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Post by mikeb 5/2/2014, 8:53 am

How do you test a recoil spring for poundage if its out of its package?

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Post by desben 5/2/2014, 9:11 am

There are a few threads on the subject. Use the search feature for "spring weight".

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Post by DavidR 5/2/2014, 9:36 am

Dillon sells a spring tester for around 40 bucks, unless you have a bunch not really feasible.
If you have a known spring in a pack you can measure the coil diameter and see if the one you have is stronger (thicker wire) or lighter (thinner wire)












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Post by LenV 5/2/2014, 11:56 am

In this discussion to misquote Einstein on relativity and matter I think He said "If your not relative you don't matter"or maybe it was "all things are relative" . I have a lot of springs and even though I mark them or file them or think I know what is in a certain pistol there is sometimes some confusion about what spring I am changing out in a pistol. I made this spring tester out of parts I had in the garage. If you know the strength of just 2 springs you can make something just like this.Exact weight of the testing weight and how far it compresses when you place a weight is not important.All things are relative.Mark how low it goes with a 12lb spring and how low with a 16 (or whatever springs your sure about) and calibrate from there.recoil springs Dscf0210
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Post by LenV 5/2/2014, 1:05 pm

I said that the exact weight of the testing weight doesn't matter but it is important that you use enough weight.I use two lead weights that total 10 lbs.recoil springs Dscf0211
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Post by spursnguns 5/2/2014, 3:22 pm

The K.I.S.S. principle.  I love it.

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Post by sixftunda 5/3/2014, 6:13 am

Steve Bathje on the Bullseye mailing list sells a simple spring tester.  You use a trigger scale.  Only costs 25.00.  It will check weight on Govt., Commander, and Officer models.  He sells them through ebay with a number of other handy tools.  His username is rrpmi. 

I have one and it works perfectly.
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Post by DavidR 5/3/2014, 9:47 am

sixftunda wrote:Steve Bathje on the Bullseye mailing list sells a simple spring tester.  You use a trigger scale.  Only costs 25.00.  It will check weight on Govt., Commander, and Officer models.  He sells them through ebay with a number of other handy tools.  His username is rrpmi. 

I have one and it works perfectly.

many trigger scales wont work as they don't go high enough , luggage or fish scale works better.
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Post by mikeb 5/7/2014, 6:16 am

Thanks for the info.

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