Problem with Bushmaster 30 round magazines feeding reliably

Discussion in 'AR-15 Discussion' started by safedman, Jan 4, 2012.

  1. safedman

    safedman New Member

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    As the title states. I have purchased 10 Bushmaster 30 round mags and all fail to feed after 3 to 5 rounds. I am loading them with 20 and tried with 30 rounds with the same results. Purchased 2 five round magazines for hunting and they do not skip a beat. Wrote Bushmaster and recieved no reply.
    Follower, spring, retention lips????? WTH? :mad:
     
  2. Powersportgiant

    Powersportgiant New Member

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    Have you tried different brand magazines? Pick up a magpul, give it a try and if you have no issues, try and return the bushmaster mags for something that works.
     

  3. Quentin

    Quentin New Member

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    The three Bushmaster 30rd GI style magazines I've seen came from the factory with Magpul Gen 2 followers and worked great. One came with the rifle a buddy bought in 2008 and two more he got from Cabelas at the same time. I don't know if BM has cheapened their mags today, wouldn't be surprised with the move to Ilion, NY.

    Anyway like Power said try a different brand, Magpul or a quality USGI.
     
  4. safedman

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    I will pick up a couple mag Pull to give it a try and pull the BM mags apart to cherck internals (should have been my first item)
    Thanks for the input
     
  5. Quentin

    Quentin New Member

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    Let us know how it goes safe - hopefully that solves the FTF problem, I think it will... I'm also curious about the BM mags and whether they still use the Magpul Gen 2 followers. Lots of things cheapened when BM moved from Windham, Maine so I'm wondering if they cheapened the magazines too much. Ten magazines, though, I hope there's an easy solution.
     
  6. safedman

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    That makes two of us!! :cool:
     
  7. jstephens202

    jstephens202 New Member

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    I have had my Bushmaster for about 10 years now, with tons of ammo thru it, and nary a problem. Except for one BM mag, problem like yours. I replaced them, the BM mags, with the new ones from Brownells and no probs again. The BM mags are used for training as all but the one work fine.

    I guess I'm lucky as on the 'net everyone downs Bushmasters, but I have had excellent service out of mine. At a recent firearms instructor course at our state training academy, my Bushie was the most accurate and problem free of all the other rifles there, including colts!
     
  8. mjkeat

    mjkeat New Member

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    Chances are if you purchased yours that long ago you got in before things went to crap.
     
  9. Chandler51

    Chandler51 New Member

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    +1 here...shooting buddy of mine has a bushy, and switched to magpull...no problems at all. I use them in my LWRCI...matter of fact that's what it came with. I have nothing but good to say so far. I also like the cap that keeps the round off of the lip when they are stuffed and stored.
     
  10. safedman

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    Ordered 4 P-mags next payday....4 more. ;)
     
  11. safedman

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    P Mags are the Best!! Can load 30 rounds and fire all till the slide locks open, no fail to feed, no hiccups!! Thanks for the input gang!! Got 3 and slowly replacing my old BM mags.
     
  12. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I doubt Bushmaster makes their own mags, They probably sub out at least the bodies. The tooling for mags is not cheap.
     
  13. purehavoc

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    I would take those 10 BM mags back to whom ever you bought them from , hell if they give ya 4 or 5 Pmags in trade I would say you got a hell of a deal :)
     
  14. Quentin

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    I have to agree. Did you buy all 10 from the same place? Recently? And how much? I'd complain, you can't be the first to have a problem. No way should 10 out of 10 magazines fail like that! And if they wouldn't work with me I'd find a way to even the score with them.

    Glad to hear the PMAGs worked out for you. I've never had a bad one. I also have many good GI mags that work well too.

    If you can't trade the crap mags I'd take them apart give them a good inspection. It would help if you had a GI mag that works. Compare the parts and figure out what's wrong. (Don't mix them up with the good one!) If the mag bodies are ok you might be able to put in Magpul Gen 3 followers and solve the problem. That would be about $3 per magazine.
     
  15. 05RavenRider

    05RavenRider New Member

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    I bought 2 new Pmags from a local fun store for less than $40. They are a great addition to any AR.
     
  16. MichaelBarton

    MichaelBarton New Member

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    I hope so. I get mine for around $14 each
     
  17. purehavoc

    purehavoc New Member

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    I have a few older colt mags that I like really really well and to be honest with you those are my first go to mags , they seem to fit better/ load quicker in the magwell than my Pmags, Nothing wrong with my PMags , I have alot of them in 20 and 30 rd but I wouldnt mind getting my hands on some more 30 rd colt mags for $8 either