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Post by DavidR on 1/18/2012, 1:34 pm

I have recently been plagued with a problem with my colt 70 wad gun. It would not eject the forth shell and the fifth would jam into it. This happened every time i shot. I finally found the problem, a weak magazine spring. Now i have never had this happen so i looked everywhere for the issue spent a lot of time and money replacing things before stumbling on a article on the internet about magazines. It seemed fine, but it wasn't, i changed out the spring with a new one and it feeds 100% now. Just wanted to pass this on with the season just around the corner, changing your springs is cheap and easy and good insurance against possible alibi's. 1911 Magazine springs, check yours 2935285009
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Post by Founder on 1/18/2012, 11:12 pm

Thanks for sharing. I have been considering upgrading all my springs in all my guns (thats a lot of springs) just for peace of mind.

I also need to get one of those spring testers and sort out the drawer full of springs so I know what I have!

I guess it would be spring cleaning! lol!
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Post by john1644 on 11/7/2018, 9:58 pm

also consider a light coat of oil on the INSIDE walls of the magazine.  metal on metal can slow things....

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Post by jmdavis on 11/8/2018, 1:03 pm

I have a spring tester but it is for recoil springs. Can someone direct me to one that will do magazine springs?
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Post by lablover on 11/8/2018, 4:15 pm

Is there a weight spring we’re looking for?
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Post by Multiracer on 11/8/2018, 4:39 pm

I overheard 6 lb magazine springs, changed all of mine and all seems to be good so far.

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Post by fc60 on 11/8/2018, 8:17 pm

Greetings,

For the "do-it-yourselfer", it may be possible to put new life into old magazine springs.

Start by measuring a brand new spring from a reputable vendor. Colt would be a good choice.

Measure the overall free length.

Now, take your old tired spring and stretch it until it is the same length, or a bit longer, than the new factory spring.

Next, and most important, place the stretched spring in the oven at 450 degrees F for about 30 minutes to stress relieve it.

Cheers,

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