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Quality mags Mini14

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by jvbutter, Jan 26, 2014.

  1. jvbutter

    jvbutter Cornelius, Or Active Member

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    My son and I went out last weekend... and I dug out some magazines I had been saving. I havent shot this rifle in long time and only used the 5rd Ruger mag it comes with due to kids running through what ever is in the mag. I found a ProMag and some metal units. the Metal units work ok. Kind of loose in the mag well. This nice looking Polimer ProMag didnt load very well. the cartirdge was too far down and wouldn't make the ramp.

    Any good recomendations for replacments? I need to get a few, would rather not "trial n error" with the next purchase.

    thx
     
  2. Nwcid

    Nwcid Yakima and N of Spokane Well-Known Member

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    Factory mags are the only thing that have ever been very reliable in the Mini. I know there are some reports of people that have aftermarket mags that run well to decent but on the whole that is not the case.
     
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  3. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    John Mason brand work as well as Ruger and are 1/3rd the price. Avoid all others unless you find Mitchell Arms, which are old news
     
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  4. erudne

    erudne The Pie Matrix PPL Say Sleeping W/Your Rifle Is A bad Thing? Bronze Supporter

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    Back before the Clinton Ban after MKT mags were built to a higher standard of quality.
    Mini-14 and worse Mini 30 mags instantly degraded in quality.
    Ruger factory mags are worth the extra money, last for a decade or more!
     
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  5. OLDNEWBIE

    OLDNEWBIE State of Flux Well-Known Member

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    Tapco genII mags are supposed to do O.K. with brass cased ammo according to nutnfancy. They finally got them in at Cabellas, $19 I think.
     
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  6. erudne

    erudne The Pie Matrix PPL Say Sleeping W/Your Rifle Is A bad Thing? Bronze Supporter

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    On my old Mini-30 I had to grind down and polish the lower breach to make a feed ramp for the after Mkt mags, this was years before factory 20 rnd mags appeared. I don't know what the 500 series Minis look like inside today
     
  7. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    Oh, forgot Thermold, they also work great
     
  8. hker71

    hker71 Portland Metro Area Active Member

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    Another here for the factory Ruger mags. They are the only thing which would work 100% of the time in my old Mini 14. I really wish I didn't get rid of it.
     
  9. gunfreak

    gunfreak Boise Well-Known Member

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    I picked up a Triple K at Cabelas and we shoot from it every time we go out and it runs the same as the Ruger 20 rnd mag I have.
     
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  10. OLDNEWBIE

    OLDNEWBIE State of Flux Well-Known Member

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    I regretted selling mine back in the 80s, SS w/factory folding stock. Finally got a new 580 series all weather ranch 3 years or so back. Love it too but it doesn't have the cool factor my "A Team" shooter had!
     
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  11. nwo

    nwo Southern Oregon Well-Known Member

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    You can't go wrong with Ruger factory magazines. They are not cheap, but they are worth the money.
     
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  12. erudne

    erudne The Pie Matrix PPL Say Sleeping W/Your Rifle Is A bad Thing? Bronze Supporter

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    I went to the Mini when I got back from asia because M-1 carbine ammo was non-existant, 556 reloads were $86. per 1000 and I hated ARs! (AKs were still 20 years in the future)
    Now I own 2 Mini's and 3 ARs (no carbines or AKs, still hate AKs)
    Since the end of the Clinton AWB ARs have Flourished!
    Like the old VW Bettle, one follows the flow of history, written by Stonner
     
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  13. Rix

    Rix Tacoma Active Member

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    Ruger mags.
     
  14. U201491

    U201491 Well-Known Member

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    Your ears thank you :)
     
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  15. mikeybuck

    mikeybuck Clark county Active Member

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    I've had some great luck with some no named 20 rd metal mags. They look just like factory 20rd mags. Never once had a issue with them. From what I've notice, most all 20 rd mags work great, it is the 30 rd and bigger that have issues.
     
  16. jvbutter

    jvbutter Cornelius, Or Active Member

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    Well I will try out the metal mags I have this weekend, but will keep an eye out for the Factory, especially now that ruger is making mags bigger than the old 5/10 rd styles....Thanks to all for your inputs.