10/22 magazines


July 13, 2009, 01:30 PM
i'm thinking about getting a 10/22 and i wanted the high cap (25+) magazines. all i could find around here are butler creek. we bought one before and it keeps mis feeding and jams. well, i hear that the ones with metal feed lips are better but i don't want to pay a fortune for them like the tac. inov. ones. anyone use other mags that works pretty good?

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July 13, 2009, 02:15 PM
They all suck...
I've tried most aftermarket mags and cannot get them to feed reliably. The best i've used are the Itratec "scorpion" Tec-22 mags made for their pistols but they are hard to find and only slightly better.
I've heard good things about the drum mags but they are exspensive and i have not personally used them.
you'r best bet is to just stick with the factory 10 rounders.

July 13, 2009, 02:25 PM
Sorry but the Tactical innovation mags are going to be the most reliable out of the high cap mags. Most of the others can be hit or miss. I have a few of the Butler Creek Steel Lip mags and they run well while some of the others don't.

Col. Plink
July 13, 2009, 02:37 PM
I'he had good service from the Butler hot lips (red plastic) and steel lips. For me the trick has been making absolutely sure the mags are seated as far forward in the mag well as possible. They will fit and hold even if they are not, but will FTF, etc. Push them all the way in and use the mag release catch to push them all the way forward (by pulling BACK on the mag release catch, a feature of the 10/22 I really don't like because it's counterintuitive [or 'brass-ackwards' as a crusty old dude at the range said the other day] and still get wrong sometimes because it's different than EVERY other mag-catch I've used). The flywheel springs they use are also a little weak considering how much friction there is with 25 shells stacked in a mag, so just a swab of oil from a qtip on the sides of the follower should help. Strangley, though the shape of the feed lips are different, I have not noticed any difference in performance.

Another good but perhaps more costly option is getting more factory mags and keeping them in cartridge sleeve loops on the stock (somebody here had a great pic of that setup for a target-quality 10/22). The factory mags are actually wider at the top (from front to back) than aftermarket ones and so actually fit the dimensions of the magwell (shocking, I know). This makes ALL the difference. But like I said, if you get an aftermarket mag that works it still might FTF if it's not fully seated in the magwell. Factory mags do not have this problem.

July 13, 2009, 05:30 PM
I have only tried butler creek hot lips but like previous poster I conclude they suck too. Factory for me.

July 13, 2009, 05:32 PM
i went to gander and they had the butler creek steel lip 25 round for $49. wow. don't know why but my black dog machine 27 round mags for the ar15 don't have metal feed lips and seem to run fine... also found the 18" barrel model for $299 and the 16" for $279. i believe i can find them cheaper else where or maybe during season when they stock up on 10/22's. i remember they were just over $200 last year. guess i should've bought one then...

July 13, 2009, 10:20 PM
my ram-line works great, it's a 50 rounder


July 13, 2009, 11:33 PM
Promag, hands down. Steel lips and a lifetime warranty - can you beat that?


As for "hot lips", "hot" is a synonym for "junk". You'll melt a few of them down before you realize that.

July 13, 2009, 11:50 PM
the only mag worth money other than the factory 10 rounder is the tactical innovations TI25 either in the original metal or the newer polymer i have shot alot of the other types and these are 100% reliable adjustable to your rifle and break down for cleaning/repairs

i dont know about promag having a lifetime warranty i may be wrong but ive heard nothing great about them either

July 14, 2009, 10:53 AM
One of the biggest keys to reliable functioning of hi-caps in the 10-22 is this:

Do NOT touch the magazine!

It is NOt a vertical grip, nor is it held in the stock/receiver very well.

July 14, 2009, 06:59 PM
I don't know anyone who's replaced a promag, but for the price, they're a great deal. And here's from their site:

"We're so sure of how good our magazines are, we've warrantied them for as long as you own them. This lifetime warranty is your assurance that the quality was built in before our name went on the products."

I know that if you go for anything with "hot lips", you can make it through a few hundred rounds, but that's it.

July 15, 2009, 11:08 PM
I like my Ram-Line 50 round double stack. In the first few hundred rounds through it I probably had 20 misfeeds. After that it's been 100%. With the double stack design and clock springs it's really compact. The spring pressure doesn't go up from empty to full either so it's easier on thumbs. I've probably put 2,500 rounds through it?

July 15, 2009, 11:15 PM
I have had perfect results with the steel lips from Butler Creek. You can usually find them for about 30 bucks online.

July 16, 2009, 08:52 AM
We have 4 Butler Creek steel lips and they work perfectly fine on our two 10/22's.
We also use the magazine feeder: you can load your 25 rounds in less than one minute with it.

July 16, 2009, 09:23 AM
I found the 25 and 50 round mags to be a big waste of ammo. I tend to shoot to much with them and take chance shots at gophers instead of waiting until the gopher sits still or stands up a bit more. With the 10 round clip I tend to slow down a bit and conserve ammo.

July 16, 2009, 12:34 PM
I like the steel lips better than the factory mag. You cannot use it as a vertical grip -- it will cant a bit and cause failures to feed, but if you leave it alone it will be very reliable. After having run several thousand rounds through my butler creek steel lips mags the lips still look new, while the ruger magazine lips have a small chunk worn out of the steel where the brass rim comes out after a couple hundred rounds.

July 16, 2009, 08:08 PM
I don't know about the warranty on the Butler Creek Steel Lips, but I know people who use them and say they are good.

Here's some links for you:

25 round butler creek steel lips
(note: butler creek doesn't have a working link on their site that sells the 25 rounders, but midway's about the cheapest I've seen)

25 round promag steel lips

32 round promag steel lips

July 16, 2009, 08:24 PM
They all suck...
I've tried most aftermarket mags and cannot get them to feed reliably.

I had issues with mine too until I replaced the extractor with a Volquaren "exact edge". About $10 at Midway. Now even the Eagles & Ramlines work fine. I found the extended mag release very worthwhile with the aftermarket mags, about $5.

+1 keep your paws off the magazine when shooting!


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