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This is a discussion on how long can I store loaded magazines - SR22 within the Ruger Rimfires forums, part of the Pistol & Revolver Forum category; All good advise above. I have some of my Great Grandfathers Winchesters from the turn of the century. As a young farm boy in the ...


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Old May 19th, 2013, 11:08 AM   #16
 
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All good advise above. I have some of my Great Grandfathers Winchesters from the turn of the century. As a young farm boy in the late 40s early 50s I knew they were all kept loaded every minute of every day. I'm proud to own them now and they all work perfectly. My own 1911s, Ruger Marks have been kept loaded for over 50 years , SR22 and others since the day I purchased them with no problems. Rust should be your only concern.



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In Nam I ran across some mags from an ammo box that would fire the first time but would malfunction when reloaded.no idea of how long they had been loaded or what the storage conditions were.
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Magazines have been found that were loaded in WWII and when they were checked 60+ years later, they were still just fine. A spring under tension doesnt lose any power. A spring that has gone through thousands of cycles DOES lose power. Load your mags and dont worry.
I own a centerfire but thanks for this info that applies to my gun as well.
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I keep mine loaded, period.
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No to hijack (ok maybe a little)...but what about bx-25 mags? They use a coil system, rather than a spring.

Same deal? I feel like the coil could "stretch out," and lose it's strength.

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Good question.
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You can store loaded magazines as long as you like. Mine usually stay loaded until I shoot them. The theory that compressing a spring will make it lose it's tension, isn't true. Springs really don't care whether they're compressed or relaxed.

If you're talking about storing them for years, make sure they're in a safe, humidity controlled environment, preferably a safe with some sort of dehumidifier. The silica bags they make are fine. They usually come with a monitor card that changes color according to the humidity. Eventually (years for me here in Phoenix) the bags will need recharging, which can be done in a microwave. Google it for instructions.

They also make blocks that do the same thing - they're about the same price as the bags. They also make expensive dehumidifiers, which you probably don't need unless you're Charlton Heston.
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OP, you could have loaded your mags on May 18th, 2013, and they would still be fine today.
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