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No problem. We're all here to learn & share. Strongly help opinions based on your personal experience are fine. Personal experience is how we all develop those opinions. Others experiences may differ from yours. At least your strongly held opinion did not come across as one new member has with disdaneful arrogance for other member's questions/views.
Do I like MIM? Not really, but I can't say that it's all bad. Early Series 80 guns had large mold lines in the MIM parts that made fitting & tuning a real pain. Some parts are dimensionally wrong. Disconnectors have been absolutely awful in that respect! I'd like to here from the other smiths (pros especially) about their experience with these.
Don't know about current S80s. I haven't had the results that I want on trigger jobs with stock MIM parts. Seem to be difficult to stone to a proper finish. The pull doesn't seem as clean. I've been buying CMC parts until recently, but I understand that they've gone to MIM also. I've got a few C&S hammers/sears to play with & really like them. Dane Burns has a new h/s/disconnector that looks real good. The sear looks amazingly like an exact copy of the C&S ultra lite sear (same subcontractor?).
Bottom line- I like forged/machined from bar stock best, but "properly manufactured" parts, whether, cast, MIM, forged, or bar stock, will all work fine & last. Specific parts, such as the extractor, should not be cast or MIM in my opinion. YMMV. ....and welcome to the board.
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