Failure to feed due to too heavy recoil spring?

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing Forum' started by semipacifist, Feb 24, 2014.

  1. semipacifist

    semipacifist New Member

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    Hey,

    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.

    Stay safe, all.
     
  2. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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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
     

  3. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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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.
     
  4. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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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.
     
  5. semipacifist

    semipacifist New Member

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    Thanks

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

    Thanks for the help, fellas.
     
  6. purehavoc

    purehavoc New Member

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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 .