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Old 05-11-2013, 11:10   #1
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ruger sr1911 recoil spring

does anyone know what recoil spring ruger uses is it a 16lb or a 18 and a half
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Old 05-11-2013, 17:05   #2
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16 pounds are standard for all full sized Government models.
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Old 05-11-2013, 17:16   #3
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Start with a 16. If the brass is falling at your feet, go lighter. If it's getting flung into the next berm, go heavier.

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Old 05-12-2013, 03:08   #4
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A new, out of the box Ruger SR1911 has an 18 pound spring. The extra effort to pull the slide on new SR1911s has been commented on in many forums.

As others have mentioned normal recoil springs for 1911s are 16 pounds.
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Old 06-17-2014, 18:51   #5
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I know I'm late to the game here, but Ruger currently has the replacement spring as a 16 pounder.
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Old 06-18-2014, 05:57   #6
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I would go with what Zombie Steve posted.
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Old 06-18-2014, 12:22   #7
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16 recoil, 22 or 23 main.
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Old 07-02-2014, 22:12   #8
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Does the Ruger Commander model 1911 have the 16 lb. spring?
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Old 07-02-2014, 22:48   #9
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I don't know about Ruger, but a real Colt Commander has an 18 lb recoil spring.
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Old 07-03-2014, 10:44   #10
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I'm not 100% sure on the spring lbs but I had to put a lighter one on mine. I called Ruger and they told me the reason it had a heavy spring was to handle +p loads. Well it was eating up my brass pretty bad so when I switched to a lighter spring the brass issue was gone.
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Old 07-03-2014, 20:26   #11
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Ruger used to use heavier than 16 lb recoil springs for sure. I bought my first SR1911 in Sept of 2012 and about Dec bought a Colt Gold Cup and used the 16 lb recoil spring in it. It was obvious the Ruger was much harder to pull back the slide. On the other hand recently I went out to the Ruger site to order some stuff and I noticed they said replacement springs were 16 lb. I have not played with a recent SR1911.
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Old 07-16-2014, 19:21   #12
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So, if I have an SR1911, should I make sure I replace the 18lb spring with a 16?
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Old 07-17-2014, 06:56   #13
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Changed mine out with a Wolf variable power, works fine even with my light handloads.
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So, if I have an SR1911, should I make sure I replace the 18lb spring with a 16?
Does your gun not work?
There are other makers who use heavier than GI recoil springs and they seem to do OK.
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Old 07-17-2014, 14:20   #15
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Recoil Spring

You can always contact Ruger. it may take a while to get back to you or if need one you can always shop Ruger to get a new one.
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