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Looking to buy a Mini 14

This is a discussion on Looking to buy a Mini 14 within the M1A /M14 Talk forums, part of the Long Gun Talk category; Originally Posted by imwright1985 i should have stated the only mags I have found are 30 round mags, and they run from 30-55$ No problem.Just ...


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Old 04-11-2011, 11:48 AM   #21
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i should have stated the only mags I have found are 30 round mags, and they run from 30-55$

No problem.Just a little info you might be interested in. The 20 round Ruger mags measure 5-1/4" at it's longest point top to bottom.
(back edge) If you get to a gun show you might want to take a look at them and see how you like them. I know I'm sure going to be looking at the 30 rounds mags as soon as I can just to see how I think they'll work for me.
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Old 04-12-2011, 10:28 AM   #22
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Here is where I got my 20rd factory Mini-14 mags:

Ruger Mini-14 .223 20rd Blue Mag New Factory

24.99 apiece...not too shabby, considering these WILL work and a few years ago, the only 20 and 30rd mags were Pro Mags and others that were iffy on function.

I have one 20rd Pro Mag that works all the time and another that is a jam-o-matic.

The magazine issue on the Mini-14 is ten times better than it used to be.

Enjoy your Mini-14...for its intended purpose...its not a bad rifle at all.

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Old 04-12-2011, 10:35 AM   #23
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Thank You. BB I'll check those mags out.
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Old 04-12-2011, 03:10 PM   #24
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Being a long time Mini-14 owner (dad bought mine in 1976!) I know all too well the Mini-14 magazine dilemma. It used to be that you either paid 50 bucks plus for one of the original Ruger factory 20rd mags (like the one that came with my 1976 Mini) or you rolled the dice and played around with the 15-20 dollar Pro Mags. Some Pro Mags ran fine....some did not....it was a total gamble or experiment.

Finding those elusive original Ruger 20rd mags was equally challenging. They showed up at gun shows rarely and when they did, they might be very ratty. They were ALWAYS well above 50 bucks. They showed up on e-bay (until the ban) then on Gunbroker, but sometimes got up-bidded to crazy prices.

Having a 25 dollar factory mag available that works and can be found with ease is a God-send! You can even order them from Ruger's website...now I bet that has ol' Bill rolling over in his grave.

Good thing is that Ruger factory Mini-14 mags are pretty tough and last a very long time. Not as tough as an East Bloc AK mag...but not nearly as flimsy as the govt issue AR/M-16 mags.

So order up a few from CDNN and go shoot happy!

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Good thing is that Ruger factory Mini-14 mags are pretty tough and last a very long time.

Yes I agree those Ruger 20 round mags do look pretty durable. I'm not even going to mess with the aftermarket mags. It makes no sense to put a cheap mag that won't load the rounds properly or cause problems into such a durable rifle. Like I mentioned earlier the 20 round mag just feels right to me in the Mini14 ranch. Could be the 30 round mags might feel better in one of the other models.
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Old 04-12-2011, 03:45 PM   #26
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XD5030 Sorry I missed your reply Those are the best prices I've seen on Ruger brand mags. THANKS
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Yeah, the 30 rounder in the Mini is just too heavy and unwieldy. Sort of ruins the overall handiness of the Mini...which is its best trait.

I have a Ruger factory 30 rounder...just to have one...but I never load it up and shoot it on a regular basis. The Mini with a 20rd mag just feels better and is very handy.

The folks at Ruger said that their new factory hi-caps were not made to function in the older 180 Series Minis like mine. Maybe they forgot to tell mine...because it has been 100% with both the 20rd and 30rd new mags! LOL

One thing that shines about the Mini-14...its very reliable. Mine eats everything I throw in it....steel case, hollow points...whatever.

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@Bluto, No problem I haven't ordered any from there yet, but that is the best price I've seen!
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Looks like if I order two the shipping cost would be $10 which brings them to about $25 a piece to the door. Not Bad, not Bad at all for a 20 round Ruger factory mag. Three 20 round mags should be enough to handle pretty much anything that might arise.
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Yeah, the 30 rounder in the Mini is just too heavy and unwieldy. Sort of ruins the overall handiness of the Mini...which is its best trait. brickboy240

The darned thing is only about a inch and a half longer than my 10/22.
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