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question 10# 1911 wadgun recoil spring

Post by SW-52 on Mon Apr 30, 2018 1:09 pm

Hi people,is the standard weight 10lbs recoil spring in wadgun??? using jhp or LSWC.
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Post by jglenn21 on Mon Apr 30, 2018 1:19 pm

it varies from gun to gun...sort of depends on the gunsmith and how he sets it up.

ammo matter too


10 is std. for me.. I shoot all lead in my Wadgun
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Post by SW-52 on Mon Apr 30, 2018 1:20 pm

jglenn21 wrote:it varies from gun to gun...sort of depends on the gunsmith and how he sets it up.

ammo matter too


10 is std. for me.. I shoot all lead in my Wadgun
thanks JGlenn21
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Re: question 10# 1911 wadgun recoil spring

Post by orpheoet on Mon Apr 30, 2018 1:29 pm

I'm using 9 with 160gr and 185gr lswc. 4.3gr WST for both.
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Re: question 10# 1911 wadgun recoil spring

Post by fpk on Mon Apr 30, 2018 11:28 pm

As jglenn says, it depends on how the pistol is setup.  I would start trying to get a 12# to work, and go to 10# if needed, but that should only be needed with a heavy (Aimpoint 9000) scope mounted to the slide and the slide with no lightening cuts. When you get down that low, with a slide/scope that heavy, it is a delicate balance to have reliable function.

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Re: question 10# 1911 wadgun recoil spring

Post by SW-52 on Tue May 01, 2018 12:07 pm

12# is the spring i run in my wadgun and cycle the ammo but dont lockback the slide in ocassions because ammo factor. Is possible the 11# will work. 10 is very light.
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Re: question 10# 1911 wadgun recoil spring

Post by Tim:H11 on Tue May 01, 2018 12:27 pm

I shoot 200 grain LSWC over 3.5 grains of Bullseye and use a 10 pound recoil spring. Loads and ejects great. Without a brass catcher the brass does not go very far at all.
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Re: question 10# 1911 wadgun recoil spring

Post by zanemoseley on Tue May 01, 2018 4:49 pm

My pistols are pretty tight and I run Aimpoint 9000SC's. I run a 10# spring then increase powder till it's reliable, I've heard going below 10# causes problems. The good thing is once your slide weighs that much the recoil is mild even with more powder. With a H&G 68 185 grain cast bullet I have to run a pistol that Jon made with 4.6 grains of WST, recoil isn't bad at all.

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Re: question 10# 1911 wadgun recoil spring

Post by troystaten on Tue May 01, 2018 6:14 pm

Mine which has an aimpoint mounted on the slide uses an 8# spring, I shoot 185 grain bayou coated lead bullets with 3.8 grains of Bulleye.  I think it really depends upon the gun and the load.

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Re: question 10# 1911 wadgun recoil spring

Post by kc.crawford.7 on Wed May 02, 2018 8:13 am

If the 12 pound spring doesn't always lock the slide to the rear, then an 11 pound should work perfectly.
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Re: question 10# 1911 wadgun recoil spring

Post by willnewton on Wed May 02, 2018 8:40 am

In the same vein as KC says, don’t buy a single spring, get a set of them from 9 to 16-18 lbs. and find the one that gets you to full function.

You want clean ammo cycling, good return to battery, to launch your brass just a few feet away (some folks like it to just fall out onto their hand, but that is a bit too close for me) and gets your slide to lock back.  It should do it all day, not just when freshly cleaned and oiled.

As most every one has said, 10-12 will get you close for most guns.
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Re: question 10# 1911 wadgun recoil spring

Post by SW-52 on Wed May 02, 2018 11:39 am

kc.crawford.7 wrote:If the 12 pound spring doesn't always lock the slide to the rear, then an 11 pound should work perfectly.
i change to 11 pound,thanks Kc!
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Re: question 10# 1911 wadgun recoil spring

Post by SW-52 on Wed May 02, 2018 11:42 am

willnewton wrote:In the same vein as KC says, don’t buy a single spring, get a set of them from 9 to 16-18 lbs. and find the one that gets you to full function.

You want clean ammo cycling, good return to battery, to launch your brass just a few feet away (some folks like it to just fall out onto their hand, but that is a bit too close for me) and gets your slide to lock back.  It should do it all day, not just when freshly cleaned and oiled.

As most every one has said, 10-12 will get you close for most guns.
yes,i bought 10 and 11 pounds. i install 11 pounds recoil spring. thanks will!
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