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Colt 1911 slow to cycle
« on: April 10, 2017, 08:28:23 PM »
Need some help.   Shooting a Colt 1911 traditional with 230 gr bullet and running about 850 fps.   Gun is cleaned and oiled.  Now, shoots great but is slow to cycle closed.  Is it me or what?  I've shot the gun for over a year and it just started doing it.
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Re: Colt 1911 slow to cycle
« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2017, 09:02:28 PM »
Howdy back 40,

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Re: Colt 1911 slow to cycle
« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2017, 09:04:41 PM »
Sounds like it's gummy or dry.  I know you said that you just cleaned but why don't you check it again and also make sure your rails are oiled and see if that helps.  Dusty Boddams

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Re: Colt 1911 slow to cycle
« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2017, 09:30:12 PM »
I had a similar incident on several semiautos after CleanFire (or is it FireClean) was applied several months earlier.  That 'lube' really turned tacky. And it was difficult to remove too. 
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Re: Colt 1911 slow to cycle
« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2017, 06:42:02 PM »
As mentioned, it's likely dirty or gunked up with bad lube. I use Lucas Oil outdoor line cleaner and oil. For the slide, I use their lightest oil possible. When I let it go too long, even it gets sticky.

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Re: Colt 1911 slow to cycle
« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2017, 07:46:43 AM »
Case gauge some of your ammo, and make sure it's not covered in stray bullet lube or case lube.   Clean a dozen or so with a rag damp with paint thinner and try them through the gun.   

If you  haven't changed something in the gun (like the cleaner or lube you are using), it's probably in the ammo.

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