I have been working on a number of used magazine shells I picked up cheap, some have various issues with dents, out of square, etc.
I'd like to start a thread on tips/tricks to fix your mags.
list of common issues, solutions found, etc.
Here are a couple of things I learned:
>dents to the sides of the mag: Use a socket of the same thickness, slide into mag until it is under the dent, and use a ball peen hammer to straightenp
>feed lips bent: for minor issues, can straighten with pliers. (I am working on more options for serious issues)
>out of square- squeeze in a wood-faced vise at opposite corners to move it back into square
>Base Plate doesn't fit - when replacing a base plate, I found that sometimes they are too long, or an out of square mag prevents it from inserting all the way. For minor fitting, if you can't completely straighten the mag you can snip the leading edge into shape with a pair cutters. Sometimes the base plate doesn't ride flush along the bottom of the mag along the flanges. You can carefully tweak the flanges where necessary to allow the necessary alignment.
Tips and Tweaks
>Do not lube your magazine unless you want dust/dirt to accumulate where it shouldn't
>Number your Mags with a sharpie - if you have a mag that isn't feeding right, better to ID it and address it later.
>DIY magazine pull tabs (that don't bind on a tight magazine pouch) - see my later post.
I am working on a mag block diy using the rivet epoxy method.