Ruger BX-25: 25 round magazine for Ruger 10/22; Goodbye Bill Ruger

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Ruger 10/22 fanboys and girls rejoice! Ruger is finally sell a high quality 25 round magazine for the Ruger 10/22.

The magazine feeds rounds at the correct 30-degree angle, has steel feed lips, uses a constant force spring (no speed loader needed) and can be disassembled for cleaning. The MSRP is $30.

Since about the time I started blogged, back in 2007, Ruger has been shedding itself of the legacy of founder Bill Ruger, who famously (or infamously) declared that “No honest man needs more than 10 rounds in any gun.” and “I never meant for simple civilians to have my 20 or 30 round magazines or my folding stock.”.

In the last few years, Ruger has introduced a AR-15, a high capacity pistol, a high capacity magazine for the Mini-14 and now, the last holdout, a high capacity magazine for the Ruger 10/22.

From the BX-25 press release …

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR), announces that owners of America’s most popular autoloading rimfire rifle, the Ruger® 10/22®, can enjoy the extended fun offered by the new 25-round BX-25™ magazine. The new, genuine Ruger BX-25 magazine features the same correct angle feed lips that deliver the famous reliability of factory BX-1™ 10-round rotary magazines.

The BX-25 magazine will work in all vintages of Ruger 10/22 and SR-22® rifles, as well as all Ruger Charger™ pistols. The BX-25 magazines have stainless steel feed lips and use a stainless steel “constant force” spring. The anti-tilt follower is injection molded from Celcan – a high lubricity polyacetal. The magazine body halves are injection molded from durable glass-filled nylon.

“These are genuine Ruger factory magazines. We designed them. We didn’t license and rebrand someone else’s magazines,” said Ruger CEO Michael Fifer. “We tested the BX-25 magazines extensively and they work as well as the original Ruger BX-1 rotary magazine, the gold standard for rimfire autoloading reliability,” he continued.

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  • Jim

    About time. Their standard 10 round mag is jammy garbage. Lubed ammo locks it right up.

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/ Steve (The Firearm Blog)

      Jim, I have never had a single jam with the standard 10 round mag. What ammo do you use?

    • MAC

      What the Heck is lubed ammo?????? sounds like you use crap ammo, and that will give you crappy results

  • Joel

    Is that woman in the video the same Ruger employee who was on Spike saturday mornings “Conceal and Carry School”? I think that she is. Anyway, it’s about time that Ruger get in on the big mag market for their own product. That’s a really good price too, I might have to buy some of those.

  • Buster Charlie

    I’d still rather support a company that has always supported liberty than some johnny come lately (what 7 years after the AWB?) who’s company was instrumental in the original AWB in support of crony capitalism.

    I’m not denying technical credit where it is due, but I’d only buy a USED ruger product if I decided I had to own one.

  • Zander

    Am I the only one who’d pay good money for a high cap MkIII?

  • Erwos

    I’m with Steve. The rotary magazine is flat-out amazing when it comes to reliability. If they can make the BX-25 work that well, they’ll sell a zillion of them.

    Unfortunately, as a resident of the People’s Republic of Maryland, I’m going to have to buy these out of state…

  • MarkM

    A “constant force spring” isn’t traditional. When the rep says it takes exactly the same amount of force to load each round – meaning # 23, 24, and 25 to fully loaded, you can’t be compressing a spiral wound vertical coil spring.

    It’s got to be an unwinding clock spring, and I’ve been saying for years that is much superior for ANY magazine, as it stops the jamming, high pressure on feed lips, and mag swelling of traditional coil springs.

    If you can do it for the M9 and 10/22, you can do it for the AR – even in 6.8. Polymer mag makers need to wake up and just do it – which Ruger has proven can be done.

  • drewogatory

    In 35 years of 10-22 ownership I’ve had ONE factory ten rounder fail and that mag probably had 15k+ rounds thru it. That being said I usually use the Butler Creek 10 rounder just because they are far easier to manipulate. So if they make 10 rounders in this config (or I ever get out of Kalifornia) I’ll probably buy a few.

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/ Steve (The Firearm Blog)

      drewogatory, I have never liked those extended length 10 rounders. The added length seems like a waste to me. I prefer the double mag adapters. More length (to grab onto when changing mags) and quicker reloading.

  • http://www.woodsmonkey.com Tim

    I picked one up at the NRA Show for testing. Build seems very solid but I haven’t got to the range to test it yet. Hopefully soon.

  • K-dAUG

    “Ruger 10/22 fanboys and girls rejoice!*”

    *Unless you’re Ruger fanboys in CA, HI, IL, MD, MA, NJ, NY

    :(

  • Martin (M)

    Huzzah! I’m no fan of 10/22s, but I just can’t help but feel that this move by Ruger is a positive thing for everyone.

  • Bryan S

    After the TI-25, Ruger is a day late and a dollar short. Actually, a few years late with an ugly bulky magazine.

  • Bob Z Moose

    Not meaning to start anything, but I kinda miss Bill. [b]I don’t agree with his politics[/b], but he ran his company his way. It’s really what made Ruger a success to start with. When everyone was making double action, Ruger revived the high quality single action revolver. When everyone was making bolt actions, Ruger made a single shot. Hell, when everyone was cutting corners with their bolt actions, Ruger found a way to keep costs down and still have an American made Mauser-action. And right up til the end, he ran his company the way he wanted to, much to the annoyance to some. You have to respect the man, both for his genius as a firearm designer and as a maverick.

    Anyways, I’ve never had problems with the 10 rounders or most of the after market 30′s or 25′s. Only brand I’ve ever had trouble with were the Eagle’s (the imported ones with plastic lips). Jammed every time like clockwork, always the same way. Other than that, very other mag I’ve used (mostly Butler Creek) has had little problems (even with the plastic “Hot-Lips”), so this isn’t really a huge deal for me. Plus, it doesn’t seem like the new Ruger mags can be “jungle-clipped” together with those little plastic pegs. It’s silly, but I like doing that while shooting. :P

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/ Steve (The Firearm Blog)

      Bob, just tape them up guerrilla style ;)

      I agree, he was a great designer.

  • Sian

    About time I’ve had just about enough of those butler creek mags.

  • Brian

    I still get the occasional jam from my Butler Creek Steel Lips magazines. If the MSRP on this really is $30 (street price $20-$25?), I’m going to have to get me a couple.

  • Ladyfox

    Now they just need to release a single-stack, non-rotary, 10-round magazine and maybe we’ll not have to resort to aftermarket magazines from other sources anymore. One can hope right?

  • rugerowner

    I’ve fired over 2000 rounds (easily) in my 10/22 with the std round mag, and never had a single jam, mostly using cheap ammo.

    So happy to see this banana mag from the factory. I’m getting one.

  • GlennG

    I checked these out at the NRA meeting. They are very similar to the tactical innovations magazine (I have 3), but don’t have the adjustment screws to eliminate play/rattling w/ your individual receiver. The gentleman at the Ruger booth said the MSRP would be either $45 or $50 (!!! I can’t remember which as I was in shock), but that they were selling them at the show for $30. The Ruger online store says they retail for $29.95, which makes more sense and I believe puts them right between the Butler Creek Steel Lips and the Tactical Innovations magazine. They look nice and I’m sure they will work quite well.

    @Jim – I’ve seen jamming (FTR – failure to rotate!) in the original magazines with heavily waxed ammo (ie. Eley or Wolf target in my experience). If you use that type of ammo, you will probably need to wipe excess wax off each round before loading. That said, I imagine that to be the case when using that ammo w/ any semi-auto rimfire.
    @Zander – I wish someone made higher capacity magazines for the MkIII, too!

  • Lance

    Sweet I always loved the Hot Lips brand of 25rd mags for the Ruger now a polymer version is really cool.

    The mind set of gun owners and shooter have changed in the decades since the early 1990s when many older men thought assault weapons weren’t needed and letting the gun banners ban them would let them off of gun owners backs. They were proven wrong as Bill Clinton after banning bayonet lugs demanded banning handguns after 1995 so many older men who may or may not own AR’s now know you never give a inch to gun banners or you lose everything.

  • Komrad

    very nice
    only mags I use have been Butler Creek Steel Lip and 10 round factory mags
    the Butler Creek mags cost $30 and can’t be disassembled at all, no reason to buy them now that this is out, I might still get an aluminum TI mag eventually, but seeing as those cost $70, I could get two of these instead

  • http://www.therebelbroker.com The RebelBroker

    I also have never had a jam with the 10 round mag that came with my 10/22.

    I would love to pick one of these up, but not going to happen out here in California.

  • Jorge

    And Bill Ruger and his companys brown nosing to during the Clinton era is why I will NEVER, EVER buy a ruger again. Sorry, Ruger too little too late.

  • Brice

    If they get rid of that magazine disconnect, I might even consider one of their pistols.

  • Beaumont

    I would buy a high-cap Mk III, and I suspect many others would as well.

    • Ron

      This is a very easy fix,Removed it on both my 22/45′s

  • bill

    Goodbye Bill Ruger –no doubt, Goodbye and good riddance!

  • jdun1911

    I would like to see how the internal is setup on the magazine.

  • http://www.predatorwild.com Heath

    You can back order them here for 29.95.

    http://shopruger.com/10_22-BX-25-MAGAZINE/productinfo/90361/

  • http://www.dooms-day-device.com Puke

    Amazing what happens when foolish philosophies run into competitive markets. Either you change or you go out of business.

  • rhodey

    Just got it, loaded 25 Velocitors into it -aaand, it’s gone. What do I mean gone? It’s gone. The first round wouldn’t extract, and so I started removing rounds one at a time and they alternately fell out or were ejected in various positions. It is now stuck with a round sticking straight up wedged between the lips. I don’t want to force it so I will attempt to open it with approx 19 rounds still in it. My hex set (1.5 – 6) doesn’t have a key that fits, which is surprising. If it is metric, it has worked on every rail and optic I have, but not the BX. The key to open it is in between 2 an 2.5 on my set.
    Will comment more after I get it open and get my rounds back.

  • rhodey

    Update: a little RTM goes a long way. The paper that ships with it clearly states that it takes a 3/32″ hex, which I procured. The BX-1 takes a metric #3 perfectly, so there you go. After extracting the rounds (1 ruined), I tried it again and noticed the trouble started around number 16. The 30 deg angle started lessening until the bullets were eventually flat. Unloaded again, not easily, and tried Federal bulk. Good to go. So then I tried Mini-Mags, knowing that if they had a problem I was sending it back. Seemed OK. To cycle it through the rifle (Bentz chamber) I really had to let the bolt slap home. If I rode it the slightest it would jam, but it is a new mag, so whatever. Verdict: The documentation says “no subsonic or lubed ammo”. Add the Velocitor, and likely Stinger to that list. I can’t shoot Stinger in the Ruger anyway, so I don’t mess with it. The BX-1, holding each round in its own cup, does not have this issue. My Walther P-22 with a straight compression mag also eats the hypervelocity CCI ammo all day long.

  • howlingcoyote

    Does Ruger manufacture these 25 round magazines or are they outsourcing to some other company? Ramline? Butler Creek? ProMag?
    Why do they cost so much? They are some type of plastic not metal.
    And how about 40 or 50 round mags? It would be cool if some company would come out with a 100 round drum for the 10/22.
    Wouldn’t it be great if Ruger came out with a 10/22 in say 25 Stevens?

  • MAGMORE

    has anyone found a speedloader that works for these?

  • Fagan

    Illinois does not have a full capacity magazine ban. Plenty of these in Illinois!

  • steve blickley

    buy them if you find them, they are much better than other aftermarket
    brands lile butler creek. BK jam a lot in my rifle but Ruger BX-25 are super good feeders.

  • steve blickley

    My mini14NRA gave a chunk of the price I paid to the NRA and that is in all shooters interest. The company changed a lot scince Bill Ruger died and all I have seen is good. The BX-25 is as near perfect as I will ever find and the price was good. My Mini14NRA is sub MOA and after getting it I gave my old one to my grandson. The new rifles are so good I would never consider an old one.
    Steven

  • rhodey

    I hear you Steve – the new Mini-30 Tactical is a fantastic rifle. Thick barrel like the Target models with a flash hider and factory 20 rd mag. It eats Russian ammo, which older Mini-30s supposedly had a problem with, so yeah, I agree that Ruger is constantly raising the bar.

  • http://www.predatorwild.com Heath

    I noticed the other day that Midway USA is carrying these mags now.

  • Alex

    My newer 10-22 jams nearly as reliably as it shoots. I have never went through a 10 rd rotary mag without at least 1 miss feed.

    Piece of crap.

    Alex. Ps. I did read that certain aftermarket brands had a “lip” protruding inside, guess I will open it up and look.

  • steve blickley

    What kind of crap are you shooting, sounds like Wolf with a greasey waxy
    coating.
    With that crap use a bolt action as most semiauto’s have problems with that greasy highpriced junk ammo. It iis not good for your semiauto.

    Old Steve

  • rhodey

    The chamber on my Ruger .920 barrel was pretty tight too. Used to stovepipe and even break Federal bulk. Would also get FTF/FTE with Golden Bullets. Changed it out for an Adams & Bennett barrel from Midway, and life is good. The barrel is 2″ shorter so saves a bit of weight (still heavy), and eats everything w/o a complaint. Something to consider if you have a Bentz chambered rifle.

  • steve blickley

    You need not backorder the new BX-25 I bought two at the local ACE hardware and 2 more from Ruger. After using the first one I replaced four from butler creek.

    The BX-25 is easy to load from start to finish. The tension hardly changes from first round to 25th.
    Butler creek was not copied, the angle of the lips and the lips are exactly the same as the reliable rotary 10. The spring is hi-tec steel, no trouble round 20-25. The tension is always almost the same.
    Good for Ruger they coppied no one to get this superior product. Compare the lips on the rotary 10 to the ones on the BX-25 and you see Ruger used thier own ideas. My neighbor got my butler creek steel lips today.

    Old steve

  • lnfidel

    At the risk of being run out on a rail, What are the possibilities regarding a (gasp!) reliable Tec-22 out of a finessed Ruger 25rd-er? The possibilities of such a marriage would be absolutely awesome.

  • http://www.woodsmonkey.com Tim

    Not sure if a reliable Tec-22 exists :-p But a good mag in one couldn’t hurt I’m sure. If you like the idea of a high cap .22 pistol like that though the Ruger Charger is probably a better bet. They’re in current production too, unlike the old Tec-22.

  • http://ecosmartpainting@gmail.com W. Kostrzewa

    BE AWARE !!!!!! MANY yes MANY of these are being sold with some type of cheap shiny chrome like color and a textured surface, NOT smooth stainless metal like on the original factory. I brought mine back to the store that my wife bought them for me at and they said ……TOUGH, that’s the way they came. I saw a few at the range and they were NOT not like the cheap looking ones I have.
    I can’t wait to hear what Ruger has to say.
    As far as the store and their attitude…….wish THEM luck !

  • http://www.hcmags.com Rimfire

    The bx25 is a good magazine but lacks innovation. Check out the HC3R HI -cap 25 round magazine with a thumb assist a riblclip or stripper clip amd a side pocket for 20 more rounds of ammo for quick reloading. Its beautiful and relaible as hell..hcmags.com.

  • KevinB

    I shot 3 of these at a match today. All 3 had failures. I took them out of rotation after they had destroyed my score on one stage and finished with the factory 10 rounders with no issues.

    Major disappointment. One mag failure is bad luck, everyone gets a lemon from time to time. Two might be a bad batch. Three is a design problem. I have contacted Ruger and will see what they say.

  • Gary S. Matthews

    I use CCI standard velosity ammo that is slightly lubed and have had no problems with jamming. Also I use three rotary mags hooked together with a tri-mag attachment. The new ones come with a slotted bolt instead of the allen wrench bolt, which are much easier to assemble. These three mag units are very compact and easy to handle. This setup gives me thirty rounds that can be delivered on target almost as fast as the 25 rd mag. The BX-25 hanges down too far and interfers when shooting from a bench rest. This is strictly my preference, but I like the looks of the 10/22′s and don’t feel the need to make them look like an assualt rifle. I already have two of those, including a 40 cal carbine.

  • gary

    Time to buy another of these, my first one is finally starting to wear out. Its seen close to 20k rounds through it and it still works just not quite as reliable as when it was new. These mags are exceptional. My 10 22 has had four different stocks, three different barrels, two different bolts, three charging handles, two triggers, three different hammer and sear combos, seven different optics, the only consistent has been the mag I love this thing and wouldnt use anything else. (all these parts did not wear out that fast just changed for a different style)

  • ed

    there is nothing wrong with the 10/22 i think the butler creek is “junk” and i would like to see it with the bk-25 in the hangs of a pro not these dumb bell that don’t now whick end is up !!!!!!!!!!!!

  • steven j blickley

    The new BX 25 was problematic at first but after returning 3 I was sent 3 that are flawless,
    they also sent me a half dozen rotary10 mags for my trouble. Please remove the rest of my comments, thanks much steve blickley