Last week I was out shooting rabbits with my BSA .22Hornet bolt action, which has an internal magazine with a bottom plate that opens.
The .22Hornet is a rimmed cartridge.
As the light faded and I was reloading the rifle by feel, I started to get in a right kerfuffle.
I got several 'stuff-ups' which was a pain to say the least. I don't usually fire many rounds at a time from the .22Hornet, so have never reloaded the magazine in the dark before.
The next day I made up five dummy rounds and practiced loading the magazine and cycling the bolt. I found that it seems necessary to load each round so that the following cartridge has its rim in front of the next i.e. the bottom cartridge nearest the bolt and the top nearest the barrel as they sit in the magazine.
I wonder if our members who shoot .22Hornet or other rimmed cartridges [such as .303] could comment as to whether my conclusions are correct or otherwise ?