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Old 07-14-2019, 08:36 PM
Trent.45 Trent.45 is offline
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SR1911 18# spring for edc?

Is anyone using the original 18# spring in their gun for everyday use? I changed mine out to a 16# a while back, trying to narrow down a FTF issue that ended up being my extractor. But now I want to put the original equipment back in it. I know technically that the 18# one is for heavier loads, but at the same time, I’m a believer in going with the design of the manufacture. So just want to get some feedback from you guys to see if y’all are still using the oem equipment as well. Thanks in advance
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Old 07-15-2019, 12:43 AM
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Glad you found out the issue! I have only used the Ruger springs in my SR1911 and used factory replacements when the round count got to be on the high side. Been 100% for me.
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Old 07-15-2019, 10:07 AM
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Thanks for the response and the feedback! Glad to know that I’m not alone lol. About how many rounds do you have through yours?
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Old 07-15-2019, 11:21 PM
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I have maybe around 15kish in 6 years. Its hard to say as I didn't keep track when I first got it. My Ruger was a 21st birthday present from friends and the girlfriend at the time. The first range session with it, we fired 400 rounds total and we would do that every month untill we all had to become real adults. These days I'll put a couple hundred rounds through it every other month and she's just a happy running pistol.
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Old 07-16-2019, 07:01 AM
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I use 16 pound or lighter recoil springs in my full size 45 ACP chambered 1911's, though my SR1911 full size still has the factory 18 recoil spring in it. Wilson Combat, Nighthawk and one or two others are supplying their 5" 1911's with 17-18 pound recoil springs. I believe it is more in the interest of feeding reliablity than anything else.
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Old 07-17-2019, 02:30 AM
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I use 16 pound or lighter recoil springs in my full size 45 ACP chambered 1911's, though my SR1911 full size still has the factory 18 recoil spring in it. Wilson Combat, Nighthawk and one or two others are supplying their 5" 1911's with 17-18 pound recoil springs. I believe it is more in the interest of feeding reliablity than anything else.
Yeah so far this is the only 1911 that I have that came with the heavier spring. I’ve noticed that a lot of the higher end ones have been coming out with them as well
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Old 08-06-2019, 10:32 AM
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My SR has 7500 rounds. Last year at high 6000's, i replaced the original spring with another stock Ruger spring which i believe is 18Lbs.
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Old 08-06-2019, 11:36 AM
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When a 1911 requires am 18# return to battery spring it has other issues!

Using an 18# return to battery spring imposes undue stress where it isn't needed.

This issue has been "beaten to death" in other threads.

Just sayin'!
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Old 08-06-2019, 12:51 PM
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...Iím a believer in going with the design of the manufacture.
I understand the point you're making, and with most guns I agree, but in this case the actual design (which is over 100 years old) calls for about a 14# spring. The current manufacturer of your pistol spec'd an 18# spring. I'm not aware of any changes made by Ruger to the design which would warrant a heavier spring (though I may just not be aware). 16# is the standard most folks go by these days. 18# is heavier, but not uncommon, as has been noted already. I prefer a 14#.
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Old 08-06-2019, 12:54 PM
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"I’m a believer in going with the design of the manufacture."

This is also me. I don't think that I have ever changed out items that came with the new gun except maybe grips.
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Old 08-07-2019, 02:33 AM
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My SR has 7500 rounds. Last year at high 6000's, i replaced the original spring with another stock Ruger spring which i believe is 18Lbs.
That’s great to know! Can’t wait to get my round count that high
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Old 08-07-2019, 02:38 AM
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I understand the point you're making, and with most guns I agree, but in this case the actual design (which is over 100 years old) calls for about a 14# spring. The current manufacturer of your pistol spec'd an 18# spring. I'm not aware of any changes made by Ruger to the design which would warrant a heavier spring (though I may just not be aware). 16# is the standard most folks go by these days. 18# is heavier, but not uncommon, as has been noted already. I prefer a 14#.
I do have a spare 16# spring that I was using trying to narrow down my issue with the gun. But your guess would be as good as mine as to why Ruger felt it needs a 18# spring
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Old 08-07-2019, 02:40 AM
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"I’m a believer in going with the design of the manufacture."

This is also me. I don't think that I have ever changed out items that came with the new gun except maybe grips.
Lol grips are addictive to change out too
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Old 08-07-2019, 05:18 AM
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I use that standard 18£ springs that came with my SR1911 CMD.
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Old 09-11-2019, 03:44 PM
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18.lb spring should not hurt anything. 40 years ago all the so called experts installed Wolff 18 1/2.lb springs with Wilson Shock-buff's in their 1911's! (Oh my god did he say Shock-buff's) I've used Wilson Shock-buff's for over 45 years in my Colts, Springfield's and Ruger's. In .45, 9mm and Super .38's and have NEVER had one even look as if it was coming apart. I would change them out at 500 to 1000 rounds, not because they needed to be, just because the were so inexpensive. I think if they were an issue Jim Wilson would not put them in all the custom 1911's he makes for competition or law enforcement! While I'm opening up a can of worms. I have also shot tens of thousands of rounds thru Colt Series 70 1911 Government Models in .45, 9mm and Super .38 and Never had the Collet Barrel Bushing break! So any way that's my two cents worth. Shoot your SR1911 with the 18.lb spring (put a Wilson Shock-buff in and see how the felt recoil is reduced) And put your mind at ease!
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Old 09-11-2019, 04:12 PM
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I run #18 recoil springs with G.I. guide rod in all my 1911 pistols, never gave a problem and they all run very well.
One is a SR1911.
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Old 09-12-2019, 10:00 AM
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18 lb recoil springs cover up real problems - they don't "fix" them. The only job the recoil spring has is to return the slide forward with enough energy to strip a round from the magazine and place the barrel into lockup. That's all. If a 14 or 15 spring will not do that then the spring is not the problem.
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Old 09-12-2019, 10:27 AM
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Springs are cheap from Ruger. For my SR1911, I proactively change it out every 3K-4K rounds or so. The gun cycles very reliably.

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Old 09-13-2019, 11:08 PM
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Everything is stock for me for EDC. Guns run great, never a problem. HST 230g's for EDC as well. Practice ammo is handloaded 230 grain lead with 6.2g of Power Pistol.
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Old 09-20-2019, 04:29 AM
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18? Thought they cane with 16 pound springs. I run a 14 in mine. 18 seems way too heavy and you will get way too much front end drop as the slide slams forward.
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Old 09-22-2019, 05:56 AM
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The 16 is factory spec, and that can work fine up to 230 grain ball.
If you going to fire hotter hollow point carry ammo such as Gold Dots. Federal HST, or +P stuff, then it's recommended to go to 18.

I noticed recently that Nighthawk is putting a 17 in their full size guns.
So that would split the differance.


The two things I found in my Ruger CMD commander was the Extractor tension was way too heavy. I also still had problems after adjusting tension.
Ended up replacing the Extractor.

The Hammer strut was a stamped crap piece of sheet metal, replaced that with a Colt part.
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