Kimber 10mm conversion

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    Kimber 10mm conversion

    I've been wanting a pistol in 10mm for a long time now. What I want is to get a conversion barrel for my kimber eclipse pro target. I have yet to find an aftermarket barrel in 4''. Im wondering if I could order a full size 10mm barrel from kimber and have it shortened to fit my gun? Also does anyone know where to find a quality aftermarket option? If I can find the barrel, will I have to change any other parts to make it work? I've also been told you can get a kimber in .40 and have the barrel reamed out for 10mm. Has anyone heard of this, and if so, does it work good?

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    Member Tubby45 has a Kimber Pro that was a .40, he turned it into a 10mm.

    You'll need more than just a barrel to do the conversion, I don't think the larger breech face of the .45 slide will work well with a 10mm, but don't quote me on that.

    I had a Kimber CDP Pro in .40 that I was going to have conversion barrels made in 10mm and .357Sig, but the cost was too high.

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    You could also just buy a Kimber in 10mm.
    I will support gun control when you can guarantee all guns are removed from this planet. That includes military and law enforcement. When you can accomplish that, then I will be the last person to lay down my gun. Then I will carry the weapon that replaces the gun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SonofASniper View Post
    You could also just buy a Kimber in 10mm.
    I don't think Kimber makes a Pro (4") in 10mm...

    I'm pretty sure the only thing they offer in 10mm is a variant of the Eclipse in 5"


    Fusion offers a Commander sized 1911 in 10mm, and so does Dan Wesson, they have the Commander Bobtail in 10mm

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    Quote Originally Posted by JD View Post
    I don't think Kimber makes a Pro (4") in 10mm...

    I'm pretty sure the only thing they offer in 10mm is a variant of the Eclipse in 5"


    Fusion offers a Commander sized 1911 in 10mm, and so does Dan Wesson, they have the Commander Bobtail in 10mm

    You know what, you might be right on that one now that I think about it.
    I will support gun control when you can guarantee all guns are removed from this planet. That includes military and law enforcement. When you can accomplish that, then I will be the last person to lay down my gun. Then I will carry the weapon that replaces the gun.

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    You could also try to find a Colt Delta Gold Cup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jualdeaux View Post
    You could also try to find a Colt Delta Gold Cup.
    Key word try, Delta Elites are getting hard enough to find, let alone a Delta Gold Cup, and even if you could find a Delta Gold, I wouldn't dare shoot or carry it.

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    If you PRO is a .45, it has the feed ramp as part of the frame. The smaller caliber frames use a ramped barrel (the feed ramp on those is part of the barrel & not part of the frame.) I don't know of anybody that makes a non-ramped barrel for 10mm.
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    ...you can also get a Dan Wesson 10mm...I have one of those and it's an outstanding gun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JD View Post
    Key word try, Delta Elites are getting hard enough to find, let alone a Delta Gold Cup, and even if you could find a Delta Gold, I wouldn't dare shoot or carry it.
    Yeah. It is the only gun that, in hindsight, I should never have let go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jualdeaux View Post
    Yeah. It is the only gun that, in hindsight, I should never have let go.
    My condolences for your loss.

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    Well thanks for all the info. I didn't even think about the feed ramp not being compatible with my kimber. I thought about the delta elite option, but decided against it. Reason why is I haven't been satisfied with the reliablitity of the colt 1911 I have, only comes in 5", and they are over priced (in my opinion). I think to get what I want Im going to have to modify a kimber .40 to my liking. I personally don't like .40 and would probobly never use the .40 barrel. At the same time I don't want to screw up the resale value if for some reason I sell it. So my question is, should I see If I can get kimber to send me a 5" 10mm barrel and have it shortened to 4", or get them to send a identical barrel in .40 and them have it reamed for 10mm? Also, I was looking for a CDP in my kimber catalog in .40, but all it is offered in was .45. Have they discontinued .40 In the CDP? Reason why I was wondering is a CDP in 10mm looks like it would be nice. I just wonder if the aluminum frame will hold up well with 10mm. Is the barrel all I need to worry about to make the conversion?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmwaddicted View Post
    Well thanks for all the info. I didn't even think about the feed ramp not being compatible with my kimber. I thought about the delta elite option, but decided against it. Reason why is I haven't been satisfied with the reliablitity of the colt 1911 I have, only comes in 5", and they are over priced (in my opinion). I think to get what I want Im going to have to modify a kimber .40 to my liking. I personally don't like .40 and would probobly never use the .40 barrel. At the same time I don't want to screw up the resale value if for some reason I sell it. So my question is, should I see If I can get kimber to send me a 5" 10mm barrel and have it shortened to 4", or get them to send a identical barrel in .40 and them have it reamed for 10mm? Also, I was looking for a CDP in my kimber catalog in .40, but all it is offered in was .45. Have they discontinued .40 In the CDP? Reason why I was wondering is a CDP in 10mm looks like it would be nice. I just wonder if the aluminum frame will hold up well with 10mm. Is the barrel all I need to worry about to make the conversion?
    Yep, they don't offer the CDP Pro in .40 anymore. I've only seen two and I owned one at the time, couldn't get the sucker to run right so off it went.

    I think they only offer two guns in .40, the Stainless Pro Carry II, and the Stainless Ultra Carry II. I've never seen a NEW Kimber in .40 at a shop, which means if you go that way, you're probably going to have to have it special ordered.

    As for the alloy frame and the 10mm, I can't help you on that one, but as the alloy is softer than the steel slide....I'd have to make an educated guess that it will wear faster than a steel slide when using the 10mm.

    Instead of going through all the trouble of spec. ordering a Kimber in .40 and having the barrel work done, or ordering another barrel and having it tweaked on. I'd just get a Dan Wesson 10mm CBOB. It's less hassle and you don't have to change anything.

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