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Posted: 7/13/2003 6:53:48 AM EDT

Looking at the debate between the 499 LW and Beowulf, it appears that one of the drawbacks is magazine problems using 30 round mags to feed more than 7 rounds for the Beowulf. Looking at a picture on one of the posts, it looks like the magazines for the 499 LW are straight. Does anyone know whether these magazines work with the Beowulf? If so, what is the reliability in this set-up?

Link Posted: 7/16/2003 8:24:07 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/16/2003 8:25:42 AM EDT by TX65]
Link Posted: 7/16/2003 9:18:15 AM EDT
The 458 SOCOM uses UNMODIFIED USGI mags and it does not bind the follower. I just loaded two with 10 rounds of 300gr goodness. They function 100%, even the Orlites and Thermolds work well with the 458 SOCOM. I guess the necked down design has an added benefit. FWIW, I have seen the Beowulf function with USGI mags at 10 rounds as well. YMMV...
Link Posted: 7/23/2003 2:15:58 PM EDT
My Beowulf functions fine with most GI 30 round magazines. The steel British SA80 magazines also function well. Alas!, the Orlites don't work at all. (Though I have had good luck with them in 5.56). I don't consider mags to be a problem for the Beowulf. The main problem is loading enough ammunition, it disappears quickly!
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