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Post by Sc0 Fri Jan 26, 2018 6:52 am

After going through a stack of recoil springs and weighing them, i discovered that they rarely end up being the same weight as the package is labeled. Who makes the best springs?


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Post by jglenn21 Fri Jan 26, 2018 7:05 am

Sort of a tossup between Wolff and Ismi.  I now use ismi only for 1911s.

No one's are perfect for the stated weight
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Post by Chris Miceli Fri Jan 26, 2018 7:43 am

i like springco

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Post by gregbenner Fri Jan 26, 2018 7:56 am

Is there consistency among brands, i.e. for a certain brand, is a higher advertised weight actually greater than a lesser advertised weight, etc? Or, could a 14 lb spring be heavier than a 16 lb one?

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Post by jglenn21 Fri Jan 26, 2018 8:33 am

For me it's simply using one brand all the time. That keeps things fairly consistant
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Post by fc60 Fri Jan 26, 2018 8:48 am

Greetings,

Any of the recoil springs you buy will start to fail after the first round is fired.

Use an on-line compression spring calculator and input the values of a new in the package spring.

All I have encountered indicate "Stressed, try again" suggesting a different wire diameter or other parameter.

This is the reason to keep an eye on your recoil springs and  when they are noticeably shorter than a new one it is time to change it out.

Cheers,

Dave
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Post by Sc0 Fri Jan 26, 2018 9:55 am

That was my second question, does spring OAL matter when compared to a measured compressed length? A few springs right out of the package that were exercised dropped at least 1/2" in OAL... Most springs that were measured either were at advertised value or up to 3lb's lighter.

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Post by STEVE SAMELAK Fri Jan 26, 2018 12:11 pm

besides oal, the number of coils & wire diameter play into the process,,,a good reason to stick with one manufacturer.
I believe this is another case where there are too many variables definitive statements over the net.
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