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Old 09-25-2019, 09:31 PM
DesertRat9 DesertRat9 is offline
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.22 LR conversion

Looking experience and recommendations on .22 LR conversion for 1911. Kimber makes one that sounds like it might be pretty close the original M1911.
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Old 09-25-2019, 09:43 PM
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How serious are you about shooting .22? If you want to plink you can get a Kimber, Advantage Arms or one of the other affordable conversions. If youíre going to shoot a lot (thousands and thousands of rounds) or compete you should consider a Nelson or Marvel conversion. They cost more, but theyíre worth it. I have a Nelson conversion on a dedicated custom frame. Itís just as if not more accurate than my Model 41 and a joy to shoot!
With .22 conversions you get what you pay for.
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Old 09-26-2019, 07:05 AM
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Nelson, Marvel or the Advantage Arms target model(marvel design) are the only ones to consider if you want really accurate conversion.

Plinking... pick anything..
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Old 09-26-2019, 08:21 AM
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Agree, I have a Nelson and it is a treat to shoot.
I also have a real Colt Service Model ACE for when I want to practice my IDPA draw, etc.
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Old 09-26-2019, 01:15 PM
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I have a Nelson on a dedicated frame.
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Old 09-26-2019, 01:26 PM
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I have a Nelson on a dedicated Fusion receiver and a Vortex red dot.

More accurate and better trigger than the M41. (I do my own 1911 trigger work!)

This replaced an 80's M41. I'm happy and so is the guy that bought the M41!

I still have an M41 from 1962!

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Old 09-26-2019, 11:58 PM
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I have a Marvel on a dedicated 80% frame build. Except for the occasional failure to slide lock on the last round, its good to go.
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Old 09-27-2019, 12:57 PM
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Tier 1 used to be Nelson and Marvel. Now it's just Nelson.

If just plinking get a Sig 1911-22 and have fun. First .22 my son shot with.

On second thought, try the Kimber and let us know how it works for you.
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Old 09-27-2019, 01:30 PM
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I've got 500 rounds, or so, through the Kimber conversion and it works well. Since I'm not a great shot, let just say that it out shoots me at 50'. FWIW.
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Old 09-27-2019, 04:57 PM
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I've got 500 rounds, or so, through the Kimber conversion and it works well. Since I'm not a great shot, let just say that it out shoots me at 50'. FWIW.

That's interesting. I have a 5-inch Kimber conversion on a steel Kimber frame and it is not even remotely reliable. Fails to extract most empty cases. So far I've only put about 200 rounds through it because it is not fun to shoot with all the messing around. Tried cheap ammo, CCI standard velocity, and now some Winchester 40 grain stuff (more expensive). I've been hoping that if I ever get to 500 rounds it will become reliable.

Did you have any issues with your conversion prior to the 500 round mark?
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Old 09-27-2019, 05:42 PM
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Nelson Custom is the way to go!
http://www.nelsoncustomguns.com/
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Old 09-27-2019, 09:28 PM
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. Fails to extract most empty cases
Ammo: CCI Minimag is the most reliable plinking grade I have tried. 100% in S&W Plastic M&P Compact.

Lube: A drop of oil on the top round in the magazine gets the empties out in a hurry.
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Old 09-27-2019, 09:36 PM
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Ammo: CCI Minimag is the most reliable plinking grade I have tried. 100% in S&W Plastic M&P Compact.

Lube: A drop of oil on the top round in the magazine gets the empties out in a hurry.
Thanks. I'll try Mini Mag next.

If I squeeze the extractor with my thumb (the extractor is external) before racking the slide the empty shell will eject. At this point I think that ejector is pooched or the ejector spring is weak. Just a theory.
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Old 09-27-2019, 09:55 PM
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That's interesting. I have a 5-inch Kimber conversion on a steel Kimber frame and it is not even remotely reliable. Fails to extract most empty cases. So far I've only put about 200 rounds through it because it is not fun to shoot with all the messing around. Tried cheap ammo, CCI standard velocity, and now some Winchester 40 grain stuff (more expensive). I've been hoping that if I ever get to 500 rounds it will become reliable.

Did you have any issues with your conversion prior to the 500 round mark?
Mine has been reliable since day one. I've never shot anything but normal CCI HV through it. Mine was run on 2 Springfield frames, and is run wet.


If I were to buy one over again, I would opt for a Nelson with a steel breech face.
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Old 09-27-2019, 09:55 PM
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Lube: A drop of oil on the top round in the magazine gets the empties out in a hurry.
I use Eley the most in my Nelson, is that why it seems to be covered in Vaseline?
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Old 09-28-2019, 04:48 PM
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My Advantage Arms target model (AAC191122T) is easy to install on my 1945 .45 and is very accurate. Great customer service.
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Old 09-29-2019, 08:01 AM
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I have a new Kimber conversion that has been reliable and shoots pretty good.
I just added a vortex razor and its still working even feeds Remington cheep green box rounds. My latest upgrade may change that as I found a magazine conversion that lets me load 16 rounds instead of the 10 in the factory mag. I haven't made it to the range yet to see how they feed and function but I have high hopes.
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Old 09-29-2019, 09:23 AM
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I have run a Ciener for about ten years now. I actakky wore out the breech face cut on the slide so had to replace it with a new kit.

As far as the plinking and utility grade conversions go, it is quite possible you will need to experiment with lighter mainsprings to make them run well. Additionally, keep it wet with oil and have a fresh supply of mag springs if you put thousands of rounds a year through the conversion. I have had to file down the exterior dimensions of the mags, relieve the hammer face, lighter mainspring, and polish slide and frame rails. I even had mine running on CCI standard velocity with the original slide. So I would suggest a dedicated frame if this will be a constant frame companion.

I haven’t used a Nelson, Marvel or AA unit yet so ai can’t speak to those designs.
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