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Spring Recycle

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by Jim Watson, Jul 16, 2006.

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  1. Jim Watson

    Jim Watson Member

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    Is there anything a used gun spring is good for?
    Yes, I know the springs in a GI 1911 etc. are good for a long, long time. But a match gun is usually run closer to the edge. An 8-round 1911 magazine spring will eventually get squashed until it won't lift the slide stop. Hopefully before it stops feeding the last round. It is often recommended to replace a recoil spring when it gets beat down two coils, three coils, half an inch, etc., shorter than new.

    Are "set" springs good for anything other than light steel scrap?
     
  2. mete

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    I suppose you might re-heat treat the spring btu unless you know how to do it properly it's a waste of time.
     
  3. Jim Watson

    Jim Watson Member

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    I got WAY better things to do than learn how to retemper wire springs.
    Looks like the scrap can. Maybe I can take them to the recycler along with aluminum cans.
     
  4. 1911Tuner

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    Springs

    If you're a high-volume shooter, you can extend the useful life of recoil springs. Just remove the plug and let'em completely relax except when they're in use. Seems to add about 10-12% of life. On some of my seldom-used pistols, I also let the mainsprings relax. Seems to help.
     
  5. BBBBill

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    The late Bob Day used old 1911 mag springs for filler rod while welding on 1911s.... I wouldn't suggest that today. Better options are available.
     
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