The long-awaited Ruger Mini-14 factory 30-round magazines are moving into the pipeline. Most of the aftermarket 30s were pretty much crapshoots when it comes to functioning. In fact, the only Mini mags I've ever found to be 100% were the factory 20-rounders. At $49.95 MSRP still pricey when compared to AR 30-rounders, but at least there's parity.
We're going to be filming carbine stuff very soon with the new Ruger Mini-14s "Tacticals." I have one of the ancient 181 Series Mini-14s and it has always been a better gun than it's given credit for...no, it's not a tack-driver, but it's a darn handy fiercely reliable little carbine. I never have understood people waxing poetic about AKs, which are 100 yard guns, while dis'sing Minis, which are 100 yard guns.