View Full Version : 10/22 mag on wood stock sticks at range

12-11-2010, 2:21 PM
Here's a curious thing. When I shoot my 10/22 a lot, it gets dirty. Then the magazine sticks. I push the release and it doesn't drop out like when it is clean. Or maybe it's cause the gun is hot. I don't know. I do know I have to pull it out with my fingers. Do you think I could do some light sanding inside the wood magwell, or maybe just buy a non-wood stock?

12-11-2010, 5:43 PM
funny i have the exact opposite

i have a polymer stock that has the (ruger) molded into the butt and the mag sticks yet with the wood stock it just drops free

if you are a careful person i would recommend taking the gun out of the stock and sand the well area well and then put a bit of wood sealant (shelac/polyurithane/laquer )over it

12-11-2010, 5:43 PM
Yes you can sand it. Afterwards, put some finish on the wood to reseal it from moisture. I use tung oil finish (not 100% tung oil) and apply Johnson's paste wax afterwards.

12-11-2010, 7:05 PM
Thanks. It's just weird, does wood expand? Maybe it's just "my" 10/22.

12-11-2010, 7:20 PM
Wood absorbs moisture from the air if not sealed and will expand.

12-11-2010, 7:45 PM
Might want to try a better brand of ammo and see if it happens again.

12-12-2010, 9:14 AM
i lightly sanded the magazines themselves...now they drop free with NO problem

12-12-2010, 9:30 AM
i lightly sanded the magazines themselves...now they drop free with NO problem

I did the same. Keeps from having to mess with the wood stock. I only needed to do a couple of my newer magazines because the older ones I have seam to work just fine.


12-12-2010, 2:39 PM
Hadn't thought of that one! Interesting.

12-13-2010, 10:47 AM
I had the same problem using a houge stock. If you don't mind a magazines sticking out from the bottom of your rifle, I recommend getting a trimag adapter.

12-13-2010, 1:48 PM
just hit the mags on the belt sander really quick. They were sticking in my Christy and Christy stock but couple seconds on a belt sander and good 2 go.

12-13-2010, 2:24 PM
The Bell and Carlson stock I just used on a 10-22 needed some minor sanding in order for the mags to drop free. It's a nicer fit and finished product when you lightly sand the mag well area of the stock and give it a little seal, wood or fiberglass. Sanding a magazine works but not a practice I follow since I am pretty picky about the overall presentation of my work.

12-13-2010, 3:40 PM
All good ideas, I'm gonna check out my rifle and mags and see what to do. Thanks!