Do you clean magazines?


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chevyforlife21
March 17, 2012, 08:09 PM
Do you lube the metal body's follower and spring how often?

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BCCL
March 17, 2012, 08:12 PM
I wipe them down after each range session, take them apart maybe once a year.

The Sarge
March 17, 2012, 08:34 PM
Yup.
How often? I dunno. When the mood hits me.

B!ngo
March 17, 2012, 09:00 PM
Well of course. They've got moving parts so they get cleaned. Also, like changing your oil in your own car, it's an opportunity for a detailed inspection which, in the case of mags, may be more important than the cleaning.

beatledog7
March 17, 2012, 09:01 PM
Only when one gives me trouble.

earlthegoat2
March 17, 2012, 09:08 PM
Every so often. Interpret how you will.

HOOfan_1
March 17, 2012, 09:11 PM
I only take them apart every 3rd or 4th range session...they can be a pain to put back together.

I always go over the inside of the frame and the outside of my magazines with qtips and rubbing alcohol though.

Coyote3855
March 17, 2012, 09:12 PM
When I was shooting IPSC 4-5 times a month, a magazine or two went in the dirt on every stage. I cleaned the mag body interior with a nylon brush and the springs with a dry rag between stages. And never used any lube. It only attracted crud.

rcmodel
March 17, 2012, 09:12 PM
Most certainly.

Re-lube with Remington Dry-Lube spray.

Slicker then owl dodo, won't contaminate primers, and dirt doesn't stick like it does to oil.

rc

Swing
March 17, 2012, 09:14 PM
On the 1911, yes. Light (very light) coating of oil after a range trip.

BCRider
March 17, 2012, 09:15 PM
Yes, when they get gritty feeling. I've used an oily rag for a very light coating on the internal parts only.

I'll get some dry lube when I remember to buy some while out some day.

igousigloo
March 17, 2012, 09:17 PM
Only when one gives me trouble.Probably should do it more often but a malfunction usually reminds me.

Gun Nerd
March 17, 2012, 09:38 PM
Usually around every third range trip. A little spray of Rem oil and a wipe down keeps them happily feeding. I am as concerned about wear as mallfunction.

dagger dog
March 17, 2012, 09:38 PM
Yeah but,I want to know how ya'll get the potato chip grease finger prints off the cover pictures of the latest issue of Handloader ?:D

A small round "bottle brush" works well,then I "lube" with the same powder mica I use fo case necks,wipe clean.

4v50 Gary
March 17, 2012, 09:52 PM
Once a year unless they obviously need it.

SharpsDressedMan
March 17, 2012, 10:09 PM
Same as above. ^

wally
March 17, 2012, 10:14 PM
I take them apart and clean only if they start giving feed problems. If that doesn't fix it I'll try a new spring, and if that fails, I'll swap in a known good follower. IF that fails I pull the spring, follower, and floor-plate and junk the body.

The outsides and follower top I generally wipe down before I load them.

wrs840
March 17, 2012, 10:22 PM
Re-lube with Remington Dry-Lube spray.

That's what I use, and I think it may be the key to not really having to clean them very often...

Deltaboy
March 17, 2012, 10:30 PM
Once a year unless they get dropped in the dirt.

Ludasmith
March 17, 2012, 10:40 PM
I don't lube them as I worry the lube will hold dirt when they get dropped in the rocks/sand/grass as I am practicing at the range.

I clean my pistols every couple thousand rounds (which turns out to be about once every 2 years) and the mags get cleaned on an as needed basis if they are feeling gritty. I might try this Remi Dry Lube mentioned above if I see it at the store.

bigfatdave
March 17, 2012, 10:46 PM
I clean as needed or when I can't remember the last time I cleaned them

Take down, inspect&deburr, blow/wipe out, dry-lube ("liquid wrench" brand spray for me), re-assemble, test, store or load as needed

It isn't rocket surgery, it just takes some time and attention. If a mag is a pain to take down I sometimes just blow it out through the holes/slots and clean while holding the follower down with a bamboo implement.

M2 Carbine
March 17, 2012, 11:29 PM
Do you clean magazines?
Only when they get dropped in the dirt.


When I fire such as corrosive 7.62x25 I give the magazine a good cleaning.

Ala Dan
March 18, 2012, 01:57 AM
Probably, not often enough~? :uhoh: :)

Swing
March 18, 2012, 02:00 AM
Ah, the 7.62x25mm, forgot about that one. Yes, I clean and oil them good after that funky old Commie stuff is run through the Yugo.

Dr.Rob
March 18, 2012, 02:11 AM
1. shake the rocks and dirt out.

2. wipe off with an oily rag

If it still looks raunchy, disassemble and clean.

Carl N. Brown
March 18, 2012, 02:15 AM
Clean and very light lube once a year.

I have found globs of cosmoline in military magazines, which with a little fouling and dirt would have been a mess, so I clean all new-to-me magazines before use.

bigfatdave
March 18, 2012, 05:11 AM
I have found globs of cosmoline in military magazines,oh yes!
I've bought M1 Carbine magazines marked as "for parts" that were just full of waxy greasy Cosmoline, those were the ones I didn't even bother to take apart, just shoved the followers down and sprayed them out, after which they're perfectly fine as range magazines.

303tom
March 18, 2012, 08:52 AM
YES.............

MifflinKid
March 18, 2012, 11:42 AM
I disassemble new magazines and give them a double coat of car wax. Inside, outside, the follower and the springs.

From then on, I just wipe the outside with a soft cotton cloth or run an appropriately sized bore mop inside when I think they need it. I do rewax the top of the followers from time to time when the mood hits me.

wally
March 18, 2012, 11:45 AM
When I fire such as corrosive 7.62x25 I give the magazine a good cleaning.

I'm on my 10th can of surplus 7.62x25 and I've yet to do anything to the mags other than wipe off the outsides to keep my hands reasonable clean when reloading them. None show any rust or corrosion that wasn't there when I got them.

Ankeny
March 18, 2012, 11:52 AM
I clean anytime they get dropped in the dirt, feel gritty, or just look like a cleaning is in order. I disassemble, use a magazine brush followed by a cloth.

xfyrfiter
March 18, 2012, 11:55 AM
My 10-22 mags get cleaned much more than the 9 or the AR, just because my bench gun doesn't like a dirty mag, it will stovepipe or fte if mags are dirty.

Driftertank
March 18, 2012, 11:58 AM
On occasion, as when a mag exhibits feeding issues, i'll disassemble and clean it, or when it feels gritty or has been in the dirt.

I like dry graphite for lubing mags, personally. No oily component to it, but after applying it and working it in, you should blow off any excess, lest it get into any oil or grease used in the gun itself.

M2 Carbine
March 18, 2012, 01:26 PM
I'm on my 10th can of surplus 7.62x25 and I've yet to do anything to the mags other than wipe off the outsides to keep my hands reasonable clean when reloading them. None show any rust or corrosion that wasn't there when I got them.
I've got some high dollar 7.62x25 drum magazines that rusted bad because I didn't think to clean them one time. After about 2-3 weeks I happened to pick them up. They weren't ruined but the top looked like they were sprayed with salt.


I have some PPS43-C stick magazines that were thrown in on a deal. From corrosive ammo a couple of these are rusted almost clean through the metal. I suspect they were stuck away for a year or two after firing corrosive ammo.

wally
March 18, 2012, 06:12 PM
I'm on my 10th can of surplus 7.62x25 and I've yet to do anything to the mags other than wipe off the outsides to keep my hands reasonable clean when reloading them. None show any rust or corrosion that wasn't there when I got them.
I've got some high dollar 7.62x25 drum magazines that rusted bad because I didn't think to clean them one time. After about 2-3 weeks I happened to pick them up. They weren't ruined but the top looked like they were sprayed with salt.


I have some PPS43-C stick magazines that were thrown in on a deal. From corrosive ammo a couple of these are rusted almost clean through the metal. I suspect they were stuck away for a year or two after firing corrosive ammo.

I don't know what to say, my PPsH drum is not rusted and its not been anything but wiped off after a few uses, neither are the stick mags I use with it or the modified PPsH-43 mags I use with my AR-15 7.62x25 upper (which have seen a lot more use).

Maybe the Polish and Romanian surplus ammo is not really corrosive, but I do clean the guns with water, followed by Hoppe's and have no issues with them either.

I doubt your part of Texas is more "corrosive" than Houston -- sterling sliver turns a blackish-bronze color here in a few years if you don't polish it often. We got a few pieces as wedding presents and neither of us care enough about them to keep polishing them after the first few times -- just too much trouble for something we don't use or particularly care to display.

MilsurpShooter
March 18, 2012, 06:16 PM
I've got a bunch of aluminum surplus mags for my Cetme. When I got them they all received a detailed cleaning and inspection. Now, about once a month.

Captains1911
March 18, 2012, 10:04 PM
I am somewhat obsessive about cleaning guns themselves, but I rarely clean mags. I will wipe down the outside and top of the follower with a dry rag, but that's it. I ensure they have no oil inside whatsoever.

I do take my carry mags down once a year or so to replace the spring, so I will clean them at that time, although they don't really need it.

dcarch
March 18, 2012, 10:05 PM
Yes, every month.

The Lone Haranguer
March 18, 2012, 10:09 PM
Roughly every fourth or fifth time I clean the gun. If dropped in dirt for whatever reason, right away. I don't use any lubricant on them, however, except silicone spray.

JoeMal
March 18, 2012, 10:09 PM
I'll go ahead and be the first to admit.....

I've never cleaned a magazine in my life. My guns run just fine.

YMMV

allaroundhunter
March 19, 2012, 01:12 AM
At the range at the farm my mags can get pretty dirty from being dropped on the ground, this past trip there was a good bit of mud and gunk on them. If that is the case, they get cleaned after every session, with the followers and springs wiped down with an oiled cloth.

If it was just at a range without the mags being dropped on the ground, they get a quick inspection, but a cleaning is typically unnecessary.

pockets
March 19, 2012, 10:02 AM
I started to clean my magazines, but the ink ran and made them unreadable.

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Zach S
March 19, 2012, 10:35 AM
They get disassembled and cleaned if they end up in the dirt. Blued magazines get a thin coat of CLP only to prevent combat rust.

Other than that, I normally dont worry unless I'm changing magazine springs, and have to take them apart anyway.

SlowFuse
March 19, 2012, 08:13 PM
I'm with Dr. Rob...

Gtimothy
March 19, 2012, 09:22 PM
I have a mild case of OCD and if I clean one, I usually end up cleaning ALL of them...:o Makes for some long cleaning sessions.....:uhoh: ;)

gpjoe
March 20, 2012, 07:49 PM
I wipe down the follower, feed lips, and outside of the mag with a dry rag, so I guess I do clean them.

Solvent? No, Lube? No.

Sauer Grapes
March 20, 2012, 09:37 PM
About once a month for my competition mags. Once or twice a year for my carry gun mags.
Range gun mags? Oh yeah, I should probably do them sometime.....lol.

Odd Job
March 20, 2012, 09:52 PM
I have two sets of mags:

1) 6 x 10 round and 2 x 5 round mags for a Thompson Center R55 Benchmark
2) 1 x original and 2 x Black Dog mags for a SIG522

The Thompson mags I bought at different stages: the oldest ones are 5 years old (since first use) and the newest around 7 months (since first use). These mags I completely strip after every third visit to the range. I run a cloth through the mag shell, wipe down the springs and plastic parts with a cloth and then spray the springs and the shells with WD40. I have a silicon-based spray for the plastic parts. So far these mags have remained rust-free and reliable. The round count amongst those mags is 10,500+

The SIG522 mags: the original one is 13 months old (since first use) and the two Black Dog mags are 4 months old (since first use). I didn't strip the SIG mags at all, only cleaned obvious gunk off the exposed part of the follower. That was until last week, when I decided to open them all up and give them a clean.

Just as well I did it, because I found the spring of the original SIG mag rusted (really thick brown rust) along half of it's length. It was really weird, the rust was only on the bottom half of the spring. The Black Dog mags had no signs of rust.
So I cleaned those springs as best I could and sprayed them with WD40. I am going to be checking those SIG mags as regularly as the Thompson ones from now on...
The round count amongst those SIG mags is 4500+

Hocka Louis
March 20, 2012, 10:12 PM
No, that's what the enlisted men are for...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGvv_QquV8c

The-Reaver
March 20, 2012, 10:15 PM
Rem oil from a spray can.

Chris-bob
March 20, 2012, 10:22 PM
Once every blue moon.

animator
March 20, 2012, 10:35 PM
Range mags never get cleaned. Maybe a wipe down once in a while, but other than that, I don't think I've made an effort to disassemble and clean them. They stay in the range bag unless in the gun being used.


Mags that get dirty from nature, either being out riding around on an ATV or getting dusty, muddy, or whatever will get cleaned if or when needed.


Daily carry magazine gets cleaned when the carry gun does.

tactikel
March 20, 2012, 10:37 PM
Disassemble and clean, inspect, and lube lightly with CLP once a year.

LAK
March 21, 2012, 04:42 AM
Good idea to at least look at them once in awhile. Even if they are stainless or polymer the springs can rust, and dust etc can accumilate inside. If you are out in the cold and return into a warm home there might be some condensation inside. Living in a humid and or dusty environment I would check them often.

forestdavegump
March 21, 2012, 05:13 AM
Clean once a year or if they are failing.

SwampWolf
March 22, 2012, 12:12 PM
Interesting responses to this thread in that I've read countless posts in other threads where one of the invariable suggested remedies to a malfunctioning pistol was to "be sure and clean the magazine". Now, there's no downside to keeping the magazine clean and, doubtless, there may be an occasion or two when cleaning a dirty magazine "cures" a malfunctioning pistol but, as many here have reported, I think that a dirty magazine is rarely the cause of a pistol/ammunition jam. The magazine spring is big and stout and the tolerences inside the body of the mag with reference to its proximity to the spring and follower are generous, making it harder for particles of dirt to impede the proper movement of the ammunition to the chamber.

The most vulnerable area for most mags are the "feed lips", which can be easily deformed by dropping onto a hard surface or other kinds of rough handling. Deformed lips, a spring weakened over time (or the wrong spring) and damaged followers are the most common magazine induced pistol malfunctions. Obviously, if the magazine is subjected to treatment where it is exposed to dirt/sand/mud it should be stripped, cleaned and lightly lubricated (mostly as a rust-preventative measure).

I have fond memories of the mandatory gun cleaning sessions following our bi-annual firearms qualification courses when the instructor would without fail admonish all of us to "make sure your clips are clean". Most of the time back then, I thought that cleaning mags was a waste of time, lube and effort. I still do. :)

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