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Posted: 1/22/2009 5:27:21 PM EST
Are they worth the extra price?  Are they much heavier?  Any other downside other than price or weight?  Thanks.
Link Posted: 1/22/2009 5:28:18 PM EST
Aluminum is lighter, and even stainless can rust in the "right" conditions.
Link Posted: 1/22/2009 6:14:15 PM EST
Anyone else?
Link Posted: 1/22/2009 6:15:51 PM EST
Your magwell is made out of aluminum.  Stainless steel is much harder than aluminum.  Which would you rather be, the magwell or the mag?
Link Posted: 1/22/2009 6:16:01 PM EST
I haven't ran them that hard to be honest .
They do weigh more , but they do feel more sturdy also .
Link Posted: 1/22/2009 6:17:02 PM EST
in b4 the pmag guys
Link Posted: 1/22/2009 6:18:12 PM EST
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in b4 the pmag guys



they're all outside doing cold weather drop tests
Link Posted: 1/22/2009 6:20:16 PM EST
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in b4 the pmag guys



they're all outside doing cold weather drop tests
Sorry it is not cold enough outside to do that right now.


Link Posted: 1/22/2009 6:24:51 PM EST
Prefer stainless here, just seems more durable.  It is slightly heavier though, in a 9-10 mag loadout you might add a pound or two using SS mags.  Try to get them with the teflon finish if you can.
Link Posted: 1/23/2009 4:44:43 AM EST
SS will probably let you open more bottles before the feed lips fail.
Link Posted: 1/23/2009 4:54:38 AM EST
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in b4 the pmag guys



they're all outside doing cold weather drop tests


And running them over with trucks.
Link Posted: 1/23/2009 5:02:47 AM EST
I Honestly can not tell a difference. I have 2 stainless steel C-Products mags I use at the range, and I have 3 aluminum D&H mags I use at the range. All 5 have worked great and given me no trouble over the past 4 to 6 years of shooting.

I do use GI 30 rounders in my grab and go bag however, just because I got a good deal on them a few years ago.
Link Posted: 1/23/2009 7:10:01 AM EST
Magpul followers do no fit in SS mags. The tilt resistant followers that came with the SS mags I have seem to stick halfway through the mag.

That being said, Ive run several hundred rnds through the 3 I have without any problems at all.

I dont like any extra weight. Ive never worn out an aluminum mag (except for old surplus ) . I just dont see the real benefit to SS.

Id rather buy 13 alum. mags and spend the $ I save on the 14th..
Link Posted: 1/23/2009 11:31:51 AM EST
Has anybody ever made titanium mag bodies?
Link Posted: 1/23/2009 11:33:50 AM EST
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Magpul followers do no fit in SS mags. The tilt resistant followers that came with the SS mags I have seem to stick halfway through the mag.

That being said, Ive run several hundred rnds through the 3 I have without any problems at all.

I dont like any extra weight. Ive never worn out an aluminum mag (except for old surplus ) . I just dont see the real benefit to SS.

Id rather buy 13 alum. mags and spend the $ I save on the 14th..


I have never had that problem with the SS mags
Link Posted: 1/23/2009 11:35:16 AM EST
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Has anybody ever made titanium mag bodies?


Oh, now you done it!!!

Link Posted: 1/23/2009 11:55:52 AM EST
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Has anybody ever made titanium mag bodies?


If anybody did, they might cost as much as the HK mags.
Link Posted: 1/23/2009 12:09:53 PM EST
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Your magwell is made out of aluminum.  Stainless steel is much harder than aluminum.  Which would you rather be, the magwell or the mag?


Your bolt carrier is made out of steel,which in theory wears out and damages your feed lips over time. Soft stainless steel wears better,and doesn't deform. If you'd rather pack a limited number of mags that must last a long time,stainless is the way to go. If you have a whole supply system that gives you new mags upon request,then aluminum is great.

That said aluminum/stainless isn't that big a deal to me. I have both.
Link Posted: 1/23/2009 12:27:23 PM EST
Link Posted: 1/25/2009 6:33:49 PM EST
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I have a few steel mags that wouldn't reliably lock the bolt open, but otherwise they work alright.


Wouldn't that be a function of the follower or spring and not the mag body?  I have Pmags that don't always lock the bolt open.
Link Posted: 1/25/2009 6:35:34 PM EST
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Has anybody ever made titanium mag bodies?


If anybody did, they might cost as much as the HK mags.


Might, but probably not  

Link Posted: 1/25/2009 6:39:36 PM EST
Link Posted: 1/25/2009 6:41:54 PM EST
sorry i missed where you said polymer mags
Link Posted: 1/25/2009 7:02:35 PM EST
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in b4 the pmag guys



they're all outside doing cold weather drop tests


Link Posted: 1/26/2009 10:08:39 AM EST
Unless run over by a humvee, bent feedlips are seldom a problem with the USGI mag.

If you will look at the design of the corners and the feedlips, compare to other mags, such as the "USA" brand mags, or even most pistol mags, you will see that the corners and feedlips are reinforced by design, "boxed" or "webbed" so as to be very resistant to bending.  I've never seen "worn" feedlips from contact with the bolt carrier that caused a problem.

When a mag is bent, it is usually in the middle so that the carrier is pinched.

The biggest problem with older mags is weak mag springs.
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