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Old 12-08-2018, 05:22 PM   #1
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Why different springs

I was after a Kimber spring kit for my Gold Match .45. The oem pistol, according to the spec sheet, comes with an 8 lb recoil spring. The rebuild kit comes with a 16 lb recoil spring. Why? Any ideas?
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I was after a Kimber spring kit for my Gold Match .45. The oem pistol, according to the spec sheet, comes with an 8 lb recoil spring. The rebuild kit comes with a 16 lb recoil spring. Why? Any ideas?

"8 lb" spring in a .45 acp??? Nah...that sounds like a typo to me. Maybe it should have read "18 lb". But then I haven't seen everything out there. An 8 lb sounds more like something for a .22 mag or .32 Ö maybe someone else here will have more info on the Gold Match. I have used springs from 16 to 20 lb depending on what loads I want to use or how the gun is functioning but 8 seems too light.
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Now that you mention it 18 lb does sound more accurate. I swear I saw 8, but maybe I should look again. As Emily LaTilla said, "never mind".
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All full size (5") Kimber .45's take a 16 lb recoil spring. Competition shooters will use lighter springs to speed up the action of the slide to help reduce muzzle flip. 1911 .45 recoil springs come in a variety of weights so you can tune the gun to shoot lighter or heavier loads. Shooting factory loads with a light recoil spring will put more wear on the gun.
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