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Spring Length for 45 Long Slide?

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Post by Brent375hh 1/25/2021, 9:59 pm

I have an inbound Clark Long Slide coming my way. Do these use standard springs, or do I need longer springs for it? I am hoping to set it up for a #68 with 4.1 WW231.

On a related note, if I change out the trigger to a 90 grain unit, will I likely still get hammer follow if I don't pull the trigger when dropping the slide?

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Post by Wobbley 1/25/2021, 10:10 pm

[url=https://www.gunsprings.com/COLT/1911 GOV'T PISTOL/cID1/mID1/dID1]https://www.gunsprings.com/COLT/1911%20GOV'T%20PISTOL/cID1/mID1/dID1[/url]

You want a long slide calibration pack.
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Post by Jon Eulette 1/26/2021, 12:21 am

I’ve used standard government length springs in my long slides for 30 years. I just use a heavier weight. Since we don’t know how good your barrel locks up, it’s hard to guess appropriate poundage. I would guess 13-14# with government length spring.
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Post by spursnguns 1/26/2021, 9:13 am

Hello Brent375hh,

EGW sells a spring plug for six inches (6") M1911s that will enable you to use standard government length springs.  I can heartily recommend them.  I have had to go down to twelve pounds (12#) springs to get my long slide M1911s to run with loads that would normally use a sixteen pound (16#) spring.

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Post by Jon Eulette 1/26/2021, 9:51 am

Forgot about those Jim
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Post by gweber 1/26/2021, 10:30 am

I shoot a long slide. I have an extended plug in mine that has recess built into it for using spring for a government/5" slides. 
I use an 11lb spring with a aimpoint 9000sc slide mounted. Probably go up from there if the dot isn't mounted on the slide/running irons.

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Post by rreid 1/27/2021, 8:36 pm

https://www.caspianarms.com/productdisplay/guide-plug-6-standard-hole

This is what I have in mine. I think it's the same thing GWeber is talking about.
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Post by Brent375hh 1/28/2021, 10:32 am

It appears that it came with a standard length 16 pound spring. It only functions about half the time with 4.3 WW 231 and a 200 grain 68. I cut a few coils off , but it still isn't 100% and now seems a little sluggish going into battery. I guess I have to wait for my spring order.
BTW it is 12 degrees out, so I was sluggish too.

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