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How long can I keep my mags full???

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Ironbarr, Dec 29, 2002.

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How long can I keep AR-15 mags full?

  1. 0 - 24 hours

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  2. 1 Week

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  3. 1 month

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  4. 1 year

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  5. Indefinitely

    18 vote(s)
    94.7%
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  1. Ironbarr

    Ironbarr Member In Memoriam

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    AR 15 USGI (The Usual Suspects) Various 30's.
     
  2. Marko Kloos

    Marko Kloos Moderator Emeritus

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    Indefinitely.

    From a metallurgical standpoint, a spring gets weakened by repeated compression and decompression, not by being compressed. Once a spring is compressed for a second, it may as well be compressed for a decade. You hurt the springs more by loading and unloading them every week or month to "give the springs a rest".
     
  3. Fatelvis

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    Load `em up and leave `em! It wont hurt them at all.
     
  4. rick458

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    I leave mine full, I will replace the spring at the first sign of weakness, I haven't replaced any yet:cool:
     
  5. Jeff White

    Jeff White Moderator Staff Member

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    I know of several instances where M16 mags have been loaded for better then 20 years and functioned fine when fired. Leave em loaded.

    Jeff
     
  6. El Rojo

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    I voted 0-24 hours. Loaded mags??? What are those? I think you will shoot all of that ammo in less than 24 hours! :D
     
  7. Ironbarr

    Ironbarr Member In Memoriam

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    El Rojo...

    Now you know why I put that 0-24 hrs up... bait - and I caught you. That's a real DUH!!!, huh?

    To the others... I'd suspected that from my other mags, but wasn't sure. They are - full up. Kind of like the ready aircraft on a carrier deck... mine are "ready rifle" ready - on deck.

    Now, does the same philosophy prevail for tubular magazine springs - as in Browning auto 12g????
     
  8. cookhj

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    any modern made springs should be fine as explained by lendringser.
     
  9. telewinz

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    Give civilization some credit, we have mastered the perfect spring.
     
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