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Non-Ruger mags for Mini-14?

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by dawgfan, Feb 18, 2013.

  1. dawgfan

    dawgfan

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    I'm looking for non-Ruger mags for an older SS/walnut Mini-14 in 10,20 or 30 round capacity. I see ProMag, Tapco and others. Suggestions for better quality would be much appreciated.
     
  2. Pier23

    Pier23 Silver Member

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    Why the resistance to Ruger mags?

    I have the Mini30 (yeah, heard three other people have the 30 also...still looking for them...)
     


  3. CJStudent

    CJStudent Fenced In

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    Everything I've seen when using them says non-Ruger mags are bad juju in a Mini-14. Constant failures to feed, etc. Not to mention durability issues.
     
  4. dawgfan

    dawgfan

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    Mostly unavailability like the rest. I want to add several alternatives along with the Ruger's to wishlists so whatever comes in stock, I can get something. Would prefer Ruger as they should be 100% reliable. Just want some viable alternatives and I have no experience with anything else.
     
  5. Pier23

    Pier23 Silver Member

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    OIC...

    ProMag doesn't have the best rep out there, according to the forum chatter. I have a few Tapcos for my 30 and haven't had a problem with them. But this is for my Mini30...no experience with the 14.
     
  6. zhix

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    Before ruger started making mini 30 hi caps I went through several aftermarket mags, most of which were garbage.
     
  7. Truckee

    Truckee Aging Goat

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    Ruger magazines, no substitues.

    The Ruger forums are loaded with home-shop remedies to "try" to get, specifically ProMags, running in the 14s.

    A partner gave me a hand full of Promags for the Mini. He happily handed over five 30 rd and a 40 rd. I could do nothing to make them reliable. The 40 f2feed so badly that it has bent the cartridge into an almost L shape (has to be dangerous). Tapcos have been hit and miss, mostly miss.

    Ruger OEMs have been flawless. My 0.02 is to save your money through not buying after markets for the Mini.
     
  8. FLIPPER 348

    FLIPPER 348 Happy Member

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    Ruger factory 20 round mags
     
  9. The_Gun_Guru

    The_Gun_Guru Ban Democrats!!

    After I bought my GB model I started buying Ruger mags. I have a total of seven 20-rounders and two 30-rounders. I also have a couple Tapco mags for it.

    [​IMG]

    I haven't shot it yet but I have no doubts that the Ruger mags will work perfectly.

    Like others have said....save your money and buy Ruger!


    TGG
     
  10. Well, I have two Mini 30s, so must be someone somewhere has the third one.


    Posted using Outdoor Hub Campfire
     
  11. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

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    Take a look on PerfectUnion.com
    From my past experience, all aftermarket mags were complete garbage.
     
  12. steve1911

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    Don't buy the promags they suck, only Ruger 20 - 30 mags work.




    1911club#410
     
  13. stopatrain

    stopatrain Lifetime Member

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  14. Bob Hafler

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    I'd listin to what there saying about the Ruger mags. Yes they might be more expensive but I can tell you from first hand experience they work every time. Two mags you should never buy is aftermarket mags for the Mini 14 and plastic lipped mags for a Ruger 10/22. There Junk.
     
  15. 1gewehr

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    When Ruger wouldn't sell to normal folks, the only decent choice was PMI. PMI is NOT ProMag. My PMI mags look identical to Ruger and work great. I do not believe they are still in business, though.
     
  16. BigBull 301

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    I have the 3rd Mini 30.......guess that covers 'em all.
     
  17. ca survivor

    ca survivor

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    when I had the mini-14 I used 30 rounders non Rugers and don't remember any issues with them, still have the mags no name brand on them...
     
  18. jetsfan-24

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    my pmi 30,s and 40,s rounders r great for the mini-14
     
  19. DFin

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    Ruger & PMI mags are the best but I also have the following non Ruger mags that work fine:
    2 steel 30 rnd Promags.
    2 steel unknown mfr. 30 rnd mags.
    4 steel unknown mfr. 20 rnd mags I bought from CDNN
    many years ago.
    Many Ram-Line 30 rnd polymer mags that work in the Mini 14 & AR-15

    TURDS: 2 U.S.A 20 rnd mags. The rear locking lugs are located too low to properly lock the mags into the rifle at the right height resulting in failures to feed.
     
    Last edited: Feb 20, 2013