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5 years 18 weeks ago, 7:59 PM

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i keep my maverick 88 loaded at all times near my bed in case of a break in, my friend said that its bad because im weakening the spring, what is the best thing to do?

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5 years 18 weeks ago, 10:15 PM

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raffycanlas wrote:
i keep my maverick 88 loaded at all times near my bed in case of a break in, my friend said that its bad because im weakening the spring, what is the best thing to do?

Just like pistol magazines if you want to keep it loaded all the time down load a few rounds. It would take a very long time for a magazine to lose it's tension. I have a 8 shot mossberg and i usually keep 5 in the tube, down loaded by 2 shells, just like for a 15 round 9mm magazine i would load 10 rounds in two of my mags just for the home purpose but if you keep 1 mag fully loaded alternate it every other week or so with another mag. So the answer to your question is no it won't hurt the magazine to leave it fully loaded. for a long period of time. Just once every couple of weeks remove the shells so the springs can return to there natural state. to prolong weakness, it's always good to down load a shell or two. I have always kept my shot gun loaded with either 5 or 7 rounds in the magazine tube and never had any problems when i take it to the range. If you need an xtra spring on hand wolff spring company have springs for the shot guns. they are usually made stronger than standard factory and many factorys recommend them.

5 years 18 weeks ago, 11:35 PM

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Magazine springs

You can leave shotguns, rifles, and pistols loaded to capacity for a long time with no problem. The loaded down concept for pistol and magazines is so you can insert a magazine into a weapon with the bolt or slide closed and have it seat easily. Magaine springs in pump guns are very forgiving, as you can't rack a slide nearly as quickly as a semi bolt operates. I wouldn't leave it loaded for years or anything, but a few months at a time is no problem. Since we're speaking of shotguns, I have gotten what may well be the deal of the century; I got a NIB Stag Arms left hand M4 and LNIB Mossberg 590 with ghost ring sights and speedfeed stock with 100 rds Armscor 223 ammo for 800 dollars. Life is good.

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5 years 18 weeks ago, 3:14 AM

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That deal should have been mine. Anyhow you can leave rifle and pistol well built magazines loaded to capacity indefinitely, how you ask well they are designed with no memory springs, but you will have to put oil back in as it will have long dried up. I have had 30 AK mags with well 30rounds in them for 15 years and they still feed like new.

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5 years 18 weeks ago, 3:16 AM

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with the Stag Arms. I'm right handed and already have an M4. I'll probably hold on to it until my son's dominant hand becomes apparent. My father-in-law is a lefty and and thought my M4 was great, so I may give it to him.

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5 years 18 weeks ago, 8:57 AM

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in short. yes you can leave a shotgun loaded for a long timed

5 years 18 weeks ago, 4:31 PM

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springs

I would think spring fatigue would be worse by constant flexing rather than just being compressed for an extended time. Having said that, I see mfgr life cycle tests of millions of cycles.

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5 years 18 weeks ago, 5:01 PM

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As long as you're not using paper shells. Make sure your chamber is dry so your shell does not become oil soaked. Even modern plastic shells have a breaking point (somewhere).

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