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Old 10-26-2001, 12:12 PM   #1
 
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I need some advice or comments . . . .

I have a Kimber Stainless Pro Eclipse (4"bbl) in 45 ACP, I was wanting to make it a "dual" ammo gun just to play with (the 10mm is sometimes FUN to play with!).

Questions:

1) Can I just change the barrel / bushing / recoil spring set & insert a 4" 10mm barrel, etc. into the Pro size (4") Eclipse slide?

Or

2) Could I take a Gov'mt (5") slide / barrel for a 10mm and place it on the commander style / size frame of the Pro Eclipse.

I am assuming that I can use either Delta 10mm mags, or Wilson 45 mags for the ammo as a "drop in".

I really did not want to do any mods to my frame, and did not know if a 10mm for the 4" bbl was a"drop in" or not, or if you can just get a 5" 10mm slide & barrel assy & "drop in" as a unit.

Any comments / responses would be appreciated!

Thanx,
PDS
 
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Old 10-26-2001, 01:20 PM   #2
 
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You'd have to replace the entire slide and the ejector. The feed angle is also, I believe, different so without modifications, the 10mm won't feed reliably.

If you reload, you could always get a .400 Corbon barrel and have near 10mm capabilities.
 
Old 10-27-2001, 06:14 PM   #3
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BuzzKnox is right. You can use the same lower (ejector will have to be replaced), but the top end will have to be totally new.

Sure, you can go with a switch top gun on the same lower, but why not just buy a Delta or find a Kimber in .40 (they are out there) and have a 10mm barrel fitted to it? This makes a lot more sense than a swtich top gun.

SF
 
 
Old 10-31-2001, 02:47 PM   #4
 
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Ok,

Just wanted to check. Did'nt know too much about the feasability of a "slide swap". Sounds like I will just HAVE to find another Delta :wink: Will probably be sometime next year though, the wife will be wanting her pistol first! Thanks for the responses & the info!

BTW, I have about 550 rounds thru my new Pro Eclipse II & it has worked great through everything (230gr hardball, 205gr LSW, 230 gr. G. Sabers, etc). The only FTF has been with 2 rnds G Sabers that were seated WAY too deep & 3 rounds of 185 gr Sierra HP's. It does not seem to like the short/lite 185 gr HP's. Oh well, no big loss - I bought them for another pistol anyway!

Thanx,
Aggie
 
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