.40, .45 or 9mm in a 3" 1911

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    Wow... I've gotten some great feedback.. Thank you, everyone!!

    LB.. you are going to have to run that "math" by me again in Limaesse as I understood about 1/4 of that.

    EL, I agree with you that the 3" 1911 doesn't mean it's a bad 1911... that's why I'm looking for one.

    I think I'm convinced. After I get my Kimber back from the Smith I'm going to try it side by side with a 3" .45 1911 and possibly do some timing and see what kind of recovery I get however I'm already imagining that the .45 is going to win that little competition.

    Now I just have to figure out that if I go with the .45 should get a whole new gun or just get a new barrel for my Kimber and have it fitted. Yeah.. another 3 months at the gunsmith.

    I'll still try the EMP and take it into consideration as I don't want to exclude anything I haven't tried, but we'll see what the gun fills my carry holster here in the next couple of months.
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    I think it would take a little more than just a barrel swap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OD View Post
    I think it would take a little more than just a barrel swap.
    LOL.. That's why I said, "Yeah, another 3 months at the gunsmith."

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    I think it would be cheaper for you to buy a new gun.
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    You're probably right. A new barrel by itself would be half what I paid for the gun and the gunsmith fees would be another 100 or so... It probably would be cheaper to get a new gun and then I'd still have a 1911 in 40 if I ever wanted one .

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    A hundred bucks to fit a barrel and open the breach face up to .480 ain't bad at all.
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    The gunsmith already theorized that my Kimber was originally a .45.

    It took him about 2 minutes to see about three things I had never even knew about my own gun (darned used guns). Including theorizing that the barrel is not original (he showed me the marks on the frame where someone worked and cut on it), the trigger has been worked, and a few other things.

    I'm hung up because I don't want to give up my fabulous trigger-pull.

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    The gunsmith already theorized that my Kimber was originally a .45.
    I'm sure he's correct, but the case rims are not the same, the .40 is quite a bit smaller than the .45 and the breach would need to be opened. He should have enough room to work with.
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    Lima I would say get a new gun. My reason for saying this is that if you ever have a problem with your new 1911 you will have one to carry during the repair time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OD View Post
    I'm sure he's correct, but the case rims are not the same, the .40 is quite a bit smaller than the .45 and the breach would need to be opened. He should have enough room to work with.
    Certainly understandable... We'll see what comes up. I'll have to look into what I want.

    I was thinking of the Raptor but I've never tried one before. Maybe a Defender... Maybe non of the above... We'll just have to see.

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    Lima, (or anyone I suppose)

    If you like, just collect the info and I'll do the math for you.

    I need: Caliber, number of shots in that caliber that were "good hits," and time from first bang to last bang. (getting that accurately would probably be the hard part, so the bigger the sample the better, as this would tend to equalize error)
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    Quote Originally Posted by limatunes View Post
    I'm hung up because I don't want to give up my fabulous trigger-pull.
    Back to my Les Baer Custom Stinger recommendation. Bestest, crispest triggers around. ;)

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    If the .40 is something special, then someone else will think so too. Sell it on and get what you really want. Personally, I prefer not to carry guns with a lot of after-market work. Main reason being, I dont want to answer the questions that some nit picky atty might ask, should the case arise.
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    Quote Originally Posted by limatunes View Post
    I'm hung up because I don't want to give up my fabulous trigger-pull.
    Don't worry, my GI Micro had a hard 6 1/2 lb trigger, a little creep and a standard factory reset. One quick trip to my local favorite gun plumber and it now has a no creep, 4 lb trigger with a reset that you can feel. Not expensive at all either.
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    Look Lima... If you like 1911's, and I know you do... You just gotta have one in .45 acp. It's a USMC thing. 'nuf said!
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    Late Entry Here...

    Simple question...simple answer...go with the .45.

    Actually, the only problem I ever had with a Kimber, was with the Ultra in .40...and I wasn't the first...

    Switch to the same gun in .45 and never a problem...love it!

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