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How long do you keep your magazines loaded?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butler Ford View Post
    There is one pretty good reason to drop a round or two out of your mags: on an AR or M1A tac reload and a closed bolt, a full mag may not seat at all or difficult at best.
    That issue does exist with the steel-bodied, original design magazines. It has largely been corrected in modern magazines where the expectation is a full 30 rounds that seats fully with the bolt closed without extra effort. Some are better than others. YMMV.

    I've always just hit the mag. From day one, I've never inserted and hoped for the best. I insert the magazine and smack the bottom plate. I treat my guns like a tool. I will make it work whether it wants to or not, and I will pay the price when I go too far.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chipper View Post
    Rotate mine every 6 months. Only load 28 in a 30, no reason just what I've always done. Same with pistol mags load a couple short 15 in a 17 etc. It's part of the 6 month clean and inspection of weapons. That sit and are not used but ready to rock at a moments notice.
    Keep mine loaded all the time now. taught to only load 18 into a 20 rd or 28 into a 30 rd mag because the added compression can making seating a magazine difficult (i.e. need to slap it hard) and can cause a round to dislodge from the top and cause a jam.

    agree that constant use is more wear than just being compressed....but I never had magazines loaded for more than a couple years so far.

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    Yep modern magazines are good to go in regards to leaving loaded for extended periods of time. I do like Chipper does and only load 28 rounds in a 30 round AR15 mag. 5.56 or 7.62x39.

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    I have 25ish mags loaded all the time.
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    I'm thinking about concealed carry. Just leave it loaded and ready go with the same mag all the time?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Annie View Post
    I'm thinking about concealed carry. Just leave it loaded and ready go with the same mag all the time?
    Yes, that is certainly OK to do.

    More importantly is to practice with the type of ammo that you are going to carry. In other words, find the right ammo and practice with that ammo as well as the mags that you are going to carry in that specific firearm.

    Most of my semi auto handguns have no problems eating any and all ammo that I feed them but I do have one or two that are particular.
    They are the exception, not the norm.
    Just a thought.

    Otherwise to your OP question, load your mags up and don't worry about them!
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    I only ever shoot range ammo. But I carry defense ammo. That's no good?
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    Quote Originally Posted by A Watchman View Post
    I have 25ish mags loaded all the time.
    Yep. I have a couple similar to this, can get about 24 full mags in. Ready to go at a firing station of my choice if the rioting hoards decide to go house-to-house in my neighborhood.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StratMaster View Post
    Yep. I have a couple similar to this, can get about 24 full mags in. Ready to go at a firing station of my choice if the rioting hoards decide to go house-to-house in my neighborhood.

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    I have those as well.
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