problem with my magazines


July 8, 2003, 01:41 PM
I got a Beretta 9mm stainless. Had the gun for 10 years and still works like new, since I am very careful cleaning it. But at time passes the magazine clip would not lock the slide when empty.

A friend told me to replace the springs of the magazines, which I did with the WolfSprings. The springs work great, and locks the slide good.

Problem: This is a brand new spring and still I get the problem when I put rounds on it and then unload it by hand to testthe tension. (this is a 15 rnd clip). After the sixth round the spring wouldn't push the rounds up, unless I shake the clip hard to push up the remaining rounds. But this is a brand new spring.

Help would be appreciated,


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4v50 Gary
July 8, 2003, 02:52 PM
Yep. It may take some breaking in before that Wolff spring works right. You could contact Beretta & buy a factory 15 round spring.

July 8, 2003, 04:24 PM
I agree with Gary, the Wolf springs are some of the best there is but they do need a break in period. Also, when you installed the springs did you happen to notice if there was any gunk inside the magazine? They can get pretty nasty after a while with different loads.

July 8, 2003, 04:54 PM

You mean powder and dust? I scrubbed the inside clip with a toothbrush and rather not use any oil in there since it may stick more dust and dirt. Is there other ways to clean the inside?


July 8, 2003, 09:05 PM
LOL! Sorry, "gunk" was the first thing that came to mind! :rolleyes:

Sounds like you're cleaning them just fine. I've shot some reloads before that left a powdery residue inside my magazines before but it wasn't too bad.

Standing Wolf
July 8, 2003, 09:32 PM
Is there other ways to clean the inside?

Let your magazines soak a day or two in a sealed container of mineral spirits, then scrub them inside and out- with a Nylon brush and long cotton swabs. Messy? Yes. Bothersome? Yes? Stinky? Yes. Effective? Well, it's worked for me.

July 9, 2003, 05:03 PM
What you mean mineral spirits by? My magazines are stainless steel but don't wanna risk rusting it still.

I am surprised nobody had the same problem like me.

Standing Wolf
July 9, 2003, 09:12 PM
I couldn't tell you for sure what's in mineral spirits, but I believe it's a petroleum product. I used to use it as a wall paint thinner back in the days of oil-based paints. I've soaked both blued and stainless firearms in it without incurring any problems—other than the smell of the stuff, of course. I've heard of people using MEK, which I think is methyl-ethyl-ketone, but must confess I'm ignorant of it. My father's favorite solvent was acetone, but I don't know anything about it, either.

Actually, the next time I have to remove Cosmoline from a pistol, I'm going to try an orange-based solvent. Most seem to be water-based, but the orange oil does a dandy job of dissolving gunky stuff. I'll soak it in orange-based stuff, then mineral spirits to make sure all the water's gone.

Johnny Guest
July 11, 2003, 12:01 PM
But it doesn't hurt to re-state it.

Use of MEK, acetone, and most other supersolvents requires some precautions.

1. The fumes are FEE-ROCIOUS and breathing them can induce serious health problems.

2. Most of these are HIGHLY flammable and must be kept from any sort of heat source or sparks.

Best to do the cleaning outdoors, or at least with some fans/blowers in operation.

No condescension intended. I sometimes get all wrapped up in a project and shortcut some procedures myself . . . .



July 15, 2003, 02:39 PM
Take a good look at the magazine follower to make sure it is not bent and binding inside the tube ! Also the orientation of the spring onto the follower to make sure the upward pressure is uniform . :D

July 17, 2003, 03:56 PM
i oil my magazines with militec-1 and then wipe all the oil out ferociously, so it won't encourage gunking up. still retains a pretty good slick surface on the inside. some people go so far as to oil the magazine, heat it with a blowdryer, then wipe out ferociously.

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