“5 or 6” barrel for 10mm 1911?? Recoil??

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Thinking of getting a 10mm 1911 to carry when walking and working at the farm. I really like les Baers (have 9 of them). Have looked both 5”&6” .I haven’t shot with a 10mm ever.

Is the 6” barrel they way to go? If so why?
How different is the recoil compared to 45acp.
 

phxfa

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I like the longer sight radius with the 6in, recoil on both are about the same.
How potent the. 10mm load is dictates recoil on both.
 
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I have shot a 10MM quite a bit but never carried one. I have also read and researched them a good bit and loaded some ammo. Likely the best pistol cartridge ever made.

First off, as a confirmed .45 ACP shooter, I found the 10 MM recoil to be actually less with all loads I tried some of the hot loads.
I have read but do not know that the 1911 is not an ideal 10 MM platform. A bit hot for the old design. The Colt Delta Élite handled them well.

I think from what I read only that the Glock is the best 10 MM platform. Lighter, stronger etc. I don't carry one as I prefer the 1911 and have a lifetime supply of ammo and components for the .45 ACP.
JMHO
 

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I ran a few mags of heavy loads through my friend’s Dan Wesson with a 5” barrel.

Snappier than 45+P loads and not hard to control in a 1911.
For reference I am 5’7” and 150 and decently fit.

Also have a good bit through a G20.
Same and no issues.

Personally for a regular carry piece I would go with whatever carries easiest. Thats a key part of this too. IMAO

Be sure to share pics of what you get. We all love gun pics!!
 

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I'd look at the SIG P220 Elite over a 1911 for 10mm
It handles the recoil of the hot loads a lot better, but has a similar grip profile.
 
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I prefer the heavier weight and longer sight radius of the 6" guns. I dont notice the recoil being any more than a standard 45acp 1911.
 

rth1800

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Barrel length/weight issue is simply a matter of what you are willing to carry. For shooting 6" has clear advantages.
 

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6" gives the longer sight radius which is a plus and that little extra velocity. 10mm power can vary wildly from not much more than a .45acp+p to over 800 ftlbs. Recoil will be commensurate. 6" will be a little heavier however.
So if it is an EDC carry, I would say 5" is better. If it is for hunting or trail carry, I would say 6" is preferred.

If it were me, I would be choosing the Glock 20sf or the Sig mentioned above. But a 1911 is fine. If you are set on a 1911, and want a 6", check out the Springfield TRP operator. It's beefed up some in the stress points for 10mm.
 

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Depends on how hot the loads are. A 200 gr WFN bullet at 1200 fps will get your attention, but nothing that any healthy American male shouldn’t be able to handle.

I’d go with the 5 inch over the 6 inch. The juice isn’t worth the squeeze for the extra inch.
 

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I have a Witness with a 4.75" barrel, and I'm getting over 1300fps with a 180gr. XTP. Have a 6" G40 on its way. There are some impressive velocites from the 6-7" guns, I've seen posted over on 10mmfirearms.com
 

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I have a Delta which was done by Brian Bilby (quite a famous pistolsmith who specialized in 10 mm for his short life)
I LOVE it, I will never sell it as it was made for a friend of mine who was a good friend of Brians.
IF I was to carry 10 mm I would carry a Glock! The Delta is awesome but its big and its heavy. If you are looking for a 10 mm to just shoot at the range and play with a Delta is a great choice perhaps even if you want to hunt with 10 mm but if you are remotely considering actually carrying it go with the Glock.
 

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We live in the sticks and I carry a G20 with a 6” 9x25 Dillon. It’s an amazing critter getter. Think explosive vs hole punch.
Cheers
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