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Old 09-13-2012, 05:15 AM
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Recoil Spring Recommendation




Which recoil spring weight is generally recommended for the 1911 in 5 inch barrel?

I generally shoot WWB 230 FMJ or Federal Champion 230 FMJ as target loads and occasionally shoot Winchester PDX1 JHP.
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Old 09-13-2012, 07:05 AM
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Also while Im at it, is there any advantage using a progressive spring (considering the ammo I usually shoot through my 1911's)?
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Old 09-13-2012, 07:11 AM
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16# is the most commonly recommended recoil spring. And, no, a variable rate spring won't be useful unless you are shooting a compensated gun.
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Old 09-13-2012, 07:52 AM
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Thanks for the info!
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Old 09-13-2012, 08:32 AM
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Wolf Spring

This is from the Wolf Spring site.

2. Should I use a conventional or variable spring when both are available?
The choice is often very subjective. Conventional recoil springs are particularly beneficial when shooting heavier loads where keeping the slide closed as long as possible is desired. Variable recoil springs reduce the battery load values with increasingly greater recoil load values. This results in easier unlocking, improved recoil energy storage, dampening, feeding, breaching and lockup. Variable recoil springs are particularly beneficial with compensated pistols and when using light target loads where less recoil energy is available. The "correct type" of recoil spring is best determined through experimentation and your own personal preference.
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