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Nelson conversion magazine - alternative to depressor tool?

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Post by croesler Sun Sep 26, 2021 8:46 am

Is there another magazine type, or a permanent alternative for the Nelson conversion magazines, to eliminate the need for the special tool to depress the plunger when reloading the mags?  Looking for a magazine that works in Nelsons with some kind of nub, or possibly a retrofit to the Nelson mags that creates a nub I can get my thumb on?  Nothing wrong with the current tool, but I forget it sometimes. Would be nice to just have a little nubby on the slide/plunger to pull down like most other .22 magazines.  Ideas that work welcome.
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Post by mspingeld Sun Sep 26, 2021 9:28 am

I load mine without the tool. Pinch the round between the feed lips to prevent lateral movement, push down and back with other thumb. Try it. I can make a little video if you have trouble.

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Post by Tripscape Sun Sep 26, 2021 9:53 am

GSG mags, work great!

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Post by TonyH Sun Sep 26, 2021 10:05 am

Keep the conversion, mags, mag tool and the guide rod wrench all together all the time? That way, when you forget, you leave them all behind....remember(maybe you can't), you are getting older....
Ask me how I know....lol!
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Post by jglenn21 Sun Sep 26, 2021 10:31 am

I ran colt.22.mags when i had a Nelson. All i use in my marvels
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Post by Kp321 Sun Sep 26, 2021 6:29 pm

The GSG mags work fine but I still use the Nelsons most of the time. I always carry a pocket knife that has an awl (reamer) blade which works great to pull the follower down.

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Post by Jack H Sun Sep 26, 2021 7:18 pm

Use an allen wrench or small wire/rod stuck through the hole.
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Post by bruce martindale Sun Sep 26, 2021 7:48 pm

A wood dowell with a nail in it works fine

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Post by james r chapman Sun Sep 26, 2021 8:59 pm

Always keep the tool in a magazine!
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Post by croesler Mon Sep 27, 2021 6:50 pm

Thanks for the good ideas!  Except the comment about being old and forgetful.  I tried screwing a small allen-head bolt into the plunger hole so I could get my thumb on it.  It would have worked perfectly but the spring is much too tight to comfortably do it that way.  No wonder Larry recommends using his tool.  I'll buy a couple extras.  Thanks to everyone who responded!
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Post by james r chapman Mon Sep 27, 2021 7:01 pm

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Add a magnet to the aluminum ones.
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Post by TonyH Mon Sep 27, 2021 7:58 pm

Cliff, Cliff, Cliff! What happened to the great Roesler sense of humor? I’m just a few years ahead of you paving the road and giving you an account of the great things waiting in your future!
How about pinning a reminder note to your shirt about taking the tool. If it was made out of ferrous material, you could stick the magnetic tool Jim suggested above right to it!jocolor
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Post by Arthur Mon Sep 27, 2021 8:26 pm

My thumb seems to be the easiest to use.

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Post by james r chapman Mon Sep 27, 2021 8:46 pm

Arthur wrote:My thumb seems to be the easiest to use.

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explain your technique on a Nelson magazine please.
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Post by Arthur Mon Sep 27, 2021 8:51 pm

james r chapman wrote:
Arthur wrote:My thumb seems to be the easiest to use.

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explain your technique on a Nelson magazine please.
Use the rim to depress the cartridge already in the mag. place it close to the lips. 
Yes, my comment was intended to be a little sarcastic. But, I actually have no use for the loading tool. Seems like just more messing around. 

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Post by james r chapman Tue Sep 28, 2021 6:08 am

Ok, helluva thumb! 😬
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