Mini-30 Magazine Availability

Discussion in 'Technical Questions & Information' started by CountryGunsmith, Feb 23, 2003.

  1. CountryGunsmith

    CountryGunsmith New Member

    Jan 29, 2003
    Deep Piney Woods of East Texas
    Posts: 1
    (4/5/02 4:01:50 am)
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    Howdy all.....

    I'm new here and I'm hoping someone can help me with a problem I'm having. I just bought a brand new Ruger Mini-30 and I'm having a hell of a time finding any high capacity magazines that chamber properly. It constantly jams except with the clip it came with. I've tried a few cheap 20 rnd mags that I picked up at a gun show, 18 rnd plastic eagle mags etc.... I did fine one 10rnd mag that works. What's wrong? The 5 round clip that came with the rifle works perfectly. I'm begining to wish I bought an AK instead. I must admit I'm pretty suprised. Ruger up until now has always been excellent.

    Anyway, I hope someone has some advice. I'm gonna be slightly ticked if I have to take my brand new gun to a gunsmith, however I don't think that is the case because the clip that came with it work fine.

    Thanks in advance for any help.

    *TFF Senior Staff*
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    (4/5/02 7:16:43 am)
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    "Ruger" or "PMI" magazines are the only ones that work. For these you will pay dearly. Up to $100.00 each for 20 or 30 rounders......sometimes more. Welcome! LTS

    *TFF Senior Staff*
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    (4/5/02 8:47:11 am)
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    Hello Veyland and welcome to The Firearms Forum

    LTS, has told you right... if you want a well fuctioning mag, you'll need to get what will work. Same thing goes with any auto-loader.

    *TFF Senior Staff*
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    (4/5/02 9:13:28 am)
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    Hi Veyland......welcome to TFF!

    V.I.P. Member
    Posts: 59
    (4/10/02 12:21:14 am)
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    Also owning a mini-14 I too have run into this more than once.
    What kind of mags did you buy ? It's true Factory or PMI mags
    work best.Stay away from Eagle.There are a few Thermolds
    out there but you're looking at 100.00 a mag.I have two from
    Victor.They're cheap and don't always work,but most times
    do.I also have USA.They're not much better.However here's
    a liitle tip.It might work out for you.I have a friend who took
    his USA 30rnd apart and installed m16-ar15 30 rnd mag springs
    in the USA mag.He says they are a bit smaller and don't hang
    up like the springs that come with the USA.He uses Wollf
    springs to do this.Also look at the feed lips of the factory 5rnd
    mag and compare it to what you have.Maybe all you have to
    do is a bit of bending.I know its a pain,but this might work for

    gun runner john
    *TFF Staff*
    Posts: 537
    (4/11/02 7:33:42 am)
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    If you look in the for-sale section here, there's a guy selling a 30 round PMI mag for $35, you might want to consider that.
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