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#1 reloader901

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 04:39 PM

Back in the 90's most people recommended Wolff for Colt.

At some point I'd like to play with springs in a Springfield XDS. Will Wolff be the place to go?

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 05:08 PM

One vote for Wolff. That's all I use.

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 06:15 PM

Wolff or ismi

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 06:39 PM

ISMI

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 06:55 PM

Wolf or ISMI.

Just be aware the ISMI springs tend to run 1-2lbs lighter than advertised. For instance a new 10lb ISMI 1911 recoil spring actually measured a little more than 9lbs. Wolf's 10lb spring measured almost exactly 10lbs.

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 08:49 AM

With blind bat, which ever brand of spring you select stick with that brand when doing spring tuning.

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 02:04 PM

Wolf or ISMI.

And as Blind Bast said, be aware the ISMI springs tend to run 1-2lbs lighter than advertised.

at first I went hmmmm ISMI are much smoother........ Then I measured them. :surprise:
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Posted 09 October 2012 - 02:21 PM

Are you measuring these by spring RATE, such as 10lbs per inch (10lbs/in)? Or are gun springs measured using installed at rest pre-load (as in, it would take 10lbs of force before the slide began to move)?

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 08:09 PM

From what I can tell recoil springs are advertised using a "Spring Load". Meaning the amount of pressure applied when the spring is compressed the distance of the slide at full lock (1.650" from the end of the guide rod for a 1911, if I recall correctly). The spring rate is probably only around 2lb/in.

I've used a spring scale to compress the spring over a piece of threaded rod. I've also used a FLGR and a postage scale. I marked the compression distance on the FLGR and used the guide rod cap thingy to compress the spring which in turn pushes down on the scale.

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Posted 03 November 2012 - 01:35 PM

:D I purchased a set of recoil springs and hammer springs for my sig 229 in 40sw.the fatory springs are a bear to slide the slide and lock,well replaced the recoil spring with same lbs. as the sig and reduced the hammer spring one lb.the wolf springs did make a improvment with easier slide recoil and the hammer spring 1 lb reduction was very well come.did improve my shooting some which is all ways well come it was money well spentl

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Posted 03 November 2012 - 03:53 PM

I tried IMSI for a while but they seemed to die fast about 1000 rounds, so went back to Wolf. It could be there are a bit lighter and it made the gun bouncy, but the wolfs hand tuff, but I still change every 5K.

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 09:15 AM

Wolff :cheers:

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 09:43 AM

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 09:56 AM

ISMI springs last longer, I use them whenever I can
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Posted 05 November 2012 - 04:46 PM

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 08:44 AM

I may be wrong but I heard that Springco is the only manufacturer that puts their springs on a tester to get the weight so a 10lb is a 10lb.

All the others get their weights by specifying material thickness and number of coils etc... and they don't actually test them. This is why the ISMI run heavier because they are supposed to weigh a certain weight but they have never been put on a spring tester so they don't know?

I actually use ISMI springs quite a bit but when I started messing with spring with my 9mm open gun I bought a few Springco springs so I know exactly what it works with.

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 04:07 PM

I've used only ISMI but as stated above, it seems they die rapidly. May have to try Wolff after I deplete my stash.

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 11:56 AM

Wolf for recoil spring and ISMI for firing pin spring

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 12:43 PM

I got a bunch of Sprinco's and they are too long for my 5" 1911 and 2011's they coil bind... I use Wolff and ISMI

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 07:22 PM

Earlier this year I went out and bought some ISMI's and Wolff Springs. I tried them both in my 1911 and there was a huge difference in stated rates. The Wolff springs were much, much more stiffer than the ISMI's. I think it is more important to stick with one brand, once you know what you/your gun likes.
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Posted 26 January 2013 - 06:30 AM

I finally bought a spring tester for $30 because I kept losing track of which spring was in the gun and/or when they needed to be changed. I've saved that much in springs in the last year!

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 10:22 AM

I finally bought a spring tester for $30 because I kept losing track of which spring was in the gun and/or when they needed to be changed. I've saved that much in springs in the last year!


Could you post a link or brand of spring tester you bought? I haven't seen one for that price and I'd like to get something I can use on small gun springs.

Thanks

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 09:57 PM


I finally bought a spring tester for $30 because I kept losing track of which spring was in the gun and/or when they needed to be changed. I've saved that much in springs in the last year!


Could you post a link or brand of spring tester you bought? I haven't seen one for that price and I'd like to get something I can use on small gun springs.

Thanks

Dave


+1 would like a link. I have always used Wolff
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