Hello Sages, was installing a new Maui recoil rod and my braided spring has one strand walking out about an eighth of an inch. My mind tells me replace even though less than 500 rounds have been fired since replacing it last. What does the rest of the group think?
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Recoil springs are so cheap you can't afford not to replace it. Broke springs don't heal themselves.
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You have the option of snipping the wire and continue shooting it.
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+1 I think that when a recoil spring fails is very difficult to get the gun apart to fix it. What might have caused it? something within the gun itself or just a faulty spring? They are like everything else getting more expensive though. A problem with having somewhat of a good memory and some old invoices available. I am astonished what I have spent on spare parts but if one has the parts on hand they are seldom needed. If don’t have the parts will be needed, some sort of universal law.
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I had never before heard of a strand migrating from the other two in any Classic line recoil springs. It’s common with the seven-strand twisted (not “braided,” BTW) 357/40 P229 springs, but as I say, I’ve never heard of it with the others.
The guidance for the migrating strand with P229 recoil springs was to discard the spring if it moved out a quarter turn or more; otherwise it can be ignored.
Cutting the strand off simply makes it harder to monitor how far it moves.
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At SIG armorer class they taught us to replace any suspect spring...
Springs are cheap... replace it and buy a second to have on hand.
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