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Leaving a springer loaded - how long is too long?

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by bramley, Jan 24, 2014.

  1. bramley

    bramley Active Member

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    As above. I get the principle that it's not wise to leave a springer loaded for long periods of time, but how long is too long? Is an hour going to hurt it? 2hrs?

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    hello, after every shooting session is fine and when stored
     
  3. Wild Bill

    Wild Bill co2 Enthusiast, HW97, K98 owner

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    There have been a few bits of research into this. One of the magazines left a springer cocked for over a week to test and it did not alter the power or damage the spring. I prefer not to do this though. upto 1 hour is my general rule maximum. But normally no longer than half an hour. So to answer your question, no, it won't hurt it.

    Andy
     
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    You would leave a springer cocked after every shooting session and when stored?
    Am I missing something here? :confused:
     
  5. Wild Bill

    Wild Bill co2 Enthusiast, HW97, K98 owner

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    I too don't think its good form to leave the springer cocked after every shooting session and when stored.
     
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    Put a new spring in a HW80 once and made it much to powerful (noticeable even before crono's were in common use). Left it cocked for a month and it made next to no obvious difference. An hour or two in the field should be ok.
     
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    I imagine the OP is asking about leaving the gun cocked and loaded whilst hunting and mentions an hour or two. Any longer and it would be wise to discharge the gun and certainly never store it loaded for any period whatsoever.
    Dag
     
  8. stevemandm

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    mechanically wise, it wont do any damage to leave it cocked and loaded 'forever'.
    safety wise, its very bad practice. in the field, if its cocked and loaded, and your target moves on, then if you must leave it loaded, always remember to apply the safety.
    then when you leave, always discharge the pellet.
    basically, in the field, its ok (as long as you apply common sense), storing it its a no no.
     
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    hello, well if you get the hunting bug and go for a PCP those you can leave cocked with safety on and enough air in to hold internal seals.
     
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    But with a weak hammer spring under tension?
     
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    I accidentally left my hw97k cocked and loaded for about 35 hours....I don't know what distracted me to do this .apart from being very dissapointed with my self the rifle was fine as I ran it over the chrony there was no change in power.but I suspect a lesser quality rifle may have been affected and weakened the spring...very very dangerous thing to do it won't happen again.
     
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    I think it's down to what type of spring you have fitted,

    Pre 2005 Webley standard spring don't like being left cock for more than 10-15 minutes, power would drop, but the surprising thing was, after about 4-5 shot, the power would come back up again, not much help when out hunting though.

    Vmach, Titan probably the best of the bunch, with Ox following up in up the rear, all ok for a hour.
     
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    It will be fine mate, if after a years use it drops off in power bang a new one in its easy enough to do. If an hours worth of being cocked ruins the spring then the spring was useless anyway. I used to leave my spring guns loaded when out hunting and never lost any power. Of course over a period of time it will need changing but so will one well used as a plinker.
     

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