Best Ruger 10/22 Magazines in 2019 [Complete Buyer’s Guide]

One of the biggest reasons that the Ruger 10/22 is such a strong candidate for the best 22 rifle is that it gives you a ton of options to customize your set up - both Ruger and aftermarket manufacturers. This is perhaps most notable when looking at the huge variety of 10/22 magazines available on the market.

In this guide, we'll sort through all the options to help you find the best Ruger 10/22 magazine for your needs.

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Ruger BX-25 Clear Sided

Ruger BX-25 25 Round Clear 10-22 Magazine Preview

$24.99

Prices accurate at time of publishing

Butler Creek 25 Round

Butler Creek Steel Lips 25 Round Smoke Ruger 10-22 Magazine Preview

$14.99

Prices accurate at time of publishing

GSG 110 Round Drum

GSG 110 Round Drum Magazine for Ruger 10-22 Preview

$59.99

Prices accurate at time of publishing

Best Ruger 10/22 Magazine

Thanks to the popularity of the 10/22 and the small size of 22 Long Rifle ammunition, there's a ton of cool options to cover.

Without further ado, here are our picks for the best Ruger 10/22 magazine:

Before jumping into aftermarket manufacturers, I'll first quickly cover the options from Ruger themselves. Though they're often more expensive than other manufacturers, they're also often the most reliable options.

If you've recently bought a 10/22, there's a good chance it came with the BX-15 15 round magazine.

Ruger BX-15 Factory 10/22 Magazine

$25.99 at Brownells

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The outside of the BX-15 is polymer to reduce weight, but it has a steel-lined inside and fully metal feed lips to improve reliability.

While sharing many similarities to the BX-15, Ruger also offers an extended 25 round magazine - the BX-25.

Ruger BX-25 25 Round 10/22 Magazine

$24.99 at GunMag Warehouse

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From what I can tell, this seems to be the most popular Ruger 10/22 magazine. It gives you relatively high capacity, while still maintaining the same level of reliability as lower capacity options.

You can often find better prices per unit when you buy two packs (see here here).

Ruger's BX-25 mags are also available in a clear sided version.

Ruger BX-25 25 Round Clear 10-22 Magazine

$24.99 at GunMag Warehouse

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The left side of the magazine is clear to allow you to see your round count. Unfortunately, left-handed shooters don't benefit as much from this as it's hard to see when shooting because it's on the opposite side of your rifle.

Despite looking cool and letting you know your exact round count, these are still just as reliable as the non-clear options from Ruger. The BX-25 Clear Sidesd Mag is our overall choice for the best Ruger 10/22 magazine.

Before jumping into aftermarket manufacturers, there's one more 10/22 magazine from Ruger to cover - The BX-1.

This 10 round rotary mag is available in both Black and Clear.

Ruger BX-1 10 Round Rotary 10/22 Magazine

$19.99 at Brownells

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Those of you who can only have 5 or 10 round magazines, may want to check out this "TriMag" coupler that interlocks three Ruger 10/22 rotary magazines.

TriMag Coupler for Ruger 10/22 Rotary Magazines

$10.99 at TandemKross

Prices accurate at time of publishing

Butler Creek is the most popular aftermarket manufacturer of Ruger 10/22 magazines. Their Steel Lips line of magazines are a reliable alternative to Ruger factory mags, while usually being significantly cheaper.

These mags are made from polymer but have stainless steel feed lips.

They're available in 25 round options (clear and smoke translucent):

Butler Creek Steel Lips 25 Round Smoke Ruger 10-22 Magazine

$14.99 at GunMag Warehouse

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You can also get in them in 10 round mags:

Butler Creek Steel Lips 10 Round

$14.99 at GunMag Warehouse

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ProMag is a manufacturer that makes magazines for a huge variety of different weapons platforms, including the Ruger 10/22. While their products are generally solid performers at an affordable price, they've been known to have some quality control issues. This has kept us from featuring them in guides like the best AR-15 magazine and best Glock magazines.

While we don't feel confident enough in their reliability to recommend them for self-defense weapons, we think they're worth covering as an affordable option for a plinking rifle. If you just want some extra magazines to avoid reloading the same one over and over, they're a serviceable option priced well below Ruger factory 10/22 magazines.

Please just keep in mind that we don't recommend them for self-defense or competition.

ProMag Ruger 10/22 Magazines at GunMag Warehouse

ProMag Ruger 10/22 Magazines at GunMag Warehouse

From $12.99 at GunMag Warehouse

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Though ProMags may not be the best 10/22 magazines and we gave them a pretty big disclaimer, I've used various ProMags for a variety of different weapon platforms with minimal issues.

Ruger 10/22 ProMags come in a variety of styles and capacities, from 10 rounds to 55 rounds.

Now it's time to move on to some of the more extreme Ruger 10/22 high capacity magazines. To start this off, we'll feature a specific ProMag model.

While we warned about ProMag's reliability above, it should be said that ultra high-capacity magazines all generally suffer from reliability issues. This is especially true of drum-style magazines.

Magazines with a capacity of 40 rounds, 50 rounds, or even larger capacities are generally more for a fun gimmick than they are to be used for anything serious.

It's REALLY fun blasting off 50 rounds without a magazine swap, but don't expect these to work 100% flawlessly.

Ruger ProMag 10-22 Drum Magazine

From $65.99 at GunMag Warehouse

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In my experience, this 55 round Ruger 10/22 magazine has functioned just as reliably as any other drum mags for this platform.

It's tough to say if this really fits our criteria for a high capacity 10/22 magazine.

Basically, the BX-25x2 is two BX-25s (25 round mags) molded together. In other words, it saves you from having to buy a coupler. You can shoot the 25 rounds on one side of the magazine, then flip it over to shoot the remaining 25 rounds.

Ruger BX-25x2 Ruger 10/22 Magazine

$50.99 at Brownells

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When even 50-55 rounds aren't enough, there's this GSG 110 round drum.

GSG 110 Round Drum Magazine for Ruger 10-22

From $59.99 at GunMag Warehouse

Prices accurate at time of publishing

At a modest price, this drum mag lets you take full advantage of how cheap 22 Long Rifle ammunition is to shoot. If you're looking for something with a high capacity, this is likely the best 10/22 magazine for you.

Summary of the Best 10/22 Magazines

You came to this guide looking for the best 10/22 magazine and we're here to tell you that you can't go wrong with the ones made by Ruger themselves. Our favorite option from them is the BX-25 Clear Sided mag.

Butler Creek is a great manufacturer of aftermarket 10/22 magazines that are more affordable than Ruger's, but they can be tough to find. ProMags are another affordable alternative, but they suffer from quality control issues.

If you want something with a huge capacity, there's the GSG 110 Round drum mag.

Product Name: Ruger BX-25 Clear Sided Mag

Product Description: Along with other magazines manufacturer by Ruger themselves, the BX-25 is one of the most reliable 10/22 magazines available. This clear sided model of the BX-25 allows you to easily see your round count through the left side of the magazine. As is the case with all Ruger BX mags, it has metal feed lips to aid in reliability.

  • Reliability
    (5)
  • Ascetics
    (5)
  • Value
    (4.5)
4.8

Summary by capacity:

The best Ruger 10/22 10 round magazine options are:

The best 10/22 25 round magazines are:

The best Ruger 10/22 drum magazines are:

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