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Posted: 3/13/2006 2:03:44 PM EDT
Hi all, been thinking about this and was wondering what you all suggest. I have 10 new GI 30's loaded up with M-193 waiting for all hell to break loose. (nah, not a nut, just prepared) and have another 300 on thermold stripper clips. I have 10 thermold 30's and 10 british steel 30's that I use for plinking.

Would you guys keep the additional ammo on the burnable thermold stripper clips or loaded them into the other mags? If you would load them into the other mags, which would be the better choice for SHTF?

By the way, both the brits and thermold mags are new, unissued.

Thanks all,
Mortis...
Link Posted: 3/13/2006 2:38:40 PM EDT
Have you extensively tested the Thermolds to confirm they're reliable? Many of them aren't. I prefer to test ALL of my mags that I envision using at some point (I don't do this for ones I plan to sell).

If you HAD to leave the mags untested, I'd give the nod to the British steel ones over the Thermolds.

10 mags ready to go is plenty. It won't take you that long to load up 10 more with stripper clips, as long as you keep the mags and strippers together.
Link Posted: 3/13/2006 5:19:48 PM EDT
I would keep the Thermolds as range mags and purchase some new USGI mags and with the way prices for mags are right now there is almost no reason not to
Link Posted: 3/13/2006 6:31:56 PM EDT

Originally Posted By WMHM4:
I would keep the Thermolds as range mags and purchase some new USGI mags and with the way prices for mags are right now there is almost no reason not to



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Link Posted: 3/14/2006 1:59:45 PM EDT
you guys know the best price around?

Btw, thanks for replying guys
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 3:25:15 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 3:54:09 PM EDT
Thermolds are everybit as reliable and dependable as USGI 30 round magazines, if not more so. Provided they aren't new production Promag's, Thermolds are highly reliable and excellent magazines. Canadian Thermolds aren't made with Zytel and are less durable, but still very reliable and dependable. Wilson, NC Thermolds are the best and are some of the most reliable/durable STANAG magazines availible. Promag Thermolds aren't horrible, they are just Promag...and thats all I have against them. Thier Mini 14 Thermolds are every bit as reliable as my Wilson Mini 14 Thermolds, but I would not prefer Promag anything for a defensive weapon. I would load up the 10 Thermolds with M193 as opposed to storing the ammo on stripper clips. Strippers are a great way

to load magazines in a hurry, but having loaded magaziens is much more convienient. Load up your Thermolds and use your SA80 magazines for practice and load up your strippers with any new ammo you purchase. Thermolds are much better magazines than the steel SA80 magazines which have wild variances in manufacturing quality/specifications and can be less than reliable. The SA80 magazines were isolated as one of the biggest problems with the L85's operating malfunctions which is why they have been replaced by HK magazines and subsequently surplused. I have 8 SA80 magazines, all of which have been upgraded with new springs and "green" followers. I bought them during the ban, and despite some "fitting" they have been decent practice magazines, especially since the upgrades. My advice is as follows, load your Thermolds with the 300 rounds you have on stripper clips. Use your SA80 magazines for auxillery/range magazines to reduce wear/tear on primary defensive mags*USGI/Thermolds*. Buy a lot of Cproducts/D&H magazines as the prices are extremely low. While ordering your new magazines, buy D&H "takeout" springs and followers to upgrade your SA80 magazines. 44mag upgrades springs/followers and sells the stock components which are excellent. Installing these guts in your SA80 magazines will increase reliability and give you a few extra "defensive magazines".
I personally rely on Wilson Thermolds as defensive magazines. I load Thermolds with "specialty" ammo like bonded bullets or TAP so I can easily differentiate. You may consider doing the same and buying 300 rounds of a good HP/SP and loading them into the Thermolds and keeping the strippers for backup.
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 4:56:44 PM EDT
hmm, that is a rather good idea. Easy to spot a thermold.
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 4:58:42 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Ryno_the_wyno:
Thermolds are everybit as reliable and dependable as USGI 30 round magazines, if not more so.



I'll trade you 10 thermolds for 20 USGI mags!
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 5:00:05 PM EDT
I would as I'm sure 90% of those here, would take USGI over Thermold any day.
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 8:05:08 PM EDT
I've had two problem mags. One was a USA, the other was a Thermold. I have two remaining around that I've painted OD for pics of my rifle(s). YMMV...


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