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Old 03-22-2013, 01:56 PM
To_ManyGuns To_ManyGuns is offline
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Colt Mark IV 38 Super




Hello all, last week I found a Colt Mark IV 38 Super SS enhanced. The recoil spring seems a bit weak and there are issues feeding. My google-fu is weak, I'd like to replace the spring, does anyone know what would be the correct spring to use?

It will feed FMJ RN 99% of the time. I've tried different magizines that are new, the problem still persists.

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Old 03-22-2013, 02:02 PM
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It should be 14# I believe.Just call Colt & order it.It shouldn't break the bank.
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Old 03-22-2013, 02:08 PM
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Breaking the bank is not what I'm worried about

Thanks for you help.
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Old 03-22-2013, 02:18 PM
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I hear you.Sometimes I type things & they seem funny later.I'm trying to limit my spending so I can keep replenishing the ammo I shoot.
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Old 03-22-2013, 02:26 PM
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Just in case your mind is leaning this way, a heavier recoil spring is not the answer to a feeding issue. Don't let anyone talk you into that "cure". Be sure that the gun has not been "bubba'd" with some redneck gunsmithing.
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Old 03-22-2013, 02:56 PM
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You might have a gunsmith you trust look it over.
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Old 03-22-2013, 03:31 PM
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I hunt with LS1Nut, you can see some of his work at this link, when he gets back I plan on asking him to look at it. At his leisure of course.

http://www.texasguntalk.com/forums/h...-1911s-83.html
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Old 03-22-2013, 03:31 PM
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If you don't have but one, I would get some good magazines for it. That solves feeding problems frequently. You can also go to Wolf springs and order springs. They give a variety of spring weights including light, stock, and heavy. Also come with firing pin springs.
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Old 03-22-2013, 03:33 PM
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Gun appears to be straight factory, no bubba involved. It does have one of the springs with green paint like the spring that accompanies a gold cup.
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Old 03-22-2013, 03:41 PM
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I've had excellent performance from my Colt factory mags that came with 3 different Supers. CMC mags have performed equally well. And, yes, 14# is what my factory springs are. How about a couple of pics of your shooter? I 've passed on a couple of Enhanced Supers to keep my budget afloat. I like 'em and would like to buy one when I can.
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Old 03-22-2013, 03:58 PM
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I have two Colt 38 Supers I'm at work so these are the best photos I could do.


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Had the Wilson stocks, like the material and color, may change in the future.

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I've had no problem with Colt factory mags in the blued pistol, used new magazines from it, same problems in the enhanced, I don't think it is the mags, all ammo worked perfectly in the blued pistol.

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Old 03-22-2013, 04:44 PM
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Pull the extractor out and see how well it feeds without it in place. You may have extractor issues.
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Old 03-22-2013, 09:48 PM
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Sweet! Thanks for posting the pics.
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Old 03-22-2013, 11:28 PM
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I like a 15# recoil and a 21# mainspring in my 38 super Government. Runs wonderfully. Try ISMI brand springs for a nice running pistola.
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Old 03-23-2013, 07:14 AM
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Look here. They explain things pretty well.

http://www.gunsprings.com/home
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Old 03-23-2013, 08:18 AM
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Gun appears to be straight factory, no bubba involved. It does have one of the springs with green paint like the spring that accompanies a gold cup.
That may be correct. A GC can run a softer spring for lighter 45ACP loads, and Colt lists the same part number for a 38 Super and 45ACP GC in some cases, as I recall. They also use the same springs across Government and Commander models in different calibers.
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Old 03-23-2013, 03:17 PM
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To my untrained eye the round appears to catch were the ramp and barrel/chamber lip meet. I've purchased a book to read, I need to be better educated before I personally attempt anything. At this time, I'll just let someone much better versed, take a look at it. Thanks for everyones assistance.
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