Reccommended Metal Magazines for the Mini-14

Discussion in 'Mini-14 Forum' started by Lik2race, Oct 8, 2011.

  1. Lik2race

    Lik2race New Member

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    Now that I am getting my Mini all dressed up, I am wanting to do some shooting. I would like the Forum's input on which magazines I should use, and those to stay away from. I have already heard about some of the "Aftermarket Polymer Magazines"--most say to stay away from them.
    I'd like a few 20 rd mags, and a few 30 rd mags.
    Open to suggestions.
    Thanks,
     
  2. OzarkRecluse

    OzarkRecluse New Member

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    The Ruger factory 20 rounds are by far the best and most reliable.
     

  3. KMO

    KMO New Member

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  4. Angry_bald_guy

    Angry_bald_guy Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I live about an hour from Centerfire Systems in Kentucky. I have bought 4 30 round magazines and 2 20 round magazines from them. All were Promag, all function flawlessly. I would recommend them.
     
  5. Lik2race

    Lik2race New Member

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    Not happy with these I bought>>>

    I'm sorry to report that I bought 4 of the "PROMAG" Ruger Mini-14 .223
    30 rd
    Polymer magazines- Model # RUG-A4..I loaded 1 mag with only 20 rds, just to see how it loaded, and
    accepted the rounds to the weapon. I could NOT get ANY rounds to
    load without jamming. I tried with all 20 rds, NONE would load correctly.
    I have had NO problems with the rifle loading with other RUGER magazines.
    I got these from a Dealer in Charlotte, NC; am attempting to return them
    for full refund. Awaiting their reply to email I sent about this
    ....:(
    I did as KMO suggested, and got RUGER mags from that dealer. 4 mags for $100.00..not 2 bad.. :D
     
  6. Angry_bald_guy

    Angry_bald_guy Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I should have clarified. All of the promag magazines I bought were blued steel.
     
  7. Lik2race

    Lik2race New Member

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    The ones I got were PLASTIC..
    they suck,,no more plastic mags for me..
    I learn pretty quick... for an Old Guy..:cool: lol
     
  8. ahole

    ahole New Member

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    I will have to say a mini 14 and 30 best mag Is a factor mag. If your a hood machinist an AK mag. Don't wast your time with cheap plastic mags.
     
  9. mrm14

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    Have tried many othes over the years but find that Ruger factory magazines work the best.
     
  10. Lik2race

    Lik2race New Member

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    I have learned the HARD way..Stay with what works the best.
    I tried the plastic ones, nothing but problems. Back to metal..
    :cool:
     
  11. lastrebel70

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    I have 4 35 round plastic mags that I have had for years and all have worked great.
     
  12. Lik2race

    Lik2race New Member

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    I guess the 4 I bought were just from a bad day at the Molder..LOL
     
  13. ahole

    ahole New Member

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    I had 2 20 round pro mags for my mini 14 and they would kick shels if i put more than 5 in them. the mags look bad *** but they where the most useless mags i have ever owned and have 25 FAL mag, 6 Jericho 40cal mag, 9 mini 30 factory mags, 4 ruger MK2, 15 30 round AR mags, 12 1911 mags. and some more.
     
  14. ruddy

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    20-round Pro Mag

    I bought a Pro Mag 20-round blued steel mag, and I'm taking it back. The follower won't activate the device that holds the bolt open, and the fit is too sloppy. I didn't want to try shooting with it.
     
  15. Angry_bald_guy

    Angry_bald_guy Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    It is hit or miss. I was allowed to bring my rifle and test fit and function before buying. I gave 2 back because they didn't hold open.
     
  16. hawkguy

    hawkguy Well-Known Member

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    my top three magazine choices for the MINI-14 as follows:

    (in order)

    1) ruger factory mags
    2) ruger factory mags
    3) ruger factory mags
     
  17. Snubshooter

    Snubshooter New Member

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    USE ONLY RUGER FACTORY MAGS!!!!! Others may work but for some reason the factory mags seem the absolute most reliable... so why waste money just to take a chance on what might not work.
     
  18. Stillwater

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    Hawkguy - I only use your number two selection...

    Bill
     
  19. OzarkRecluse

    OzarkRecluse New Member

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    If that doesn't work use #3.
     
  20. jyo

    jyo New Member

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    Factory mags all the way!