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Mid to Upper level quality .45?

Post by valbern67 on 9/7/2018, 5:43 pm

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Hi Everyone!

I've pretty much decided to get a Hämmerli X-esse Sport for my .22 (once I get my FID) and now it's time to start considering my options for the .45.

I've heard great things about Les Bauer and welcome any other ideas in that price range and lower.

Thank you!

Valerie

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Re: Mid to Upper level quality .45?

Post by BE Mike on 9/10/2018, 9:39 am

My first dedicated bullseye centerfire pistol was a series 70 Colt Gold Cup. It was a beautiful pistol, but wasn't capable of the accuracy required (minimum 3" groups at 50 yards). I stepped up to custom and never looked back. If Rock River still has the quality that it had years ago, it would be my choice, except for a pistol built by one of the recommended pistolsmiths.
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Re: Mid to Upper level quality .45?

Post by buttstock on 10/25/2018, 7:14 pm

Almost hate to share a good local resource, but Angus “Gus” Norcross in Wiscasset, Maine ( Angus Arms), is a fine 1911 bullseye gunsmith.

Send him a Springfield Milspec or Range Officer ( I like NM prefix versions), and let him know what config you want.  You will be happy with the results.  He built a wadgun and hardball pistol for me.  They were shooting great for me-then I tore my superspinatus tendon in my shooting shoulder and needed surgery (“ rotator cuff”)-still rehabbing

He also rebarreled/restocked an M1 Garand for me, for Garand matches.  Again, I was very happy with the results.

http://www.angusarms.com/

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Re: Mid to Upper level quality .45?

Post by rich.tullo on 10/27/2018, 8:41 am

If you have not found one already I would recommend asking around. I had an excellent Madore I sold a while back almost new shot under 2 inches with lead. There is always a decent gun around for under $2k. 

Alternatively, an RO with a trigger job, Match bushing, EGW slide stop, and Marvel disco cut is a cheap way to start mine seems to shoot at an expert level for under $800 all in with Iron sights. Every once in a while they show up on gun broker under $700. If you need a trigger job in NJ I will do a basic one and just cleanup up the trigger so It breaks at #4.
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Re: Mid to Upper level quality .45?

Post by valbern67 on 10/28/2018, 8:04 pm

I've actually narrowed it down to either:

Accuracy X Defender Series

Deep River Customs (Jon Shue)

Both under $3,000

Buy once, cry once, right?

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Re: Mid to Upper level quality .45?

Post by Jon Eulette on 10/28/2018, 9:57 pm

Thought Shue was Black Mass Custom?
Anyone using Deep River Custom pistol for BE?
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Re: Mid to Upper level quality .45?

Post by Olde Pilot on 10/28/2018, 10:16 pm

Jon is correct (as usual).

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Re: Mid to Upper level quality .45?

Post by lyman1903 on 10/29/2018, 8:07 am

Gary Wells wrote:
lyman1903 wrote:
Gary Wells wrote:
valbern67 wrote:How about Colt Gold Cup National Match?
Early pre '70 series NM's were great guns & were more than decent shooters but would generally still require some work before becoming competitive guns. In the pre series 70 NM's the Gold Cup logo was on the box, but not the gun I believe. The early '70 series GC NM's had the fingered bushing and were better than OK, but not the gun as the early ones. Things went to hell soon after that.
Correct, 

pre 70 series were marked National Match

70 Series and 80 Series are marked Gold Cup National Match


lyman1903, In late pre 70 series weren't the boxes marked "Gold Cup" even though the guns weren't?
How beautifully finished & fitted those guns were compared to normal "run of the mill" Colts.
late 70's guns will be in the funky wood grained 'boxes' that are basically a sleeve over the 2pc foam, 
the end label is marked Gold Cup (IIRC)

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Re: Mid to Upper level quality .45?

Post by valbern67 on 10/29/2018, 11:05 am

Jon Eulette wrote:Thought Shue was Black Mass Custom?
Anyone using Deep River Custom pistol for BE?
Jon

He told me himself his shop is called Deep River Customs, so maybe he has another shop he does work for.
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Re: Mid to Upper level quality .45?

Post by rich.tullo on 10/29/2018, 11:07 am

I think he joined up with Deep River.
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