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  1. Feb 14, 2012 #1
    ddolan

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    I know that it is important on my XD to rotate the magazines occasionally so the spring will work properly when it is needed.

    I am using a Remington 870 for HD purposes and I have been leaving 6 shells in the magazine.

    My question is if that is ok to do or should I just plan on loading it with shells off the shelf if it is needed.

    The problem I see with not leaving it loaded is that when it is needed it is not ready and in a situation you might need a shotgun you probably don't have those spare seconds.


    Any answers or thoughts? Comments?

     
  2. Feb 14, 2012 #2
    DoubleA

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    I've wondered the same thing. On my Mossberg, I keep the chamber empty, two rounds in the magazine, and six more in the side saddle. Not the most perfect solution, but, it shouldn't over-compress the magazine spring, and, still keeps it available for immediate use.
     
  3. Feb 14, 2012 #3
    OKcherokee

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    Springs wear from use, not from sitting idle.
     
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    CopNa454Sierra

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    think of it like your car's suspension:

    They get worn out from bouncing around. Not sitting static. If it was true that a loaded spring loses its return strength at a considerable rate, vehicle manufacturers would reccomend that you unload all weight from the suspension when not in use (i.e. put the car up on blocks every night...lol).

    As long as you're not loading and unloading it constantly, it'll be fine.

    I actually got my springs to loosen up considerably on my XD mags by unloading and reloading them every night (repeated every day for about a month).
     
  5. Feb 15, 2012 #5
    ddolan

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    Thank you, so I will leave my 12 gauge loaded but does this also mean that it is ok to leave one magazine loaded for my XD 45 or should I still rotate those out?
     
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    Cuda66

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    A spring is a spring is a spring. No need to rotate.
     
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    JaydenH

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    You worry too much. My magpul Ar mag has been loaded since december of 2010 with my HD ammo.
     
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    slugger6

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    Wise advice has been given by the above posters. Don't sweat it.
     
  9. Feb 15, 2012 #9
    ddolan

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    Thanks again, I will stop switching magazines.
     
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    OKcherokee

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    Load them all. It will save you a little time at the range. Or you will have a backup ready to go if you have to use one and it malfunctions.
    Big if there, but you never know.
     

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