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Old January 7, 2013, 11:01 PM   #1
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recoil spring choice

I'm using a Springfield Range Officer. I'm trying out "softball target loads". How do I determine if the recoil spring is correct for these light loads? I have read that the distribution of ejected cases on the ground is informative, but I don't recall the details.
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Old January 7, 2013, 11:58 PM   #2
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As a point of reference, Colt Gold Cup NMs used to come with 2 recoil springs. A 16 pound'ish for hardball etc etc, and a 12 pound'ish spring for softball target loads. I've not bought a new GCNM in 20 years, so I don't know if they still provide that as standard.

You should be able to search and find threads in a number of 1911 forums about "correct 1911 recoil spring". For example... this pops up, or this. Recoil springs can be like FLGRs... arguments seem never-ending.

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Old January 8, 2013, 08:57 AM   #3
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How can you tell? Just observe how far your pistol's ejecting brass. If it's ejecting brass farther than about 8', then you need a stronger recoil spring.
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Old January 8, 2013, 09:11 AM   #4
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You know it's correct when the ejected cases bounce off the guy at the next target to the right.
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You know it's correct when the ejected cases bounce off the guy at the next target to the right.


And not so right when they bounce off your head.
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