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Old 07-25-2011, 11:10 PM
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So i had a thought the other day i want to build a 1911 from the bottom up in 38 super. since i have some basic gun smithing skills this is kind of a learning project for me. most of this is going to be learn as you go. but i figured i should atleast ask people who know what their doing. Im wondering if i put the 38 upper together will it fit on any basic 45 lower. and what are the parts ill need.I have a list i just want to see if it matches up. any suggestions on manufactures would be helpful too. thanks guys.
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Old 08-28-2011, 10:14 PM
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AGI has a 4 dvd set for building custom 1911. i think it would be worth you wile to look in to. Just because they build on the original 45acp it can give you a heads up on what problems that may come up and how to deal with them. You use same frame as 45. The slide to frame and firing pin assembly may need some gunsmith fitting. hope this helps.
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Old 08-30-2011, 08:21 AM
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I used to build these things for a living back many years ago for Briley then Other Stuff Gunsmithing.. I may be able to help you

first, if you're going to shoot 38 super you'll want a fully supported ramped barrel. Though not a requirement, you won't get the full potental of a super without the supported chamber. Suppers when reloaded hot can blow the bottom of the case...not a good situation. If all you'll be using is factor or factory spec ammunition, you'll be ok.

Yes, the lower is the same for a 45 as it is for a super. The differnce being the ejector. You'll need a super specific slide, ramped barrel as mentioned above, chamber reamer. Some barrels come pre-cut but they have shorter hoods. you'll want a proper fit.

Tips, find a cone/bull barrel if you can. There a bit of a pain to fit but give excellant lockup.

If you don't go that way try the Briley bushing...love those things. you can change bushing rings out when they get worn and fitting is a snap. simply choose the correct size and put it in. fitting the of the bushing is still the same. Briley Manufacturing, shotgun choke manufacturer and gunsmithing - Pistol Parts and Accessories

they make great barrels too.

don't push the upper locking lugs entirely into the slide...don't recall exactly but I thing it's about .050 lockup. There is a tool for lining up the barrel that helps.

get a lower lug cutter for the feet...will help get that tight lockup.

crap, don't have time to get into all the details need to get back to work...building maps. wish I still built guns
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