Hand loading a magazine, how long until it is easier?

Hand loading a magazine, how long until it is easier?

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    Hand loading a magazine, how long until it is easier?

    I have read that magazines get easier to load after the spring relaxes a bit.
    I don't know how to quantify "a bit" but is a dozen load and unloads enough to relax the spring so I can load the magazine by hand? four dozen?
    At this point, I can load the first seven or so before I have to revert to my speed loader.
    Typically I would refer to my hand strength as normal to above normal, but now I am feeling like a big wimp.

    Does make and capacity make a difference? If it does, I am trying to load 9mm into a 15 round Beretta double stack magazine.
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    Everything gets easier with repetition. Your fingers will toughen up. Just shoot more and get accustomed to it.

    My daughter empties mags by hand and then reloads them just for the practice. She has been doing this since she began shooting about 20 yrs ago
    A 9mm might expand but a .45acp never shrinks.

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    Yea, they definitely get easier to load the more they're used.

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    Maglula UpLULA Pistol Mag Loader Unloader Polymer
    these may help if you like this sort of thing. The rifle ones are great!
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    Yes, it gets easier.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrBuckwheat View Post
    Maglula UpLULA Pistol Mag Loader Unloader Polymer
    these may help if you like this sort of thing. The rifle ones are great!
    This is what I use. I have arthritis and I find that it is much easier, besides I can't seem to keep the rounds from slipping off each other while hand loading.
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    Load the mag to its capacity and let it sit that way for a few days. My G30 was nearly impossible to get the 10th round in until I did that.
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    I suggest that your have your hired domestic help perform this pedestrian task. This is one situation in which the gender-specific "man servant" comes in handy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrBuckwheat View Post
    Maglula UpLULA Pistol Mag Loader Unloader Polymer
    these may help if you like this sort of thing. The rifle ones are great!
    The OP says he has a speed loader, I assume it's similar to this.

    I actually just got my UpLula mag loaders for pistols & .223 last night and love them already. I can load mags by hand, but these make it so much easier it's ridiculous IMO not to use them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PEF View Post
    I suggest that your have your hired domestic help perform this pedestrian task. This is one situation in which the gender-specific "man servant" comes in handy.
    I would like to, but they keep putting the rounds in backwards to see if I will shoot myself.

    Quote Originally Posted by Norm66 View Post
    I can load mags by hand, but these make it so much easier it's ridiculous IMO not to use them.
    Yes, it is a lot faster with the loader (mine is a cheapo that came with an awesome gun), but I always thought I should be able to load the full mag.


    I guess I must be on the wimpish side, but, I will keep working at it to make it easier.
    It would help if I roughened up the shells a bit so that they don't slide off each other as I am loading them. That is the biggest problem. I can push them down OK, but they just keep sliding. Will sanding or grinding the sides a bit affect loading and shooting you think?
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    Quote Originally Posted by LuvMyPX4 View Post
    ... Will sanding or grinding the sides a bit affect loading and shooting you think?
    Let me see if I've got this right .... You want to take a grinder to live ammunition to rough up the outside ot the cartridges? And then, you want to put those cartridges into your magazine and expect them to cycle through your gun?

    Please forgive my rudeness, but, ... have you lost your mind?

    The whole reason the cartridges are made the way they are, is so they will slide over each other and slide into, and out of, the chamber in your gun. Why would you want to defeat years of engineering experience?

    Just about the only thing you will accomplish is that your magazine will not feed and your gun will be unable to extract the spent cartridge from the chamber. This is not to mention the danger of reducing the thickness of the cartridges by grinding on the outside of the cartridge, thereby making it mor susceptible to case failure.
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    It seems like the spring varies a lot from pistol to pistol. My Sig P226 is a piece of cake. The last round in my Nano is a bit tough. My CZ-82 or my wife's XD(M) -- forget it.

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    Another issue involves M&P 9mm's
    The mag spring for 10/12/15/17 round mags is the same.
    Made my 12's almost impossible to load the last round even with a loader.
    My solution was to cut off 2 spring loops.
    I did one loop/tested function (live ammo) several mag loads, then did the second loop and tested.
    Then did all my mags and many rounds have gone thru them /no problem.
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    Your mag springs will relax with time. Just keep using them.

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    It likely has something to do with friction.
    To make your magazines load better and even more importantly unload better here are a few tips.
    1. Keep them clean.
    2. For cleaning take them apart and before reassembly, put a coat or two of Boshield T9 on the inside and on the follower while following directions on the can.
    3. Keep them clean on the inside and outside.

    While you have them apart verify that there are no sharp edges or corners on the follower where it rubs the inside of the magazine. If there are use a stone, file or fine grit emery cloth to gently round these edges without altering the size or shape of the follower.

    The T9 will protect them and make the follower slide more easily in both directions without putting any kind of lube on the rounds. I do this with all new magazines before using them too, then re-clean and coat after a few hundred rounds.
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