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kahrk-9  [Member]
10/20/2006 11:06:59 AM EST
Can AR mags or a Mini-14 be modified to be compatable? Thanks for any info.
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Achilles1  [Member]
10/20/2006 12:05:54 PM EST

Originally Posted By kahrk-9:
Can AR mags or a Mini-14 be modified to be compatable? Thanks for any info.


I don't think you can modify one with the way the lockup is. I may be wrong though.
With how unavailable the Mini mags seem, if Ruger did have half a nut to make them using AR mags they'd probably sell more.



Beagles747  [Team Member]
10/20/2006 12:08:01 PM EST
The quick answer is NO....
Eagle does make a plastic mag that works both in an AR and in a Mini-14 but it is a POS!

-John
Skg_Mre_Lght  [Member]
10/20/2006 12:40:53 PM EST
When i owned a Mini, I tried and tried and tried to get some of my aquired M16 mags to work in it, to no avail. Just my 2 cents.
theBUBBAMANcan  [Member]
10/21/2006 11:02:49 PM EST
It's difficult to even get aftermarket mags that were MADE FOR THE MINI-14 to work...

I really don't think trying to modify M-16 mags is gonna work.

Stick with Ruger factory mags, they work!

And they are available from numerous sources including www.44mag.com

$32 ea or less if you buy quantity.
FrankSymptoms  [Team Member]
10/21/2006 11:13:51 PM EST

Originally Posted By Beagles747:
The quick answer is NO....
Eagle does make a plastic mag that works both in an AR and in a Mini-14 but it is a POS!

-John


Eagle mags are POS in general, in my experience.

AR mags are thicker than Mini-14 mags.
53vortec  [Team Member]
10/21/2006 11:16:36 PM EST
Mini-14 = factory mags only.
Chris_1522  [Member]
10/22/2006 4:58:58 AM EST
No, but the Ruger factory mags are becoming available again.

I have a clear plastic 30 made by Ram-Line that's always been 100% as well.
wagner0311  [Member]
10/22/2006 3:59:12 PM EST
As others have said "Ramline" made an AR-Mini 14 mag that will work in both. I bought six of these about 15 years ago fired a couple hundered rounds through them in both an AR 15 and a Mini 14 without issue.

Having said that these mags do NOT have a good reputation and I would never consider them for any type of serious work.

Kind of funny this thread came up. I just dug these out of storage today as a friend of mine bought a Mini 14 so gonna hand em over as I've sold all my Mini-14's and have plenty of USGI mags for the AR's.
Beagles747  [Team Member]
10/22/2006 6:44:46 PM EST

Originally Posted By wagner0311:
As others have said "Ramline" made an AR-Mini 14 mag that will work in both. I bought six of these about 15 years ago fired a couple hundered rounds through them in both an AR 15 and a Mini 14 without issue.

Having said that these mags do NOT have a good reputation and I would never consider them for any type of serious work.

Kind of funny this thread came up. I just dug these out of storage today as a friend of mine bought a Mini 14 so gonna hand em over as I've sold all my Mini-14's and have plenty of USGI mags for the AR's.


Yes...I stand corrected they were not Eagle mags but Ramline mags. I should know I have two of the damn things!

-John
Dave_Markowitz  [Member]
10/26/2006 4:01:14 PM EST
Use either Ruger factory mags or PMIs, and you'll be in good shape. The new ProMags seem to have a decent rep, too.
Paveway_  [Member]
10/26/2006 4:52:56 PM EST

Originally Posted By theBUBBAMANcan:
It's difficult to even get aftermarket mags that were MADE FOR THE MINI-14 to work...


When was the last time you bought mags?

I've had 7 Sportsman's guide myster 30rounders for a couple years now and from a couple thousand rounds collectively none have failed. No jam, or failure to lock the bolt back yet. They have "Mini-14" Stamped on the bottom.

10 bucks each or so.

Never a problem.

The myth of hard to find reliable mags is a AWB era hold over.

PS don't use the mag as a monopod like with the AR, due to the design it may cause it to jam. Avoid this and you should be fine with most new manufacture steel mags.
NightHawk  [Member]
11/5/2006 5:43:36 AM EST
The new promag thermold looking mags work great. I have 10 of them and all work flawlessly.
GarrettJ  [Member]
11/5/2006 1:40:17 PM EST

Originally Posted By Chris_1522:
I have a clear plastic 30 made by Ram-Line that's always been 100% as well.

I had one of these once. It ran great in the Mini, but was way too tight in the AR15 magwell. It became a dedicated Mini-14 mag.

Sold it when I sold the Mini.
GySgtD  [Team Member]
11/6/2006 6:48:34 AM EST
Cheaper Than Dirt is now selling genuine Ruger 20rd mags for around $23 (!)

I've used several different brands of mini-14 magazines over the past twenty or so years, and none of them are worth a damn compared to "real" Ruger mags. This includes the PMI and Thermold brands.
djenkins  [Member]
11/6/2006 7:32:38 AM EST
They are $24.97 each unless you are a member of their buyers club. You might know something like this would appear just after I paid $33 each.<G>

Dennis Jenkins



Originally Posted By GySgtD:
Cheaper Than Dirt is now selling genuine Ruger 20rd mags for around $23 (!)

I've used several different brands of mini-14 magazines over the past twenty or so years, and none of them are worth a damn compared to "real" Ruger mags. This includes the PMI and Thermold brands.
d6es6tro6y_506  [Member]
11/6/2006 2:56:20 PM EST

Originally Posted By Paveway_:

Originally Posted By theBUBBAMANcan:
It's difficult to even get aftermarket mags that were MADE FOR THE MINI-14 to work...


When was the last time you bought mags?

I've had 7 Sportsman's guide myster 30rounders for a couple years now and from a couple thousand rounds collectively none have failed. No jam, or failure to lock the bolt back yet. They have "Mini-14" Stamped on the bottom.

10 bucks each or so.

Never a problem.

The myth of hard to find reliable mags is a AWB era hold over.

PS don't use the mag as a monopod like with the AR, due to the design it may cause it to jam. Avoid this and you should be fine with most new manufacture steel mags.


All it took for me was a couple of Cabelas no marking 40rnders, and I'm convinced to never buy anything but factory again. After countless feed lip mod's, still the most unreliable peice of equipment I have ever laid my hands on. Just bought 5 of the Factory mags from SG by the way...great deal.
FrankSymptoms  [Team Member]
11/6/2006 3:57:22 PM EST

Originally Posted By Beagles747:
The quick answer is NO....
Eagle does make a plastic mag that works both in an AR and in a Mini-14 but it is a POS!

-John


+1 on both points. I have both a Mini-14 and an AR and the mags aren't compatible. And the Eagle mags are POS whether they fit both guns or not.
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