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Best .45 target pistol?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by spook22, May 21, 2009.

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  1. spook22

    spook22 Member

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    Hey guys this is my first post, i am in the market for a good .45 for target shooting i like the look of the kimber stainless target 1911. This pistol will be strictly for target shooting so i want something with the best accuracy and reliability, my price range is around 1 grand but will be happy pay more for a really nice shooter. Also let me know if there is another caliber that would be better than the .45 for target shooting but i want something that has some power and ammo is common to find. Thanks a lot
     
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    In that price range? I'd be looking for a used Bullseye pistol. Something that has already been match tuned. Subscribe to the Bullseye e-mail list...there are enough people on there that guns come up for sale fairly often.

    Now, personally, I would buy a match-grade .22 and have a lot more shooting for my dollar. Fifty rounds of match-grade .45ACP will set you back $25 or so, while good grade .22LR is running under $5. That's for RWS Target, not the bulk junk.
     
  4. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    I agree with Mike OTDP about the .22 part.
    Especially if this is your first handgun.

    You don't just pick up a .45 and start shooting like an expret target shooter.

    You can shoot a lot of .22 practice ammo for the cost on one box of .45 ACP ammo.

    Look at a Ruger MKIII, or a Browning Buckmark for one that will last you a lifetime.

    rc
     
  5. spook22

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    Hey thanks for the info but i am not new to handguns i have a junk .22 and a Ruger sr9 9mm that i have bin shooting for awhile. So i am looking for something all metal and a bigger caliber or a very accurate caliber that is not a .22.
     
  6. 10-Ring

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    My idea of target guns tend to be very precise, very tight & usually very expensive guns. You can find guns that provide a high level of accuracy out of box that may not be all that expensive. In a 45 acp I would go w/ a 1911 w/ adjustable sights because it can be tuned to get every bit of accuracy out of as possible.
     
  7. rcmodel

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    Colt Gold Cup then.
    It's already tuned.

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  8. spook22

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    Best 1911 then

    Hey i think i will go with a 1911 but what brand besides colt if i can find one i might get one of those but what other brands make very accurate and reliable guns and what models?
     
  9. BlindJustice

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    Colt Gold Cup Trophy are current build since
    somewhere in the 1990s. prior model 1970 onward
    was the Gold CUp National Match, also has the
    standard weight slide, Pre-1970 has a lightened
    slide and should not be used for standard
    GI Ball.

    Both my S&W 1911 and 625 revolver shoot better
    than I do.

    Good luck

    Randall
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    Colt Gold Cup!
     
  11. kludge

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    "Target Shooting" or "Target Competition"?? big difference IMO.

    With a budget of $1000, I'd be looking at Springfield... or...

    .38 Special.
     
  12. MrBorland

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    2 possibilities on larrysguns.com...

    I don't shoot bullseye (yet), and I don't own a 1911 (yet), but I'm interested in both. With that disclaimer, I'll say I'm interested in the replies here as well, and thought I'd just offer the OP a "heads-up" that there's a Clark-tuned Colt target 1911 on Larry Carter's site, about in your range. There's also a Clark-tuned bullseye 1911 (heavy slide) at a local gun shop in excellent condition for a hundred or 2 less. PM me for shop info if interested (I have no ties to this shop or sale of this gun whatsoever).

    http://www.larrysguns.com/Products/Colt-1911Clark-Custom-45-acp__pis_used_col_313.aspx

    Also, if you're smitten with the looks of a stainless Kimber. Just so happens, larrysguns.com also carries one of these for target shooting.

    http://www.larrysguns.com/Products/Kimber-1911-Team-Match-II-45acp__pis_used_kim_796.aspx

    You can also get a new Clark-tuned bullseye 1911 at Clarkcustomguns.com. Looks like they use a Springfield now.

    http://www.clarkcustomguns.com/bullcon.htm
     
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    Try an HK Elite, Tactical, or Expert.
     
  14. spook22

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    I like the look of the colt 1911 gold cup does colt even make them anymore?Also anymore suggestions are welcome.
     
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    For under a grand the most accurate and dead reliable .45acp I have ever come across is the S&W Model 25 or 625.

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    ruger 22/45 or a colt gold cup with kimber 22 conversion
     
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    I own a Gold Cup. They are good base material, but a long way from a match gun straight from the box. Mine required a trigger job, barrel hood fitting, and a tightened slide/frame fit.
     
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    I will be using this gun for just regular target practice maybe competitions so want the most accurate auto loader out there. And my price limit is about $1000 but i will pay a couple hundred more for a nice one.
     
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    Another one to look at is the used to be Dan Wesson Pointman Major,(now CZ), match barrel, McCormick trigger right out of the box also........ Mine is very accurate........
     
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    HK USP Elite, a very accurate and reliable pistol.

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  21. Hawk

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    I didn't see any budget constraints.

    If you're driving at bullseye competition, this may be of some help:
    http://www.bullseyepistol.com/cstomgun.htm

    If the targets are of a different type, STI seems to be a decent choice for those that aren't provided a pistol by their sponsor. You can get a little extra tweaking from Dawson Precision, Brazos or similar.

    The Kimber you're looking at can provide excellent accuracy but I'd "try before buy" if at all possible - internet backchatter holds that they may not be consistent - some are better than others. In that price range, I'd hop on the "Gold Cup" bandwagon that's forming up.


    Edited to add: missed post 18.
     
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  22. will919

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    Les Baer with the 1.5" package. What a goregous, precision 1911.

    My Thouhgts
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    Spook22 - yes Colt is making Gold Cups, the
    current ones are called Gold Cup Trophy the prior
    model was the Gold Cup National Match.
    I think the current Trophy is available in Blued carbon
    steel, or stainless steel.

    R-
     
  24. longhorngunman

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    Used Les Baer or a STI Trojan w/Dawson Precision package.
     
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    H&K USP .45 Tactical, Elite, or Expert if you can find one. The match trigger w/ overtravel stop makes for a seriously nice SA trigger.

    You can also get a Tactical in .40s&w or 9mm. On these you can use a Jet Funnel and H&K factory extended magazines for some high capacity fun! The .40s&w mag holds 16 rounds and the 9mm holds 18.

    You can always go with a 1911, but a USP with match trigger will shoot just as good AND it will be dead nuts reliable and trouble free. H&K makes good stuff.
     
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