How to choose hammer spring strength?

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How to choose hammer spring strength?

Post by Hypnotoad » October 5th, 2012, 7:18 pm

I see Wolff supplies hammer springs from 17 lb to 20 lb. Which one do I want? What's the downside of the lightest spring? Will it not touch off some primers?

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Re: How to choose hammer spring strength?

Post by lklawson » October 5th, 2012, 8:52 pm

Hypnotoad wrote:I see Wolff supplies hammer springs from 17 lb to 20 lb. Which one do I want?
Usually, you want the lightest hammer spring that will reliably detonate primers. 18 and 19 pound springs seem to be the most popular. Some people don't like the lighter springs, even if they do prove reliable, because it also lightens up the Single Action trigger weight, making it into a veritable hair-trigger.
What's the downside of the lightest spring? Will it not touch off some primers?
That's the biggest problem. Too light in Single Action is another.

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Re: How to choose hammer spring strength?

Post by juniustaylor » October 5th, 2012, 9:17 pm

Some folks reported the issue of the magazine dropping out of the pistol when it was empty because the hammer spring is the same thing that puts force on the magazine catch. However, I kind of wonder if they didn't have the strut washer on the hammer strut, so the already light spring wasn't physically able to push on the catch hard since it wasn't under the proper compression.

I use a 17# spring and love it. The SA is still very reasonable and is only a hair lighter than it already is with the factory spring. When I shoot mine at paper, I pull the trigger to the rear and let my finger all the way forward until it clicks, then I pull the next round. I think if someone has an accidental double tap, then it would seem they weren't very cautious and it probably would have happened with the factory spring also. I have NEVER had a light strike with mine and all shots have gone bang. So, reliability has been good. Some folks may have reported light strikes, but then again, I'd question if they had it installed properly with the washer on the hammer strut.

18# seems to remain the most popular but I hated it. I got an 18# just to try it and compare it to my 17#. It got removed from the gun, the 17# reinstalled and I gave the 18# away to a member on here that was looking to buy a lighter spring and figured that giving it away for free was better than him buying one.
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Re: How to choose hammer spring strength?

Post by rickn8or » October 5th, 2012, 9:18 pm

Also, there is some debate as to whether with the 17# springs, the mag sometimes drops out while shooting. (The hammer spring also functions as the spring holding the mag release.)

I've used the 18# springs, and not had the mag drop and had no problems firing Wolf ball ammo. Have had not tried those 'spensive Hornady carry loads though.

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Re: How to choose hammer spring strength?

Post by rickn8or » October 5th, 2012, 9:23 pm

Annd I'll check my hammer spring struts for the washer.

Thanks juniustaylor.

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Re: How to choose hammer spring strength?

Post by Ketchman » October 5th, 2012, 11:49 pm

I replaced my stock spring with the 17# spring. The SA did get a little bit lighter, but that only made it better in my opinion. Lots of lead downrange since the change and no failures to ignite from light hits and no problems with mags dropping. I will stick with my 17# spring.
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Re: How to choose hammer spring strength?

Post by Hypnotoad » October 6th, 2012, 11:12 am

Thanks guys. Sounds like if I order a 17# and 18# I should be covered. I found mention in my googling of making a stiffer trigger return spring to increase the SA weight a tad. I might be inclined to do that if the SA gets too light with the lighter hammer spring.

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Re: How to choose hammer spring strength?

Post by trailer-trash » October 6th, 2012, 6:25 pm

I run an 18# in mine with no issues. It graduated to my carry gun after the spring install. I love it.

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Re: How to choose hammer spring strength?

Post by allentownernie » October 9th, 2012, 12:49 pm

I also went with the 18lb hammer spring and I am pleased with the result, I was afraid of the 17 lb spring when some members reported the magazine dropping out when empty. My gun is now just fine for me.

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Re: How to choose hammer spring strength?

Post by DocCasualty » October 15th, 2012, 11:09 pm

17# here, no problem.


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