Mini is smoking and magazine problems

Discussion in 'Mini-14 Forum' started by ccase39, Jul 13, 2013.

  1. ccase39

    ccase39 New Member

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    I recently bought a new 30 rd mag from Acadamy for my Mini. I went to the range this weekend and had a tough time getting it to feed well. It would jam quite frequently. After some brute strength I was able to get the magazine in tight enough to where it would feed, but I dont feel like it should be that much of a pain in the rear. Maybe just a crap mag. Also after about 40 rds, not rapid fire, smoke started coming from the heat shield. This could be due to the fact that the rifle is old, and has not been shot much at all. Maybe it was just some dust that I couldnt get to between the barell and heat shield. Anyone else have this problem.
     
  2. Sniper03

    Sniper03 Supporting Member Supporter

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    ccase39,

    First of all I would take the magazine back for a refund and search out a good quality mag! A mag is rather good or bad. To have to finagle it around to get it to work is no good! Even if you think you may have it mastered the first time you might really need it, it will take a dump on you! In addition probably was dust build up if you have had it stored for a long time out of a case or a safe. Just setting in a closet or other area, it is unbelieveable how much dust from even the house can build up on things. I pulled some of my guns out of an old cabinet in the house where I keep just a couple of guns for availability and I could not believe how much dust was on them.

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  3. hawkguy

    hawkguy Well-Known Member

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    is it a ruger factory mag? :)....nuff said! ;)

    old oil, dirt, or dust might cause the smoke...smoke is also normal with excessive oil.
     
  4. tri70

    tri70 New Member

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    20 rd works best and factory is hard to beat. I have some Promags that work well. The smoke is from oil after cleaning.
     
  5. DrumJunkie

    DrumJunkie New Member

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    Was the problem with the mag when fully loaded? some mags need to be short loaded till the springs get a little wear on them. I find that a lot with the metal AR mags you see at gun shows.

    The smoke could just be old dust or oil from a sitting around gun. But I'd give it a once over to look for any debris. Or just send it to me and I'll store the old smokey thing so no one gets hurt :p
     
  6. ccase39

    ccase39 New Member

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    Thanks guys. It is not a factory mag. I have no problems with my 5 and 20 rd factory mags. I cleaned it today and made sure to wipe the oil off well.
     
  7. bwraven

    bwraven New Member

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    IMHO, if you want a magazine that will function properly everytime, don't waste your money on aftermarket magazines. Only buy factory mags.
     
  8. hawkguy

    hawkguy Well-Known Member

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    imo 1 factory mag is better than 3 after markets when it comes to ruger products. its just a hard fact you have to accept as a ruger owner. however, i had a beretta that ONLY jammed with an after market mag as well...

    i tried to tell a buddy with a 10/22 to avoid after market mags for it. he got one & it is total crap...it wouldn't feed at all. it sucks, but it is best to just spend the extra 15-20 and get the factory mags.

    i have had 1 FTF in my mini in about 1600 rounds...and guess what? it was while using a pro mag. use good mags and decent ammo and you'll get good results more often than not.
     
  9. therewolf

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    Do a visual comparison between a Ruger mag, or a well-made

    mag, and a poorly made one. The front mount hole is in the

    wrong spot, sometimes uneven. Carefully formed top rear mounts

    work flawlessly, carelessly stamped metal mags won't even

    mount properly in the magwell. If you look at good and bad

    quality mags carefully, for a few seconds, the difference is

    obvious. IMHO, unless you have had a good experience with

    a really well made aftermarket mag, I'd stick with Ruger.