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Old January 31st, 2020, 02:29 AM   #1
 
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10 22 Mag Cleaning Frequency

I've had my 10 22 for two years. It shot perfectly for the first year with no issues. It recently developed stove piping on many different kinds of ammo. The rifle is kept clean, extractor has been replaced so I am focusing in on the five magazines. The mag are numbered and the issue is on most if not all mags as far as I can tell. So I thought cleaning them would be the next step, though I don't have a usually high round count (300/month).

So what would you figure the cleaning frequency would be before I get into this to see if this may be contributing the stove pipe issue? My gut is telling me it may be something else, but I want to eliminate the mags.



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I've never had to clean one in over 30 years of ownership of a few 10/22's.
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About 3 years ago I disassembled and cleaned the original mag that came with my 1973 10/22. It really wasn't that dirty.

Did you replace the extractor with an OEM extractor? I would recommend the Volquartsen extractor.
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About 3 years ago I disassembled and cleaned the original mag that came with my 1973 10/22. It really wasn't that dirty.

Did you replace the extractor with an OEM extractor? I would recommend the Volquartsen extractor.
As far as cleaning the mags, I thought they probably wouldn't need it especially after low usage and only two years in. And yes the replacement extractor was the Volquartsen which extracted the casings with more authority, but didn't fix the problem which occurs once/twice every two mags.
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Could just be the ammo.
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Cleaning the mags every couple of years is good maintenance procedure. Mine had a pretty good amount of gunk in them. It's not difficult to do, just take care when tensioning the spring during reassembly. Get the proper number of turns so that follower pressure is correct. I experienced the same issues you are seeing and magazine cleaning got my 10/22's humming along again.
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I have 2 ten round mags at 41 years old that have never been disassembled for cleaning. They still run flawlessly.
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I have about 13 of the 10 round magazines. I will occasionally clean the outer surfaces. I have never disassembled any for cleaning and they all still seem to work. It sounds as if many others have done pretty much the same.

If you are having stovepipes with most or all of the magazines, I would look elsewhere for the cause. Have you given the chamber a good scrubbing? Make sure your recoil spring is not binding on the guide rod and consider changing the handle/rod/spring assembly if the problem persists.
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I clean my mags every time I clean my 10/22 per the owner's manual. I do not take them apart. I wipe down the follower (which is where the dirt collects first), then reach in with a Q-tip with Hoppes and scrub whatever I can reach. So far about 1,000 rounds through this gun spread out over 3 mags (1-10 and 2-25) about evenly. The only stoppages I get seem to happen about 125 rounds into a shooting session.

The way I figure it, better to be clean than dirty. If you let the crud build up on the follower, it will eventually end up further down in the magazine.
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About twice a year I spray some Rem-Oil into the innards and let it drip dry .

I took my first magazine apart for a proper clean and lube .... after doing that it never worked correctly again ... I tried everything , nothing got it right so I bought a new magazine . When they start acting wonky ... I buy a new one.
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Cleaning the mags every couple of years is good maintenance procedure. Mine had a pretty good amount of gunk in them. It's not difficult to do, just take care when tensioning the spring during reassembly. Get the proper number of turns so that follower pressure is correct. I experienced the same issues you are seeing and magazine cleaning got my 10/22's humming along again.
Proper tension...
Got my 1st 10/22 (1972 vintage) on the 28th. Spent yesterday cleaning it with full breakdown including the mag.
During rebuild of mag I noticed the note (on web) that said "turn 1 1/2 turns", checked another page and it said "turn 8 flats". I had already turned almost 2 turns.
Do you think I went to far?
I did cycle a full mag using snap caps and all seemed well.
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Much depends on the brand of ammo you shoot. Some brands shoot very dirty but all brands are somewhat dirty. Normally you can get by with cleaning the front metal part (feed ramp) but when you start getting feeding problems in a 10/22 that normally runs smooth, it's time to take the magazine apart and do a good cleaning.

10 round rotary magazines are very forgiving and will work quite well until they get filthy. They have a "clock spring" that needs to be wound properly. The end result should be …. not so tight to hamper the first round from feeding when fully loaded and not so loose where the last round will still feed properly.

15 and 25 round magazines are way more sensitive to malfunctions from being dirty. I clean my BX 25's after each shooting session and refrain from using cartridges with lubricant. They come apart easily by removing a couple screws. The track for the follower and the follower itself are the major source of problems when powder residue gets blown into the mags and hinders free follower movement.
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I clean my magazines 3 or four times a year and my particular rifle cycles best with the spring with lighter tension.
My experience From 3 years of shooting 1022 is that stove pipe is from ammo, extractor, spring and buffer issues, and magazine last. However the magazine is the easiest problem to solve they are easy to clean and eliminate as the issue. You may even borrow someone else's magazine to test.
There are many videos and how to articles as well as a tool. Once you do it once or twice it gets real easy and quick to do.Dry lubes work best for me but there are many oils that seem to work well for others.
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I just take a my gun cleaning toothbrush, some Hoppe's #9 and scrub the follower - letting that Hoppe's get into the guts of the magazine. Then wipe the outside down and let the magazine drip dry upside down on a towel. Probably do that once a year at most.

I also try to only shoot CCI Mini Mags in every .22 firearm I own.
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I have 2 magazines from the 70's that have never been disassembled, and they still work perfect. The closest they've had to cleaning is me wiping off the follower every 10 years or so when I notice they are getting a bit fouled. I have another 10/22 that likes to stove pipe on a few brands of the lower velocity ammo, but switching to hotter ammo got rid of the malfunctions for me at least.
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