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I shot my 10/22 today all went well. But when I came home and did a cleaning I noticed the 10 rd rotary mag was pretty dirty on the outside. I wiped it all down and wondered if anyone has taken it apart to clean and if not is it a good idea to do that.
 

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Not recommended to take apart. There is a spring in there that you need to make sure that when you put it back together it has the same tension. There is a few youtube videos on how to disassemble and reassemble them. It is relatively easy. Just be careful of the spring.
 

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I have 10rnd mags that are at least 30 yrs old and have never been apart. They still work as well as brand new mags. The only reason I would take one apart would be if it stopped working reliably.
 

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+1 on all of those. i'd just wipe it down on the outside, and use a cue tip with solvent to get inside the lips, and that would be about it.
 

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Agree with others. Pick up a couple extras when they are on sale. Midway had them on sale last month, the still have them for sale at $13. They will likely go back on sale again.
 

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I never take them apart to clean unless they don't work properly and I have taken them apart with no problem putting them back together. I have fixed them by taking them apart cleaning,smoothing rough spots, and dry lubing them. Nevertheless you should always have extra mags so if you do have possible mag problems you could just try another mag. And they don't cost that much. I use 2 mags in Rimfire Steel Challenge matches. I used clear mags this past weekend and when I lost count of how many rounds I had put in. I just counted the the rounds in the mag (clear).
 

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What ddah, said, I've got an original 10 round Ruger magazine I bought with the rifle back in 1971, that still functions just fine, the only thing I've done is clean it fully assembled using a q-tip and alcohol.
 
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