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    Might be a no Brainer

    I have a question, i always keep my mag full, could this be bad for the spring in the mag itself? I've owned guns for a couple of years now and haven't had a problem but i was wondering if anyone has.

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    You should unload your mag every 10 years or so to give the springs a break.
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    Nope. They work fine. Springs are cheap and easy to replace too...

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    From a metallurgy standpoint it is not being compressed that wears a spring out. The memory the spring has is because of the way it is tempered and will not change. What wears magazine springs out is compression and decompression, which causes work hardening. Leaving your mags loaded is a good way to conserve space.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miggy View Post
    You should unload your mag every 10 years or so to give the springs a break.
    You mean I need to unload that mag that's been in the safe for the last 15 years? Any good ideas on how to separate the bullets that are corroded together?

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    I rotate my mags every 2 months or so. Not sure if this makes a difference, but it gives me something to do!
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    Keep all your mags full and ready to rock! You never know when the zombies will attack!
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    Some mags seem to take a lot of force to load the last round or two. If it's not a necessity to keep those topped up I'd rather not compress the spring to its limit.

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    No need to unload them except at the range.
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    Mag springs will wear out eventually whether they are kept compressed or not. Buy some spares for replacement. If you start having a last round feeding problem replace it. Or just replace every 3,000 rounds. Get some recoil springs also. If they weaken in time your gun will be damaged.

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    Quote Originally Posted by archer51 View Post
    You mean I need to unload that mag that's been in the safe for the last 15 years? Any good ideas on how to separate the bullets that are corroded together?
    Try hitting them with a hammer.

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    I keep new mags (unused) in the safe, but my other mags are all loaded...and stay that way.
    (I about 8 mags per gun...four new ones for each gun.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Miggy View Post
    You should unload your mag every 10 years or so to give the springs a break.
    Huh ? Just curious but, where did you get this ?

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    What wears out a spring is compression and decompression. Simply storing a spring in any position will not wear it out.

    Quote Originally Posted by rcsnpr View Post
    Try hitting them with a hammer.
    Heating with a torch also works well to separate them.

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    I have a Thompson magazine that has been full since 1945 as near as can be determined. I plan on firing it as soon as I can find a Thompson. Should make a great Mythbusters post. Anyone?

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