Does leaving mags loaded for along time hurt the mag?

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  1. too_wacko

    too_wacko XDTalk Member

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    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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    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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    No.
     
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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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    I do the same, it seems to have logic to it.
     
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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. :lol:
     
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    faawrenchbndr XDTalk 1K Member Founding Member

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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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    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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    My mags have been in a constant state of compression for over 5 years, and have shown no ill effects.
     
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    I finally started unloading my mags at night as I got tired of all the screaming. They hurt so bad. I sleep much better now. But I still have nightmares. :shock:

    Leave em loaded.
     
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    Same here.
     
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    I guess the better question is " Has anyone ever had to replace a Mag spring?"
     
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    I'm on the original springs with well over 10,000 rounds between them (2).
     
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    On all of my carry guns I usially rotate mags every month, I haven't got any spares yet for the XD-45acp but when I do, I first make sure they work well then every 1st of the month I will exchange the two I carry for two others.

    What I wonder about more than mags is how many times I can load the one round before it wears out. To spend that out I switch my mags weekly so that the same round doesn't always go into the barrel. :roll:

    Working at a gun store with such a popular gun that doesn't stay in stock, I am constently unloading & load a round as other salesman want to show my gun to other customers. :shock:
     

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