Ruger 10/22 Magazines


March 23, 2008, 12:10 AM
Just have a quick question as I'm still new to all this. What different size magazines are available for the Ruger 10/22? I understand it comes with a 10 round rotary mag, but I'm just curious what else is available.

Do these larger mags preform the same with the .22LR ammo, or are there typically any feeding issues?

Also, is there an easy way to determine if the higher capacity mags are legal where I live? I doubt it's a problem, but I just want to be sure.


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March 23, 2008, 12:33 AM
Butler Creek and other companies make 25-50 round mags. I've had feeding problems with many of them. The ones with steel instead of plastic lips are supposedly more reliable. They are marketed as "steel lips." I just bought one but haven't tried it.

You can find your state and local legal codes published online by searching google.

March 23, 2008, 01:18 AM
I had feeding issues with the high cap mags I used, but that was a long time ago. I was using 50 rd. Ramline and 50 rd. Mitchell drums. The Mitchell drums worked better than the Ramlines, but I still found them unreliable. The factory mags worked well enough though.

That was 20 years ago, and nowadays there are probably better mags out there. What I found though was that the high cap magazines really didn't have much purpose in a .22. Their only advantage is for plinking and even for that it's not that big a deal to swap out mags every 10 rounds.

March 23, 2008, 01:21 AM
buy some of the high capacity steel lips mags, and never look back

as long as you clean the mags once every blue moon, and use decent ammo, they run fine.

plus the butler creek mags have a nifty feature, that have stubs in the mag body so you can clip two of them togeather.

March 23, 2008, 01:26 AM
I have seen 10, 25, 50, and 100 round magazines. I have used the factory 10 round magazine with no problem, but I have had problems with my 25 round magazine by Butler Creek but it has plastic feed lips so that might be the problem.

March 23, 2008, 01:42 AM
Only 10/22 "high cap" magazine worth having is the "Tactical Innovations" mag.

The rest: Ramline, Butler Creek, etc. are rarely reliable.

March 23, 2008, 05:24 AM
I've had good luck with the steel lipped Butler Creek mags. But I'm going to look at WEG's Tactical Innovations mag now. Never heard of them.

March 23, 2008, 06:00 AM
Thanks for all the recommendations. Unfortunately Connecticut might be one of those states that ban the high capacity mags, so I may have to hold off until I move. I canít make much sense out of the laws, so I'll check with my local stores just to be sure.

March 23, 2008, 06:12 AM
+1 on Tactical Innovations mags. They are the best.

March 23, 2008, 07:40 AM
There are no mag restrictions in CT laws.
The 10 rd mags when clean are the top of the list for reliability,everything else is less reliable . I believe that the shape and fit of the mag well in each individual gun has an effect on your outcome . Some folks seem to feel that a certain brand or type of mag works fine ,others have given up and gone back to factory mags. I myself object to the 4 or 5 inch thing sticking out of the bottom of the gun and getting in the way when shooting off the bench or prone

March 23, 2008, 08:15 AM
I have have great success with Butler Creek 25 round magazazines. I rarely use the factory mags any more and have never had a single feeding problem. It is easier to load up 3-4 before going to the range and I never have to waste time reloading until I get home. I have both the steel lipped and plastic lipped mags and both have been fine although I would expect the ones with steel to last longer.

March 23, 2008, 09:29 AM
for some odd reason i found the ram-line 30 rounders to be the most reliable out of the bunch (to include the 10 round drum). i only wish i had known that before i bought three 50 rounders only to discover they were crap and misfed every 4-5 rounds

March 23, 2008, 12:44 PM
Even the steel lips will jam occasionally. I have yet to find a great 10/22 mag

March 23, 2008, 12:48 PM
10-22's just like to jam. it's for the greater good.
just like a child needs it's mother, or a crack addict needs his rock.
the ruger needs its jam.

March 23, 2008, 02:09 PM
If you are having problems with the greater than 10 round 10/22 magazines try a Volquartson extractor. Cured mine, even the $9 Eagle 20 rounders work now!


March 23, 2008, 04:57 PM
I'll share my experiences with my 10/22 using bulk Remington Golden Bullets (very cheap ammo, I don't pay money for .22:rolleyes:).

Factory 10 round magazines are pretty good but in my particular gun, they don't fit perfectly and occasionally don't feed correctly. They do work pretty good though.

Butler Creek 25 round Hotlips magazines only work for a few hundred round, then they stop working reliably.

Ramline 50 round magazines stop working after a few hundred rounds as well, sometimes cracking, other times just not feeding.

Eagle 30 round magazines don't work very good ever.

MWG 50 round teardrop magazines work good for a while, but they are hard to load and cheesy, little parts break off and they're junk.

Promag 50 round drums release 1 - 2 rounds trouble free, most of the time. In other words, they jam about 20 times per magazine.

Tactical Inc. 25 round magazines work even better than factory 10 rounders. I have one of the composite mags and it's the only one I ever use now. It works flawlessly every time, but you have to adjust it to fit your gun with the little allen screws. Well worth the money.

March 23, 2008, 05:34 PM
If you do decide to go with the butler creek mags, be sure to get the Steel lips, As the plastic ones I have used aren't as reliable. Its worth the extra few dollars.

March 23, 2008, 06:19 PM
any mag made by Ramline is not going to work.... I've had good luck with Butler Creek and Eagle mags for the 10/22

March 23, 2008, 09:36 PM
I haven't had any problems with the butler creek "hot lips" (plastic) mags after the first mag full (maybe something was binding, who knows).
You could go for the steel lip ones but see if the others work first. If a BC hot lip mag fails you're out $15, the steel lip ones can cost more than a SR-25 magaine.
If your gun won't feed reliably from the factory mag chances are it's the gun (unless you have a really old factory mag and it's tired or dirty). Make sure the extractor is lined up good in the barrel notch.
We've got some old ram-line mags that still work fine, and some that have come unglued and are splitting apart (these are at least 15 years old). I haven't tried eagle but hear they are junk.

March 23, 2008, 10:25 PM
I bought a 25-rd, plastic feed lipped Butler Creek mag and returned it after using it twice. Too many jams to outweigh the benefit of having 25 rounds ready to go. Plus, loading that mag by hand sucked. Loading the factory mags more often doesn't feel like as much of a chore.

March 23, 2008, 10:32 PM
I did some work on my 10/22 in the mag well to remove a small amount of metal and now every mag I have (several each of hot lips 25, ram line 30 and 50, and the factory 10 rd) feed just fine as long as the gun is clean. What I did was shave out metal around the hole in the front of the mag well where the pin on the front of the mags goes in. It is a soft aluminum so I did it with a dull old cheap pocket knife.

Note, I have been using the same mags for going on 15 years, all mine are pre-ban.

A side benefit is the 10 rd mags now fall out when I hit the mag release instead of having to wiggle them.

March 23, 2008, 11:20 PM
any mag made by Ramline is not going to work....

huh, mine have been working fine for 20 years. do newer Ramline mags still have metal lips?

Mike 56
March 23, 2008, 11:26 PM
I like the Ruger 10 round mags easy to clean and tuneup. I bought a part that holds four mags together and the center will hold fifty extra rounds.

Mikehttp:// 1022 mag.jpg (60.4 KB)

March 24, 2008, 09:14 AM
I have 3 of the Butler Creek "Hot Lips" mags.

I have put at least 300 rounds through each without any problems.

After each session, I do wipe them down with a tiny bit of Hoppes #9 on a q-tip to make sure the feed lips are clean.

I bought trem right after the Klinton Era Cosmetic Features ban expired, so maybe the QC was just a fraction better.

March 24, 2008, 01:55 PM
I've never had much problem with either of my 10/22's with any mag. eagle, butler, ramline, ruger using the cheap federal stuff.

I'd say buy 2 cheap ones before you bought 1 nice one any day. 1 jam out of 700 rounds is not bad for plinking. this is not a personal defense gun.

March 24, 2008, 02:42 PM
Never had a problem with the butler creek hot lips. The steel lips will probably last longer, but I've got thousands of rounds through the plastic lip version.

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