Reviewed By: Peter D on 09/28/2012
Rating: [4 of 5 Stars!]
After having read various reviews of this unit, and having used a loader in the past, I wanted to be very careful when using this unit for the first time and to make sure I was well acquainted with it before trying to load some mags.
I'm happy to report that I found this unit does work very well WHEN CAREFULLY PREPARED for loading a magazine.
I have used this unit to load Butler Creek Steel Lip mags , and as mentioned above, WHEN CAREFULLY PREPARED for loading, there were no problems loading the Butler Creek Steel Lip magazines. The Ruger rotary magazine does not seem to insert well and for that reason I don't believe anything other than the Butler Creek magazines should be used in the unit.
Q: 'What does 'WHEN CAREFULLY PREPARED' mean?
A: This unit should be treated like a delicate piece of machinery, especially since it is constructed of plastic. If you are looking to quickly jam a magazine into this unit, and begin cranking, you may experience problems, and may want to look for something else. The key to getting this unit to work is to make sure the magazine is inserted correctly ( don't force it ), and also make sure that the first cartridge to feed is parallel to the magazine lips before beginning to crank on the knob. The best way i have found to do this is to make sure the feed/loading wheel is blocking the first cartridge before starting to load, so that it has no chance to move around and become misaligned to the magazine. Above all, DO NOT crank on the unit if it does not appear to be loading. If that happens, the cartridge is most likely misaligned and you may either dent the cartridge or break the unit. In that case, STOP CRANKING, take the magazine out, remove any jammed cartridges and start over.
My best advice then is to work slowly and carefully, don't force the unit, and it should work fine.
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