Do magazine springs need a rest?

Do magazine springs need a rest?

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    Do magazine springs need a rest?

    Good day,
    I generally carry a Sig P-230 and a couple of extra magazines. In the summer I can get to an outdoor range and work the ammo through all the magazines on a regular basis, but in the winter --- not so much (Michigan). These mags may spend 3 to 4 months with a full load. Do the springs loose their "springyness"? Should I give them a rest and unload every now and then?


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    They are actually getting weaker in the summer when they are being used.

    PS - You really should get out and shoot regularly in the winter too, it's not so bad. (Minnesota)

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    You know, that's the FIRST time somebody posted that question here... today.

    The answer is NO. With few exceptions, modern magazine springs do not lose their spring rate if the mags are kept loaded. What cnauman refers to is that the cycling of the mag springs from unloaded to loaded and back is the mechanism by which springs lose their "springiness." But that really takes many thousands of cycles. Also, it is perfectly normal for a new spring to take a "set" - i.e., for a compression spring to shorten a little in overall length after a few use cycles.
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    Thanks cnauman,
    I used to hunt in the winter, but it's just to doggone cold out there anymore.

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    Smitty,
    I'd imagine nearly every question that could be asked has been. Thanks for the information. The question has been on my mind for a long time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Metalman View Post
    Thanks cnauman,
    I used to hunt in the winter, but it's just to doggone cold out there anymore.
    Yeah, I used to be big into pheasant hunting - not so much anymore. Might help that the 2 ranges I am a member of are in kind of a bowl, definitely helps with the wind.

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    Wolff Gunsprings suggests that double stack magazines should be downloaded by one or two cartridges for long term storage of a loaded magazine.
    Single stack magazines may remain fully stoked indefinitely.

    That, according to Wolff on their Frequently Asked Questions page.

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    just fyi....all 3 of my G17 mags I carry on me on duty stay loaded full year around, I only empty them once a year at the range at a qual, for the 2nd qual they stay loaded, never had a problem
    my off duty G30 stays fully loaded, don't empty those mags at practice either, shoot off my carry ammo every 2 years, never had a problem on them
    I keep 6 spare G17 mags in a tac vest all fully loaded, I carry in my car at work, have another vest at home with G21 mags that stay fully loaded too, never had any problems
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    Good information and much appreciated everyone. Thank you.

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