always keeping bullets in magazine?

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by ballfan4141, Jun 15, 2011.

  1. ballfan4141

    ballfan4141 New Member

    what does everyone do with their magazines. is it a good idea or not to always keep them loaded or will this effect the performance or spring in them when you do need them.
  2. cddbrowns

    cddbrowns New Member

    Springs lose their compression ONLY when cycled over and over. Keeping the compression there or leaving it empty will not effect the spring. You should be able to keep ammo in the mags and no harm will come to the springs at all.

  3. Poink88

    Poink88 New Member

    Supposedly, it is the cycling (compression and decompression) that wears the spring down. It shouldn't hurt if it is in either relaxed (unloaded) or compressed (loaded) state.
  4. Cory2

    Cory2 New Member

    What everyone else said... Unless its an old military m16 mag, then store it with no more than 28 rounds in it, because they (as with many things involving the m16) failed miserably in using their brains and made the mags in such a way that holding 30 rounds over compressed the spring which is very bad news.
  5. wmille01

    wmille01 New Member

    I only keep two mag loaded at a time the rest are stored in the ammo locker with the ammo, the guns are always within three or four feet from my side of the bed.
  6. orangello

    orangello New Member

    All of my mags are loaded one round short. I don't know if it really helps or not, but it makes me feel better about those springs.
  7. Jay

    Jay New Member

    Magazine spring article.....

    To put this one to rest, you have to understand creep. Creep is the slow flow of a non-ferric metal like copper, brass and lead under force. At temperatures outside of a furnace, steel doesn't have any appreciable creep. Under most conditions, steel flexes and then returns to its original shape. When pushed past its elastic limit, steel will bend and not return to its original shape. All designers of well-made magazines make sure the spring never approaches the elastic limit when the magazine is fully loaded. Honest. This means the spring will not weaken when the magazine is fully loaded -- not even over an extended time. Like 50 years. American Handgunner recently ran a story about a magazine full of .45 ACP that had been sitting since WWII and it ran just fine on the first try. So there you go.

    Magazine spring madness: 'creep' to your 'elastic limit' to un-earth the urban legend of 'spring-set' | American Handgunner | Find Articles at BNET
  8. Davo45

    Davo45 New Member

    I can attest to this too, my late father brought his late father's Colt 1911
    home after my grand mother died in 1987. My granddad died in 1952 and his pistol had been kept in the brown leather flap holster in the top of a closet since his death. The leather and canvas magazine pouch had started to dry rot, but there was no rust on the pistol or spare magazines. All 3 magazines were fully loaded and all 3 were emptied without any problems.
  9. tapout155

    tapout155 New Member

    I always keep atleast one clip fully loaded next to my bed. seems to work just fine.
  10. Yunus

    Yunus Active Member

    I'm quoting and replying because this is such a common misconception(I thought this way until I read about the science involved) that it needs to be said over and over and over again to break the chain of misinformation. This is not a shooting issue, it's a scientific issue related to metal and it has been proven.

    Now if there is another issue besides the spring that makes cycling a magazine make sense I'm all ears.
  11. CHLChris

    CHLChris New Member

    For handgun magazines, I keep all of my magazines loaded, but then I only own 2 or 3 for each pistol. I absolutely do NOT load them and unload them at any time except on range trips.

    For my AR magazines, I have many that are loaded, but then many that are unloaded so that when I go to the range I can take the unloaded ones to put in plinking ammo without needing to unload the good stuff.

    At the very moment of NEEDING a firearm, one only has as many rounds as are currently loaded into magazines that are accessible.

    Load them and leave them loaded is my 2 cents!
  12. Phelenwolf

    Phelenwolf New Member

    I have range mags and carry mags. I change out my carry mags every 3-4 months. Range mags I carry loaded at all times. 30rd rifle mags have 28 and 20rd's have 18. Military training.

    I have never noticed any difference in my mags that are loaded all the time.
  13. Outdoorsman5

    Outdoorsman5 New Member

    I have wondered about this for years. Great info.
  14. boatme98

    boatme98 Well-Known Member

    Since the early '80s I have a few pistols that I keep loaded. I haven't seen any evidence of mag springs weakening. With modern quality steel, I don't think there will be a problem in my lifetime.