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Old July 19, 1999, 11:39 PM   #4
4V50 Gary
Join Date: November 2, 1998
Location: Colorado
Posts: 19,341
It's more than a matter of shortening the tail end of the seven round follower. The front end of the eight round follower is shaped such that it mates flush against the inside body of the magazine tube. Think of it as two half domes pressed against one another. It was done this way to give the nose of the follower more bearing surface against the magazine tube and prevents it from nose diving down when loading.

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