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One of the unique aspects regarding the Ruger 10/22 is its use of a flush-fitting rotary magazine, which stores ammunition in a circular fashion rather than stacked, as in a box magazine. One of the benefits of this approach – aside from allowing the magazine to fit flush in the rifle – is a more consistent feed rate, which is a result of the consistent force exerted by a stainless steel torsion spring. If you are curious to see how this works for yourself, then check out the new Ruger BX-1 clear magazine.
As noted, the Ruger BX-1 clear magazine is a Ruger factory-produced magazine designed for the company's extensive line of 10/22 autoloading rifles. This rotary magazine is designed to hold and feed 10 rounds of .22 LR ammunition and fits flush with the underside of the stock. Presented for the first time with a clear body that allows the user to see the internal workings of the magazine, this variant is an exceptional choice for those interested in the unique mechanics exhibited by a rotary magazine. Additionally, this Ruger BX-1 clear magazine has been manufactured with multiple features that give it a performance that is miles ahead of the aftermarket competition, some of which have already been discussed.
The obvious advantage that the BX-1 holds over aftermarket magazines is the employment of stainless steel feed lips as opposed to plastic feed lips. Steel feed lips are not nearly as susceptible to wear as their plastic counterparts, offering greater durability and an extended service life. Additionally, the feed lips are designed to present cartridges at a 30 degree angle for reliable feeds every time.