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Will Ruger Mini 14 accept AR-15 mags?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Dr_2_B, Feb 3, 2011.

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  1. Dr_2_B

    Dr_2_B Member

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    My search didn't turn up this answer. Will a Ruger Mini 14 accept AR-15 mags?
     
  2. jmorris

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    No, they are different.
     
  3. Unistat

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    I have also heard bad things about 3rd party Mini-14 mags, but I have no direct experience. The good news is that Ruger now sells full capacity magazines.
     
  4. Dr_2_B

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    Oh, you're breakin my heart here... seriously? I was so sure they were the same, I hesitated to even ask the question.
     
  5. TX expat

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    Nope, totally different. And yes, stay away from anything other than Ruger factory mags or you'll be rolling the dice on reliability.
     
  6. DougW

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    Mini 14 mags "rock" in like a FAL, AK, or M1A. The AR mag jams straight in. AR mags can't be modified to work with a Mini 14.

    I had some Meggar mags that worked good, but were a bit loose in the rifle. If Magpul makes/made one, that is what I would choose. Sold the Mini 14 5 or 6 years ago, so I am not current on the -14.
     
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    OK, tried some Tapco 30 round mags and they lock up real nice and tight. I believe the prices are around $13 each.
     
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    hard to go wrong with tapco mags. They stand behind them too, if there is a problem. Of course the ruger mags can't be beat
     
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    I had a mini-30 with two USA after market 20 round mags. The first 15 rounds would fire fine, but after that it was a single shot. I guess it needed stronger springs. I no longer have it. I was dissappointed in the system. I expected it to be light weight with less recoil than my Rem 788 in .308. Not so. The Ruger was heavier, and recoiled as much without the accuracy.
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  10. 1KPerDay

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    For the record there have been some attempts to make mags that would work in both rifles. I can't recall the names at the moment. But the stock mags are not interchangeable, as has been noted above.
     
  11. X - Man

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    There are only two manufacturers that I will use with my Mini; original Ruger factory mags, and those made by Precision Magazine Ind. PMI's were made in both blued steel and stainless steel, 20, 30, and 40 rounds. The 20's and 30's are good; I stay away from the 40's.

    Sadly, PMI is no longer in business. But they often show up at shops and gun shows.
     
  12. Dr.Rob

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    PMI and Ruger factory are about the only 'good' Mini mags out there.
     
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    I've actually had excellent luck with the latest batches of ProMags for the Mini14; excellent dimensional QC and the followers are near clones of the Ruger follower.
     
  14. Dr_2_B

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    Ugh! Don't you hate it when someone throws off your preconceived notions? So any idea how I might identify the later batches?
     
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    I dunno - I just bought some in 2009 and tried them out. When they worked, I bought more. :)
     
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    Ram-Line used to make 30-rounders that would fit and function in both rifles (I owned a couple for my mini, and tried one in a friend's AR once; it seemed to work OK). I don't think they're still around anymore, though.
     
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    Maybe I had a different batch of mags, I also had some ram-line 30 rnd mags for the mini 14 and I had all sorts of problems with them. I stick with Ruger mags from now on.
     
  18. Dr_2_B

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    Anybody have a favorite online retailer where they find the best deals on the Ruger mags?
     
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    CDNN was selling new production Ruger factory 20 rounders for $25 each.

    Mine came with free stripper clip guides.
     
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    Yep, and 30-round factory mags for $35. That's about the best you'll find.

    IIRC I got a couple 30s from ruger for $30/ea when they were running a promotion on their shopruger.com website. Now they want $40 for the 20s and $50 for the 30s. :uhoh:
     
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