Are "plastic" mags for AR OK?


December 28, 2002, 01:29 PM
Today I went shooting in the cold, with steel, quality, mags, and found that something happened to them in the cold, that caused feeding problems. Seems they are looser, and dont lock "home" as well. Im thinking of getting some "plastic" mags, to avoid this confidence-busting phenominon. What are the best kind? (Orlite, thermo-something, etc.?)

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December 28, 2002, 02:08 PM
You, my friend, want to go to and look at the mag FAQ.

My answer to your question is that you're okay if you stick with American-made Thermolds.

December 28, 2002, 02:25 PM
FWIW, I've heard many people say that the Orlites work well. The ones that I have seen seem to be in pretty good shape. They are reasonably priced (<$15) and readily available.

December 28, 2002, 02:36 PM
I picked up some American made Thermolds a while back and although a bit tight, have had great luck with them. The tightness was alleviated by taking a very fine file to the molding marks around the feed lips.

Marko Kloos
December 28, 2002, 02:39 PM
I have nothing but Orlites for my DPMS, and they work very well. They're stronger than GI aluminum mags, and will take more abuse as they don't dent easily. Their base plates are also much easier to slide off for cleaning, and they don't have the sharp retention tabs at the bottim like USGI mags.

December 28, 2002, 02:41 PM
...and it's run fine in both my FAL and Daewoo.

December 28, 2002, 03:18 PM
Dillon has used Olites for $15 right now. Anyone know of a place that has `em cheaper?

December 28, 2002, 03:51 PM
That sounds like a good deal.

CDNN has them,but they are about $19.00 each.:)

Jeff White
December 28, 2002, 04:08 PM
Some Orlites won't fit into Bushmaster lowers without modification. The Orlites have a lip that rides against the bottom of the magazine well. On some Orlites (How to ID them should be on the mag FAQ on you have to cut down this lip or they won't lock into a Bushmaster lower. No problems on any of the other manufacturer's lowers though.


December 28, 2002, 06:06 PM
Anybody tried the Ramline AR,Mini-14 mags?

December 28, 2002, 07:14 PM
I have Orolites and Themolds and they seem to work fine in all my ARs including the two Bushmasters. I have had no feeding problems, failures to lock in.................
I haven't torture tested them or anything. I don't know how they are going to hold up over time. I don't know how they would work in all kinds of temperature extremes. But they have done fine so far for me.

December 28, 2002, 07:26 PM
Anybody tried the Ramline AR,Mini-14 mags?
1) Yes.
2) They suck.
3) Don't waste your money on them.


December 28, 2002, 08:21 PM
Yep, the Ramline ones suck pretty bad. The plastic gets brittle, especially at the feedlips.

Good Shooting

Swamp Yankee
December 29, 2002, 09:13 AM
I too, have had good luck with Thermolds and Orlites. I had a couple of Orlites that would not lock into either of my Bushmaster lowers because of the previously mentioned lip, but 5 minutes with the Dremel corrected that issue.
Take Care

December 29, 2002, 01:43 PM
I've had very good results with Thermolds. I think I own 8 of them right now and they work 100% in my AR.

December 29, 2002, 07:53 PM
Orlites work fine in my Bushmaster. I haven't worked them too hard yet, but so far so good. I got mine for $16 each at a gun show last month.

December 29, 2002, 10:09 PM
I have had good luck with the US-made Thermolds.

I wasn't impressed with the Orlites, even though they worked OK...I saw way too many of them with the feedlips cracked (or missing entirely!).


December 30, 2002, 07:45 PM
I've actually had very good luck with the Ram-Line combo mags in my mini-14, but the milsurp AR-only mags are cheaper and probably more tolerant of abuse.


Big Iron
December 30, 2002, 09:19 PM
Ditto, I've never had a problem with either Thremolds or Orlites in my Bushmaster. I have had to "bump" the Thermolds a bit occassionally to get them to lock in, but no biggie. I use them mostly for range shooting, and save my USGI's for a rainy day.

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