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Old 10-26-2019, 10:26   #201
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The AR market has a lot of magazines available and they have the advantage of being able to replace followers with non tilt followers. Many of the cheapo aftermarket Mini-14 mags have lousy followers and if we had non tilt ones available,they could be made to work better.

I don't know much about the Mini 30 mags since AK rifles cost less at the time.
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Old 10-26-2019, 14:32   #202
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uzitiger, the OE mag followers can directly be replaced with factor Ruger mag followers: a very simple process, with zero tilting. The combined cost of the OE mag and the followers (including S/H) is much less than the Ruger factory mags and, IMHO, better quality.

Just got six 10-rounders from CDNN/OE with what appears to be the same followers. They loaded up just fine, with no tilting apparent. Should there be a problem, Brownells or Midway will send Ruger followers for a song.

Just loaded up my six with zero problems. Will need to verify with actual shooting, but they are solid - just like their 20-rounder big-brothers - and are better quality (and smaller) than the Masen 10-rounders. And no tilting problems that I can see.
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Old 06-07-2020, 15:45   #203
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Since Tapco is now defunct, their Gen II Mini-14 mags, I predict, will be sought after like PMI and Fed Ord ones. I can't say enough good about the Tapcos, and I do mourn their passing. Glad I have 18 of them.... I find that, even though they are ugly compared to the Ruger Factory, I use them more. No rust, lighter,...

I keep my Ruger factory ones oiled up and in the safe.

Some links to Evals on them.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=znJCdgFfhbk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Js_gs9hMpPc

https://www.perfectunion.com/vb/ruge...30rd-mags.html
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I'm glad that Pro Mag is not getting a bad rap which they don't deserve.
My steel and polymer Pro Mag magazines are flawless and drop freely except for the 20 round polymer mag which needed a little sanding to make it drop freely. I tried Thermold mags but one of them had the feel lip break off.

It's a shame that Remington filed for bankruptcy and Tapco was closed as a result. Too bad they didn't sell them off instead. They made good magazines for the Mini-14 along with other products like the AK folding stock.

Has anyone used the Triple K magazines? They are hard to find and are on the expensive side. I didn't know that they are still around until I saw them at the NRA convention last year.

We probably would have better aftermarket magazines if Bill Ruger would have allowed the hi cap magazines to be sold. He would have sold more Mini-14 rifles and we would have a better selection of magazines. Look at how many aftermarket AR-15 magazines are available with non tilt followers. Most of them work well and are inexpensive.
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I have Promag drums and mags for my Saiga12 and they work good after some sanding and trimming. Since Tapco is out of the picture I’m hoping that magpul will seize the opportunity if they see that there is a big market.
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I honestly can't believe Magpul has not stepped up. In AR15 mags, they are competing with literally dozens of makers. they certainly have the technology. With the Mini-14, they would only be competing against Promag, Thermold, and Ruger factory.
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Old 06-09-2020, 05:38   #207
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Originally Posted by Sniperfox View Post
I have Promag drums and mags for my Saiga12 and they work good after some sanding and trimming. Since Tapco is out of the picture Iím hoping that magpul will seize the opportunity if they see that there is a big market.
I did the same for my Promag Saiga 12 mag. It needed less sanding than the Taiwanese magazine to fit. It works just as well as the factory mag.

I hope someone buys Tapco's tooling and brings back their products including the Mini-14 mags.
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I will add that it is easier to load the Tapcos on a closed bolt, if it only has 28 rounds in it. With 30, it tends to pop the top round loose while you load. Open bolt, they work fine with 30. I will say, that I had the same problem with a couple of my Ruger factory 30s, loaded to the top.

Loading to 28 seems to be a decent practice, anyway, and that is what I have done with my AR mags since my days in the big green machine in the 1970s, and as an LEO, i only loaded 28 in my M1 Carbine and Mini-14 30 rounders. The 20 rounders for all (15 in the M1), though, I load to full capacity.
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Old 01-05-2021, 18:30   #209
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Thermold 30-round magazine modification

This modification of the Thermold 30-round magazine works!! I modified 12 Thermold mags, and tested them out at the range. They all worked flawlessly.

Check it out!

https://www.perfectunion.com/vb/ruge...tory-spec.html

If you're not put off by the risk...and a little careful labor, it's worth it. Go here to purchase Thermold 30-rd mags cheap. Sportsman's Guide sell 3-packs for $24.99 (that's only $8.33 each!!) But, you will have to radically modify them.

https://www.sportsmansguide.com/prod...pack?a=1174807
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Old 01-18-2021, 16:20   #210
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I bet if someone makes non tilt followers for the Mini 14 they would sell well. Bill Ruger di not want to sell high capacity magazines to the public and people went with ARs including his company. Had he not been such a hardhead, we could have seen more magazines and followers made for the Minis.
Aftermarket magazines vary in quality and the only ones that worked for me are the Promag in both polymer and steel. Thermold mags worked well until the feed lips cracked which is a shame. I haven't tried the Tapco ones yet but they seem to be well made. I had an Eagle one made for both the Mini and AR which worked well and others with a rollup spring but the attachment cracked making it useless. The clear plastic ones were too brittle. I would love to see Magpul make mags but who knows with the DemocRats usurping power
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