Lighteat or Best AICS Magazine for hunting?

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Just decided to switch to an XLR Chassis. This will be my first chassis and first rifle that takes an AICS magazine. I dont know much about them, and the Google machine doesnt seem to help.

Can I use a polymer mag from Savage for example? As they seem to have some 3 round aics mags.

Tips/recommendations on which magazines I should be looking at? I don't need more then 3 to 5 rounds and would prefer something light. For a 260 Rem.

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The Magpul AICS magazines are going to be some of the lightest magazines you can run at this time due to material. And majority of the time the magpul magazine work great with Remington 700 and savage actions. they will not work with tikka actions.
The only downfall with a Magpul magazine since it is made out of polymer there is not a whole lot you can do to "tune" the magazine to the cartridge being used. Where steel AICS magazines allow you to manipulate the feed lips to better align / guide the cartridge into the feed ramp of the action. This is important when you are not using common cartridges because AICS magazines are not caliber specific but rather designed to work around a certain design.
Being the 260 is based off a 308 you should have reliable feeding with the Magpul. That is where I would start. Feel free to reach out any time if you have questions.
 

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The Magpul AICS magazines are going to be some of the lightest magazines you can run at this time due to material. And majority of the time the magpul magazine work great with Remington 700 and savage actions. ... Being the 260 is based off a 308 you should have reliable feeding with the Magpul. That is where I would start. Feel free to reach out any time if you have questions.
@XLR so the polymer Magpul AICS should be a reliable option for an Element 3.0 chassis carrying a short action .308 Savage, correct?
 

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@XLR so the polymer Magpul AICS should be a reliable option for an Element 3.0 chassis carrying a short action .308 Savage, correct?
Should be! Magazines can be frustrating because of the different variable involved. Different actions, chassis, stocks, bottom metal, calibers, tolerances etc...
But with our experience especially with anything chambered in 308 they are normally plug and play with most actions. If for any reason you have any issues just give us a call and we can help you trouble shoot feeding.
 

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Just wanted to thank @XLR for all of their help and amazing customer service. Matt and Chris over there know their business very well, and if they don't have the answer, they get it, no guessing. I have an XLR chassis coming soon and I cannot wait to get everything put together!
 

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I know this thread is old but it looks like the Christensen 308 aics is 0.4 ozs lighter than the magpul lol
 
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I am not sure on lightest, but the arc 10 round mags are the best aics pattern mags I have used.
 

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Well the hornady 6.5 prc 147gr eld-m rounds dont seem to fit very well in the Christensen mags lol.. they're a bit long. Supposed to be a 5 round mag but i can only fit 4 and the ones underneath the top round kinda tilt upward on the front. Dont have anything i can test feeding with since my xlr chassis is still on order, and i dont have any other 6.5 prc ammo to test. Does this look normal? Should i return these mags and try the magpul? It doesn't look ideal to me but im not knowledgeable enough to be confident these will feed well or not right now. Im afraid that if i wait until my chassis comes i will be outside the return window on the mags
 

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You need to have a magazine that has enough room inside to accommodate the rounds COAL.
AICS mass are all the same exterior size for obvious reasons. So it’s the wall thickness and design that differs. Plastic mags tend to have thicker walls, thus shorter COAL latitude.
I have magpul 5 rounders (can cut the tab for 6). COAL 2.86
Also have Ruger scout rifle 3 rounders. COAL ???
When the new MDT 3 rounders come available I’ll probably try them. They list a 2.85 COAL.
MDT metal mags. COAL = 2.87 with binder, 2.96 without.
What length mags your chassis will accept depends on the design.
 

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Looks like i need to use a metal mag, oh well 1 more oz of weight is not a big deal. I ordered 3 and 7 rd accurate-mags that have an OAL of 2.95 which is the same as my ammo so hopefully they work out lol

I will be keeping an eye out for th MDT mags as well. Their new chassis looks nice too, still really excited about my xlr element 3.0 thats on order as it still looks better than the MDT to me but will be interested to see a head to head comparison when they're released
 
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