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Does leaving mags loaded for along time hurt the mag?

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Old 04-01-2006, 11:30 AM   #1
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Does leaving mags loaded for along time hurt the mag?

If I leave my mags loaded at all times does it hurt the mag. All the bullets are putting a constant load on the spring. Any info on this?
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Old 04-01-2006, 12:10 PM   #2
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Common consensus seems to be that a spring is weakened not by compression, but by the cycle of compressed-relaxed.
I would be interested to see a failure rate test, like how many loading cycles it takes to get to a failure.
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Old 04-01-2006, 04:49 PM   #3
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Old 04-01-2006, 06:50 PM   #4
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You will not live long enough to find out, seriously, there have
been mags found that were loaded in WWII and still functioned
fine. I always down load by one round as to not over compress
the springs for long term storage but that is just me.
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Old 04-02-2006, 01:36 PM   #5
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You will not live long enough to find out, seriously, there have
been mags found that were loaded in WWII and still functioned
fine. I always down load by one round as to not over compress
the springs for long term storage but that is just me.
I do the same, it seems to have logic to it.
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Old 04-02-2006, 02:50 PM   #6
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i have 2 mags for my .40 and 4 for my 9 mm SC (2 reg, 2 hi cap)

I have them labeled with sharpie and usually rotate them. So, i usually have half of them fully loaded and the others empty... i tend to switch every time i go to the range with that gun. a

probably completely unnecessary but who knows. I tend to HARDLY ever break down and fully clean the mags... i find that to be really stressful on the springs, probably b/c i'm not really good at it.
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Old 04-02-2006, 03:44 PM   #7
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I always down load by one round as to not over compress the springs for long term storage but that is just me.
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Old 04-02-2006, 06:41 PM   #8
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Springs are can be replaced ..... better to have mags loaded and ready then to need mags and not have enough ready !
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Old 04-06-2006, 09:27 PM   #9
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This is something I've always worried about too, so for carry, I would keep four mags on a rotating basis (double what you would carry on you). That way I have one in the gun and one in a carrier, both loaded fully up. Then I would rotate them every six months. This was suggested by Massad Ayoob in an article many years ago and I thought it made a lot of sense. I would shoot these mags occasionally to make sure everything is as it should be, but generally keep them separate from range mags. Then it's no worries.
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Old 04-06-2006, 11:37 PM   #10
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My mags have been in a constant state of compression for over 5 years, and have shown no ill effects.
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