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Is it OK to keep bullets in the magazine?

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Old 12-11-2007, 10:39 AM   #1
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Is it OK to keep bullets in the magazine?

This is a totally noob question, I know, but is it OK to keep a gun's magazines loaded with bullets for any extended period of time?

If not, how long is OK and how long isn't it OK??

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Old 12-11-2007, 10:45 AM   #2
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It's fine as far as I've heard. Some say it's better to keep it one less though. So if it holds 13, place 12 in it.
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Old 12-11-2007, 10:49 AM   #3
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This has been a great debate over the ages, much like the great caliber debate. I have heard from several somewhat reliable sources that storing a mag loaded will not affect the mag adversely. The thing that wears out a mag is the loading and unloading of them. Just my .02. Somebody more knowledgeable may come along and blow me out of the water with more credible information though.
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Short answer..............YES.

You will not wear out mags keeping them full. As a plus storing ammo in mags is very convienant AND gives you excuses to buy more mags
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Old 12-11-2007, 11:05 AM   #5
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No. Keep assembled cartridges in the magazine.

Keep bullets in a box on your reloading bench.
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I keep a few full at all times...

...but just in case, I switch them out once in a while. The more mags you have the better.
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Old 12-11-2007, 11:17 AM   #7
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No. Keep assembled cartridges in the magazine.

Keep bullets in a box on your reloading bench.
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Old 12-11-2007, 11:22 AM   #8
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I keep mags loaded for a long time and haven't noticed any excessive wear. My oldest magazine is only 1 year old though.
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Old 12-11-2007, 11:39 AM   #9
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I misplace two loaded 1911 mags once I found them when i moved 20 years later and they still work fine.
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