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Recoil Spring Weight
« on: December 13, 2016, 12:26:39 PM »
G'Day Cowboys and Cowgirls

i am interested to know what is the most widely used recoil spring weight in Wild Bunch.
is a lower weight spring better than standard government 16# for shooting WB?

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Re: Recoil Spring Weight
« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2016, 01:36:26 PM »
I think the vast majority use a standard 16# spring. I am currently running a 14# progressive but I don't think it is necessarily better.  Some who lack hand strength do use a lighter mainspring to make initial charging of the pistol on the clock easier.
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Re: Recoil Spring Weight
« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2016, 02:24:18 PM »
I've been running an 18 lb spring. I have fun a 16 lb.

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Re: Recoil Spring Weight
« Reply #3 on: December 13, 2016, 02:32:10 PM »
I run a 16# spring, haven't seen a need for lighter or heavier.

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Re: Recoil Spring Weight
« Reply #4 on: December 13, 2016, 02:42:55 PM »
Recoil spring and mainspring have to balance out - as one goes lighter, so does the other.   The best guide I have ever heard, then tried, is to shoot the load you want to run in matches.  Watch where the brass lands.  Closer than 3-4 feet, you need a lighter set of springs.  About 4-8 feet, you have the right springs already.   And brass thrown a long way out, you need heavier springs.

Most folks are interested in getting the effort needed to rack the slide down to a comfortable level for their style of racking the gun.   If you do that, a lighter mainspring is the main contributor to ease of racking, and to running a lighter but crisp trigger pull.  Recoil spring is key to getting proper feeding and chambering.   

With all that said, for my 165 PF loads with a 200 grain bullet, I find a 15# recoil (standard, not progressive) and a 19# mainspring works well for my guns.  Brass drops about 5-6 feet away.

The standard factory FMJ and mil-spec load is 230 grain bullet at 830 fps, or 190 PF.  For that, Colt factory installs 16 or 16.5# recoil and 23# mainspring.   Those numbers tell me I want (can use) just a little lighter springs than those factory springs when I'm shooting lighter WB loads. 

And folks who routinely shoot +P and defensive loads often like their recoil and mainsprings at 18# / 23-25#



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Re: Recoil Spring Weight
« Reply #5 on: December 13, 2016, 06:07:54 PM »
For what we shoot, I run 12.5 lb. IMSI springs and a 15# hammer spring.
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Re: Recoil Spring Weight
« Reply #6 on: December 14, 2016, 12:49:30 PM »
HI gang; I am using a 19 pound main hammer spring, and a progressive wound wolf 13 pound recoil spring with a shock buff. Power factor of 158 with 200 grain RNFP bullets.
  Standing by for the fall out for using a shock buff. :)

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Re: Recoil Spring Weight
« Reply #7 on: December 14, 2016, 01:35:01 PM »
HI gang; I am using a 19 pound main hammer spring, and a progressive wound wolf 13 pound recoil spring with a shock buff. Power factor of 158 with 200 grain RNFP bullets.
  Standing by for the fall out for using a shock buff. :)

I'm glad to hear of shooters using a shock buff.    8)
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Re: Recoil Spring Weight
« Reply #8 on: December 14, 2016, 03:59:25 PM »
Viscious, since you are using a shock buff I hope you are in my category  ;D ;D ;D
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Re: Recoil Spring Weight
« Reply #9 on: December 14, 2016, 04:19:15 PM »
Odessa? The same Odessa that I had so much fun shooting at the Texas state championship? Dusty

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Re: Recoil Spring Weight
« Reply #10 on: December 14, 2016, 09:48:15 PM »
Shock buffs?  Some love 'em and some hate 'em.  Those that love them replace them regularly.
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Re: Recoil Spring Weight
« Reply #11 on: December 15, 2016, 05:28:51 AM »
yes Dusty - it is I - Odessa

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Re: Recoil Spring Weight
« Reply #12 on: December 15, 2016, 07:35:37 AM »
Great to hear from. I thought I heard you were headed to Australia?

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Re: Recoil Spring Weight
« Reply #13 on: December 15, 2016, 09:14:07 AM »
Dusty - yes been and now back for Christmas - will be rotating back and forth for a few months.

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Re: Recoil Spring Weight
« Reply #14 on: December 15, 2016, 04:50:44 PM »
Howdy Odessa

Glade to have you on the WB Wire with us.  Thanks again for joining us at the Texas State WB Matches