Leaving a Marlin 60 loaded?


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Guvnor
August 2, 2009, 06:37 PM
I know the "can I leaving my mags loaded" question is beaten to death already, but this has a different twist.

This pertains to tubular magazines like on the marlin model 60. I was wondering if I could keep the tube full for extended periods? Would the downward pressure eventually over time cause the bullet to deform or the crimp to "loosen up" or anything like that?

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chevyforlife21
August 2, 2009, 06:39 PM
there is no crimp on a rifle round. and i doubt it would hurt anything ive done it with mine. the rounds are all metal shotshells can deform cause there plastic.

MrCleanOK
August 2, 2009, 07:13 PM
Chevyforlife21,

A Marlin model 60 is .22LR, which is crimped.

Guvnor,

Same principle applies. No harm done.

General Geoff
August 2, 2009, 07:16 PM
Not only is the .22lr crimped, but since it's a heeled bullet, it really can't be pushed further into the case under anything but obscene pressure.

chevyforlife21
August 2, 2009, 07:20 PM
oh sorry for the mistake i realy didnt know that at all thanks guys

General Geoff
August 2, 2009, 07:59 PM
Knowledge is power. Study hard. Conquer the world. :)

RonC133
August 2, 2009, 10:37 PM
I beg your pardon.

Many rifle bullets have a cannelure and certainly, ammo for tubular magazines, like 30-30 Win are indeed crimped, especially factory ammo.

Lee makes factory crimping dies for several rifle rounds.

rangerruck
August 3, 2009, 05:54 AM
no probs, you can keep loaded, the mod 60 tube spring is actually very weak, it is designed simply to move the cart, from the tube, and push it onto the elevator/lifter , inside the receiver. no worries.

76shuvlinoff
August 3, 2009, 05:34 PM
Don't know that it causes a problem but I do know that I've kept mine loaded for almost 3 years (except for when I'm unloading it at varmits or paper) No issues... that I've noticed anyhow.

CZguy
August 3, 2009, 06:15 PM
Springs do not wear out from being compressed. They wear out from the number of compressions (cycles) and being over compressed.

Snick91
August 3, 2009, 06:19 PM
Like the others have said, you have nothing to worry about. A friend of mine has kept his Model 60 loaded for a couple of years. We took it shooting about a week ago and it functioned flawlessly. No deformed cartridges, no weakened springs.

Birdmang
August 3, 2009, 06:21 PM
I know the "can I leaving my mags loaded" question is beaten to death already, but this has a different twist.


So cab you leave rounds loaded in AR15 magazines...will it mess them up?

rcmodel
August 3, 2009, 06:24 PM
Hasn't hurt my M-16 mags any.

Course, they've only been loaded since I "acquired" them from the Army in 1970, so the jury is still out.

Download them two rounds as you should be doing anyway, and they will likely last forever, or longer.

rc

22-rimfire
August 3, 2009, 06:26 PM
The only thing that would concern me is the higher potential for a cartridge to be backed into the tube (spring) which could cause someone to mistake that there is a shell in it even though they might have unloaded. This doesn't happen often as I understand it; rare is probably a more applicable adjective. But something to think about.

rcmodel
August 3, 2009, 06:28 PM
Not sure what "backed into the spring" means?

There is a magazine follower in there between the spring and the cartridges.
The rounds never touch the spring.

rc

22-rimfire
August 3, 2009, 06:35 PM
Use your imagination.

clone
August 3, 2009, 06:58 PM
"backed into the spring",,, pretend we are 5. :confused:

22-rimfire
August 3, 2009, 07:06 PM
The tube that contains the spring which has a follower on the end of it that has various configurations. :) I have to chuckle at this. I wish you would quote me correctly if you are going to quote me and make fun of me.

I prefer tubular magazines and have never had a problem keeping one loaded in the house for whatever need might come up.

Deltaboy
August 3, 2009, 07:07 PM
Keep her loaded she'll be fine.

Pistol Toter
August 3, 2009, 08:13 PM
For goodness sake, yes, load that gun up! I had one for 20 years before I got rid of it and my dad had one for probably 5 years before he got rid of his. Like someone said they were always loaded unless they were being unloaded from the breech going towards the muzzle:) or being cleaned. The ones we had tended to get dirty pretty quick and once fouled they didn't operate to good:scrutiny:. Dads slung lead in every direction :confused: and mine was a pretty good little gun. But yeah, load that baby up.

lefteyedom
August 4, 2009, 12:29 AM
The only real problem with leaving a Model 60 load is from a firearm safety point of view. I personally don't like pulling the bolt back to see if rifle is loaded, then forgetting that my dumb-self just load a live round in to the chamber. Don't ask how I know how stupid I was when I was young.....

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