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Gear fail

For the past several years, I’ve only really shot AR-15s and black plastic guns. Then this got boring. So, I switched it up a bit. I grabbed a Ruger Match Champion to shoot and had a blast. Then, I’ve recently became a Shotgun Noob. This past week, I decided I’d break out the old Ruger 10/22 and sight it in for some tree rat hunting. After a few rounds sighting it in, this happened:

Two out of three of the BX25 magazines went tango uniform, as did one out of two original factory magazines. Now, I had stored them loaded for a while but not long enough that I think it would have caused this. The one on the left, the bullets will not budge. The other two, the springs aren’t bringing the follower up. Any ideas?

15 Responses to “Gear fail”

  1. Ratus Says:

    They disassemble easily.

    youtu.be/B6S1VyhEmLw

  2. Ratus Says:

    Here’s one for the 10rd

    youtu.be/ek4_iFVoKdo

  3. JFT Says:

    Not sure about the BX25s, but I have had to clean the original 10 rounders after many years of use. It might help. Here’s the instructions I followed:

    https://www.heypete.com/pete/shooting/rugermag.html

  4. Lyle Says:

    Yep, take ’em apart, clean, then reassess.

  5. Ravenwood Says:

    Percussive maintenance…

  6. Skip Says:

    I take apart and clean all of my mags twice a year.
    Surprising how much shit they collect in six months.

  7. JTC Says:

    “Any ideas?”

    Convince Magpul to go into the rimfire rotary mag biz?

  8. Jay Dee Says:

    I’m a mechanical engineer who, among other things, design springs for a living. Springs left under load eventually lose tension and need to be replaced. See if replacement springs are available.

  9. Matt D Says:

    I always clean my 10/22 mags by spraying them full of Gun Scrubber, putting my finger over the hole, and shaking. Then pouring out a remarkable amount of granular crud.

  10. Roger V. Tranfaglia Says:

    I’ve been told that springs DO get “TIRED” if left compressed for TOO long. Have a bunch of empty mags and rotate your “stock” every 2 to 4 weeks!

  11. Old NFO Says:

    Clean and reassess. I replaced all mine about 2 years ago after five years of not that hard use.

  12. Shooter Says:

    Try to disassemble and clean them.

  13. Lyford Says:

    My .22 magazines tend to get gunked up with the waxy bullet lube. As the other folks said, start with a good cleaning.

  14. Michael Says:

    You shooting supressed? I have to clean mine every range trip or two, the back pressure from the can dumps a ton of junk back into the mag. The videos above probably cover the procedure.

    Very annoying. I’m looking at a Ruger American Rimfire for some bolt action goodness to keep those mags clean.

  15. JTC Says:

    All this diagnosing and prescribed labor…I’m tellin’ you, get Magpul to do a Pmag version of them.

    Few weeks back I hit a promo at PSA, 200 rds. of decent 223 and TEN Pmags for $130 with free shipping. So that’s what, seven bucks apiece for the mags? I leave those things crammed full for a year or more and can’t remember the last time one malf’ed. Compare to the old metal aftermarket ones for more money and crappy function.

    Yes please. Somebody call that Texas plant (well Austin, but close enough…eff Colorado!) and have them do that to hi-cap rotary rimfire mags for my 10/22’s (they already have some stocks and stuff for them) and I’ll buy at least a dozen right now at double that Pmag promo price.

    And there’s a lot more mags what needs fixin’ too…do what you do best, revolutionizing ammo feed devices and quit with all the tactical stock crap.