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How many of you 1911 shooters out there have converted your 45s to different calibers, and not just to the 400 CorBon or the 22 LR.

A number of years ago I saw adds for conversions for the 1911 that would allow an incredible number of different calibers to be fired from the same platform, with just a slide/barrel and magazine change.

From my 1911 I shoot the 45 ACP. There is also the 45 Super and the 460 Rowland that I believe are the same case as the ACP just with heavier loadings.

The we have the 400 CorBon, which I feel has not yet reached its full potential as either a target or hunting caliber.

But then we can covert to the 9mm family: The 38 Super/9x23, 38 Special, 9x21, 9mm Luger, 30 Luger and even the 7.62x25 so I'm told. I re-sculpted my ejector on my 45 to accept a 38 Super slide and still eject 45 cases and was able to just switch a complete slide setup and magazine and then shoot the 38 Super and the 9x23 interchangeably. It was a gas. The 38 Super slide came from an old Army Marksmanship Unit 1911 that had been converted to shoot 38 Special and I still have that barrel. I even managed to find some old 38 AMU brass that worked well with wadcutter loads. I had a friend cast out some hard 148 grain wadcutters for me and loaded them with the heaviest charge I could find from the older Lyman manual I was using - somewhere around 1100'/sec I believe. What a blast. Those darn things were accurate and hard hitting out to about 25 yards but would loose it after fifty. The 38 Super with 160 grain round noses would do better at the longer ranges.

I still want to try the 30 Luger and the 7.62x25 Tokarev just for schmidts and giggles.

Anybody else had fun like this?? Let us know. Mikey.
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The only one I've got is the .41Avenger. It can either use necked down .45ACP cases or better yet, cut and necked down .45Winchester Magnum cases. I use mainly 180gr. LTC or Speer 180gr JHP(when I can find them). J.D. Jones brought this out years before Peter Pi at Corbon came our with the .400Corbon. For some reason, it just didn't catch on and it's a heck of a good round. Always wanted a .22LR conversion but there's always another .41 to buy! :) RKBA!

:D Sorry about the late response, Mikey. Holidays are really hectic at work. The barrel I've got is a Barsto match barrel that J.D. fit. I'm trying to find the time to send my commander for another one. I found an old LBT mold for a 180gr TC that really works well. I'm thinking of swaging some that are a little lighter with a round nose and hollow point. As long as it's a .41, I live to experiment. The round is a good concept that just never took off. RKBA!
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