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10-22 magazine question
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I have a chance to buy 3 magazines for what appears to be a pretty good price. I asked the guy why he's selling them and he told me that he switched to the Ruger BX-25 mags. I have a few of the BX-25s and I know they are good, I wouldn't mind having a few more, (someday I will). The magazines he's selling are, (if I remember correctly), are MACHINED ALUMINUM ADJUSTABLE STEEL LIP MAGAZINE. They are machined aluminum with 4 adjustment screws at the top to make them fit your individual gun perfectly. They are also easy to take apart for cleaning. They look to be in good condition and he's asking $20.00 each or best offer. I think they are made by Tactical Innovations.
I already have some Butler Creek Hot Lips and Steel Lips magazines that I'm happy with but the prospect of possibly better spare magazines for what appears to be a reasonable price is intriguing.
Anyone here have any first hand experience with this particular magazine?
Any thoughts or advice to pass along? I can't find any reviews online because I'm not positive of the manufacturer, the only one I found that seems to fit the description is Tactical Innovations but I'm not positive that's the brand I saw today. (I wasn't smart enough to write it on the paper I got with the guy's phone number).
Does anyone else make such a magazine?
Are they any good or is the "adjustable" aspect more of a pain in the ass than it's worth? ( I have more than one 10-22).
Any thoughts, opinions or reviews would be greatly appreciated.
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#2
You are correct, they are tactical innovations. I had a few of their composite mags and they didn't work for crap, even after carefully adjusting as per the manufacture's instructions. Rounds would get jammed even before they reached the feed lips, and also the mag tended to feed too high. Out of 25 rounds I would get an average of 10 failures. The problems occurred on two different guns, that both worked flawlessly with factory mags.

That being said, the tactical innovations mags actually have a pretty good reputation. I don't know why I had so many problems. Maybe I got bad mags or something, which would be weird because they were not bought at the same time. Oh well, I sold them (with full disclosure of the issues) and now I only use factory mags. YMMV
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I am behind the curve on this one. Never heard of adjustable mags for the 10-22. I would like to see some pics if you get them. The new ruger mags are not horrible in price.
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#4
You might go pose the same question on www.rimfirecentral.com. That group is 10-22 city and has more collective experience than you'll find anywhere else.

That said, I'm skeptical. The down-side of making anything adjustable is that it can end up out-of-adjustment. I haven't had a lick of trouble, ever, with any metal-lipped OEM Ruger 10-round rotary magazine.

My BX25s have been a little finicky; I have on occasion had the nosediving round problem. Maybe twice. There is a definitive guide to fixing that issue on rimfirecentral.com, as well.
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Thanks for the link Gascolator. You're right, there is a LOT of information available there.
I found the information I was hoping to find and got in touch with the guy who has the mags for sale. I asked him if he's interested in trading for .22 LR ammo and he said he doesn't need any! He has plenty that he's accumulated over the years.
I thought I had a lot, but not enough to pass up more on a trade.
Kinda makes sense though, he said he's working on another project and would rather have cash. That's fine with me. I hesitate to let go of ammo anyhow but sometimes it's OK to trade some for something else I need.
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Normanvin;152481 Wrote:I am behind the curve on this one. Never heard of adjustable mags for the 10-22. I would like to see some pics if you get them. The new ruger mags are not horrible in price.

I'll be picking them up next weekend, I'll post a picture or two for you.
OK, here we go, I found a stock picture online:
[Image: TI-25Magazine.jpg]
The adjustment screws are on the top of the mag to adjust for proper fit and feeding.

I agree the BX-25 are less than $30.00, and they are good, I have a few of them.
I also have a few 10-22s and extra mags for a reasonable price are always welcome additions to my gear.
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I picked up my TI-25 magazines earlier today and I believe I'll be happy with them. Of course the first thing I had to do was open them to give them a good cleaning, (see what the innards look like Wink)
They were all clean. The guy either didn't use them very much or cleaned them not too long before he sold them.
The workings of them are very basic and simple, looks to be foolproof. I thought I was going to lube them a little bit when I finished cleaning them but I don't think that's necessary, the follower slides so smooth and easy I don't think lube could make it any better. (FYI, I was planning on using dry lube, like powdered graphite or molybdenum, not anything that would be wet, sloppy or a possible dust collector).
The assembly screws and the adjustment screws are the same size so one Allen wrench is a complete tool kit for them. (I like it when designers and engineers so things the right way).
The only thing I see that I think might be less than great is the adjustment screws turn too easily. I think they may self adjust if given the opportunity, I'll fix that with a small drop of Locktite 242 Thread Locker on each one so they stay put when I get them fine tuned.
I promised a picture for the benefit of anyone who would like to see what an adjustable magazine looks like, and I posted one a few days ago, now here's a picture of the inside of a magazine plus a different view of the outside.
[Image: 101_1143.jpg]

Now I'm anxious to test them, maybe Labor Day will afford me the time to do some tuning. Smile
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Did you get to try them out?
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There was a slide fire stock listed on face book yesterday. The guy wanted 150.00 for it. I missed out on it.
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gascolator;153143 Wrote:Did you get to try them out?

No I didn't. I haven't even had a chance to see how they fit the mag wells. I think I want to tune them to my Ruger Charger since that sees more range time than my 10-22.
There are too many things that I just don't seem to have enough time to do lately. I know, 'step away from the computer and start catching up.'
I like to check in here before I go to bed, I don't really spend as much time on line as you might think I do.
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