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#7286815 - 09/14/18 02:11 PM Ruger American Magazine feed issue
Texaspilot Offline
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My Ruger American is a heck of a great shooting gun for how cheap it was, but the other day I took it out and it would not chamber a round. It would jam up and bend up the tip of my bullet. If I only load the magazine with three instead of four it works fine. Has anyone had this issue and is there any way to fix it other than just get a new mag? For now Iím hunting with three instead of four rounds...

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#7287047 - 09/14/18 06:58 PM Re: Ruger American Magazine feed issue [Re: Texaspilot]
FiremanJG Offline
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Is the fourth loaded round nose up, or nose down?

Is the magazine made out of steel?

Pair of channel-locks have adjusted many a steel mag.
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#7287107 - 09/14/18 08:27 PM Re: Ruger American Magazine feed issue [Re: Texaspilot]
therock Offline
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I have a 308 that does the same. No luck fixing it. Cheap made mags but good shooting guns. 2 different mags do the same thing.

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#7287116 - 09/14/18 08:37 PM Re: Ruger American Magazine feed issue [Re: Texaspilot]
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The follower on the rotary mags drags the side on the mag and hangs up. I took my mag apart and created a little clearance to help the feed by trimming the follower. The newer rifles come with ACIS comparable mags instead; the stocks are different
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#7287119 - 09/14/18 08:39 PM Re: Ruger American Magazine feed issue [Re: Texaspilot]
RJH1 Offline
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Registered: 04/20/11
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call ruger, i bet they will at least send you a new mag. i have heard of this issue before

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#7287131 - 09/14/18 08:52 PM Re: Ruger American Magazine feed issue [Re: Texaspilot]
Texaspilot Offline
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I sent them an email, I will call on Monday. I wonder if I buy a new mag from them if it will have that same issue or use the newer mag that BCJ mentioned...

The fourth round comes out nose down when it jams up. When loaded with just three rounds it seems to work.

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#7287141 - 09/14/18 09:05 PM Re: Ruger American Magazine feed issue [Re: Texaspilot]
Jgraider Offline
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That's the achilles heel of those Ruger Americans. They shoot greeat, but the magazines have been a real problem. I had two of them and they both had the same feeding problems.

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#7287144 - 09/14/18 09:07 PM Re: Ruger American Magazine feed issue [Re: Texaspilot]
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Think I'd heavily inspect the follower, and the inside of the mag for one hanging on the other. I had a mag doing this once, and took it apart. Some file work and sandpaper and it worked fine.
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#7287152 - 09/14/18 09:18 PM Re: Ruger American Magazine feed issue [Re: Texaspilot]
Texaspilot Offline
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There is a YouTube video with a guy filing part of the mag, but the problem he describes is slightly different from mine. I am pretty decent at redneck reengineering things but I donít want to mess to much with it until I get a replacement. Three rounds is better than zero.

I checked out a cool magpul stock that changes it to the aics magazine mentioned above, but that upgrade is $300. I think that is what I paid for the rifle. I bought it to be a cheap hunting rifle that I wouldnít mind getting beat up. So I just canít justify that upgrade, plus I shoot left handed and I doubt they even make a lefty version.

Pretty frustrating. If I didnít like the gun so much, I would probably just get rid of it and buy another cheap rifle...

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#7287251 - 09/14/18 11:43 PM Re: Ruger American Magazine feed issue [Re: Texaspilot]
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Neither of mine did it, but you could always bolt home a round and put another in the mag afterwards to have four.
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#7287273 - 09/15/18 12:47 AM Re: Ruger American Magazine feed issue [Re: Texaspilot]
unclebubba Offline
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I have a Ruger 77/357 with a similar issue. Called Ruger, they sent me a new mag free. Then I took the old mag apart, and got after it with a file and sandpaper. Now I have two mags that work.
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#7288547 - 09/16/18 07:40 PM Re: Ruger American Magazine feed issue [Re: Texaspilot]
Texaspilot Offline
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I will call them on Monday. I will post back what hey say...

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#7288907 - 09/17/18 09:04 AM Re: Ruger American Magazine feed issue [Re: Texaspilot]
Texaspilot Offline
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The lady at Ruger was very nice when I called and said that they would send me a new magazine and if that doesnít fix the problem, they want me to send the rifle in for an evaluation. Hopefully the mag will solve the issue!

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#7288909 - 09/17/18 09:07 AM Re: Ruger American Magazine feed issue [Re: Texaspilot]
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When you get the new mag, whether it solves the issue or not, take the old one apart and try to file/sand to fix it yourself. You will be able to see marks where it is hanging up. Mine was hanging up on the end of the part that rotates. You've got nothing to lose now that you will have an extra mag.
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#7289583 - 09/17/18 07:32 PM Re: Ruger American Magazine feed issue [Re: Texaspilot]
Texaspilot Offline
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Absolutely. When that new one comes Iím going to tear the old one down and see what I can see. I will take some pics and try to post em up in canes anyone else runs into this issue.

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