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Switch barrel for a Delta Elite?

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by model_19, Jul 29, 2010.

  1. model_19

    model_19 Glock-a-feller

    'scuze if this question has been asked before:

    I just made a great trade and ended up with a Delta Elite in 10mm, stainless. The gun has only three mods to it, a S&A Beavertail, lighter hollowed out hammer and a FLGR. It shoots and functions very well, and is pretty accurate to boot. Total rounds thru the gun are less than 100.
    Being the cost and the Availability of 10mm ammo is crazy, I thought it would be a half way crazy idea to have a barrel fitted to the D/E in .40S&W. My thought is that it is cheaper to go to the range with 40's, than 10mm.
    Short of contactng Colt themselves, does anyone know of a place or G'smith who can supply and fit a .40 barrel in my Delta?

    Thank you in advance,

  2. remat


    Mar 19, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    I have a Delta Elite with 10/40 setup. Numrich has the best prices on 5" 40 barrels (416SS too, really nice crown). Any smith can fit it. I paid about $50.
    Stock mags work great, although if you are using it for self-defense I would invest in 40 mags with the spacer. I am using a 20# standard spring and plug.


    Hope that helps!

  3. model_19

    model_19 Glock-a-feller


    I was thinking about the mags, and remembered that Springfield offered a single stack .40 a short time back. figgered I could call springfield for the mags.

    Even have thought of fitting this myself, but have to do alot of research and studying before I try it.

    Thanks again.
  4. MD357


    Jul 13, 2008
    Sounds weird but I got a hint from a number of local single stack guys running a .40 that they use Wilson 47Ds. Tried this in my CQB .40 and it's worked out perfectly so far.
  5. FreeAmerican


    Sep 21, 2004
    So lets say you spend 200 on a barrel. 150 and change you can buy a Lee Pro 1000 progressive loader with dies. Lets say 170 tops.

    This would pay out better over the long run
  6. Rinspeed

    Rinspeed JAFO

    Feb 28, 2001
    I would try the SA Custom Shop for the barrel fitting.
  7. model_19

    model_19 Glock-a-feller

    This was the other option, as I currently have 1000+ 180grain .40cal leads and a pro 1000 i use for 9mm, 38 & 45.

    It would be 10mm brass & Dies.:faint:
  8. remat


    Mar 19, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    If you are going to spend that much why not send it to the Colt Custom Shop for fitting?
    However, any smith can do it, I dropped mine off and picked it up the next day.

    As for mags, lots of options: Springfield, Colt, Fusion, Mec-Gar, Metalform, etc.
    Last edited: Jul 30, 2010
  9. remat


    Mar 19, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    I am in my 40 conversion less than $150. I also have a progressive press setup, however, 40 brass is less expensive, and more available. Dirt cheap if you buy once fired. So, the savings increase even more.

    But, there is no replacing full power 10mm :)

  10. model_19

    model_19 Glock-a-feller

    There really in NO NEED to make this a switch gun, as I do own a Glock 23 in .40, and a Para Ordnance P16-40 [which I completely forgot that I owned:dunno:] was just kickin' the tires to investigate the feasability.

    Opened the safe to look at the Delta again, and saw the Para hanging there....duh :rofl:
    They say the mind is the first thing to go....

    Being I remembered I own the Para in .40 , a double stack 1911, if I do decide to add a barrel to the Delta, I may go with a 400cor-bon, or other 'exotic' such as .41 ackley....or perhaps something else?

    The Para is as accurate as any 1911 that's been worked, and fills the niche of a .40 full-size.
  11. remat


    Mar 19, 2006
    Seattle, WA can go the other way -- have a 10mm barrel fit in the P16 (what kind of ramp is in that?) and then have a doublestack 10mm! :thumbsup:
  12. Officer's Match

    Officer's Match S.R.D. v

    Jun 22, 2007
    Lancaster, Ohio
    Well, as you can see your OP project is very doable, the only question is justification. I seldom achieve justification on my firearms expenditures. :supergrin: