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Old February 10, 2018, 17:01   #1
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Loaded AUG magazines

What is the longest anyone has had AUG mags loaded for......and they still work.
Just curious. Me and a friend took out his AR and some mags which have been loaded fully for 26 years. They all worked fine. Last round bolt hold open did not work on all but all the rounds cycled.
Wondering how well the Stery mags do.
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Old February 13, 2018, 09:03   #2
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I always think of this problem as the same as springs on a car. How much do they settle over the life of a car. Loaded all the time but not much change, and most of that is from driving not sitting.
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Old February 14, 2018, 15:55   #3
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it's the cycling of the springs that wears them down
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Old February 15, 2018, 09:42   #4
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Agree with the above. Mags kept loaded or unloaded doesn't affect the spring, using the mags (shooting and reloading) will wear the springs out. Have several different mags (both rifle and pistol) that I've had loaded for years (not even close to 26 years though, wow!) and all work fine when time to shoot. Haven't had any problems...

Curious though, that some of the BHO wouldn't work and some would. Was this found from a certain type of mag (PMAG, GI, etc)? Little trivia for sure!

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Old February 15, 2018, 13:57   #5
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Temperature may play a part. G-36 magazines left loaded in a warm place swell. AK-74 magazines don't have this problem and I would believe that the ribbed structure of the AUG magazines help.
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Old February 15, 2018, 17:21   #6
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All of the AR mags we used were USGI. Not sure what company except some were Colt. I don't think P mags existed when they were loaded.
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