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How long do you keep your magazines loaded?

This is a discussion on How long do you keep your magazines loaded? within the HandGuns, Pistols and Revolvers, Long Rifles, Shotguns, SKS, AK, AR forums, part of the Weapons, Protection, Self Defense, Hand to Hand Combat category; Do the springs wear out if you keep them loaded? Do you need to switch them out? How often do they need changing? Do you ...

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    How long do you keep your magazines loaded?

    Do the springs wear out if you keep them loaded? Do you need to switch them out? How often do they need changing? Do you keep them fully loaded?
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    Always loaded, all the time.

    Springs wear out through use, not through static compression.
    A magazine spring that is constantly loaded and unloaded will wear out faster than a fully loaded mag spring sitting on the shelf for 20 years.
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    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.
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    Modern spring steel is not subject to significant change if compressed within certain limits. Magazines these days take that into account and are designed not to exceed that limit. Load 'em up, leave 'em loaded.

    Using mags on a regular basis causes more stress than anything else.
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    I was thinking they might be like cars, you know how you have to turn cars over every so often?
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    Springs in good mags do not get tired. You can leave them loaded for years. Worst thing that can happen if stored in damp place maybe some rust.
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    Good to know. Thanks.
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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.
    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.

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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.
    Never seen that on M1A/M14, except Ill fitting, flush mount, 5-rd mags required for hunting. Those were NIB SA ILL

    USGI or Checkmate 20-rd never ever a problem
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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.
    Can you explain why ? Other than a myth that has been around for a long time. No loading your mag to their limit will have No effect on the springs If a Mag in in the weapon it darn sure should already be seated.
    just like when we first went to 30 round mags. it was a sin to allow the mag to touch the ground it would cause malfunctions. That turned out to be another myth.
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