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Old 02-25-2014, 01:06 AM   #1
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Default Failure to feed due to too heavy recoil spring?


What is the chance of a 18 pound recoil spring causing failures to feed? The original for a 5 inch 1911 pistol is 16 lb.

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Old 02-25-2014, 01:31 AM   #2
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Very high.

Put the original weight in the gun. Changing recoil weights just to change weights is NEVER a good idea


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i have to agree with Jon. the only reason i have ever gone to a heavier recoil spring is when i use to use a steady diet of hot ammo in my older ones.

these days, i reload very middle of the road with the powder charges i use. i strive a lttle more for accuracy rather than speed these days, or use factory loaded ammo.

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Where to the casings fall? They should be to the right rear.

If they fall at your feet, the you have too heavy of spring. If they go to the next county, too light.

Once you have the weight then stick with it.


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I should have looked where the spent shell casings were falling. I'll do that next time. I already installed the 16 lb. spring.

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I would say the 18# spring is going to be for +P or +P+ ammo , I would change it back to the standard spring .

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