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Ruger Mini-14 -- where to get 20 round mags?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Froggy, Nov 8, 2006.

  1. Froggy

    Froggy Well-Known Member

    Anybody using 20 round mags in their minis? What brands work well? Where can I get some?

    Which brands should I avoid?
  2. jthuang

    jthuang Well-Known Member

    Didn't know they made 20s for the Mini. I guess you learn something new every day.

    I have a pre-ban (used) Mini. The only high caps that I will use are Ruger factory (hard to find and expensive) or PMI (Precision Manufacturing Inc). PMI mags were easy to find but now they are out of business.

    I have five 30-rd PMI mags for my Mini and they work great. I got them during the ban (at the princely sum of $10/mag, shipped NIW) but you can still find them at gunshows and other places for $30 or so per mag.

    Ruger factory high-caps are getting easier to find, since the ban expired. No thanks to Ruger (who continues to restrict availability of high-cap mags and the factory folding stock to civvies). It used to be that Ruger factory mags would go for $80-100/mag during the ban. Now you can find factory Ruger high-caps for much less -- if you are willing to put up with the "LEO ONLY" stamp on the side of the mags.

  3. Critter183

    Critter183 member

    Avoid USA mags. Unless you wanna do what I did to mine, I rebuilt them using Ar15 springs and green followers. I had to modify them slightly with my die grinder to fit in the magazines. I also lose the bolt hold open when empty, but it was worth it to get reliable magazines from that junk. :)
  4. Mannlicher

    Mannlicher Well-Known Member

    Cheaper than Dirt has Ruger factory 20 round mags for $25 now. That is as cheap as I have seen them in 20 years. I bought a dozen the other day.
  5. Minator

    Minator Well-Known Member

    rugers making 20rd mags again so in other words buy factory.:neener:
  6. 1KPerDay

    1KPerDay Well-Known Member

    "This product is currently not in stock. Click here to be notified by email when it becomes available."

    Sure sold out quick...:scrutiny:
  7. Froggy

    Froggy Well-Known Member

    Let's hope they can keep that up, and available to the general public, in spite of the recent sea change.

    Gave Cheaper Than Dirt a call.... party line, and they're sticking to it, is that another shipment is due in Tuesday. Price quoted was just shy of $30.... different than what is posted on the web.
  8. AZTOY

    AZTOY Well-Known Member

  9. ndh87

    ndh87 Well-Known Member

    Buy factory mags. I have 2 after market ones, neither one works worth a damn
  10. wdlsguy

    wdlsguy Well-Known Member

    Is it wise to be buying "LEO ONLY" magazines in the face of a possible AWB renewal?
  11. kahr404life

    kahr404life Well-Known Member

    CDNN has factory Ruger 20 round mags for sale.
  12. Spencer

    Spencer Well-Known Member

    Buy the Ruger factory 20 rounders. They're getting more common now and they cost like $30. Ruger is now making them again but not selling them directly to civilians. It is however legal for civilians to own them.

    I guess the factory mags I have must have been produced before the ban because they do not have the LEO ONLY stamp.
  13. RNB65

    RNB65 Well-Known Member

    Look around on the Net until you find genuine Ruger factory 20rd mags. They'll be marked LEO ONLY because Ruger refuses to sell high cap mags to the public. They're very expensive, but they're the only ones guaranteed to work. They're worth the extra money.
  14. grendelbane

    grendelbane Well-Known Member

    Just recently test fired 2 Ruger 20 rounders, and performance was 100%.

    I have some of the old Federal Ordnance 30 rounders, and they are good too.

    Ruger management has recently changed, and it remains to be seen what their new policy will be.

    Rumors are flying, but only time will tell.:D
  15. RH822

    RH822 Well-Known Member

    Do you think it's wise to NOT buy any?

    I have 1 USA 20 rd mag it's a POS and 1 USA 30 rd mag that has never failed me. I guess they get right once in a while.

  16. Dave Markowitz

    Dave Markowitz Well-Known Member

    Fed Ord and PMI are the same, just different names. They are as good as Ruger factory mags IMO.

    Ruger mags of course work fine.

    USA mags are junk. Avoid.

    Triple-K are mostly junk.

    Unmarked no-name mags may or may not be junk but you won't know until you try each one.
  17. 1KPerDay

    1KPerDay Well-Known Member

    Good place to find a mini-14 flash hider?

    ... deleted... tried to start a new thread.
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2006
  18. gezzer

    gezzer Well-Known Member

    If they are new made why do they have a marked date as it is NOT REQUIRED ANYMORE!
  19. Froggy

    Froggy Well-Known Member

    Said magazines shipped on Tuesday, just as Cheaper Than Dirt said they would. Arrived a few days later. They are, in fact, new factory mags and work just fine.

    The mags are labeled:

  20. lee n. field

    lee n. field Well-Known Member


    I've had no problem with Promag plastic 20 round magazines.

    Pretty much anywhere.

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