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DevilDogTodd77 02-22-2013 12:42 AM

Storing Ammo in Magazine?
 
What is the general consensus on storing ammo in your magazines for long periods?

Will it ruin the springs? Does it affect the spring tension if you don't rotate the ammo earlier than 1-2 month cycles?

sc00ts 02-22-2013 12:44 AM

That's a much debated topic here, there are a few threads about it to search through.

mrm14 02-22-2013 12:48 AM

I've stored 20 round magazines full for over 30 years an they worked like new when I found and used them. Ones I've used over and over again, I've had to rebuild and replace the springs several times.

DevilDogTodd77 02-22-2013 01:54 AM

Sc00ts - thanks I searched b4 asking but couldn't nail down a real answer. If you have a specific thread, I would very much appreciate some info.

DevilDogTodd77 02-22-2013 01:56 AM

Mrm14 - I am liking that answer. I want to be prepared when these obamacommies storm my house!! I don't think they will hold off while I load my mags!! :)

762 02-22-2013 01:59 AM

yeah, much debated topic. the ore you use the mag (ie, loading then unloading a lot), the more the springs wear out. think of it this way. take a paper clip and bend it once. it's still basically as strong as it was, just in a different shape. take another paper clip and wiggle it back and forth, eventually it's gonna break.

molonlabexx 02-22-2013 02:01 AM

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Originally Posted by DevilDogTodd77 (Post 1147781)
What is the general consensus on storing ammo in your magazines for long periods?

Will it ruin the springs? Does it affect the spring tension if you don't rotate the ammo earlier than 1-2 month cycles?

I have heard from the American Rifleman magazine that it does indeed ruin the springs which can lead to feeding problems. Just cycle your mags out and buy new ones every so often or test the compressed ones for proper feeding.

willfully armed 02-22-2013 02:02 AM

Ive personally left mags loaded since 1999 and had no trouble with them. Cycling a spring causes degradation, not compression.

GeneralPatton 02-22-2013 02:52 AM

I generally keep 3 or 4 of my PMAGS loaded and ready for a trip to the range. I clean everything up after a using it, and reload it when I get home in preparation for the next trip.

c3shooter 02-22-2013 04:07 AM

Leaving a spring NORMALLY compressed does not wear it out- flexing it, or taking it beyond its limits will. This was verified with at least one weapon that a mag had been left loaded for a bit over 50 yrs. Worked fine.


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