High Standard - If it ain't broke, don't fix it!


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OleCodger
September 6, 2008, 11:46 PM
Well, you never get too old to learn! I have a High Standard Sharpshooter M-103, Hamden vintage. I've read and read about dangers of using HV ammo potentially breaking frames and the necessity to change the recoil spring periodically even when using standard velocity. The HS was feeding and shooting perfectly. However since the pistol was used and I had no idea how long the present recoil spring had been there, I decided to replace the recoil spring with a Wolff 6.5# variable tension spring. After having my "smith" perform the surgery (my steady hands ain't what they used to be) I took the little pistol to the range and guess what. Now I have a "jam" ratio of about one or two per clip. The spring is apparently too strong for the Federal 711B Standard Velocity ammo. The slide, at times, doesn't go far enough to the rear and catches the the top of the shell approximately 1/8th of an inch ahead of the rim. Two jams out of a ten round clip just ain't that sporty. So now, the way I see it, I have three choices:

1. Leave it like it is and tolerate the jams.
2. Go to high velocity ammo (which worries me).
3. Replace the new fancy Wolff with the old original spring and return to the original pleasure of shooting.

The moral of this story??? IF IT AIN'T BROKE, DON'T FIX IT!!

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Majic
September 8, 2008, 12:37 AM
Why did you put the heavy spring in it? Stock is 5.5 pounds. You created your own headache. Just get a new 5.5 pound spring.

OleCodger
September 8, 2008, 11:32 AM
I'm sure that you're right in that I created my own headache. However, I made the decision after reading at least 4 posts on a very popular Rimfire website that advised to use a 6# or 6.5# replacement spring on the High Standards. Therefore I decided, that a 6.5# "variable" would be the way to go. I guess that I need to take a couple of aspirins for the headache and purchase a crystal ball to allow me to differienate between good and bad advice. If I had all the answers, I wouldn't be asking the questions!!!! Thanks for your straightforward input!

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