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    Single Six .32 H&R Magnum Question

    I have a very low serial number from 1984. Is there any added premium for an “SSM” marked frame?
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    OM .357 Flattop Grip Question

    Thanks for all the replies. I put a set of stag grips on it. Pretty sure they’re not factory, since the eagles on the medallions don‘t seem to match. One eagle has a thicker neck than the other and they’re slightly off kilter. Looks nice, though, if you don’t look too close. Other than a...
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    OM .357 Flattop Grip Question

    Thanks for the reply. My serial is 42665, so we’ll past the transition date.
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    OM .357 Flattop Grip Question

    Got a 1962-vintage .357 OM flattop, 4 5/8 barrel, that came to me with the black rubber grips (now aged to brown). I was wondering if those were correct for timeframe or if it should have walnut grips like my 1961-vintage Single Six has. Thanks in advance.
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    Old Model flattops...beginning and end

    It does have the 4 5/8 barrel. Don't know the ship date, bought it from a member here. There's a thread on it.
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    Old Model flattops...beginning and end

    FWIW, I have 42665, a .357 Flattop with XR3 frame.
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    barrel leading

    What diameter are you crimping to? If you're using excessive crimp, you could be reducing the bullet diameter to a point where you have, in effect, an undersized bullet. That will cause leading, no matter the hardness of the alloy. I crimp to .469.
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    barrel leading

    Lead is all I shoot in my 1911's and I don't have a leading problem. The key is making sure your bullet fits the barrel. I cast my own and I have a couple of different sizing dies, so I'm not relying on a commercial caster's "one size fits all" approach. That being said, I use a .452 sizing...
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    casting Question

    FWIW, I use straight wheelweights, sometimes a little tin to help fillout. I shoot a lot of bullseye matches and I really haven't found that alloy makes a lot of difference for my loads at 25 and 50 yards. Then again, I'm not shooting hot loads either. I do take pains to have sharp edges on...
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    Slide Wobble

    Not all 1911s rattle. My target guns (a Colt NM, a custom Colt Government, my hardball gun with an Essex frame and Colt slide, and a Les Baer) are nice and tight and more importantly, they don't malfunction, even after 500+ rounds loaded with cast bullets and Bulleye (easily one of the dirtiest...
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    For those who can't understand the desire for a blue SR1911

    It's a shame Ruger wouldn't come out with a blued finish like my 1968-vintage Colt Government Model. But then, Ruger would have to raise the price significantly, which defeats their marketing plan and demographic. Still, it would be nice.
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    What makes a Ed Brown, Les Baer, Dan Wesson worth so much?

    I'm thinking this thread has turned into the "99% against the 1%" thread. :D All I can say is go to Camp Perry this July and you'll see a lot of guys knocking out the X rings at 50 yards and I'll bet my next paycheck that none of them will be shooting an out-of-the-box Ruger SR1911. :D...
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    What makes a Ed Brown, Les Baer, Dan Wesson worth so much?

    At 25 yards and less, with most loads, any gun is good enough. At 50 yards, with lots of practice and the right loads, you'll see the difference if you're shooting soda can size targets. A 2" group at 15 yards can translate into 6" at 50 yards.
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    What makes a Ed Brown, Les Baer, Dan Wesson worth so much?

    I guess it all depends on what you want (or expect) out of your 1911A1. The Ruger looks to be a nice pistol for home defense, casual plinking and that sort of thing. I wouldn't take it to a bullseye match and expect to win with it, But for what it was designed for, I think it's a great deal for...

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