Higher capacity aftermarket magazines for the Ruger 10/22 have been hit or miss for many years. With the release of the factory Ruger BX-25 magazine, 10/22 owners finally had a reliable higher-than-standard capacity magazine available to them. I honestly felt that there would be no more non-Ruger magazines produced as how could they possibly compete.
Enter the HC3R Ruger 10/22 Magazine. This magazine offers a very unique design in that not only does it have the capability to hold 25 .22LR rounds – but it can also house an additional 20 rounds to be loaded via a “stripper clip”. Fantastic concept.
On a recent trip to my bug out location in Georgia – I tested the HC3R magazine – and came away extremely impressed.
Over the years I have had numerous Butler Creek, Eagle, and Ram-Line 10/22 magazines and to be perfectly honest – they all pretty much sucked.
The HC3R exudes quality from top to bottom. Smooth lines, no machine marks, and everything fits.
Fit and Function:
The HC3R fits perfectly into the magazine well of all three of my Ruger 10/22’s. Unique to the HC3R’s design is a button on the side of the magazine which you can depress to remove spring tension off of the follower to allow easy loading as round count get up there. It works perfectly. Once the magazine has 12 or more rounds the effort required to load the next round really begins to increase. This button allows you to remove a little pressure and slide the round in easily. This saves your thumb after loading 25 rounds – and possible damage to the casing.
At the range the magazine performed flawlessly. Not much else to say. I shot in excess of 250 rounds through one of my 10/22’s and it worked fantastic. I shot CCI Mini-Mag’s throughout the test – my favorite round. I highly commend the manufacturer for designing this magazine with metal feed lips. This should allow it to perform for years to come.
20 Rounds on Board:
Great idea is that the magazine has a slot behind a removable “stripper clip” which you can insert an extra 20 rounds to be held securely until needed. To access those rounds – the stripper clip can be removed from the magazine once empty – filled via the 20 rounds on board, and then placed back into the magazine. This takes some practice as the first few times I tried did not work so well. Once the technique is down – no issues.
Check out this video review below which does a great job summarizing and describing the HC3R Ruger 10/22 magazine.
Overall – I am super impressed with the HC3R Ruger 10/22 25+ round magazine. It works!!