I agree with willie .
After years of playing around with all the different magazines , the ruger factory 10 rounders are still the most reliable with just about any brand of ammo and the flush fit is just a big plus in my mind.
I no longer even bother to buy after market mags... I have a box full that don't work very well.
CoalcrackerAl, Like many other hi-cap 10/22 users, I went back to 10 round rotary magazines. I found the BX 25s work OK with some ammo (not with lubricated bullets or dirty burning powder) but after a few uses, fouling gets inside the mags and causes them to jam up. It only takes a few minutes to disassemble, clean, and reassemble …. then you're back in business but with 10 rounders, they work exceptionally well for at least a brick of ammo …. probably more.
Besides jamming a lot when they get dirty and being "ammo fussy", BX 25 mags extend way too far from the bottom of the rifle and get in the way when you shoot from a rest or when prone. Further, if you use the magazine as a "handle" or rest it on a bench, it almost guarantees the gun will have failures to feed. BX-25 and BX-15 magazines are NOT rotary like the 10 rounders (BX-1) so the single column of cartridges will gag and fail to feed properly when the slightest thing causes a bind.
There are a couple other brands that are "glued together" making them reliable at first but problematic after they get dirty inside and can't be taken apart for cleaning. If you can deal with frequent cleaning and don't mind long mags getting in the way, a BX 15 or BX 25 may work for you. Like linux_author said, dual or tri-couplers for BX-1 mags work much better in all respects except you have to change mags every 10 rounds, which just takes a few seconds.
I have four of these mags. Excellent application, load with stripper clip, easy to clean and maintain. Of course people ask the question "Why do you need large capacity mags?". Well myself and two buddies used to do a lot of pest control, we could average 110 rabbits a night on the farms we shot on. So high capacity was the order of the day, loaded with .22LR subs, usually Lapua and we would use Gen 2+ night vision riflescopes.
Reiterate what has been said.
BX-25 mags work tolerably well for plinking if you keep them clean
The 10 round rotary works much better as the gun begins to get dirty
I generally start seeing a difference in performance at about 75 - 80 rounds.
The 10 rounders are just too convenient. If I had it to do over, I would not have asked for the 25 rounders for Christmas, but gotten several more 10 rounders instead.
It's hard to go wrong with the factory 10 round. In well over 30 years I have never had a problem with the factory 10 round magazine that was not ammo related. I've had about a 90% success rate with the ruger 25 round mags. They work well, but not as well. As for aftermarket I've seen some work as well as the ruger 25 round and some that were unusable, with consistency wildly varying even among the same brand. But for a long long time if you wanted more than 10 rounds you had to go aftermarket. The only negligent discharge I've had in my life was with a ramline magazine. Back in the clinton ban era when the only thing you could get a hold of were mostly over priced and worn out mags. Due to carelessness on my part and an improperly functioning magazine, I dang near put a bullet through my foot. I learned a lesson that day as well as switched back to the factory magazines. While the 25's can be fun to play with at the range, you can't beat the reliability of the ruger 10 round rotary.
I bought a 25 rd mag years ago, it was aftermarket, & i think all you could get then for a 10 22. At some point it was gonna miss feed. Really don't know why I got it, but didn't need a 25 rd .22 mag, & only have used the factory 10 rd mags since. The 25 rounder really got in the way when shooting at targets, & game.
I'm trying to be mindful of the fact that the 10/.22 receiver is aluminum. I wish to mount a picatinny-type rail on mine, built circa 1990 and want to avoid over-torquing the screws. Can someone give me an idea of what torque I can use to provide adequate holding but avoid over-torquing?
I picked up this plastic bin for my 10 rd magazines at Hobby Lobby. It comes with all the dividers you would need to fill it with magazines or you can leave space for ammo.
The latches seem to be well made and the magazines fit perfectly. Highly recommended!
I have had intermittent problems with failures to eject and failures to feed since I have had this gun. Ruger worked on it twice. The second time they replaced the receiver. It seemed to be okay after that, with only occasional issues that most likely were cheap ammo related. I have been...
Wow! I was going to do my first 10/22 deep clean and read everywhere how to disassemble the rifle. All was going well until I got to the Bolt Stop Pin. This thing felt like it was soldered into the receiver. I pushed, pushed, pushed, and pushed as instructed but this thing wasn't moving a...