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Old 02-15-2014, 12:40 PM
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I have seen shotguns left loaded in police cars for several years. They seemed to work just fine but as previously mentioned in hot weather with shells under pressure they can swell usually they still work unlike the old days of paper shells. If worried about this rotate the ammo when you do routine cleaning . Put the older shells somewhere and use them for practice.
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I guess I'm just old school, I use snap caps or relieve (sp?) spring pressure when ever possible. Snap caps are cheap. Exception of when I carry, cocked and locked.
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Replaced 1 mag spring on a Mossberg 500, over 20yrs old. The last round was "slow" feeding as was described above. Always kept loaded mag, chamber empty, for home protection w/ little ones around.
Handgun mags, download 1 round to ease pressure on them, despite folks saying its ok. Never an issue.
Duty Mags: to the top, rotated ammo every 3 months, qualified, and reloaded after cleaning. Did replace a couple G22 mag springs, and recoil springs in the guns every couple years. They still fired.
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I too would like to know. For a couple months I kept 6 loaded in the tube, nothing chambered. If I had to, a quick pump and its ready, or I could drop in a slug from my sidesaddle if I needed a longer shot.

But now I emptied it since my friend who was in the Army said it could cause stress to the magazine spring and possibly impede its function. I'm more apt to believe this in handgun magazines or auto-loading shotguns, but I run a pump so I don't see how. Anyway I'd like to know too :D
I have a Hatsan Arms, Escort equipped with a magazine extension, pistol grip, flashlight, and pistol grip attached via picatini rail on the pump grip.
When I added the mazine extension from Tac Star it came with a replacement spring to compensate for the magazine's added length.
I also load it with 1-3/4" shells of 7 shot.
I kept my 12 guage fully loaded @ 10 + 1 for over a year and the spring failed.

It will not expand as needed to load the shells into battery.
I always heard that the magazine should be cycled to empty at least once/week but I did not practice this.
I keep this shotgun hung on the frame of my bed, under the blankets and I often times forgett that it is there.
I have ordered a new spring and I intend to cycle my ammo to keep the spring alive.
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Same here.mossberg 500 loaded with 00 buck going on 20+ years.every two to three years I rotate the ammo out of it.
AR mags I have 40,half of them loaded,other half unloaded.
Handgun mags,loaded to max,never an issue.
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I have a pardner pump that has lived in the closet for the last 6-7 years. With few exceptions it has 5+1 in it. It only gets shot 4-5 days a year, but ammo gets cycled when it's wiped down every few months. Spring still cycles rounds vigorously. Just my observation, your mileage may vary.

edit to add: My rifle mags with the exception of a few pmags still in packaging all are fully loaded, and have been for a couple years. When I go to the range I randomly grab a couple to ensure function. All have worked fine so far.
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I have personal experience with shotgun shells expanding under constant spring pressure in a tubular magazine. I do not know if the hulls were defective or just my stupidity for forgetting about that shotgun in the closet several years. I had many shotguns then.

Today I have two. The Mossberg 500 20 gauge is a sporting gun with an empty magazine unless I go to the range to kill some clays. The Remington 870 Wingmaster Riot is in the closet with a 20” barrel, chamber empty and a loaded seven round tubular magazine. Now days the buckshot gets cycled every three to four months at the range and reloaded with fresh. I do not want any more shells in the magazine to expand at the mouth causing feeding issues.
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I have personal experience with shotgun shells expanding under constant spring pressure in a tubular magazine. I do not know if the hulls were defective or just my stupidity for forgetting about that shotgun in the closet several years. I had many shotguns then.

Today I have two. The Mossberg 500 20 gauge is a sporting gun with an empty magazine unless I go to the range to kill some clays. The Remington 870 Wingmaster Riot is in the closet with a 20 barrel, chamber empty and a loaded seven round tubular magazine. Now days the buckshot gets cycled every three to four months at the range and reloaded with fresh. I do not want any more shells in the magazine to expand at the mouth causing feeding issues.
Federal with the flite control wads do not have that problem. The rigid wad adds to stability of the hull over long periods of time staying loaded. Hornady has the same wad system and Winchester has something very similar.
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Holy zombie thread Batman!

Good thing I always leave my shotguns loaded and ready to go!

All kidding aside, Ive only had one spring fail and it was a likely cheap or defective factory spring in a 590. Replacement with a quality replacement like Wolff Springs is pretty much the end of the problem!

The earlier mentioned Hatsan Arms Escort could likely be left loaded forever with a premium spring! A Wolff extra power spring might even be a good idea!

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Oh Ive thought it important to upgrade my magazine spring and follower to premium options for any new shogun!

The spring tends to be obvious, but replacement of the follower with something like the S&J Hardware Follower really lowers my worries about a shotgun!

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What exactly makes you think those replacement parts are "better"?
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