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Anyone know of a good 1911 gunsmith in Oregon?

Discussion in 'Maintenance & Gunsmithing' started by woody06, Dec 28, 2012.

  1. woody06

    woody06 Southern Oregon New Member

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    Bought a new S&W Pro Series 9mm and it won't chamber reloads. The same loads I shoot in a Taurus 9mm and a Springfield 9mm with no problems. Most manufacturers taper the rifling in front of the chamber to accomodate a cast bullet that is a couple of thousands of an inch bigger than a FMJ but S&W doesn't do that. It's been back to S&W but they won't fix it so I'm looking for a 1911 smith in Oregon who can ream it out. Any suggestions?
     
  2. netcarrier

    netcarrier Portland, Oregon Active Member

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    Hi woody06,
    Well I know of some guys at Pisco Gunsmithing at 1455B N. Hemlock Street, Coquille, Oregon 97423
    or Phone 541/396-5558
    Email Http://www.piscogunsmithing.com

    Ask for Bob Dunlap or Ken Brooks; these guy are some of the best in the whole USA.

    Hope this Helps,
     
  3. woody06

    woody06 Southern Oregon New Member

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    Thanks for the link. Their website is pretty impressive so I tried calling today. Looks like they're closed for the holidays so I'll try calling again next week.
     
  4. Throckmorton

    Throckmorton Florence,Ore ah gone Well-Known Member

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    I"m no expert but I think ur incorrect on this.
    ..every time i've run into a cast bullet that would not chameber ,the answer is to seat it deeper so the lip of the driving band does not hit the leading edge of the chamber.I"ve done it this way for years,and was advised to do so on several gun-related boards when I mentioned having the same problem you are.
    i'd suggest ,before spending money,to go to this 1911 forum and ask questions in the reloading section.It's one of my favorite sites for info and discussions.

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  5. woody06

    woody06 Southern Oregon New Member

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    Seating the bullet deeper will increase the pressure and since the 9mm is already a high pressure cartridge I'm hesitant to do that. I'm loading a 125 gr cast bullet with 3.8 grs of Bullseye and seating to an OAL of 1.125". In order to chamber that round in the S&W I have to seat to an OAL of 1.010". According to QL, a program that predicts the characteristics of various loads, that cartridge generates a pressure of approx 21264 psi at 1.125". Reducing the length to 1.030" increases the pressure to about 33737 psi, near maximum. I don't even want to think about what the pressure would be at 1.010".

    I'm loading for three 9mm's - the S&W, a Taurus, and a Springfield. The round chambers and functions perfectly in the Taurus and the Springfield so the problem is with the S&W. I want to be able to shoot the same load in any of the three 9's so reaming is the only viable solution. Also, I've posted this on a gunsmithing forum and the responses from professional 1911 gunsmiths is chamber was not adequately finish reamed by S&W.
     
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    iamme Lane County Well-Known Member

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    Not southern Oregon area but Major Nyne (he changed names and I think is Shepard custom now- I linked someone else to him here the other day). Or the guy in Bend that does alot of the XD stuff also does 1911 work- Springer Precision maybe?
     
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    techieguy Well-Known Member

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    Ed Boening is a a good 1911 gunsmith, he very active in the Medford Rifle and Pistol club here in the Rogue Valley... Over by the old Bi-Mart head toward J-ville
    Boening's Custom Guns
    2608 W Main St, Medford, OR 97501
    (541) 858-5066
     
  8. fxdc

    fxdc Da Valley USPSA, SPEED STEEL, IDPA, 3 GUN

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    Shepard arms in brownsville ck his website, I have used him a great guy soory to see him move from the salem area.