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Old 06-07-2009, 03:45 AM   #1
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I have an XD .4 service model. I keep a clip of hollow point ammo loaded for home defense. Since this ammo will, hopefully, never be fired how often, if ever, should I unload it?

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As long as ammunition is stored at a constant temperature (preferably a bit cool), in a dry environment, it should outlast you.

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As long as ammunition is stored at a constant temperature (preferably a bit cool), in a dry environment, it should outlast you.
Yeah, I was referring to the magazine. Will unloading the magazine every so often only wear it out faster or should it be unloaded and cleaned/inspected every month or so?
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Your magazine should be disassembled, cleaned and dried. The re-assembled and loaded.

Keeping a magazine (with high quality springs) loaded does not affect the spring tension very much. It is "cycles" that wear out a spring.

As long as the rds are not exposed to oils and moisture they will last a VERY long time.

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What he said.

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No need to unload a mag unless your shooting the rounds and I highly recomend doing this on a regular basis

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No need to unload a mag unless your shooting the rounds and I highly recomend doing this on a regular basis
I'm talking about my personal defense mag. No way am I going to shoot JHP at paper. Obviously the mags I load with FMJ rounds for the range get unloaded with some frequency.
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I'm talking about my personal defense mag. No way am I going to shoot JHP at paper. Obviously the mags I load with FMJ rounds for the range get unloaded with some frequency.
It's a good idea to shoot some PD rounds when at the range if you practice at 25 yards, HP and FMJ rounds don't travel the same. I usualy finish up with a mag of PD rounds just to be prepared. PD rounds are more expensive but it's important to be familar with how they fire in your pistol. I shoot 2-3 a month and pop a mag of PD rounds on each trip. My 2C
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It's a good idea to shoot some PD rounds when at the range if you practice at 25 yards, HP and FMJ rounds don't travel the same. I usualy finish up with a mag of PD rounds just to be prepared. PD rounds are more expensive but it's important to be familar with how they fire in your pistol. I shoot 2-3 a month and pop a mag of PD rounds on each trip. My 2C
That sounds like reasonable advice. Pardon my ignorance, but what does "2C" mean?
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That sounds like reasonable advice. Pardon my ignorance, but what does "2C" mean?
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