10/22 Mags Won't Drop

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Arisin' Wind

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I just bought a new 10/22 - my second one - and when I work the mag release the mags won't drop. I sometimes have to stick a finger in through the top to push them down. I tried all my mags - all of them are factory. They drop fine out of my other 10/22 but not this one. I cleaned the well and can't see where it's binding any.

Any ideas where the mags might be catching?
 

9x19

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Turn the rifle upside down, depress the mag catch, and slowly insert a magazine... if you have to push it out, you should feel it bind going in as well... You should be able to figure out where the tight spot is.
 
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I'd leave it that way for a while and see if it gets better. It's got to be the stock.

My Charger has the same problem... stock is so close mags will not drop out... kind of a little aggravating but so far not enough to get out sand paper or a dremil too.
 

Desert Dawg

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Most times it's simply dragging on the stock wood.

Take a look inside and see if there are any witness marks.

If so, remove the stock and do a little sanding so as to gain some clearance.

Seal the wood with a thin layer of varnish or Tru-Oil.

Thin being the key word here.
 

ElrodCod

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I sanded the sides of all my mags. It works good if you don't care about what the mags look like. I don't....as long as everything works the way it should I'm happy.
 

Arisin' Wind

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Well I worked on my 10/22 last night and finally got the mags to drop nicely. I took the stock off and the mags still wouldn't drop so I knew it wasn't the stock. The mag well had just a little bight spot on the ramp where the rear stud on the mag goes. I sanded that area with some 320. After doing that the mags were easier to get out but still sticking. The front and back of the mag well was very rough. I sanded those areas with 320, cleaned it all up with RemOil and the mags drop easy now. I put the stock back on and it works fine. The rough faces on the mag well must have been the culprit.

Thanks to everyone for their suggestions.
 

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