Finally, here is my full review of the 30-round clear mags I recieved back in
I used 2 different kinds of .22LR test ammo w/ my mags: Winchester Xpert22
hollow points, and Federal copper-plated hollow points. Both were 36 grain
I first sighted in my Remmy 597 using the standard 10-shot clip and some
Federal Lightning 40 grain solid nose rounds. After 5-6 shots I was ready to
begin testing. I placed rubber bands around the base of the mags to
differentiate them during testing, so they will be called 'red' and 'tan'
I read elsewhere on the net that loading these to the full 30 round capacity
can cause spring malfunctions, so I loaded a max of 25 rounds each to
minimize problems. Starting w/ 'red' and a load of Xpert22, I began shooting
clay targets at about 40 Yards. Shot 4 rounds and had a jam, then continued
shooting another 16 and had another jam. Pulled the mag w/o finishing it and
Fired through 6 rounds and had another jam, About every 2-3 rounds after it
would jam and require a manual clear of the breech. These mags definately DID
NOT like the lead-tipped Win Xpert22 ammo! I reloaded 'red' w/ the Federal
copper-plated HP's and took a break to shoot some of the other guns my
friend's buddies brought along. (I couldn't pass up the chance to shoot a
Mac-10, among others!)
After we had passed the guns around awhile and shot a variety of steel, I
resumed my tests using 'red' and the Fed coppers. It worked flawlessly! All
25 rounds fired and flew true to the clays. Needless to say, I was pleased
with the copper-plated ammunition and its performance. Unfortunately, I ran
short on time and didn't get to finish my tests.
By this time, everybody was hungry and tired and my ride was leaving soon.
Not wanting to be left stranded in the high desert I was forced to pack it in
without getting to load/shoot the Fed coppers in 'tan'.
However, based on the results from 'red' and the copper-plated Federals, I
can say with 99% certainty that I would've had a similar result. The waxy Win
Xpert22 is not good in these 30-rounders, but the cleaner Federal copper ammo
is a perfect match! I plan to buy a couple more boxes of those...
Although I was unable to finish completely testing both mags, I am very
pleased with them overall. If you use good, clean ammunition and stay away
from waxy, dirty (i.e. excessively cheap) ammo you can shoot these without
For their low price, there's no reason you shouldn't get one of these clear
30-round Remmy mags to play with...