I've heard varying answers to the question I'm about to pose, but since Ars is the greatest collection of human knowledge in mankind's history, I'll take the answer I get here as the truth. That being said, here is the question: Will a spring lose more of its 'springiness' by being compressed for a long period of time, or by being compressed and relieved multiple times? For example, will the springs in a car's suspension lose their qualities faster by having the car bounce on them, or by having a car that's too heavy on them, keeping them compressed? For example (again), will a spring in a weapons magazine lose its qualities more quickly by constantly being depressed by the rounds, or by being flexed constantly (ie, shooting the rounds and reloading the mag)?
I didn't find the right solution from the internet.
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