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Old 06-19-2019, 12:56 PM   #1
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Stronger Stop Spring?

I have generally replaced the cylinder stop spring with a stronger one from Wolff when working on .357 or .44 revolvers. But not on .22s.
Do you all think that always upgrading the spring is a useful thing to do??
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Old 06-19-2019, 05:10 PM   #2
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If the factory spring powers the bolt correctly, installing a stronger spring may actually cause problems.
That would be the stronger spring causing the bolt to drop sooner.

With modern revolvers like the S&W and Ruger that isn't a problem.
With the old Colt actions that's not good and will alter the critical timing.

One up side to a stronger bolt spring is in very fast double action shooting it will make it more probable that the bolt will intercept the cylinder locking notch and not give a Throw-by condition.

I don't know what Jerry Miculek recommends but if a stronger bolt spring was any advantage he'd be the one to need them.
Old 06-20-2019, 08:08 AM   #3
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Many Thanks. I thought, with no proof at all, that positive engagement with heavy recoil might be insured with more spring force on the bolt.
Well, probably not.

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