Mini 14 Magazine won't seat

Discussion in 'Mini-14 Forum' started by onuallain, Jan 19, 2012.

  1. onuallain

    onuallain New Member

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    Hello all, this is my first post and I thank you for taking the time to read it!

    I recently became the owner of a decently well-loved Mini, and to my dismay I can't seem to get it to feed. I haven't fired it yet as I wanted it to cycle correctly first. The problem appears to be with the magazines, but I'm not sure why. The front of the mag will lock in but when I attempt to fully seat it, the rear of the mag falls out. To correct it manually I can pull back on the mag while aiming, but I would like it to hold itself...

    Thanks again everyone!
     
  2. Snakedriver

    Snakedriver New Member

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    Finding reliable aftermarket Mini-14 mag's. has always been a problem. Most won't feed properly as you say. The best fix is to use only factory "Ruger" mag's. They may not be cheap, but they work.
     

  3. anm2_man

    anm2_man Member

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    +1 You may find an aftermarket mag that works, but they are far and few between.
     
  4. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    Sounds like it could also be an issue with the mag catch. The little lever at the rear of the mag well, make sure it is cleaned thoroughly and doesn't have any debris.

    Look up pictures of Ruger factory mags also and compare them to the ones you have, see if there are any obvious differences there.
     
  5. TLuker

    TLuker New Member

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    It can be tricky loading the magazine. Try tilting the mag at an angel so that the front is higher than the rear. Slide it into place and then pull the bottom to the rear. That will raise the back of the magazine (the front lip of the mag will feel as though its on a hinge). You should hear and feel the magazine catch click into place on the rear. There will be no doubt when it does seat properly. You may have to try it a few times until you get a feel for it, and to get the front lip positioned in just the right spot.

    And don't try firing it unless it is seated properly. That would be an accident waiting to happen. If that doesn't work, and there is no debris on the catch, carry it to someone like a gun smith and get them to take a look at it. They can probably figure it out in a minute or two. Hope this helps.
     
  6. Snakedriver

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    What Lurkers says is true. Mini-14 mag's don't insert staight in like a AR-15 mag. You have to rock it in from front to back until you hear the click. Some new mag's. need a little break-in until they seat easily after a little use.
     
  7. mrm14

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    Rocking them in is correct. Just like the Springfield M1A. However, I've never had to "break in" a factory magazine for the Mini-14 or the M1A. Factory magazines with these rifles, for me, have always just "snapped in."
     
  8. onuallain

    onuallain New Member

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    Thanks for the replies, everyone! I have been a little busy with work, not just ignoring.

    I know you're supposed to "rock" them in, but they don't rock all the way, if that makes sense...when you hook the front of the mag, then pull back and let go, the rear of the mag falls about a half inch down and it won't chamber. If you hold constant force back, it will chamber. I'm thinking my mags are just worn out...also I will try cleaning the mag catch. Haven't had much time to play with it lately!
     
  9. M14sRock

    M14sRock New Member

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    If your bolt is forward (in battery) and the mag is completely full, they will be hard to seat. Are you using Ruger factory magazines?
     
  10. onuallain

    onuallain New Member

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    I've been trying with the bolt open, and I'm not sure if they're factory magazines. I don't think they are.
     
  11. mrm14

    mrm14 Active Member

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    Never, in at least my experience with my Mini 14's, had after market magazines work very well or at all. Doesn't matter who makes them. Factory magazines are the only way to go for this rifle.
     
  12. Snakedriver

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    If they don't say Ruger on the bottom of the mag. plate, they aren't factory items. I have an assortment of 30-round aftermarket mag's for my old 183-series Mini-14 that work as well as the factory items, but I must admit they are pre-'94 ban magazines. With the availability of 20 & 30 round factory mag's improving along with the lower pricing, it doesn't make any sense to not go with them, especially when they are on Sale. Using aftermarkets is a crap-shoot at best.
     
  13. GunDoc

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    Before hicap magazines became available from the factory I fixed a lot of aftermarket mags. The usual issue is that the lug on the back is too high, allowing the magazine to drop below the feeding point. The fix is to build up the bottom of the lug by welding to make it longer. Then using a file remove a little and see if it fits. This can take many tries until it finally seats properly, but once done it will work. If you're not good at welding, have a welder do it. The best welders for magazines are the muffler and exhaust guys who weld thin materials everyday. They'll usually do it for a few bucks and the rest is just your time to fit it.

    With factory mags available and affordable it only makes sense to do this if you have a lot of old mags. Back in the day I paid $60 or better, each, for LEO only 20 round mags. I'm glad those days are over.