Can I modify a magazine for hunting?


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JonathanE
November 3, 2012, 09:01 PM
In my state, I have to have a 5 round or less magazine when deer hunting with a rifle. Do you think it would pass muster to put a thin block of wood vertically inside a polymer 30rd mag within the spring and beneath the follower? If we're allowed to simply put a dowel into our shotgun magazine to limit its capacity for waterfowl hunting, can we do something similar to a polymer mag on an AR platform?
I realize that 5 rd mags are available for the AR; I'd just rather not buy one.
Also, this question does not address the suitability of .223 on whitetail... I see that that question has been, um, addressed, before.

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Sam1911
November 3, 2012, 09:59 PM
You'd have to read your state's game laws to know for sure, or at the least call your game commission or department of natural resources and ask.

Usually as long as it isn't something you can easily pop in and out, that's acceptable.

1911 guy
November 3, 2012, 10:18 PM
I kow you're not in Ohio, but I'll give you out take on it. The magazine plug must not be able to be removed without disassembling the magazine.

primalmu
November 3, 2012, 10:43 PM
Why not grab a cheap 10 round mag to block? It would sure be more handy in the field than a 30 round mag catching on branches, etc. Certainly if you could afford an AR you can cough up $15 for a mag. ;)

jmr40
November 4, 2012, 07:10 AM
Or just buy a 5 round magazine. I googled "5 round AR magazine" and came up with several sources.

http://www.cheaperthandirt.com/product/7-19499

JonathanE
November 4, 2012, 07:53 AM
Thank you Gentlemen for your answers.
Primalmu, what I got from your recommendation, other than to plumb the depths of my skin-flintery, was that this is actually done. When you say "mag to block", it sounds like I didn't invent this idea.

jmorris
November 4, 2012, 09:16 AM
It is common around these parts for fellows to have a section of tree limb in their shotgun because they forgot to put the plug back before hitting the field.

RustHunter87
November 4, 2012, 11:25 AM
I went threw this last year, alot of the 5 rounders are CHEAP and less reliable, I bought one of these John Masen ones (http://www.cheaperthandirt.com/product/MAG-052) and I had to mod it just to get it to fit in the gun than I had to shorten the follower cus it would only hold 4 rounds. I didnt get it at CTD i paid 25 for it at a gunshow :mad::banghead:
you can get kits to make 10 rounders in to 5ers from midway I think.
This fall I got and Enfield #5 and decided I wanted to hunt whitetail with it, so I just made a wooden block about 4 1/2 303's deep and installed it under the follower, kinda like blocking your tube mag for duck hunten

jmorris
November 4, 2012, 11:33 AM
I have some Colt 5 round mags that are really 20 round mags with a block and a pop rivet so you can't slide off the base plate, without an 1/8" drill bit.

mavracer
November 4, 2012, 12:28 PM
I understand not wanting to spend the money on a 5 rounder but that $20 might seam pretty cheap if the game warden manages to stuff a sixth round in the mag. the loss of an ar + the fine will make a $20 mag seam cheap.

pikid89
November 5, 2012, 12:00 AM
@rust, i dont know where you hunt, but ive only ever heard of mag restrictions on semi auto centerfires, at least thats how it is here in florida

bigdogpete
November 5, 2012, 12:08 AM
It is legal in Nebraska to block a mag with wood to a five rounder.

Sport45
November 5, 2012, 05:58 AM
I understand not wanting to spend the money on a 5 rounder but that $20 might seam pretty cheap if the game warden manages to stuff a sixth round in the mag. the loss of an ar + the fine will make a $20 mag seam cheap.

And make sure you don't have any full capacity mags on you or in your vehicle....

oneounceload
November 5, 2012, 10:14 AM
And make sure you don't have any full capacity mags on you or in your vehicle....

Then the loss of your vehicle makes that 5 rounder seem even better... ;)

Patocazador
November 5, 2012, 05:25 PM
Why not grab a cheap 10 round mag to block? It would sure be more handy in the field than a 30 round mag catching on branches, etc. Certainly if you could afford an AR you can cough up $15 for a mag. ;)
What he said.

Sport45
November 5, 2012, 09:04 PM
Just get a 5-rounder (http://www.midwayusa.com/product/593609/ar-stoner-magazine-ar-15-223-remington-5-round-with-anti-tilt-follower-stainless-steel-black) and be done with it.

And do leave all the higher capacity magazines at home when you're hunting.

tarosean
November 6, 2012, 01:12 AM
Yeah Id be going with the smallest available. With a blocked hi cap magazine your opening yourself up for inspection/chat with a Game Warden.. While you maybe 100% legit it still might be an inconvenience or crappy timing when he/she wants to come speak to you.

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