Best Ruger 10/22 Magazines – Rated and Reviewed

The Ruger 10/22 rifle is one of the hottest selling rifles in America and is typically known as the “first twenty two for adults”. Prior to its launch, the bulk of rim fire rifles were aimed at younger shooters who were just learning the basics.

Military trainers were the first to really grasp the concept of using the 22 rim fire as a training aid and a variety of semiautomatic pistols and single shot or bolt action rifles were made for this express purpose. It took a while for the semiautomatic rifle manufacturers to catch on that adults wanted to take advantage of the relatively low cost of 22 long rifle, but the biggest hang up to reliability was producing a reliable magazine.

Some manufacturers used a tube similar to lever action rifle or pump action shotgun, others used a single column magazine like most semiautomatic pistols, but Ruger went in another direction and produced a unique rotary 10-shot magazine that was years ahead of its time.

Unfortunately Ruger’s leadership was not fond of making magazines with a greater capacity. Ruger’s owner and founder went on to testify before congress that a cap on ten rounds would be all that a civilian shooter would ever need. Ruger would go so far as to cease manufacture of magazines with a capacity of greater than 10 rounds for a number of years.

Aftermarket magazine companies tried to fill the public’s demand for increased magazine capacity for Ruger’s 10/22. Many of these efforts proved disappointing when either the plastic lips would crack or the magazine spring would fail. Fifty-round “banana clips” and hundred-round drums make little sense if they will not feed reliably.

Eventually it came full circle with new blood running the company; Ruger took off in directions that would have been unthinkable under the past president, including the manufacture of magazines with a capacity greater than 10 rounds.

For the Ruger 10/22 that meant the BX25.

RUGER – 10/22 25RD 22LR BX-25 MAGAZINE

The BX-25 Ruger factory magazine is the company’s latest version of the Ruger 10/22 magazine. The body is formed from injection molded polymer for the ultimate in durability.

The feed lips are made from high quality stainless steel in order to ensure reliable engagement with the magazine well and optimal performance with regard to feeding rounds to the chamber. The magazine’s spring is made from high strength tempered steel for reliable feeding and a prolonged service life.​

RUGER – 10/22 22LR BX-25X2 MAGAZINES

There is an old saying, “Two is one and one is none”, meaning that at the worst possible moment a piece of gear will fail and you will wish that you had a second one as backup. Ruger answers this problem with the BX-25X 2 magazines. This is essentially two BX-25 magazines made as one.

Like the BX-25, the body is formed from injection molded polymer for the ultimate in durability. The feed lips are made from high quality stainless steel in order to ensure reliable engagement with the magazine well and optimal performance with regard to feeding rounds to the chamber. The magazine’s spring is made from high strength tempered steel for reliable feeding and a prolonged service life.

When one magazine is emptied, the shooter ejects it, turns it over and reinserts the magazine for a total of 50 rounds capacity.

Some detractors do not care for the extra length that the BX-25 and BX-25X2 imparts on the rifle’s profile. In many cases this can interfere with a shooter who is shooting from a prone shooting position and in these cases it is best to stay with the standard factory 10-shot rotary magazines that sit flush with the bottom of the stock.

As well made as the original rotary magazines are, they can sometimes get stuck in the magazine well or be accidentally loaded backwards and then stuck. The BX-25 and BX-25X2 eliminate these problems as the magazine can be easily removed due to its longer length and the concave curve of the magazine always faces forward.

Conclusion

That is going to conclude the post on the Ruger 10/22 magazines. We only took a look at two, both of which were the bx-25 model.

The reason we only looked at two was because those two magazines are the only magazines that you should be buying for your 1022 rifle. They are the top of the line and they will not let you down.

They are perfect for almost every single type of shooter and will do its job perfectly. Thanks for reading, if you are looking for a new stock to go with a new mag then you should check out the 10/22 aftermarket stock page.