Lever Action Question?

Lever Action Question?

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    Lever Action Question?

    I have a Marlin .357 / .38 lever action rifle. First off, I love this rifle! its alot of fun and accurate as can be.

    The second question is if it would cause problems leaving it loaded? Will this mess up the spring in the tube, or the rounds?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paladin132 View Post
    I have a Marlin .357 / .38 lever action rifle. First off, I love this rifle! its alot of fun and accurate as can be.

    The second question is if it would cause problems leaving it loaded? Will this mess up the spring in the tube, or the rounds?
    It's my understanding that loading/unloading is hard on the spring, if the spring is compressed or uncompressed, or partially compressed, it should be fine. If you load and unload it all the time... the compression and decompression can fatigue the metal.
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    Just download it by one or two rounds. I have kept two Winchesters in the house for many years and the magazine springs function like new.

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    Quote Originally Posted by matiki View Post
    It's my understanding that loading/unloading is hard on the spring, if the spring is compressed or uncompressed, or partially compressed, it should be fine. If you load and unload it all the time... the compression and decompression can fatigue the metal.
    This is right, it is the compression/decompression that wears a spring.
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    There have been a lot of threads here about leaving magazines loaded.

    My opinion? Get a couple of extra springs and don't worry about it. Switch the spring when it doesn't work right anymore.

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    Every year or two buy & replace the spring.

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    Well the only reason I ask is because its the tube magazine and the rounds are loaded in there, well like they are.

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    Paladin, if you're concerned about the safety of having the rounds stacked on top of each other it's not a problem as long as they are round or flat nosed style bullets. The primers have to be punched by something like a firing pin. And having a spare mag spring is a good idea too.

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    Ok gang. Thanks to everyone for weighing in. I appriciate it. I didn't think it would be that big of a deal, but didn't know if maybe someone on here had experinced something bad happening with that sort of magazine / rounds / etc. Thanks.

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