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Start with the obvious:

Round count on springs including magazine springs?
Why? You want at least a 16lb spring in a standard 5" for shooting ball or the equivalent unless you like the pistol battering itself. Personally for hardball or equivalent, I use an 18lb spring, same as I did starting over 40 years ago.

What kind of magazines are you using? There are quality magazines out there that pretty much remove the need for that until they do start to fail which is a long way down the round.
Cleaning regimen?
If you shoot it, clean it. That pretty much removes the another potential source of problems.

Shooter experience/ability?

Short stroking/"Limp wristing" as mentioned above? Have a more experienced shooter shoot the thing!

Smiles,
1) How are you shooting it? One hand? Triangulated? Weaver? You haven't let us know.

I have a very old shooting buddy who's a great shot, but he's mainly revolvers. He's the first person that got my USGI 1911A1NM to stovepipe. So I cleared it and watched him shoot it. He was limp wristing it.

The 1911 platform likes a solid backing to function, be it one handed, triangulated, weaver or whatever.

There is also a very simple drill to clear stovepipes.
 

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There is a lot more involved than just the recoil spring.
I often reduce slide mass significantly.
Then there is the hammer, hammer strut pin hole location, mainspring, firing pin stop, hammer interface, bbl lug engagement etc all factoring in.
 

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There is a lot more involved than just the recoil spring.
I often reduce slide mass significantly.
Then there is the hammer, hammer strut pin hole location, mainspring, firing pin stop, hammer interface, bbl lug engagement etc all factoring in.
I'm well aware, but on a stock 5" what are you running?
 

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Bob,
I don't have a stock 5" 9mm 1911.
 

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I'd want to see it run......and run well, with a 12 or 14 lb recoil spring.
 

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Bob,
Back up.
You asked me about a 5" 9x19mm?
As for 45acp, I prefer a Wolff 16lb conventional.
 

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Somehow I thought this thread was about poodle shooters.

My mistake.
Old and easily confused.

5" steel 45acp 1911,
ALWAYS Wolff 16lb conventional.
 

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Somehow I thought this thread was about poodle shooters.

My mistake.
Old and easily confused.

5" steel 45acp 1911,
ALWAYS Wolff 16lb conventional.
No sweat PW. When we were running ammo a bit hotter then hardball to make sure the plates used for power factor in the good old days, 16lbs wasn't good enough. Old habit, I still run 18lb Wolff.
 

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Ya........when I was young and really fast on the trigger, an 18lb spring
increased the cyclic, tiny bit faster splits.
 
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