OK...Let's talk about them! :biggrin:
Here are some things that I have noticed over the years.
High quality magazine springs do not get weaker if the mags are left fully loaded.
It is not necessary to unload your magazines to lengthen the life of the springs. I have tested this myself.
(Some very old factory Colt springs do have a problem staying at good power...probably because they were never hardened and tempered correctly in the first place)
It is NOT necessary to keep one less round in your magazines to save the springs or to extend the mag spring life.
That makes absolutely no difference at all.
It is not necessary to "rotate" your magazines so that your magazine springs can rest.
People need to rest...magazine springs do not need to rest.
They don't get sleepy.
RUST or pitting on your magazine springs can cause a spring to fail or break.
Also a "file cut" on a magazine spring can cause the spring to fail in the location of the file cut.
Try not to nick your springs or allow them to get rusty.
Do not use magazine springs that show rust or pitting in your carry firearm.
DO NOT EVER STRETCH YOUR MAGAZINE SPRINGS.
If you need to stretch a spring (to get it STRONG again) then it's not a good or properly made spring. It's already defective. Replace it.
You CAN sparingly oil the inside of your magazines & your magazine springs...in fact I do put a light coat of oil on my mag springs (or use a drying spray rust preventative or spray dry lube)
You use any non~penetrating type oil but, you need to wipe off all traces of excess oil right after you oil.
You put it on then you take it all off.
You should wipe everything nearly bone dry again.
Different people have different opinions on this (that's OK with me) but, oiling then carefully wiping off all traces of excess oil (like Break Free) works for me.
I've never had an oil "migration" problem.
If you have FTFeed related problems then you should try a slightly higher power (stronger) magazine spring.
Sometimes that helps with feeding problems in 1911 style pistols.
It keeps the next cartridge in line to feed "up there" better.
Too STRONG of a magazine spring may cause the top cartridge to "friction drag" on the underside of the magazine feed lips and also eat up too much slide return energy moving the top cartridge forward & up the chute. So...too weak is no good and too strong is no good either.
Do you know any little known spring facts?
Any more interesting spring talk?
Feel free to bounce it right in here! :wink:
Comments ~ Opinions ~ Always Welcome.