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Anyone Using Reduced Power Springs From Wolff in S&W J Frame (5 shot Chief's Spcl)?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Powder_Burn, May 31, 2006.

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  1. Powder_Burn

    Powder_Burn Member

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    I am interested in installing a reduced power spring kit for my little Scandium .357 since the double action trigger pull is extremely heavy (360PD). However, this is my concealed carry gun and I am concerned that I could get light strikes that could cause a misfire. Normally I carry with .357 Speer Short-Barrel Gold Dots.

    Anyone out there having good or bad luck using a 12,13,14, or 15 lb springs? How big of a difference does it make and is it still reliable?

    Thanks in advance!

    Reference:
    http://www.gunsprings.com/Revolver/SmithWesson_RvNF.html#S&WJ

    "This pak contains 1 each 8 pound reduced power hammer spring and 1 each 13, 14 and 15 pound reduced power rebound springs allowing adjustment for lighter and smoother trigger and hammer action."
     
  2. lyricsdad

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    try dry firing it for a while. or simply taking it out to the range.

    my model 60 had a hard trigger too, but it really smoothed out after taking it out, and also w/ dry firing. I love how it is now, I really want another revolver now!
     
  3. mnrivrat

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    The reduced power springs work just fine as long as the rest of the gun and the ammo can withstand the reduction .

    The only way to know for sure is to install and try it as each firearm can have other factors that may effect the reliability - as does the ammo type (effect reliability) in some cases.

    I have reduced wolff springs in a small frame Taurus Model 731 that are working just fine and I haven't had a light strike failure in several hundred rounds after installing them.

    I tried this same spring set in my Taurus Model 94 and it failed miserably . But then a rimfire takes more striking pressure to disrupt the primer.

    They're not a high price item - I would install and shoot the crap out of it until your satisfied it is reliable .
     
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    Can't say that enough as applies to a CCW piece. I'd try it for at least 100 rounds (more is better) of your usual carry ammo before trusting it with the lighter springs.
     
  5. Master Blaster

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    Shoot it a bunch that is what I have done with my 642.

    Reduced power springs are not a good thing in a carry gun.

    Cold Lint, many things could affect it and it needs the extra omph to make sure the round fires.

    Its a belly gun not a Target piece.
     
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    I agree completely. My Taurus 605 came with an 8lber and I had it upgraded to a smith factory 12lber to increase reliability. If you're gonna carry it, it's gotta work. All the time. ;)
     
  7. HankB

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    Some people consider J-frame Smiths to be "undersprung" from the factory . . . so I certainly wouldn't consider going to a lighter hammer spring. Maybe a lighter rebound spring . . . but I'd be inclined to use the full power stock spring here, too, in a defensive carry piece.

    If you pick up the DVD "Trigger Job" by Jerry Miculek, he goes into detail on how to slick up a revolver. (He works on a K-frame, but much of what he shows is applicable to the J-frame as well, despite the mechanical differences.)

    I did a trigger job on my own 340SC, and it came out of my shop (aka the kitchen table) MUCH better than it did from the factory. Just cleaning the schmutz out and deburring the insides helped, and lubricating with teflon-based oil helped more. A few Miculek tricks further enhanced reliability.
     
  8. scullydog

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    I've dry fired my 637 over 2500 times and it has loosened up nicely.:rolleyes:
     
  9. Dollar An Hour

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    I'd stick with stock springs, especially the hammer spring on a J-Frame.

    My 442 had a lighter spring kit installed and I was getting 3-5 misfires per 100 rounds, even on soft-primered Federals. Not worth it in a carry gun.

    Spend some time with .38 Spl and dry firing, it'll smooth out.
     
  10. RyanM

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    Not the exact model, but I've got a Wolff 9 pound mainspring and 8 pound trigger return spring in my Ruger SP-101 (factory weights are 14 and 10 pounds, respectively). With handloaded ammo with CCI primers, I've never had an FTF.
     
  11. Powder_Burn

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    Just wanted to update everyone on this post. Had a gunsmith install the Brownell's Pro Spring kit (made by Wolff) and I used the 13lb Rebound Spring and the Reduced Power Hammer Spring that came in the kit. My 360PD now shoots better than ever and I have not had a problem with light strikes in Winchester and Hornady ammo.
     
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