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Old 02-04-2003, 12:54 PM   #1
 
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So I want to go to 9x23...where do I go from here?

Been thinking about 9x23.
Seems like this round really has a good rep with 1911/.45'ers
I want to make the jump but where do I go from here?

Which base gun is best to build on? I have found several old .38 super Colts from the first half of the century that are beautiful guns. What about current production Colts?

What is involved in the caliber conversions and what gunsmiths do quality conversions?

What mags to use?

Thanks fellas
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Old 02-04-2003, 04:06 PM   #2
 
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I have a pair from Dane Burns. One in 1911 single stack form, one STI. Both use .38 super mags, and both are flawless. I love the caliber.
 
Old 02-04-2003, 06:16 PM   #3
 
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9mm or 38 super makes good conversions or you can pick up one of the factory Colt or Springfields. The one thing you want to make sure is that it is fit right. If you are uncomfortable with the caiber I suggest you send it to a reputable smith for tuning. Seems like the 9x23 is all I really shoot anymore, its my favorite all round cartridge. You can run it hot or mild and teh guns are very accurate and a blast to shoot. The last time I was at the range 3 people had to come over and ask "What the hell is That?"
 
 
Old 02-05-2003, 07:30 PM   #4
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Re: So I want to go to 9x23...where do I go from here?

You can buy a stock Springfield and wring it out. Build up from there. Colt Mark IVs in 9x23 are around too though no longer in production. Be patient and you'll find one. Then why worry about a caliber conversion?

If you insist on buying a 9mm or 38 super, then you will need the conversion, and you just raised your entry into a caliber you haven't tried to four digits. There seems to be a lot of "mystec" around who can do 9x23 conversions. I'd suggest that you first approach a gunsmith you have worked with in the past, and know and trust. But again I really suggest that you think long and hard about the addtional $ and TIME you are contemplating by going the caliber conversion route.

In terms of mags...mine runs like a top with Colt, Wilson or Chip McCormick.

Others will comment on the WOW or fun factor or the ZOWIEs they get at the range from others. I can't really say that the holes a 9x23 puts in paper are any more fun than another good gun and I've never had google-eyed person approach me at the range approach me out of fasination. I think do think it is a fun caliber for reloaders due to the range of loads. Additionally I like the caliber for self defense for several reasons.

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Originally Posted by AggieAlum
Been thinking about 9x23.
Seems like this round really has a good rep with 1911/.45'ers
I want to make the jump but where do I go from here?

What is involved in the caliber conversions and what gunsmiths do quality conversions?

What mags to use?

Thanks fellas
AggieAlum
 
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