5 Best Ruger 10/22 Magazines [Plus Loaders]

The Ruger 10/22 rifle is a popular favorite among Pew Pew Tactical staff, especially for upgrading. 

10/22 Triggers with FAB Defense Stock
10/22 Triggers with FAB Defense Stock

You may have picked up on that from the various posts we’ve done on 10/22 upgrades:

Even with those posts (and others still to come), one thing we get asked about but haven’t really touched on yet are replacement 10/22 magazines, so I’ve taken the initiative to give you the down-low on what your options are. 

10/22 Tapco Intrafuse Stock
10/22 Tapco Intrafuse Stock

Ruger magazines are pretty much universally considered the best because they’re more reliable than other 10/22 mags, so I’m going to tell you about their options first.

Next, I’ll go over a few third party mags for those of you who absolutely must have a different brand. Finally, I’ll finish up with a few mag upgrades to take your magazines, regardless of manufacturer, to the next level. 

Best Ruger 10/22 Magazines

While there are plenty of manufacturers that make killer 10/22 upgrades, Ruger really is the master when it comes to magazines. Here’s the run-down on a few of their best.

Note that Ruger also makes single round and five-round magazines, but since there’s little demand for these capacities, I’m not going into detail about them here. Just know that they exist if you want them.

1. Ruger BX-1 .22 LR 10-Round Magazine

This is the same continuously reliable 10-round rotary magazine that comes with all non-distributor exclusive Ruger 10/22s, including the ever-popular Carbine and Takedown models.

I guess technically that means it’s not an upgrade, but having more mags never hurt anyone. Plus, the 10/22 is fun enough to shoot that you’ll want several magazines pre-loaded so you can keep shooting with minimal downtime. 

And the ten-round capacity means this mag is legal in all states, which is, unfortunately, more than I can say about these next few magazines.

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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

The BX-1 is available in black and clear, and you can often find it in packs of three for about the same price as you’d pay for two of these magazines sold individually.

2. Ruger BX-15 .22 LR 15-Round Magazine

Ramp up your capacity a bit with this 15-round magazine. It’s easy to load and just like other Ruger magazines, it’s incredibly reliable. 

This magazine isn’t as popular as some of Ruger’s others, so it only comes in black.

After all, if the law in your area permits it, why not spend a few extra bucks for this next magazine?

3. Ruger BX-25 .22 LR 25-Round Magazine

At 25 rounds, the BX-25 is the highest capacity magazine that Ruger offers for the 10/22. 

Rather than freely sliding out when the mag release is pressed like the Ruger BX-1, this magazine rocks in and out, more like an AK magazine, but the length makes it easy to do this with one hand.

The BX-25 is one of the most popular, if not the most popular, magazine that Ruger makes for the 10/22, so it has a few different variations available.

The standard version is black polymer and it can be found with relative ease in both single and double packs. Like with the BX-1, buying in multiples is a lot easier on your wallet and more magazines just mean more fun, right?

Another way you can get two magazines in one is with the BX-25X2 variant. It’s basically two BX-25 magazines attached head to tail at the side for a total 50 round capacity.

You stick one end in, shoot ‘til it’s empty, pull the mag out, flip it over, stick the other end in, and keep on shooting. Yes, it’s exactly as much fun as it sounds.

Finally, there’s also a clear sided version of the BX-25 that allows you to monitor how full your magazine is while you shoot and see which mags on the range table are full without having to pick them up. Only one side is clear, though, so make sure that side is up on your table.

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Third-Party Magazines

As I said, Ruger magazines are widely agreed to be the way to go for the 10/22, but if for whatever reason you insist on going with a third-party magazine for your 10/22, here are a couple that will serve you just fine:

4. Champion Range & Target 25-Rrd Magazine with Metal Head 

This magazine from Champion is a solid enough third-party competitor to the Ruger BX-25 magazine. It’s made of durable, lightweight clear polymer, which is even more convenient for monitoring your available rounds than the clear sided BX-25 since you can see how full it is from either side.

This magazine has a metal head, but Champion also makes a version with a plastic one. The plastic head version is a few bucks cheaper, but the feed lips wear out much faster, leading it to feed less reliably. Just spend the extra few dollars to get the metal head. 

To really get the most from this magazine, go ahead and get the Champion 25Rd Magazine with Metal Head and Magazine Loader Combo. The loader is a dream. All you have to do is give it a couple shakes and it orients more than 50 rounds for quick and easy feeding.

And just like the magazine, the loader is also made of clear polymer so you can see how full it is as well.

5. ATI German Sports Rotary Magazine

One thing Ruger doesn’t offer in their line of 10/22 magazines is an ultra high capacity option. How they managed to drop the ball by overlooking this necessity, I can’t say.

Okay, so you probably don’t exactly need a drum style magazine and if you’re looking for something as reliable as possible, this ain’t it, but damn are drum magazines fun or what?

And sometimes “fun” is a good enough reason to get something.

This one from ATI German has a 110 round capacity and a built-in loading lever to keep you shooting, not loading your magazine, as long as possible.

It also has a bolt hold-open feature to allow you to easily check your chamber. It’s made from black polymer and has steel lips for durability.

And One More Thing

Maglula Ruger 10/22 Mag Loader & Unloader Set

So now you know your options for switching out your magazines quickly, but what about loading them in the first place?

Loaders and unloaders like this set from Maglula make loading easier for you and gentler on your magazines, extending their life. 

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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

This set is made out of lightweight and durable polymer and is small enough to easily fit in your pocket. The loader can be used on any BX 10/22 mags and the unloader can be used for any 10/22 .22LR magazines.

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So there are a few options for switching out and getting the most from your Ruger 10/22 magazine. For other ways to enhance or even custom build your own Ruger 10/22, check out our other 10/22 posts:

So which magazine or magazines do you use for your 10/22? Do you use any accessories to help your mags work a little harder? What other 10/22 posts would you like to see? Answer these questions and ask your own in the comments below!

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    Hi, Which is the most reliable loader for the Ruger 10/22 rotary magazine?

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