30+1 ok with an AR?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by .cheese., Jul 29, 2007.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. DoubleTapDrew

    DoubleTapDrew Member

    Joined:
    Feb 23, 2006
    Messages:
    5,356
    Location:
    Oregon
    I load 28 or 29. If the bolt is closed my mags won't usually seat fully and occasionally have a FTF stripping off the top round when 30 rounds are in there (in fact my mags that have ranger plates and magpul followers won't even fit 30).
    I haven't had any problems loading handguns to mag capacity and one in the pipe, or on the AK.
    I'd rather reload one round earlier than fire my first shot and have the mag fall out of the gun or have to clear a jam if it was a tense situation. At the range it's just annoying.
     
  2. tommytrauma

    tommytrauma Member

    Joined:
    Dec 25, 2002
    Messages:
    438
    Location:
    Wisconsin
    __________________

    You need to check the henway. It's probably worn.
     
  3. Dienekes

    Dienekes Member

    Joined:
    Dec 26, 2002
    Messages:
    1,905
    Location:
    Wyoming
    Download by 2. Easier on you and the weapon.
     
  4. flynlr

    flynlr Member

    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2006
    Messages:
    549
    Location:
    Earth
    been loading 30rd mags on a closed bolt for over 20 years never had a problem.

    I always give the mag a tug after seating its just a habit.
     
  5. lmccrock

    lmccrock Member

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2003
    Messages:
    343
    Location:
    Red Rock, TX
    If I could not load 30 into a 30-round mag, and successfully load the rifle with it, I would relegate that mag to backup duty. So, 30+1 would work, but I have never had a need for it. If I need more, I have a 40-round mag from Bushmaster. Of course, then there are the Beta mags, but those are pricey.

    Downloading mags makes it easier to overcome the spring forces, and (supposedly) lengthens the life of the spring if the mags are stored loaded for extended periods.

    Lee
     
  6. MechAg94

    MechAg94 Member

    Joined:
    Apr 17, 2005
    Messages:
    4,993
    One other thing is that not all AR mags are identical. Some snap in easier than others. For those that are difficult, 30 rounds might make it worse. Not all rifles are equal either. I have some mags that work fine with 30 and some that don't.

    Load 30 for practice so you know your rifle at least.

    Also, I wouldn't typically chamber a round in a rifle. If you really need a quick draw or quick response, get a double action pistol. It's safer.
     
  7. rino451

    rino451 Member

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2006
    Messages:
    545
    Do what works for you really.

    I download 20's by 1 and 30's by two.

    After three carbine classes, I realize that I have to concentrate on combat/tactical reloads way to much to guarantee that I get a mag seated if they're loaded to capacity. Drop a round or two, and my mag changes fly.

    That said, I have never had a problem stripping off the top round from a full mag. If you are, there's something up with the rifle or the mag, probably the rifle.
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice