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Post by Amati Sun Dec 10, 2017 10:42 am

New here and apologies if this has been addressed before. 

Due to medical reasons I can no longer cycle the 16 lb recoil springs on my 1911 pistols but I'm not ready to stop shooting.

I tried the Wolff 8, 9 and 10 lb springs and found those acceptable for my hands but now I must find some major brand factory ammunition that will work well with those springs. Distances of 25 and 50.

Thank you for any input.

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Post by cdrt Sun Dec 10, 2017 11:28 am

You might try this.
https://www.midwayusa.com/product/2900193597/winchester-usa-ammunition-45-acp-185-grain-full-metal-jacket

Bud's has a better price.
https://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/656_2081/products_id/67783?sort=high
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Post by Amati Sun Dec 10, 2017 11:57 am

Thank you cdrt, I've used that round before and I thought that a 16 lb spring was required for it. As you suggest I'll try it with the 8-10 lb.

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Post by Jon Eulette Sun Dec 10, 2017 12:08 pm

My concern with the lighter recoil springs and factory ammunition is slide battering the frame. I'd use a shock buff. If your pistol is close to stock (not match fit Kart etc) the slide will be coming out of battery pretty darn fast and recoil will be harsh. Use common sense. If you shoot a round and its kicking hard.....STOP! Springs that light are usually reserved for powder puff reloads.
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Post by Amati Sun Dec 10, 2017 12:20 pm

Just tried the Federal Match 185 SWC with an 8 lb spring and it works but I paid almost $1 per round last time I bought it. It kicks though.
Anything in SWC with the same specifications?

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Post by Amati Sun Dec 10, 2017 12:29 pm

Jon Eulette wrote:My concern with the lighter recoil springs and factory ammunition is slide battering the frame. I'd use a shock buff. If your pistol is close to stock (not match fit Kart etc) the slide will be coming out of battery pretty darn fast and recoil will be harsh. Use common sense. If you shoot a round and its kicking hard.....STOP! Springs that light are usually reserved for powder puff reloads.
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Yes it kicked. I'll do it again with a shock buff.
Powder puff loads, eh? Any over the counter or reloads only?
Thanks Jon.

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Post by Jon Eulette Sun Dec 10, 2017 12:34 pm

I'm only aware of reloads.
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Post by rreid Sun Dec 10, 2017 12:35 pm

You could try Zero:   http://www.rozedist.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=RZD&Category_Code=ZBA-45ACP
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Post by Amati Sun Dec 10, 2017 12:53 pm

Many thanks Ralph. I'll call them.

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Post by Wobbley Sun Dec 10, 2017 4:27 pm

There’s also Atlanta Arms.  But any decent commercial reloader who makes custom reloads could probably help.  

Try Haley’s Custom Ammunition 940-888-3352.  He specializes in the weird, wacky and wonderful.
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Post by zanemoseley Sun Dec 10, 2017 4:48 pm

If your pistol is functioning properly you shouldn't have to rack it often. Rack it once on the first magazine then all you have to do is actuate the slide stop. You can also push the pistol against the table to get it started when racking. Also consider a slide racker handle mounted in the rear sight notch, you might be able to get a special oversized one made to give you a better handle.

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Post by james r chapman Sun Dec 10, 2017 5:22 pm

unfortunately, the softest factory .45 acp seems to be the Federal GM 185.
most others seem to be loaded to the 900 fps range and are, ahem, stout.

http://www.ballistics101.com/45_acp.php
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Post by USSR Sun Dec 10, 2017 5:47 pm

Amati,

Just curious as to why you reloading is not an option?

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Post by Amati Sun Dec 10, 2017 6:47 pm

Thanks guys, Wobbley, zanemoseley, james r.  All excellent information and I'm thankful. I had no knowledge of the various slide racker handles, good idea. 
Don, the reloading equipment is in SoCal and I'll be in FL for a while re. the health issue I mentioned in the OP. 

Everything much appreciated.

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Post by james r chapman Sun Dec 10, 2017 7:24 pm

If you cock the hammer, then retract the slide it will be much easier also.
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