Originally Posted by Vikingdad
This is a new rifle. The one mag I have is a 10-round Springfield stamped piece, and it is now gouged up from inserting it a couple of times. I am pretty confident it is the mag well that is causing the issue. Since I only have one mag I will wait until I have tried some of the after-market mags I have ordered. I will not force them to seat if they show any sign of jamming into the well (which is the case with the one I have.)
I wouldnt force them either. If the mag isnt an SAI marked mag, then your SOL if the finish is damaged on another mag.
FWIW...... There can be several differences between magazines when it comes to the M1A. Some can vary to such a degree that they are not worth buying. ( Found out the hard way firsthand with Promag)
What brand of aftermarket mags do you have?