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Want to do a 1911 80% build but what jig

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  1. Manny

    Manny Registered Member

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    So i took the plunge and ordered a 80% frame from sarco and the associated parts for the lower.
    But what jig?
    Was going to go with the ghost gunner but cant justify $2200 bucks.
    Also my sarco frame has no trigger hole milled.
    So with that tidbit of info ans a total NOOB at 1911 building whats your thought on a good jig
     
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  3. Manny

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    Now does that cut the barrel seat also or no?
    Also did you build yours in a 45 or in another caliber..
    I would like to do multiple builds for multiple calibers but i get lost on the ramped or non ramped barrel thing.
    So in essence id like a 38 super because i dont have one.
    Also a 45, and a 10mm.
    I reload already so ammo is not an issue but dont want to be suprised when i get there and its like.... Uh-oh
     
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    I currently have a 45 ACP bobtail build and a 9 mm government build going. Matrix sells a barrel seat cutter but both of mine had the seat cut so I haven't gotten it yet, yet!
    9mm has integral ramp but 45acp is standard.
     
  5. Manny

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    So whats the experience been like so far?
    Not new to gun building but dont want to sail my new jig at the wall due to aggrevation.
     
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    Done rails with a mill and this was more work/less involved setup though a bit nerve racking as I worried about consistent measurements side to side but got it fairly even. I cut to about .015 oversize so plenty of room to stone rails/lap. In short, it was much ado about nothing and wouldn't hesitate to do it again. Been building for a while but my last 1911 80%(more like 60%) was a pita compared to the current builds. Mosinvirus on YouTube does a build with the matrix jig and watching that was what gave me the final push to order.
     
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    Matrix seems to be the winner.
    I guess i have to make sure it does the other things. Like the holes needed for operation.
     
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    I bought the decking jig that has the drill bushings/ bits for sear/hammer.
     
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    I have built .38 Super, 9X23 Win, 10mm, 9mm and .45 ACP using Matrix jigs. I use ramped barrels on the higher pressure rounds, ramped barrels provide more support. You can buy a barrel seat cutter from Matrix but most 80% frames already have the barrel seat cut. Matrix tools are great.
     
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    I never got notified i had replies. Well i better get on the ball. All these parts are on the chopping block. Appreciate the replies.
     

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