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Old 04-14-2019, 10:10 AM
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Cleaning and "Winding" 10/22 Mags



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Cleaned 10 of my 10/22 10-Round factory mags yesterday.

I did get one of those "Tools". Not really required, but having the little tool to help winding the hex nut does help.

I was surprised how clean they were. In the older ones, some grit and shavings, but not all dirty.

Anyway, as I took each apart, I counted the 'windings' on the spring. Each mag was a bit different and took anywhere from 2 to 3 full turns to unwind the spring tension.
So, when I put them back together, I have each mag 2 full turns for tension.
I've read here "1 and 1/3" (8 notches on the hex head).

Why such a difference if the factory spec. is 2+ full turns, why is consensus here for less?
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Old 04-14-2019, 10:15 AM
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Did you read the "sticky" at the top of the page?
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Old 04-14-2019, 12:09 PM
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Maybe I should have, have been winding them 2 full turns for over 25 years.

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Did you read the "sticky" at the top of the page?
Seriously??? When did Real Men start reading instructions???
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Seriously??? When did Real Men start reading instructions???
generally, after something has been broken
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Old 04-14-2019, 03:36 PM
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I use mine so I don’t get coffee cup rings on the table
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Do it by the feel of the tension. The number of turns will not be consistent between mags. If the spring breaks, you've gone a bit too far. I turn the plastic nut by hand, and the right tension seems to be about the most I can comfortably hold.
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generally, after something has been broken
We have always remembered a piece of advice given to a group of us by the head of the department of engineering when we were in college, as it proved to be very useful: "When all else fails, read the directions."
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Do it by the feel of the tension. The number of turns will not be consistent between mags. If the spring breaks, you've gone a bit too far. I turn the plastic nut by hand, and the right tension seems to be about the most I can comfortably hold.
^^^^ that'
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Was thinkin about drilling some drain holes in the mag base so I could just spray clean em from the top....
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Couple of links here to what I believe is an easier way to wind the mag springs.

https://www.rimfirecentral.com/forum...d.php?t=759529

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Might have to try a few of these techniques, ordered some clears to try dying them colors

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Old 04-16-2019, 12:28 PM
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Yes, I read the sticky.
My question was more about why the sticky says "8 notches" when all 10 of my mags had at least 2 full windings from the factory. Seems odd to put them back together with anything other than the way they came.
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I use a metal pan with enough mineral spirits to cover the mags and drop them in fully assembled. Let em soak a little while, about a large cup of coffee worth, then shake them around a little and fully blow dry them with my air hose. After done with all the mags there will be considerable solid, or semi solid, waste in the bottom of the pan. I figure that means they are at least cleaner than when I started, and I very seldom have any failures that I can trace to the mag. Has worked for me for many years but YMMV. TDP
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