Detachable mag or hinged floor plate?

Saxt21

Junior Member
Joined
Apr 10, 2016
Messages
15
Looking at upgrading my stock. For a 300 win mag mostly a hunting/range gun. Been toying with the idea of getting a mini chassis with the stock. Curious what everyone’s thoughts and experiences are with the two options. I’ve only ever used the floor plate. Thanks for your help


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
 
Last edited:

FlyGuy

Senior Member
Joined
Aug 13, 2016
Messages
1,082
Location
The Woodlands, TX
In for responses from those more experienced than me.

Personally, I have only ever used a hinged floor plate. While I like the idea of a mag, it just seems like one more thing that could get left behind or accidentally and unknowingly ejected by oakbrush.

Sent from my SM-G610F using Tapatalk
 

Low_Sky

Member
Joined
Nov 7, 2016
Messages
62
Location
Alaska
While it’s not the most important feature on a rifle, I like a detachable magazine when I can get one.

Accidentally drop a detachable box and it falls out, if you hear or feel it, you pick it up, put it back in. If you don’t notice, you put in your spare magazine.

Accidentally drop a hinged floorplate and you get to search for your dropped cartridges in the dark/snow/mud/grass.

If you have repeated issues dropping either type, you need to figure a different way to carry the rifle, or put some tape over it.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
 

elkguide

Senior Member
Joined
Jan 26, 2016
Messages
2,364
Location
Vermont
My Cooper model 56, in .300 Win Mag, has a magazine. I was unsure about it having only hunted with single shot or hinged floorplate rifles. After hunting elk all over unit 50 this fall, the magazine worked fine. The only time that I had any issues was when a magazine fell out of my pocket in the truck. Definitely have a spare for brain cramps like that!
 
OP
S

Saxt21

Junior Member
Joined
Apr 10, 2016
Messages
15
My thoughts exactly. I shoot quite a bit at the range where the detachable mag would be awesome. Only downfall I thought of was when I’m backpacked in there and happens to lose a magazine


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
 

carter33

Senior Member
Joined
Apr 12, 2017
Messages
155
Location
Fairbanks
The rifle I have been using recently has a detachable magazine. I have had it fall out a few times in the chugach mountains hiking pretty steep inclines in extremely thick and wet brush that seemed to grow straight out. That being said every time it fell out I did notice immediately, I was concerned that it would only be a matter of time before I didn’t notice and lost the magazine though. I always bring extra ammo but did not have an extra mag. If going the detachable route again in the future I would want a spare magazine even if backpack hunting for peace of mind.
 

Whisky

Senior Member
Joined
Dec 25, 2012
Messages
904
I had a Manners with one of their older style DBM chassis with the mag release lever that stuck out well past the trigger guard, and more then once I accidentally dropped the mag out while hunting. That was my first and only year with a DBM. Never in all my life have I accidentally dropped the bottom out on a BDL. But, since then Manners has changed the mag release button to where it would be much harder to have an accidental mag drop. I would think they are Ok now but I haven't tried one out since.

If weight is a concern you'll be lighter with BDL vs the DBM chassis.
 
OP
S

Saxt21

Junior Member
Joined
Apr 10, 2016
Messages
15
I had a Manners with one of their older style DBM chassis with the mag release lever that stuck out well past the trigger guard, and more then once I accidentally dropped the mag out while hunting. That was my first and only year with a DBM. Never in all my life have I accidentally dropped the bottom out on a BDL. But, since then Manners has changed the mag release button to where it would be much harder to have an accidental mag drop. I would think they are Ok now but I haven't tried one out since.

If weight is a concern you'll be lighter with BDL vs the DBM chassis.
Very helpful! Thanks for the response that’s the stock and bottom
Metal I was looking to get.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
 

Formidilosus

Senior Member
Joined
Oct 22, 2014
Messages
755
My thoughts exactly. I shoot quite a bit at the range where the detachable mag would be awesome. Only downfall I thought of was when I’m backpacked in there and happens to lose a magazine
Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

Carry a spare.


Though I have to wonder about all these “lost mags”. I’ve carried rifles with magazines for nearly two decades and have never lost a mag, nor had one accidentally fall out.
 

aron

Senior Member
Joined
Dec 27, 2012
Messages
387
Location
North Dakota
I've also have a Manners with DBM with the release lever that sticks out and little force to release the mag. It sucks to lose a $70 mag. I've since resorted to having to tie a string to it and the gun to ensure if it does get released accidently, it won't get lost. My next rifle would probably be hinged floor plate for this reason.
 

weaver

Senior Member
Joined
Feb 25, 2012
Messages
1,094
I prefer a magazine. Never had one fall out but it's not like the rifle is inoperable if it does happen.

Sent from my XT1635-01 using Tapatalk
 

wind gypsy

Senior Member
Joined
Dec 30, 2014
Messages
1,643
Mini chassis = Convenient but heavy.

Without going mini-chassis, most aftermarket DBM is notably heavy compared to BDL. I do like some of the factory DBM offered from Tikka, Browning, Seekins, etc with plastic of carbon mags.
 

HellsCanyon

Senior Member
Joined
May 29, 2012
Messages
3,297
Location
Lewiston ID
Carry a spare.


Though I have to wonder about all these “lost mags”. I’ve carried rifles with magazines for nearly two decades and have never lost a mag, nor had one accidentally fall out.
My hunting partner has lost one, as has another customer of mine last season. It's rare, but it does happen. I know because they both called and asked for spare mags lol

I'm a BDL guy and recommend it to most everyone. Lightweight, doesn't rattle (common with the AICS mags), low profile, and after the first three rounds I can single feed fairly fast if need be. Also, being that I build a lot of long action magnum chambers, I need a 3.85" mag box most of the time (think 28 Nosler with 195's, or 300 Win with 215's with the proper freebore). Only magazine that'll do this is a 5 round AICS single stack Lapua CIP length magazine. Which protrudes about 3" below the stock line, is heavy, and magazines are $80+. I can run a Wyatts box with either a centerfeed or staggerfeed setup on a BDL and have the same magazine length allowance.

If you have to have a DBM, my favorite recommendation is the HS Precision. Centerfeed double stack with a 3.75ish mag length for the long actions, nice compromise between the factory 3.65" boxes and the Wyatts 3.85".

My .02, worth what you paid for it.

Mike
 
OP
S

Saxt21

Junior Member
Joined
Apr 10, 2016
Messages
15
My hunting partner has lost one, as has another customer of mine last season. It's rare, but it does happen. I know because they both called and asked for spare mags lol

I'm a BDL guy and recommend it to most everyone. Lightweight, doesn't rattle (common with the AICS mags), low profile, and after the first three rounds I can single feed fairly fast if need be. Also, being that I build a lot of long action magnum chambers, I need a 3.85" mag box most of the time (think 28 Nosler with 195's, or 300 Win with 215's with the proper freebore). Only magazine that'll do this is a 5 round AICS single stack Lapua CIP length magazine. Which protrudes about 3" below the stock line, is heavy, and magazines are $80+. I can run a Wyatts box with either a centerfeed or staggerfeed setup on a BDL and have the same magazine length allowance.

If you have to have a DBM, my favorite recommendation is the HS Precision. Centerfeed double stack with a 3.75ish mag length for the long actions, nice compromise between the factory 3.65" boxes and the Wyatts 3.85".

My .02, worth what you paid for it.

Mike
Thanks for the advice that’s very helpful.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
 

KHNC

Senior Member
Joined
Jul 11, 2013
Messages
1,098
Location
NC
I put a detachable mag on my HOWA. It constantly fell out with the slightest bump. Went to shoot an antelope using a fence post for rest. Mag release hit the post and it fell out. Luckily my first shot was money. I eventually ditched it and went back to floor plate.
 

406Smith

Senior Member
Joined
Oct 28, 2018
Messages
150
I tend to like DBM. You can get 3 round mags that sit flush with bottom of the rifle if that's a concern. The badger M5 enhanced style mag release used by manners is tough to hit accidentally (although not impossible) and similarly placed to oberndorf bdl. You can get CIP mag length from manners if long loads are a concern. The magpul AICS mags are cheap & quiet. I never walk around with a round chambered, so it's easy to clear the rifle with a dbm. And it's easy to organize additional ammo using spare mags. The manners mini chassis does add weight, but the location of the weight isn't that bad, and I have a problem swapping stocks so the chassis works for me.
 
Top