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Can gun magnets effect ammo?

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by malleable, Sep 7, 2013.


  1. malleable

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    This is probably a stupid question, but if you stored a loaded handgun (in this case a revolver) long term with one of those magnets marketed for concealing weapons, could the magnet adversely effect the ammunition over time?
    Someone stated on another forum that it's possible it could effect the powder but never explained why, I'm scientifically challenged so is this plausible?
     

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  2. JBnTX

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    Storing ammo near a magnet is absolutely the worst thing you could ever do, and it's illegal everywhere.

    The magnetic field of the magnet will interact with chemicals in the powder, then that newly formed chemical composition will react with the chemicals in the primer.

    This chemically mutated structure (CMS) will then cause a rift in the space–time continuum, resulting in the complete destruction of the entire universe.

    :rofl:
     

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  4. JBnTX

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    But, seriously I doubt a magnet would have any affect on the ammo, unless it had a very strong electric current running through it.
     
  5. Just_plinking

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    There'd have to be ferrous metals in the powder for the field to have an effect... and I don't believe there are, so i'd say you're safe.
     
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  7. malleable

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    All kidding aside, I swallowed my pride and stated that I'm not knowledgeable in this field.
    You got some laughs and i got my answer so win-win!
     
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    They have a shortened name for this it's called...................... 10mm.

    :supergrin:
     
  9. boilergonzo

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    Not so worried about the ammo... what happens to the gun?!?

    Picture this... you store your firearm on the magnet. You put the firearm (now magnetized!) into your pocket. You draw... and all your Canadian coins stick to your gun...

    :stooges:

    In all seriousness, I can't imagine any issues other than potentially mildly magnetizing some steel. You might be able to use your gun to pick up a dropped needle in a shag carpet or hold a screw... but for that it is better to magnetize the screwdriver!
     
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    I wouldn't worry about it, on the scale of questions that might be embarrassing, your's is pretty low in severity. Don
     
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    There are no stupid questions, however we reserve the right to flood the Internet with stupid answers.
     
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    I think I would be more concerned with my pistol, over time, getting magnetized.
     
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    A magnet will not have any significant effect on normal ammunition. If may have some impact on steel cased ammo in semi-auto guns. It could have some impact on AP ammo with steel cores, but I don't see how.

    IT HAS IMPACTED THE FUNCTIONALITY OF A REVOLVER I WAS WORKING ON. I was using a large powerful magnet in to collect the mettle shavings on a revolver I was working on. I removed the magnet, but the revolver was magnetized. I was convinced that I have bent something because the cylinder would not spin freely and the single action locked up tight. The next morning I went back and everything was good again.
     
  14. Brian Lee

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    I don't see any way it would affect the ammo, but I wouldn't want to let my gun get magnetized because it would make tiny particles of God-knows-what stick to the gun and it's insides.

    Take a magnet outside and rub it in the dirt and see if you don't get particles as tiny as dust sticking to it. Depending on the local dirt, you sometimes can.
     
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    Won't hurt a Glock cause it's plastic.
     
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    Porcelain. It doesn't show up on your airport X-ray machines here and it costs more than what you make in a month!
     
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    That's only the glock 7 :rofl:
     
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    I bought 2 magnets from Northern Tool that are made to be mounted for $10 each. I mounted one under the kitchen table and one under a coffee table next to my recliner.
    They work great. I can not see it would cause any issues.
     
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    But the ammo is the same whether in a GLOCK or not!

    Even if loaded in a GLOCK, here is what happens when you store ammo in a magnetic field:

    [ame]http://youtu.be/nbsvGKoYK0c[/ame].
     
  20. badge315

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    Contrary to Indiana Jones & The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, smokeless powder has no magnetic properties and will not fly through a warehouse seeking a magnetic field. :supergrin:
     
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