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Old 02-17-2017, 01:42 PM
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What do y'all do to clean your magazines? For years and years, I have cleaned magazines by disassembling them, dragging a paper towel through them, then Q-tips with solvent if the mags were excessively dirty. Usually no lubrication afterwards, but if I feel the need, then I use a dry graphite spray. I do not clean my mags often, usually only maybe twice a year.

But I've run into a recent phenomenon with my SW22 mags, and also my Ruger 22/45 mags. Rounds are being pushed up very slowly, like the innards of the mag are covered with molasses. If you shoot slow, things work fine, but moving to even "slow-ish rapid fire" and things can't keep up. I'm thinking this is due to a waxy build-up from the ammunition I've been shooting over the recent years. Aguila Super Extra Copper Plated. I shoot other ammo too, but this is my go-to plinking stuff. The ammo definitely feels waxy, as do many other ammos I use (e.g., CCI Standard Velocity) but the inside of the mags don't feel waxy, so that's somewhat of a contradiction to what I'm seeing in the molasses-like feeding. The inside of the mags actually feel pretty clean to me.

I was thinking of disassembling and dumping all these mags into my ultrasonic cleaner that I use for reloading brass. I think I have some "gun parts cleaner" liquid somewhere (usually I use the "brass cleaner" liquid for reloading).

Sooooo, what do y'all do to clean your mags, and how often do you clean them? Has anyone else experienced the "molasses feeding"? I've been shooting for decades and decades and never run into this phenomenon. I don't know what else it could be other than ammo-related.

Thanks in advance for any help/hints.

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I uses CRC "Dry" silicone to clean magazines, which I disassemble first.
I spray them liberally, wipe them dry, and reassemble. The heptane (white gas) propellant evaporates and leaves a trace of silicone on the internal parts. Don't forget to clean and wipe the spring, also.
The .22 ammo often has a wax coating that builds up in the magazines, even when you can't really see much of anything.
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