How often do you replace recoil springs?

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    How often do you replace recoil springs?

    Like the title asks, how often do you replace recoil springs? Do you recommend replacing the spring when buying an older used gun?
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    Good question, I'd like to know as well. I haven't replaced them in any of mine to include the p85 I bought used and carry. Although I've put at least 800 rounds through it with no issue so I don't think I need one. Anyone I'm interested in an answer to this too.

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    depends on the gun
    different manufactuerers have differing reccomendations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tzadik View Post
    depends on the gun
    different manufactuerers have differing reccomendations.
    ^^This.

    Sig Sauer recommends replacing the recoil spring in the P238 every 1,500 rounds. It's listed in the manual that comes with the gun.

    I have a little range book I use to keep track of rounds shot since last replacement. The springs are very cheap, so changing them out is no big deal.
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    Depends on the gun and its intended use. For range guns, whenever I start having spring-related function issues (slide cycling), and for SD pistols every 2-3K rounds (except an STI Ranger with RecoilMaster). When buying a used gun, yes, I like to change out FP and recoil springs.
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    You need to replace them? I replaced the one in my CZ-82 because I didn't know how used it was or what care it had been given and it ejected cases out of visual range. My used 4566 and 6906 worked so well I haven't replaced them. The Glock is OEM.
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    I have a 20 year old Glock 21 and I've never replaced the springs.
    I never really thought about it.
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    +1 Moby on my 22 year old Glock. I do have some if they start to cause issues though.
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    Of all of my guns I've only replaced one recoil spring and that was on an M1 carbine that probably had the same spring on it since 1945 and started to have ejection problems after I put about 2,000 rounds through it.

    Now it ejects spent cartridges about 6 ft above my head and 8 feet behind me
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    I replaced my glock originals with springs on stainless guides because I just didn't like the plastic ones. I expect that hundreds of thousands of cycles before they reach their fatigue life limit. That said, one could break and so you should keep a spare on hand. The part is cheap and it is easy to change. If you ever start to have problems with cycling the slide, swap out the recoil spring to see if it is the problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pgrass101 View Post
    Of all of my guns I've only replaced one recoil spring and that was on an M1 carbine that probably had the same spring on it since 1945 and stated have ejection problems after I put about 2,000 rounds through it.

    Now it ejects spent cartridges about 6 ft above my head and 8 feet behind me
    only spring I ever needed to replace was on my M1 Garand 1943 was probably the original.
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    In 60 years of shooting I have never change a magazine spring and have changed only one recoil spring when I upgraded to a threaded barrel. I have several target pistols that have at least 20K rounds thru them, over the past 20 years, using the same magazines and springs since new without a magazine failure.
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    Compact and short barreled semi-autos should have their springs replaced more often.

    Once your semi-automatic starts tossing your ejected brass out further than has been normal - it is time for a recoil spring change.
    Spent cartridges being ejected out of the port further out than usual is indicative of the fact that the slide is moving to the rear with more speed and less resistance due to a weakened recoil spring.

    If you are shopping around for a replacement recoil spring buy a Chrome Silicon recoil spring if possible. The have a useful spring life that is AT LEAST double that of the more common Carbon or Stainless steel spring.
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    Every gun is different.

    IIRC, on my old Browning BDM 9mm, I typically swapped to new springs at least every 5K rds. On the CZ P-01 9mm, every few thousand. On the "mouse" guns, every 750-1000 rds or so. Depends somewhat on how "hot" the rounds are that I've been feeding it, too. I've found that a steady diet of hot 124gr +P's on the Browning BDM meant things began feeling loosened-up earlier than otherwise, so recoil spring swaps made more sense to do on a faster schedule.
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