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Measuring 1911 recoil spring weight

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Catpop, Mar 3, 2013.

  1. Catpop

    Catpop Well-Known Member

    I need to get a lighter recoil spring for my Kimber Classic Royal to be able to cycle lighter 185 grain loads. How do you measure the existing spring weight to get a starting point?:confused:
  2. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    If it is .45 ACP, it probably has a 16 or 18 pound spring in it now. Springs are cheap. You might try a 14, 15, & 16 pound spring. I am running 16's in .45 and 14's in 9MM. I have a couple of pretty light loads in .45 ACP, and my stock 16 Lb 1911 springs work with them. It will have to be mighty light before you need lower than a 16 Lb spring.

    ISMI springs:

  3. tuj

    tuj Well-Known Member

  4. ku4hx

    ku4hx Well-Known Member

    I use the data at the Wolff springs website as reference. For all the guns I've been interested in, they sell OEM weights a well as others.

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