been flawless too. Not as many rounds through it maybe 100.. Tapco gets an a+ from me.
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Originally Posted by DBaker View Post
I have about 300 rounds through my gen 2, with absolutely no malfunctions. I even have a gen one and it's been flawless too. Not as many rounds through it maybe 100.. Tapco gets an a+ from me.

What model mini are you using them in? I'm convinced the mixed results with tapco mags come from different people using them in different model minis.
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I have a 581 Ranch, blued/wood, and it works with both Tapco gen 2s and Thermold magazines. I believe the reason some Minis work with them and some don't has to do with the magwell in the stock.
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Originally Posted by Neurotic Hapi Snak View Post
I have a 581 Ranch, blued/wood, and it works with both Tapco gen 2s and Thermold magazines. I believe the reason some Minis work with them and some don't has to do with the magwell in the stock.
Interesting point on the magwell. It would be interesting to poll on what mags work with what models or stocks. I wish people could leave more comprehensive reviews on those mags (like on CTD) rather than
"this mags sux i want my munny bak"
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My rifle is a 581 and Tapco gen II's work fine in it. About 600 rounds through
them now with out a hiccup.
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Old 07-29-2012, 13:29   #9
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I think the magwell definitely might impact which mags work. My Mini so far hasn't liked any aftermarket mags.. and 2 Ruger factory mags I had don't work well in it either. Ruger is replacing the mags, but 4 other Ruger mags seem to work just fine.
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Another small issue. I have the same issue with 30 round factory magazines. I can load a full mag in the rifle without retracting the bolt.

20's go in fine, but 30's my ammo gets chewed up.
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Tapco Gen2

Originally Posted by flapjack View Post
Interesting point on the magwell. It would be interesting to poll on what mags work with what models or stocks. I wish people could leave more comprehensive reviews on those mags (like on CTD) rather than
"this mags sux i want my munny bak"
Flapjack,
I can tell you that the Tapco Gen2 mags work very well in the Archangel Sparta stock. The Load and feed well, they are very grippy. I have 10 and they have all worked perfectly.
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Measured my stock's magwell:
Width rear .906"
Width front .876
Length 2.875"
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Old 08-03-2012, 16:46   #13
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i bought 2 gen 2's, they fit so snug the spring could not push bullets up...i have model 581 ranch wood stock...i no longer have said tapco mags...will always buy factory
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My tapco gen 2s were legit
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I just took my 2 Tapco gen 2's to the range today. One of them had one failure to feed but other then that they ran great. I will be getting a couple more. I do have a Houge stock, not the Ruger one.
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tapco gen 2's are for older minis, so if you have a 581 (either sand them down) or wait for gen 3, a few people emailed tapco about the 581 issue and that was there reply, the older magwell is for gen 2
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Originally Posted by sog33 View Post
tapco gen 2's are for older minis, so if you have a 581 (either sand them down) or wait for gen 3, a few people emailed tapco about the 581 issue and that was there reply, the older magwell is for gen 2

That is pretty interesting...

I have Gen 1s AND Gen 2s

both fit fine in my Troy MCS stocked 185 GB bolt open - bolt closed they have a hard time seating right... but so does my Factory 30.
they were pretty stiff when hand cycling, but some exercise seems to have limbered them up pretty well. (hand cycling 6 FULL magazines in front of the TV made my finger hurt... )

same goes with my factory 20s for my mini 30 - hard to insert on a closed bolt if full

they go in like greased snot if I short load them 1 round though.
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Old 08-07-2012, 01:45   #18
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i bought one so far but haven't tested it, friend told me to put 30 rounds in it for at least 3 days and let it sit, i will see in a few weeks or so
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Originally Posted by sog33 View Post
tapco gen 2's are for older minis, so if you have a 581 (either sand them down) or wait for gen 3, a few people emailed tapco about the 581 issue and that was there reply, the older magwell is for gen 2
Sorry, my gen II's work great in my 581. over 600 rounds now without a
hick up.
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Originally Posted by Antman View Post
Sorry, my gen II's work great in my 581. over 600 rounds now without a
hick up.
My are a little tight and except for not being able to drop free, they work fine.
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Originally Posted by Antman View Post
Sorry, my gen II's work great in my 581. over 600 rounds now without a
hick up.
yes people still can use it in 581, but there are issues related to the magwell in that series that is not present in the older series which is directly related to the gen 2, there are people that have problems with older series as well, it's just sometimes hit or miss, usually you need more than one mag to find out and some sand paper usually helps a lot of the problems.
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I have a 184 series and bought a couple of the tapco gen2's. i put quite a few rounds through each one day at the range and they work flawlessly. well almost flawlessly...i noticed the bolt didnt lock completely open once or twice when the mag went empty and would close upon pulling the mag out. But still, at less than 20 bucks a pop theyre awesome.
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Hi all,

New user, long-time Mini owner.

I could not get the Tapco Gen II mag to work in my new 582-series tactical, but it worked well in my 185-series Mini. I contacted Tapco and they immediately e-mailed to tell me that they are aware of the problem and are working on a solution. Once they have a new mag ready to go, they'll exchange my Gen II for the Gen III on their dime.

Thanks,

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I have a stainless 581. Got two gen 2's, they fit very tight in the magwell. I've run them a couple of times. Each time there are two fail to feed, I pull the bolt back and see the round hasn't been pushed evenly to the lip of the magazine. I always tap the mags so the rounds are all of the way to the rear of the magazine before I use them. When loading, I have found that it is tough to get the rounds in since there is very little clearance front to back. I still like them for some reason. Issue has not yet cost me a missed coyote or hog yet.
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Let me premise this by saying that I don't own a single Tapco mag -- this is just reasoning based on the observations of others...

I'm thinking there's an issue with the consistency of the thickness of the material they're making the mags out of. My ProMag polymers are just almost too short (front to back) for typical XM193. With the Tapco mags, I'm thinking the OAL of the rounds is just a hair too much, and it's causing them to drag inside the magazine.

Has anyone experimented with different brands/weights (really the only factor that matters is OAL) to see if there's a difference in the mag's performance?
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