Malformed / Bent feed lips are usually the result of
the magazine being overloaded or loaded to capacity.
Overtime the spring pressure forces the Zytel feed lips
to become malformed and open up. This condition can
get so bad that the magazine will barely hold rounds
inside the magazine.
Currently there are only two solutions to this problem
1. Purchase a new magazine
2. Attempt to reform the
magazine your self
There are a number of
ways to do this, and none of them are guaranteed to
First take the magazine
completely apart and remove the follower, floor plate,
Now we must heat the
magazine up so the material is flexible enough to bend
he feed lips back into shape. You want to heat it up
just enough so the material is flexible with pressure.
Take it easy or else you can turn your magazine into
a gooey mess. It is a good idea to use a pair of pliers
to hold the magazine as you heat it up so you don’t
burn your self. The best way to prevent the magazine
from melting is to heat it up a little bit every time
and attempt to bend the feed lips with pliers back into
You will need a good
Zytel magazine on hand to compare the feed lips to so
you know when to stop bending.
Most people heat the
end of the magazine up with a hair drier or by placing
them in boiling water for about 5 minutes.
Once you have the magazine
heated up, bend the feed lips into shape so they match
the feed lips on your good Zytel magazine. Once you
have them corrected place the magazine in your freezer
for an hour or so.
After the magazine has
been cooled down put it back together and load the magazine
to see if the bullets feed angle matches that of your
good loaded Zytel magazine.
If the feed lips are
off a little repeat this process.
I am not going to lie
to you, this fix may ruin your magazine if you heat
it up to much so go slow.
A. Bad - Bent feed lips