You're right, if your mags work in your gun they ARE reliable. Like I said before, on a long enough time line 7 round mags might be more reliable.Originally posted by JohnnyO:
If your mags work in your gun, they are reliable. Period.
DITTOLike above post I also use 8 round magazines loaded w/ 7 rounds. This works for me...
Well like I said before, the 7 round follower is more reliable given a long enough time line but not because the 8 round follower 'flexes' to accommodate the extra round. There is a distinct design difference between 7 and 8 round followers. The 8 round follower does without the long front follower leg the 7 rounder uses. Additionally the rear leg of the 8 rounder may be shorter that that of the 7 round follower but I would have to double check. With out the long leg in the front the 8 round follower stands the chance of 'dipping' down in the front as it travels up the magazine body. How much of a chance, well on a long enough time line.....KGN said:Tacticly, I beieve the 7-rounders are more sound though. I think the 8 round followers are designed for more flex, this is what allows the extra round. I'm not sure if this is true or not. But one would think a more solid, less flexing follower would be more reliable over time.
I find this curious. I would have thought that, if there was going to be a problem with an 8-round mag, that could be resolved by simply down-loading the mag, the problem would show up on the first shot. After the first shot, you are essentially working with a down-loaded mag. Apparently it is more involved than that.While at Thunder Ranch last year I experienced some 8 round Wilson mags popping out with two or three rounds left, causing a malfunction. My TRS was still new and had just loosened up. Clint said to drop out a round and use just 7. This works.