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    I rotate them every 14 days for home defense handguns, clean my competition ones after every match to get out crud.

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    At least once a month at a range to stay proficient.

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    When I get a job and get some money I'll prolly start rotating mags but for now I have 3 mags, 1 stays in the gun, 2 on my hip and thats where they stay all the time, haven't touched em in close to a year but when I did have the chance to load them up with ball rounds and fire away there were no malfunctions so I feel comfortable they will work.
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    The best thing you can do is rotate through your mags - regardless of how many that may be. For example, I typically shoot my Glock 34 (long slide 9mm) and have 10 mags that are almost always loaded (used to be with 10, now 7). On no less than a monthly basis I shoot through all of them in practice or during IDPA matches. This has a couple of benefits... First, it keeps the feed lips clean and smooth (they can get rough with light corrosion over time and not feed reliably - running ammo through them keeps them clean/smooth). Second, it allows for "automatic" rotation of ammo (the brass can also corrode/tarnish with time - resulting in unreliable feeding. At worst, with expensive SD ammo, I'll remove them from a mag on a quarterly basis, clean the brass, and reinsert into a freshly shot/clean mag (one of those mentioned above).

    One more thing... If you use leather for CCW spare mags, be sure to clean them and your ammo from time to time as well. I recently noticed that the brass had a sticky, oily film on every round (presumably from whatever oils might be in the leather). Needless to say, I'm much more watchful over these SD mags and rounds now...
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    For spring life? Never. Physics doesn't wrk like that

    For dirt? Depends entirely on your environment. I haven't been really messy with my mags on lately.
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    So the springs never wear out? Or just from being loaded? Cycle after cycle will eventually wear them just like a coil spring in a car.

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    Springs wear over time from being compressed then released. Will wear less being loaded and left then being loaded and unloaded, loaded then unloaded.... always been a debated topic here and everywhere. Its up there with 9mm vs 45acp. Lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darthgamer138 View Post
    For spring life? Never. Physics doesn't wrk like that

    For dirt? Depends entirely on your environment. I haven't been really messy with my mags on lately.
    I have heard horror stories of lint jamming up magazines due to years of carry with the same loaded mag.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RandallOfLegend View Post
    At least once a month at a range to stay proficient.
    I was going to say, every time I pull the trigger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuck View Post
    So the springs never wear out? Or just from being loaded? Cycle after cycle will eventually wear them just like a coil spring in a car.
    They don't wear from being in the same state. It's the work that wears them.
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    You should be using all your magazines at the range to make sure that they all cycle properly through your gun.

    I can't say that I've ever had a loaded mag stay that way (loaded) for any length of time.

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    I load all my mags and take them to the range that way, then when I shoot I don't have to take the time there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darthgamer138 View Post
    They don't wear from being in the same state. It's the work that wears them.
    Ding ding ding!

    this right here

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    At the range I empty my carry mags of SD ammo... and just load them all up with target ammo til I run out of the 100 or so rounds I bring with me... put the SD ammo back in. Once in a while I'll take them apart, clean out any crud/dust/residue. I replace SD ammo every 6 months or so. So far so good...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dieter122 View Post
    Ding ding ding!

    this right here
    Physics MFer, do you speak it? xD

    Wait until I blow your mind by telling you that a bullet fired at 90, and one dropped by hand hit the ground at the same time. :O
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    I shoot the SD ammo in my magazines every 4 months or so. It really doesn't have anything to do with keeping them clean though. It is more of a re-affirmation that the SD ammo will cycle cleanly and shoot well.

    The empty mags get a quick wipe down after every trip to the range.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chuck View Post
    It's nice to see actual experimental data. However, what is NOT known is the amount of spring force required to reliably feed ammo from said magazine. For my part, I'd rather have a lightly/reasonably used (not abused) mag that has proven itself reliable. Additionally, new mags with extremely stiff springs can also sometimes fail to feed due to excess pressure either on the underside of the slide or by "pressing" the ammo too tightly in the mags (resulting in a significant increase in friction.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darthgamer138 View Post
    Physics MFer, do you speak it? xD

    Wait until I blow your mind by telling you that a bullet fired at 90, and one dropped by hand hit the ground at the same time. :O
    Hmmm... Is there another physicist in the house (other than myself)?
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    The only time your mags should be unloaded is when your on your way to or from the range. If your at home you should have a mag at the ready next to your gun at all time.

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    My mags are loaded and ready to roll 24 hours a day no matter where I'm going to & from and as always there's one in the tube.

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    The only time your mags should be unloaded is when your on your way to or from the range. If your at home you should have a mag at the ready next to your gun at all time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ats64mod View Post
    Hmmm... Is there another physicist in the house (other than myself)?
    Just a hobby. I like learning stuff that is the opposite of conventional wisdom. When I learned that the weight if an object has no bearing on how fast it free falls it about died.
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