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Old 05-01-2014, 12:12 AM   #1
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Default How long can I store rimfires in a mag?

these mags have some tension and im trying to break them in how long can i leave rimfire bullets in them, it seems that the tension could one day dent the primer

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Old 05-01-2014, 12:39 AM   #2
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If you mean box (pistol) mag, no limit, except the spring may get tired some day. Tubular mag - don't know, never tried.

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these mags have some tension
You want the tension. Tension is good.
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Modern gun. No limit. If your worreyed about the spring. Don't load it all the way.... or you can do what I did. Get a relover

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I think you already ruined them. I have an ammo disposal bin... better send them to me quickly!!

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Springs wear out from repetitive compression and expansion. We call this "use". They do not wear out from remaining compressed or expanded.

Their is no risk of mag spring igniting a primer.

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Springs wear out from repetitive compression and expansion. We call this "use". They do not wear out from remaining compressed or expanded.

Their is no risk of mag spring igniting a primer.
I don't think you're correct. I've read in multiple places that it's good to downstack a magazine by 2 rounds, that way the spring isn't full compressed all of the time. If you have a spring that is fully compressed all of the time, it will wear out.
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This has been gone over a hundred times. Many many coil springs (same as most mag springs) are under max tension in your guns all the time. If your gun is hammerless then it has the mainspring under full tension all the time (ok a few exceptions). On many guns they are under tension from the day they are manufactured until forever. Tube mags also use coil springs so leave 'em loaded if you want.
To the OP the mag spring will never ever make the ammo 'go off'.

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I don't think you're correct. I've read in multiple places that it's good to downstack a magazine by 2 rounds, that way the spring isn't full compressed all of the time. If you have a spring that is fully compressed all of the time, it will wear out.
That's because the internet is full of "gun experts" and to many people pop off trying to sound smart while lacking any engineering or relevant experience.

...and even more folks simply need non issues to worry about.

I personally fired mags that been left loaded for years without any problems.

Inherited a loaded .45 ACP MAG that I know had been loaded for 12 years, it fired flawlessly.

Skip the you tube commandos and look up spring degradation info. Google is your friend.

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