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Posted: 8/5/2005 1:17:16 PM EDT
I took my 10/22 (customized: Green Mountain barrel; Hogue overmold stock) out today for the 1st time in a year. Previously I noticed the weapon was somewhat finicky with Ruger standard 10 round revolving mags, but it could have also been a problem mag or two.

Today I brought it out with 4 BRAND NEW UNFIRED Butler Creek Hotlips (plastic lips) 25 round magazines loaded with CCI Velocitor ammunition, and results were disgustingly inadequate. The first round would often bind up at a 30 degree angle, bending the bullet. The next round would feed but every other round would stovepipe (failure to extract). The results were equally dismal with the lesser federal milk carton rounds.

Are the BC Hotlips bad mags, do they require breaking in, or is this likely another culprit? What about a Volquartsen extractor? the magic snake oil that would cure all that ails my rifle, one of a FEW necessary modifications, or unnecesary? Your diagnosis?
Link Posted: 8/5/2005 3:50:55 PM EDT
new extractor couldnt hurt
Link Posted: 8/5/2005 6:15:53 PM EDT
vq extractor and do the mag tune up



go here and scroll down to mag service

some instructions for changing out the extractor

go back to the box mags, those are the most reliable mags i have ever used.
Link Posted: 8/5/2005 7:08:33 PM EDT
Maybe I'm too unrealistic, but I expect The Hotlips mags to work and I would like to get them running on my rifle. Excellent reference link though, eklikwhoa. Thanks for the post!
Link Posted: 8/5/2005 7:12:19 PM EDT
You definitely need the VQ extractor. One cleared up nearly all the stovepiping problems in my Rhineland R22.

BC Hotlips mags work fine for me if I only load 18 or at most 20 rounds. Load them to 25 and they act just like yours.
Link Posted: 8/5/2005 9:11:32 PM EDT
load the mags up. let them sit for a week. try again. it will fix your problem. been there done that. these mags dont use springs but some sort of coiled metal. it needs to be "broken in".
Link Posted: 8/7/2005 10:55:07 AM EDT
next time you go shooting, take about 6 different kinds of ammo...if it still does it with all of them, I'd replace the extractor.

I never had any trouble with my 10 rond BC mags in either of my 2 10/22s, even when they were new, fwiw.
Link Posted: 8/7/2005 2:13:40 PM EDT
i have yet to come across any aftermarket mag that actually worked properly.

condors
butler creek hotlips
butler creek steellips
ramlines



none function and when they do its not consistant. i would rather and have stuck to the factory box mags.



some have gone a few k's without a single failure
Link Posted: 8/7/2005 2:44:14 PM EDT
After some deliberation I might reconsider the aftermarket stance and stick with the pain in-the-ass, low capacity, difficult to dis/re-assemble originals.

Seems tragic to have this lose/lose situation with a reifle with all the promise of being "fun"
Link Posted: 8/7/2005 3:16:05 PM EDT

Originally Posted By pulpsmack:
After some deliberation I might reconsider the aftermarket stance and stick with the pain in-the-ass, low capacity, difficult to dis/re-assemble originals.

Seems tragic to have this lose/lose situation with a reifle with all the promise of being "fun"





if you follow the mag tune instructions and not use any lube on the inside you rarely have to disassemble the mags.


i havent had to clean any of my mags in what seems like forever, better than having the stress brought upon yourself with non-functioning hi-caps anyday imho!
Link Posted: 8/7/2005 6:36:01 PM EDT
all 3 of my butler creek 25rnd mags have worked flawlessly after letting them sit loaded for a week to break in the springs. until you try and do this, do not give up. this WILL fix your problem i have seen it work MANY times.
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