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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    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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    not mag or ammo, but somewhat related storage questions, to see what other folks do:

    - do you store XD slide closed or open? I tend to store closed, since I do not use padlocks thru the actions (use trigger lock)?
    - after slide closure, striker is cocked. Any differences or problems storing cocked versus storing uncocked (dry fire once to uncock)? I dry fire my XD to uncock.
     
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    Modern ammo has a life expectancy exceeding 10 years... usually more than 18 years. Many people still use ammo that is over 50 years old. Just keep it cool and dry. If you want to shoot out your mags to keep in practice with your carry ammo that's fine. But there is no necessity to shoot out your carry ammo just to "freshen" it. It will keep for years.
    :cool::cool::cool:
     
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    The only ammo I cycleout is if I unload it from the chamber. Live rounds left in the mag don't get cycled.

    I carry with one in the tube and the only time my carry ammo gets shot is if I unload it from the chamber. Once I get enough to fill a mag, (and happen to pass by the range) I empty one of my carry mags and load it up with the former +1's and give them a proper burial at the range.

    Usually though, if the round looks good (no extractor marks on the rim, no setback) I will just load it back up. It is only when the outside of the cartridge starts to look worn that I really retire them.
     
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    same with me.:cool:
     
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    good point. If you keep your gun loaded with one in the chamber, remember to inspect the cases after ejecting them for the times you do unload it. The biggest issue you could run in to with keeping carry ammo for a long time is the case wear. The extractor does take a toll on the rim, and can weaken it. I usually cycle extracted rounds with other rounds in the mag so I don't abuse just one round continuously.
    -Thomas
     

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