Keeping Magazines Loaded

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    rodgerglide
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    (12/24/01 1:39:52 pm)
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    Is there any damage to mags by keeping them loaded? I am wondering if my practice will cause spring damage or deflection. If so,how long does it take? Is it dependant upon mag type,capacity,or what? Have any of you experianced any problems?

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    Over time, springs will take a "set" and lose some of their strength. This was more of a concern years ago than it is now, but many people still rotate their magazines every month or so.

    May not be necessary, but probably still prudent.


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    (12/24/01 4:24:28 pm)
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    I agree with Doc, but then again, I've seen some old G.I. M1911 mags that have been loaded more than 10 years, and are still fine.

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    (12/24/01 11:27:52 pm)
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    Yep, me too, once a month at a minimum!
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    (12/25/01 9:27:54 am)
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    I'll go against the grain and say that using the magazines will do more damage to the springs than leaving them loaded. A properly designed spring, that is not stressed outside it's design limits, should not "take a set". Let's take an example that most of us live with every day, your car's valve springs. A number of them are either partially or totally compressed whenever the engine is stopped, when's the last time you heard anyone worry about that? Personally, I spend no time worrying about mag springs "taking a set", and I've never had the problem with any brand name mag.

    One exception would be poorly designed springs, but I doubt these would last long enough for you to leave them loaded and take a set.


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    (12/25/01 2:05:40 pm)
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    In my .45's I strictly use Wilson mags and their
    spring & follower kits in all of my other mag bodies.
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    gun runner john
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    (12/26/01 11:17:30 am)
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    So Tac, do you have a problem with Wilson springs taking a set?


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    (12/26/01 12:13:40 pm)
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    GRJ,

    My main reason for using Wilson is function/reliability
    and I've never had them take a set however, I still
    rotate once a month(force of habit)although I have
    gone up to 6-months without a problem.
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    Bob In St Louis
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    (12/26/01 9:44:57 pm)
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    I have left magazines loaded for long periods of time, but I back off on the total capacity by a couple of rounds to slightly "ease" the full tension on the spring - so I leave a 15 round mag with 13 rounds in it. Top it off before use - God willing and time allows!
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    (12/29/01 1:55:52 pm)
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    i recently took apart a ramline mag to see what type of spring it had in ,it has been loaded for over ten years and was downloaded by two ,but was getting a little week

    when i took it apart i found out that it was a coil spring that attached to the top of the mag as you load it ,it uncloiled
    i put it back together, and reloaded it after a few weeks ,and is tight as new

    a kind of set un-set ,wierd huh!
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