How long do you keep ammo loaded in a magazine.

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  1. elcid86

    elcid86 XDTalk Member

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    I am new to handguns and was wondering how long I can keep ammo load in a magazine ( see I learn ). I am want to keep a magazine loaded with protection ammo at all times and use other magazines for target practice.

     
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    i have 8 xdm mags. ALL of them loaded to capacity with 19 rounds at ALL times. but thats just me.
     
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    The springs in mags are worn by cycling not by being compressed. Storing loaded won't hurt them, running rounds through them is what will wear them. There's a thread running around here about a guy that found 1911 mags that were fully loaded by his father some 20 years ago. They ran fine. Sorry I'm too lazy to search for the thread!!!
     
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    With the same bullets or do you periodically reload the magazine? I am wanting to load the magazine and not use unless needed.
     
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    redtree XDTalk 1K Member

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    I'm no expert but you should cycle your ammo. Some say monthly others longer. I don't have a ton of cash so I buy my SD loads every six months or so. The ammo that has been in my carry/SD mags gets shot and the new rounds take their place. You should always test your SD ammo to make sure it will reliably feed in your weapon!!!
     
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    that will be fine. some people cycle their mags. others dont i have one mag at all times with ONLY personal/ home defense rounds in it. the rest is fmj ball ammo. for what your asking you will be fine.

    you always want to practice shoot a few times with your defense ammo though. just to be sure it works proper in your weapon.
     
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    Cycling your ammo ever couple of years is more than fine.

    I am shooting Garand ammo that was loaded in the 50s into en bloc clips. Ammo has a long shelf life.

    I load mine and almost never unload it. Why would I want to?
     
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    Untill i shoot it!
     
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    Same for me.
     
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    Thanks everyone for your responses.
     
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    I cycle my loaded spare mags about once a year.
     
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    anywhere from a few seconds to a few years. keeping the mags loaded doesnt hurt them.
     
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    Thanks everyone for their inputs.
     
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    Just want to say thanks for answers here too. I learn something new everytime I log in.
     
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    So far, only about a day before I blow it all off at a range... I can;t help it, I love shooting!!!

     

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