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Old May 18th, 2013, 04:03 PM   #1
 
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how long can I store loaded magazines - SR22

How long can I store a loaded magazine for a SR22, without it messing up the spring? Is there a time limit?

I'm thinking in case of emergency, let it be loaded at all times and then I can just put the mag in and be ready.



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Old May 18th, 2013, 04:07 PM   #2
 
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You can leave them loaded for much longer than you'd ever need to.
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That all depends... Is it the last of your ammo? How much willpower do you have to resist shooting it?
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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.
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Load'em up... old wise tail about damage if left loaded.
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+1 what weblance says
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I have a 1976 vintage Ruger Mark I 22 pistol that was stored (and never fired) for 35 years with the magazine fully loaded.

Last year I got it out of the safe, took it to the range and that magazine has worked perfectly.

My understanding is that compressing and releasing springs is what eventually wears them out. Keeping them compressed does not.
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I am working on 24 years for a couple of 10/22 magazines and have run others as long as 20 years without a problem. I will let you know in 10 or so years how the 10/22 magazines hold up.
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Load 'em up!
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Re: how long can I store loaded magazines - SR22

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that all depends... Is it the last of your ammo? How much willpower do you have to resist shooting it?:d
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OK guys, thanks!
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I know some say it is a myth but I don't leave them loaded for very long. Wen I buy a semi with mags that are hard to load I leave them loaded for a few days and they load just fine after that. That's why I unload when not in use. I carry a revolver. Yiogo
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The spring is only effected by the loading or unloading processes. Leaving it loaded has the same affect as leaving it unloaded.
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Perhaps the concern should be more for things like rust or dirt getting in there while stored. Or in rare cases especially with very old ammo migration of the lube into the powder or primer, and not about whether the spring will be damaged.
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