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    When to replace mag?

    Hope everyone's having a good day!
    Being pretty new here I would like to say how much I real enjoy this site!
    My question being is there a rule of thumb for replacing a magazine (for tension) for autos if it is loaded day in an day out?

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    If it stops feeding, or the bullets fall out the top (feed lips spreading)--then it's time to replace.
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    The only time the magazine itself needs replaced is if there is damage to it, otherwise just replace the spring.
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    If your pistol starts tossing your spent brass out of the ejection port further than it did when the mag was new then it's time to buy and install a new magazine spring.

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    Only if it is damaged, you replace the springs when you encounter the problems listed above
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    Thanks.....I didnt know that you could change the springs, will have to look in to that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QKShooter View Post
    If your pistol starts tossing your spent brass out of the ejection port further than it did when the mag was new then it's time to buy and install a new magazine spring.
    Do you mean magazine spring or recoil spring?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KWAG View Post
    Thanks.....I didnt know that you could change the springs, will have to look in to that.
    Check Youtube, they have some good "how to "videos.

    Just a note: Disassemble and clean your mags regularly.
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    +1 on cleaning the mags. You'd be surprised at how much powder and crap builds up in them in a range session. A baby bottle brush works wonders and is cheaper than the fancy "magazine brush."

    If feeding problems appears out of the blue, that's a good hint to swap out the mag spring.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldVet View Post
    +1 on cleaning the mags. You'd be surprised at how much powder and crap builds up in them in a range session. A baby bottle brush works wonders and is cheaper than the fancy "magazine brush."

    If feeding problems appears out of the blue, that's a good hint to swap out the mag spring.
    I use a small toothbrush with a bit of weaponshield or your favorite CLP and wipe down the inside of the magazine, then run a rag or some patches through it much like cleaning a barrel. Then I wipe off the spring and follower and let it dry a few min before putting it together.

    Whatever you do, a quick cleaning of your magazines once in a while is a very good habit to get into.
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    Wolff brand springs are very good and they make many different springs for many different guns. They're also easy to find/buy. If you visit their web site, you can see/find what they make for your particular pistol.

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    Keep em clean and they should be good to go. If you do have damage, fixing them is pretty simple.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KWAG View Post
    Hope everyone's having a good day!
    Being pretty new here I would like to say how much I real enjoy this site!
    My question being is there a rule of thumb for replacing a magazine (for tension) for autos if it is loaded day in an day out?
    It's not the staying loaded that stresses magazine springs, it's the flexing cause by actual usage. Quality magazines can stay loaded for months, if not years, with no adverse effect upon the springs.
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