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Recoil spring question!

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by okie, Apr 6, 2010.

  1. okie

    okie GT Mayor

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    Long story short, I'm not real sure what lb recoil spring my Springfield has in it, I think it has a 20 or 22 lb spring. SA says it should have a 16 lb spring. This pistol has never had any failures of any kind, so should I just go with if it ain't broke don't fix it or should I get a 16 lb spring:headscratch:
     
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    Quack Rent this space

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    how's the spent case ejecting?
     

  3. okie

    okie GT Mayor

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    They land about 6-8' from where I stand:supergrin:
     
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    Why do you "think it has a 20 or 22 lb spring"?

    Is the spring factory, or did you install a heavier spring and just can't remember what you bought? :supergrin:

    In either case, that seems really over-sprung for a full size .45ACP, and I'd suggest going with the manufacturer's recommendation.
     
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    The factory SA 16lb recoil spring has yellow paint on one end.


    Dave
     
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    Wolff Gunsprings 610 359 9600. They will make the right recommendation for your purchase over the phone.

    www.gunsprings.com
     
  7. okie

    okie GT Mayor

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    This is the second time I have owned this pistol, the first time I owned it a gun smith talked me into replacing the spring and he put it in for me, I remember him telling me I should have a heavier spring in it. My feeble old mind seems to think it was either 20 or 22 lbs:fred:
     
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    Fullsize gov't model should have a 16# for primarily .45 ACP hardball ammo ie 230 grain ball @ 850 fps. If you shoot a lot of defensive ammo it is typically hotter and you'd want to step up to a 18# spring (not that a 16 wouldn't work).

    20 to 22 pound springs are what you would use for a 10MM.
     
  9. okie

    okie GT Mayor

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    This is very strange, and I don't know what's going on, most full sized 1911's take a 16lb recoil spring according to Wolff. Next weekend we have the biggest gunshow in the world in Tulsa and there will be 6-8 dealers selling recoil springs, and there will not be one 16lb spring in the place, they will have every other spring, bit not a 6. That is just weird, I don't know why that is:headscratch::dunno:
     
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    If it's any help I use 18.5 lb variable Wolff's in my 5 inch 1911's and they run fine with them.
     
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    That is because people bought out all the 16#, and the dealers are to lazy to hurry up and get more.

    Wolf has them. Brownells, Midway, and Springfield will sell them to.
     
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    okie,

    I'll bet you never win with the state lottery either, eh? :cool:

    I wouldn't go above 18lb in a .45 unless you are shooting really, really warm loads (and then I'd get a new FP stop). I run a 20lb in my 10mm (along with an EGW FP stop with small radius).

    Helping to retard the slide's rear-ward motion is only a part of the recoil spring's job. Its primary job is to close the slide after it's all the way back. Too much weight in the spring means a more violent return to battery, which can be bad in the long term.
     
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  13. pistolwrench

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    5" 1911 in 45acp should be happy with a 16lb conventional spring.
    I far prefer Wolff. Wire diameter is .045".

    The Mil-spec models come with a spring with wire diameter of .043".
    The closed end is painted yellow. I think they are about 14lbs.
     
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    I don't win the lottery for sure:crying:
     
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    The dealers told me they didn't bring any 16's:supergrin:
     
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    I'm going to get a 16 and call it good my friend:supergrin::wavey:
     
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    I usually buy four or five springs at a whack. My 1911's run everything form 11 pounds to 20 pounds. The 11 pounder is on a 9X21 comped race gun and the 20 pounder is on a wildcat 9 MM that will run 90 grain bullets up around 2000 fps from a 5" barrel. I like having extras laying around so I can tune them to a specific loading like 185 grain SWC's for BE to the 230 gr FMJ's for bowling pins.
    Greg
     
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    I like Wolff's stuff.
     
  19. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

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    Ditto.