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Fussy, fussy! or 'Why does it take so long?'

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by pistolwrench, Dec 14, 2009.


  1. pistolwrench

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    Bushing as received measured .118" between lug and flange. Slide measured .110". Would have resulted in an .008" gap between end of slide and bushing flange. About 4-5 sheets of paper.
    I machined a flat in the lug slot. Silver soldered in a piece of heat treated 4142 and remachined the slot to .110".

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    Nice tight fit!

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    A little while later.

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  2. pistolwrench

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    Brand new Colt Series 70 re-issue. Rear cocking serrations were pretty good.
    Looked great at an arms length.
    But 'pretty good' can be better.

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    After remachining:

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  3. okie

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    Damn nice work my friend:alex::faint:
     
  4. Quack

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    Rent this space

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    very nice work as usual :)
     
  5. Huevos

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    My, you are fussy.... :cheers:
     
  6. Officer's Match

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    Dang I'd like to be able to do that stuff. :cool:
     
  7. ronin.45

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    Quality takes time!
     
  8. Quack

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    Rent this space

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    maybe you should think about being a custom gunsmith ;)
     
  9. bac1023

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    Awesome stuff!
     
  10. bac1023

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  11. faawrenchbndr

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    Simply amazing,.........
     
  12. Black Cloud

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    Great work. Please keem em coming.
    I really enjoy your before and after pics, as well a your knowledge.:supergrin:
     
  13. paul45

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    So, would Colts "machine" that cuts the cocking serrations be dull? I'm curious on this one! :supergrin:
     
  14. faawrenchbndr

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    Worn milling bits, when they dull, the material gets chipped.
    This leads to the rough, chipped edge rather than a clean crisp edge.
     
  15. glock2619

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    So what type of clearance would you have been content with in the white? 0.001-0.002, or do you go line to line?

    If you don't want to reveal trade secrets, that's fine too. :wavey:

    Beautiful work as always. I've ALWAYS enjoyed the tapered reverse plugs/slide work.
     
  16. pistolwrench

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    Not many secrets!

    .002" would have been acceptable.
     
  17. glock2619

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    Thanks. I appreciate it. I'm going to buy some new bushings from EGW for my Kimbers (early ones with MIM barrel bushings) and was going to check this dimension as well. I might run the bushing O.D. 0.001 clearance to the slide and 0.002 to the barrel. Am I close here? This isn't a match gun but would like to do it right W.O. affecting reliability.

    To clarify, I'm not a MIM hater, but have seen first hand what a broken bushing does to a Kimber (or any 1911 with a broken bushing like that). To me, it's cheap insurance to avoid a big repair bill.

    Thanks in advance. Again, if it's taking food off your table, I understand.

    Or, I might just send the slides/barrels to you and have a matched bushing/plunger installed with the happy face engraved in it. :supergrin:
     
  18. Two Guns

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    Wow you do great work.
     
  19. janice6

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    Nice work!!!!!!
     
  20. paul45

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    Is your username pistolwrench? Or are you his spokesperson?

    I should have directly addressed him, but I assume my question would go to the one who actually performed the work.

    Thanks for the reply anyway.
     
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