Savage 64 FXP 22LR magazine Part l

Savage 64 FXP 22LR magazine Part l

Simple mods to my Savage 64 FXP magazine. To stop feed jamming, to ease loading cartridges into magazine, and inserting mag into receiver. Nothing really new-just what I did. Looking around you find several folks addressing magazine issues of these rifles.

1st not sure-but the vid quality is horrendous-the audio worse…
Hopefully you can glean some info. Not spending anymore time on it. Just wanted to share what I did that vastly improved function of magazine.

Nice rifle for the money, replaced my 40+ year old Marlin. I like it but not the magazine. Typical for a gun of this price, a little cleanup and polishing goes a long ways. I use the word ‘modify’ loosely because I haven’t really modified anything-just deburring, rounding sanding and polishing. Have not changed any design parameters or features.

Used small files to break sharp edges, some old emery to polish. Primarily, as shown, the inside bottom edge of machined bullet ramp- rounding it off-sanded round. Dont want to shorten ramp, just blend. Greatly improved bullet tip travel up ramp.

Second, the side notches, rounding inside corners to ease bullet insertion when loading. Though as much as rounding off the faces of the 2 v notches helped cartridge rim slide past, holding thumb and fore finger covering the notches, extended a bit above top of magazine helps guide bullets inside when loading.

Third is insertion of magazine into reciever. Again not shortening the ramp or u-groove-just deburring so it slides on receiver release button. Also rounding off the rear step edge at back side, it catches. Just these 2 areas make insertion abit easier. I found inserting the magazine parallel instead of at an angle will place magazine nose inside past the release ramp, then slightly cock, pushes release button forward and it slides right in. A lot easier than using tip of magazine trying to both push button forward and sliding inside.

See part ll for receiver magazine holder:
The perimeter of magazine holder needs to be rounded off to guide magazine inside. With the flat thickness of magazine and square corners of the ‘hole’ kinda bonks around till its lined up. Rounding off the corners of holder it now funnels the mag inside. To be done is modify the release button, Im thinking a simple flat extension lever would work, nice would be moving it to rear but doubtful. Ill add if I come up with or find what others have done.

Simple fun stuff
Continued on Part ll cleaning up the magazine holder:

Part lll Extend the charging handle & replace magazine release button


  1. greenspiraldragon on October 30, 2021 at 8:07 pm

    I find the remmington bulk works better than the winchester in this gun.

  2. jim dabs on October 30, 2021 at 8:08 pm

    to comment further I bought a brand new mag and it was machined incorrectly, the v in front of the loading ramp was machined too deep causeing the bullet to feed too low jamming against the barell,, I tried doing what this video suggested and still had the problem, I then compared it to a different one that was working and noticed the difference, called savage, they told me it’s a common problem as the mags are out sorced and sometimes they get a bad batch machined out of tollerence,,,they are sending me a free replacement,,,

  3. Bill Jeffers on October 30, 2021 at 8:09 pm

    Where i is the visual documentation of how you obtained or constructed the magazine release lever?

  4. Gulf Breeze on October 30, 2021 at 8:09 pm

    Thks for this I just bought one and from what info I’m getting this is the main issue and not a big problem if this advice is taken.

  5. Michael Harrington on October 30, 2021 at 8:11 pm

    WOW! I am so happy I found this video! I did not know the magazines were serviceable, and I looked them all over for a way to get to that over-sprung spring inside! All three of my Savage mags "flip" the first two rounds out of them and miss loading into the breech getting trapped at a nose-high angle above the breech with the head against the bolt bending the round. Thanks so much for posting this!! Great job!!

  6. Erik Goodluck on October 30, 2021 at 8:13 pm

    Thank you I got a savage 64 and I have a no ejection issue. Took apart the rifle and made a visual inspection of the extractor. The gun was too brand when it was shot. It wasn’t reloading because the bullet was barely fitting in the extractor hole. I used a razor blade and shaved some metal on the bolt until a round seated in perfect.

    And about the magazines, all the rounds are seating high on the front and to low on the rear side of the mag. I removed some material until rounds were flush. Fixed my loading issue and extractor. Thanks for you video. Gun is shooting 100 percent

  7. Felicia Harris on October 30, 2021 at 8:20 pm

    paint it black save $19

  8. LS on October 30, 2021 at 8:21 pm

    having the same issue with my gun 

  9. Gulf Breeze on October 30, 2021 at 8:25 pm

    Say man you should start making those extensions for the release…

  10. Kenny Kastner on October 30, 2021 at 8:35 pm

    thank you. great video. I love the gun, but was very frustrated with the mag until
    I filed it as you described. works perfect now

  11. CeeburRider on October 30, 2021 at 8:39 pm

    One question, what kind of scope is that on your gun? Thinking about getting the same gun.

  12. John Ramalhete on October 30, 2021 at 8:41 pm

    Been jamming this rifle close to a year now, I was really thinking this was the problem but never filed down any parts before. iappreciate seeing someone do it that is more experienced with firearms/ gunsmithing. Thanks for the video, Happy 4th of July

  13. Felicia Harris on October 30, 2021 at 8:44 pm

    I extended the bolt handle with a 7/16th socket it works great…try it and if you like use it

  14. Sammy hooligan on October 30, 2021 at 8:45 pm

    Worked Great with tips from your video. Basically with the similar magazines problems. But, had problems with the bottom magazine spring plate after assembly. It would become loose with no ammo loaded and /or a few rounds /plate/spring and follower would fall out bottom at shooting range.Strange. So plan "B" , I used my plastic glue gun for temporary fix, around magazine base plate i put a thin bead line of hot plastic glue. Works perfect! It can be removed easily for future cleaning of my mags. and re-applied.

  15. DennisFranz on October 30, 2021 at 8:46 pm

    The trick to loading magazines I found was the following.
    Insert the round in the magazine with the new round straight up or perpendicular. Do this on the forward side of the rear tangs holding the top feeding round.
    Once you slide the rim under the tangs, rock it forward using the round itself to push the other rounds down into the mag. Then slide the newly inserted round back to the back of the magazine until you hear it click behind the feeding tabs.

  16. Furlong SEO Marketing Corp. on October 30, 2021 at 8:48 pm

    Manually cycle the action and clip… if the cartridges eject and reload
    normally and your rifle is rated for .22LR then try running some .22LR
    rounds that are rated at 1250fps muzzle velocity or higher. If it is
    below 1100fps they will not have sufficient recoil to properly fully
    auto cycle the bolt.

  17. 6771Randy on October 30, 2021 at 8:56 pm

    Do you know of an operable mag loader that would make loading this magazine easier and less painful?

  18. Gordon Couger on October 30, 2021 at 9:01 pm

    Thank for reminding me to clean up all the hard edges. Seems new guns have a lot more of them than they did in the ‘5o’s when I made a pest of myself in gunshop as 12 year old kid. I learned skills in that sporting goods store that were more vlaule than a college degree.

    All the guns I ever saw can stand the careful applicaion of file, stone and polhising to take off the sharp edgge the interfer with its function or bite our fingers, hands, faces and sholders.


  19. Sammy hooligan on October 30, 2021 at 9:03 pm

    I bought this same exact Savage 64fxp rifle 2 and half years ago an finaly going to range tomorrow .  I noticed same exact problem with magazine. And did similar self repair/ filing . I could only get 5 rounds in mag but since i cut a fraction of mag spring and let 8 rounds sit in mag for a year or so, 10 rounds fit snug now. I removed bolt and carrier ,cleaned off factory oil, re-oiled w/ Birchwood Casey . First test run tomorrow with two repaired mags. Thanks for excellent help video. Let you know the results.