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Old April 21, 2013, 10:15 AM   #23
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I've left magazines laoded for many years, a few as long as 25 or so. They all seem to work fine.

When I messed with AR's years ago, I did notice it was easier to seat a magazine that was downloaded by a round or two when the bolt was closed. It helped also when hitting the bolt release to close the bolt on a fresh magazine. The gun would sometimes either close very slowly when cold and/or dirty, and a few times stopped. The bolt could be closed by pushing it shut with a thumb in the cutout on the side (pre-forward assist on commercial Colt AR's). Dowloading by a round or two helped noticably.
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