Interesting 1911 .22 Conversion Lower question

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Interesting 1911 .22 Conversion Lower question

Post by cundiff5535 on Tue Mar 12 2013, 00:35

I have this question posted in a few forums... looking for insight on why you would not want to use a Stainless Steel Frame to build a dedicated .22lr 1911? I was told not to buy anything other than Carbon steel (by one of the best bullseye smiths in the country) yet, I am seeing several custom manufacturers and well known smiths using SS?

Is this just a personal preference or is there truly something to this? Anyone....

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Re: Interesting 1911 .22 Conversion Lower question

Post by Rob Kovach on Tue Mar 12 2013, 01:16

Stainless steel can "gall" on the slide rails. Since Marvel's are not fitted to the rails anyway (and most don't even have steel slides) it wont gall at all. I don't see what difference it makes.
I'll tell you what--the stainless metal is much harder to finish...I'm building an SS one right now, and that stuff is really hard to polish and sand...
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Post by DavidR on Tue Mar 12 2013, 10:07

I built one and it was fine, no problems as long as you get a good frame.
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Post by Founder on Tue Mar 12 2013, 22:00

Built the one have have been using for a few year, works great. Building another one now.
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Post by Pilot7576 on Tue Apr 23 2013, 19:54

My lower was built on a SS Caspian lower. Bob Marvel built it and he told me to order the stainless for looks...he said steel or SS didn't matter in making the lower.

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Post by Kermit Workman on Mon May 06 2013, 21:52

The Bullseye gunsmith may have had cost in mind as a stainless frame is usually a little more in price. Most advise against a complete stainless frame/ slide for glaring in the sun if you shoot at an uncovered firing line.
"Galling" of stainless steel auto pistols happened when stainless steel was introduced . There are now much better alloys of stainless that eliminates galling.

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