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Okay I don't know if any of the old crew remembers but last Spring I ended up with a .45ACP Springfield Range Officer in a trade I initially wasn't too keen on until I test fired the thing.
Then after a few minor changes it was back into the safe to languish. Well I can't stand safe queens with a few rare exceptions. And I kicked around the idea of trading it off.
Until I decided to firm up plans to move further out away from well...."city folk" to be nice.

So I needed something that was accurate reliable and could blow a decent hole through a sasquatch pilfering through my jalepeno pepper patch.馃榿

Hence Project Velociraptor Bringing new usefulness and deadlines to an old dinosaur.

The goal is to have a pistol upgraded to safely fire .45SCP +P 230gr JHP and either .45Super or .460Rowland.

So far I've done the following changes:
EGW Flat Bottom Firing Pin Stop
Wilson 25lb Mainspring
Wolff 20lb variable power recoil spring
That helped with felt recoil and kept the brass from being ejected and tossed into next week.
Before the parts and spring upgrades my brass was sailing up smacking the ceiling of the firing line's roof and bouncing right across to consistently smack the trash can at end of the firing line about 40 or so feet.
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The above photo showes the approx. distance the brass is being ejected currently.

Earlier I had replaced the safety lock Mainspring Housing with one the was flat, checkered and with a recessed lanyard loop.

Grips I'm on my 2nd replacement grips as while the old Magpul ones were functional the FDE color looked like coyote....poop. So I went searching and found these G-10 Green/Black on flea Bay marketed at the time from Coolhand Grips. Now virtual identical ones are being sold there by Guuun Grips.馃檮

I also bead blasted the barrel hood area and the barrel bushing. No shine for field use

The front sight I replaced with a Dawson Precision 0.180 high Tritium front.

The rear sight: I've pondered replacing it with a fixed Heine rear sight with a single dot for durability.
But I want to give the Bomar clone by LPA a chance first. So I just rounded the corners of the rear sight leaf.3

The load the pistol likes so far is a Hornady XTP 230gr JHP averaging 950fps. And performance is average 2" at 25yds from a rest.

So that's it for now until I can get some .45 Super brass and data for reloading.

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Don't know when I'll be able to progress when Part 2 and the .45Super will occur. But it'll happen when it happens.
 

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Discussion Starter · #4 ·
you will like the .45 Super. I upgraded my old AMT Hardballer to fire the .45 Super. it puts the old cartridge into the 21st Century!
What weight and type of recoil spring are you running? If, you don't mind me asking.
 

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Thanks, that's what I was wanting to upgrade to next 馃憤

Oh is yours the fixed or adjustable sight model?
If adjustable I'm curious how it's held up to the recoil.
 

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What's the difference between .45 acp and Super brass?
.45 Super has a thicker case web area.

I found this online:
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I did section a case and double check that the feed ramp part of the barrel did not cut too deeply into the chamber. And it didn't otherwise I would have nixed this project.
 

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I shot my .45 Super this afternoon. it shot great but only went 10 rounds and the rear sight roll pin broke. :mad: the silicone held the sight just enough that I didn't lose it. went home and put another roll pin in but I need to find a better way. I wish I had a milling machine.
That's one of the reasons as to why I parted with my Hardballer,.it was a nice .45ACP 1911 Good Cupish clone but after I don't know how many rounds through i became concerned over a few things. Sights like your issue and frame & slide durability over the long haul.
On mine I had replaced nearly everything but the trigger itself and the safety. Oh and the grip safety. Wilson and Ed Brown parts slowly replacing everything else.
 

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Older photos from a few months ago doing a little long range accuracy testing. 100yds from a rest.
Hold was bisecting the standard MO supplied target fixed vertically on the backer.
Mainly wanted to see what the pistol and ammo would do at that distance.
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Discussion Starter · #16 ·
...grips pretty similar to yours. Great look.

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I'm beginning to wonder if there's one manufacturer of these grips but marketing them under a few different names maybe?
 

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Discussion Starter · #18 ·
Yeah that's the same Green& Black one as mine from what I can tell. I bet lighting, screen color and cameras change the tone somewhat.
Oh yeah and the look, at least to me , is part of the reason why I chose them. Since I called this my Velociraptor Project the look of a cross between scales and feathers was fitting.
 

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Discussion Starter · #20 ·
And although I only have one 1911 currently with all the unpleasantness with Chi-na brewing up. I maybe need another pair as a spare.
 
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