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Need help with my .22

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by eastwood44mag, Apr 1, 2006.

  1. eastwood44mag

    eastwood44mag Well-Known Member

    Well, I tinkered with it again tonight, and the magazine seems to be the problem--rounds do not always rise up properly. Spring is good and strong, but something is causing it to drag along.

    It's a Browning Buck Mark, and I have no idea how to disassemble the magazine (if it can be done at all). I tried hitting it with some solvent, but that didn't help. Since these are usually $20+ each, I'd like to get this one fixed, rather than tossing it.

    All help appreciated. Thanks.
  2. John G

    John G Well-Known Member

    I'd say there's some debris blocking smooth movement of the follower. That, or a poorly constructed or dented mag body. Is it a factory issued magazine or an aftermarket one? Like you said, I don't think you can take a Buckmark mag apart, but you could clean dirt out of it with some compressed air.
  3. Kruzr

    Kruzr Well-Known Member

    To take apart the magazine, use something thin and long and push the follower all the way down so the button lines up with the large hole at the bottom of the slot. Hold it down and pull the button out through the hole. You may have to use a punch to push it out from the other side. Slowly let the follower back up and out through the top.

    To put it back together, push the spring and follower down and put the button in through the hole.
  4. wally

    wally Well-Known Member

    If cleaning the mag doesn't help, try a different brand of ammo.

    I've found several mags are having the rounds bind when using the Federal copper plated bulk pak "champion" ammo. Last time out a few even did it with the Lead 50/box "champion/lightning". It did seem to be a dirty mag issue as the same mags fed Remington Golden Bullet Bulk pak fine afterwards.

    The cheap ammo varies a lot in quality and some bricks are great while others of the same type have problems. When I get a good brick I try to go back and buy more from the same lot.

  5. eastwood44mag

    eastwood44mag Well-Known Member

    Factory mag, using Remington Cyclone ammo (HP, all lead, not bulk).

    I tried knocking out the pin yesterday, but wasn't successful. In disassembling my other magazines, I shot pieces all over the living room, so maybe this is a good thing.:rolleyes:
  6. Steve C

    Steve C Well-Known Member

    Kurz gave you the right directions but since a pictures make it easy to demonstrate here's how I dissasemble my Buckmark magazines. A popsicle stick works well as its soft and won't damage the mag. You shouldn't have to drive the button out if you've got it matched with the bottom hole correctly it should just pull out or you can use a punch or nail to push it partially out from the back side and then pull it out the rest of the way. After I dissasemble my mags I clean them with alchohol using a cleaning rod and patch. After they dry I use a dry lube on them like white graphite mica as oil will attract and hold dirt.
  7. depicts

    depicts Well-Known Member

    Steve C

    It's guys like you that make this forum a worthwhile place. Thanks for helping a newbie, you went to a lot of trouble and I for one appreciate it very much. :)
  8. John G

    John G Well-Known Member


    Steve C, you are a credit to yourself, this forum, and the whole "First name, Last initial" club. Thanks for the info! :)
  9. eastwood44mag

    eastwood44mag Well-Known Member

    Thanks to Steve, I was finally able to disassemble it. I found quite a bit of debris that I thought might be causing the problem. After cleaning and reassembling, it causes more problems than it did before. Am I missing something here?
  10. wally

    wally Well-Known Member

    Try some different ammo unless the problem is confined to a single magazine.

    Not only bulk pak rimfire ammo has bad lots. Variations in OAL and rim dimensions can mean some ammo may just not work in some guns. Other lots of the same ammo can be fine.

    If the magazine is worn or dented junking it may be the only viable option.


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