View Full Version : Why only Ruger Mags for 10/22

03-25-2011, 5:42 PM
Why is it that only authentic Ruger mags work reliably in the 10/22?

And does that go for the clear ones as well?

03-25-2011, 5:56 PM
In my very limited experience the factory ruger mags are much more reliable than other brands. Granted my sample size is extremely small (3 ruger mags and 2 butler creek mags) but I've had much better success with the factory ruger mags.

I'd guess that the factory mags are just higher quality, with the aftermarket stuff there really isn;t a standard that all companies strive to achieve. Just my guess.

03-25-2011, 5:59 PM
I know people have complained about plastic feed lips on some of the aftermarket mags(I guess they can't get the plastic thick enough in that area on those) wearing out while the ones with the metal feed lips last longer. Other than that, I don't have much personal experience with 10/22 mags.

03-25-2011, 5:59 PM
i havent used a ruger mag in years all i got is butler creek hot lips

03-25-2011, 7:54 PM
I've actually had more jams using the rotary magazine that came with the rifle. Immediately I switched to what I was told was a better magazine. Since then I've used nothing but Butler Creek Steel Lips. I suppose it's more of a 'to each his own' sort of deal. Whatever works best for you and your rifle.

03-25-2011, 10:27 PM
tactical innovations makes the BEST mag for the 10/22 sadly they are 25 rounders so your stuck with the factory stuff or the Butler Creek ones. I prefer the steel lips :)

I love my 10/22 but the new M&P 15-22 MOE is giving her a run for her money on super fun .22lr plinker


I have the tri mag and it works great to connect the factory mags. I've seen the other kinds that connect 2 or the 4's but they dont have a screw to really secure those kind. The clear mags are just like the factory ones, just clear plastic.

03-26-2011, 3:32 PM
Butler Creek,Black Dog, works for me 44mag.com...

03-26-2011, 4:08 PM
I have had the best reliability with factory Ruger mags and yes that goes for the clear ones. I have not had good luck with after market Ruger mags so I just stick with the factory ones.

03-26-2011, 5:20 PM
+1 for tri-mags got 1 from alangator and works fine. Love the concept of it, holds 3x 10rd factory mags. Makes easy to release mags vs 1 mag and trying to pry it out. Everybody should get one in Cali for there 10/22 and to support the military, since the official tri-mag was configured by a marine.

03-27-2011, 2:37 AM
Both my 10/22's run any magazine fine...

03-27-2011, 8:30 AM
idk my rebuilt non rotary mag works fine. I just dont fill it to max cap.

03-27-2011, 10:46 AM
I have two 10/22's, one older and one newer, and I have three steel lip mags from Butler Creek. The SL mags feed great in my old one, but only one of the SL mags will feed on the newer Ruger. The bolt gets hung up on the lip of the mag and sticks open. Really weird.

03-27-2011, 10:59 AM
I have had some decent luck with the BC steel lipped mags but overall the Ruger factory mags have been 100%

03-27-2011, 10:02 PM
I have had great luck with Butler Creek. Avoid RamLine

03-27-2011, 10:27 PM
You can take apart and maintain the factory mags. Just like you can take apart and maintain the 10/22s.

Ramline products should be avoided at all costs. There is a line of 10 round stick mags that just look stupid and I don't have any experience with them.

I haven't had any problems with other aftermarket mags.


03-28-2011, 2:13 AM
also just stay away from that huge ugly 50 round drum from blackdog (but im not sure of manufacture) I used two different ones @ LAX and it had major problems in my own 10/22 and their rental gun my group rented.

there is SO much aftermarket one can do to this rifle its like Harley one gets to customize. I'm thinking of building one of those "Superstock Ultimates" on rimfire centrals forums. t would be $$$ on making a .22lr fly straighter; but they look so be-a-u-ti-fullllll :D am i wrong?