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Old 12-27-2006, 02:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Spring for a springfeed resource?

What kind of power am I looking at? Any custom spring manufacturers online need to know things like, x lb. per x in. Someone want to fill in those x's? I'f it's any help, i'm looking to build a 20 round feed tube.

I'm attempting to construct my own springfeed for a project i'd attempting to complete. It needs to be suitable for a 15-20 round feed. If anyone knows of an inparticular good resource online, I would be very happy!

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Old 12-27-2006, 02:30 AM   #2 (permalink)
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The wire Palmers uses for their spring feeds is .020 piano wire, in a 1/2" loop.


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Good info to have. thank you Walker!

Still trying to fill in those x's though... anyone?


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I believe that Palmers will be happy to sell you one if you call them up. Might be easier than getting a one off.
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Old 12-27-2006, 10:59 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Years ago I made a spring-fed F/A VM68.... for not particular reason.
I made a 25-rnd tube, and used a 20-guage shotgun tube magazine spring.

Worked great. I bought the spring at a gun-shop for $5

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Old 12-27-2006, 03:48 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Ok, I broke down and ended up buying 5 ft. of the stuff from PPS. Grand total of $68 after shipping! That will give me enough to have 4 20rd. spring feeds and have 2 inches of scrap when i'm done. I'll most likley end up selling half of it.

I still want those x's filled in though... Eventually I would like to be able to order a bulk of the stuff. And also it will be good information to hve handy.

Thank you to those who helped so far;
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Old 12-27-2006, 04:38 PM   #7 (permalink)
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buy .020 spring piano wire from mcmaster. I think for 8$ I got more than anyone can ever need for personal use. Just wrap it yourself. Trial and error. I used a 3/8 threaded dowel and wrapped the wire around that after unwrapped worked pretty decent not exactly right though.


go to mcmaster.com 9495K64 thats the number to search for.
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If you're getting into any sort of decent volume you can look into spring makers locally. It's actually a special machine that forms the coil by tweaking the wire through rollers rather than forming it around a dowel form. Straight wire goes in and it comes off the rollers in a coil.

If you've got a lathe and some other metal working skills you could make your own for lighter springs of this sort. There's three rollers needed and how they are angled in relation to each other determines the spacing of the coils. It doesn't need to be electric powered either. For a few springs here and there you can easily work it by hand with a crank.

I got the idea after seeing an episode of "How Do They Make That" or something of the sort on Discovery. For lighter springs such as we use in paintball guns the whole "machine" would be about the size of a pack of ciggies.

Once you have the machine the wire is super cheap. Like $30 for a 1000 feet or something of the sort.
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