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Hi all:)
I would like to know which is the better steel for a 1911 frame/slide, chrome moly or stainless steel? And which of these is the easiest to machine?
Thank you all,
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I am certainly no expert, but it is my understanding that Carbon Steel can be made to have better properties for a gun than Stainless Steel. That is why many gunmakers choose CS and a Hard Chrome finish over SS. I am not going to say how much better the CS is, and for most uses it probably doesn't matter.
I compare the difference to that of a Forged frame versus a Cast frame. The Forged frame is probably better, but are you ever going to be able to tell the difference? Probably not.
 

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Chrome Moly has it's advantages and so does Stainless Steel.. one of the drawbacks of Stainless Steel is proper lubrication to prevent galling.. it's really a personal preferance decision but you should make yourself aware of the drawbacks of each. It may be easier to keep a Stainless pistol like new than a chrome moly, due to the finishes that need/can be applied to chrome moly so it will not rust.:)
 
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