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Wise and sagely shotgunners,

If I keep my Winchester 1300 or my S&W 916 loaded, will their magazine springs lose their elasticity over time? Similarly, will my pistol magazine springs suffer the same fate?

Also, where can I find a sling kit for my S&W 916? One more thing, is the 916 a "good" gun?

Thank you in advance for the help.

Z0mBe
 

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Quote: "If I keep my Winchester 1300 or my S&W 916 loaded, will their magazine springs lose their elasticity over time?"

The short answer is "yes". The longer answer is it depends a lot on how long "over time" means. I would estimate that for a tubular magazine spring, 10 years of continual compression might make is slightly less strong and perhaps in need of replacement if it is to be depended upon for a home defense gun. For the 916, I would estimate perhaps the same time period for possible replacement. Springs (or replacement magazines) aren't very expensive. Better to replace them if you have any doubt.
 

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Ditto what Ulysses said. FWIW, I've also heard some good arguments suggesting that frequent loading and unloading of a magazine causes the springs to take a set (weaken) faster than just leaving a magazine loaded. Springs are so cheap, I just replace the magazine springs for my "social" guns annually as cheap insurance.
 
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