Butler Creek Hot Lips or Steel Lips Banana Magazines
Worth the purchase
I have read mixed 'reviews' on several different 10/22 magazines including Butler Creek. Some said even the steel lips had feed ramp issues due to the angle the magazine would try to insert the round into the chamber. I compared it side-by-side with the factory rotary magazine, and the round in the BC mag was at a steeper angle. I did have to pull the bolt back and immediately release to ensure the bolt would close completely. Went to the range the next day and me, my bro-in-law, father-in-law, and a mutual friend each emptied the BC mag. It fed flawlessly every time. No filing needed with this one#I bought the steel lips#. I was hoping to get my hands on the Ruger BX-25, but those still seem to be unavailable and I've been told they are pretty complex compared to the internals of the Butler Creek. I'm going tonight to get another Steel Lips. Taking my kids and wife shooting this weekend, those mags will see plenty of rounds.
June 3, 2013
STEEL LIPS = YES, HOT LIPS = NO
Butler creek has a decent history with the Ruger 10/22 following but if you are going to purchase a high capacity mag from them do yourself a favor and GET THE STEEL LIPS, NOT THE HOT LIPS.
The Hot Lips are an all plastic and polymer design and are junk for lack of a better term.
The Steel Lips are GREAT. I love mine. I wish you could disassemble this mag like Ruger's high-capacity mag or the steel lipped versions made by Tactical Innovations.
The steel lips mag does require some cleaning to ensure smooth ammo feeding but mine has been very dependable. Although it cannot be disassembled for cleaning there is a small hole at the bottom of the mag that allows for residue to pass through when soaked with Rem Oil of other gun oils.
I have cycled full 25 round mags with the Steel Lips in rapid succession and had no issues, but I have also watched Hot Lips fail and break under normal usage.
January 24, 2012
I bought this magazine as an alternative to the BX - 25. I had a few miss feeds in each of the first 2 mags. But after that I put about 200 rounds through it with no problems. It seemed like it had to cycle a couple of full mags to get broken in. I was using relatively cheap ammo (federal target ammo) as well. I have shot higher quality ammo through my BX 25s with more jams. Although to be fair, I'm not convinced that it wasn't the ammo as the ammo manufactures are cranking out as much 22 ammo as they can to keep up with demand these days. I believe the ammo quality has suffered in general, which is to blame for many jams.
I believe this is a good product and would buy another.
November 28, 2013
Good mags, get them while you can!
These steel lips work good and feed fine for me. I have noticed that the more they are used the better they feed. I have had a few misfeeds in the beginning, but once they are broken in they haven't given me any issues. Usually the main issue is the softness of the lead of a .22 bullet causing a jam or misfeed, not the mag. Run abot 75 rounds through each one and you'll know what I mean. Good product, get a speed loader if you have a lot of these or your thumb will be numb within a couple rounds!
April 12, 2013