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Old October 11th, 2012, 05:24 AM   #1
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Colt Delta Elite

I would like to get some feedback on the Colt Delta Elite 10mm.

I am thinking of trading in my Kimber Custom 2 full size 1911 45acp on a Colt Delta Elite.

The only reason is that I want a 1911 type gun that is more suited to hunting rather than combat or the finishing shot.

I know the the Delta would be a fine combat weapon as well.

I know the ammo can be expensive & hard too find. I reload, so a I can overcome that issue.

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Old October 11th, 2012, 05:47 AM   #2
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I am looking at building a 10mm (Delta Elite) on a Para Ord frame. There are a few slide assemblies on for sale on Gun Broker. The SS complete pistols are listed on Gun Broker for anywhere from 1000-2700 (depending on the bells and whistles) bucks so you have a price point to go by for your trade value.

The 10mm is a great round if you are stuck on a 1911 the DE is the way to go. If you would consider a revolver the S&W 610 is a 10mm and is also a very nice gun (I have one). The nice thing about the revolver is it uses moon clips and you can load/shoot the 40 S&W in it too.

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If its a even trade and the DE is in good shape and passes function checks, why haven't you done it yet.

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Old October 11th, 2012, 05:54 AM   #4
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Thanks for the reply.

I had a S&W 57 .41 mag before I got married and really liked that revolver. It was deadly accurate.

I really like the 1911 and want to stick to that.

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Old October 11th, 2012, 05:55 AM   #5
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I've had my Colt Delta Elite for more than 10 years and love it. I reload, too. Too, much leading occurs with lead bullets, so jacketed is the way to go. Gun is definitely sensitive to bullet weight and type of powder, so once you find the right combination, stick to it. HTH

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Old October 11th, 2012, 05:56 AM   #6
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I just started my research & have not even tried to locate a DE yet.

If I make the move, it will probably be a new DE.

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If its a even trade and the DE is in good shape and passes function checks, why haven't you done it yet.

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Old October 11th, 2012, 06:55 AM   #7
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I really like my CDE. When I bought it the only ones available were SS. Though the SS makes an excellent outdoors piece but I can't stand shiny weapons. When Losok came on board and after I had a couple of barrels done up I sent him my CDE to be Melonited. I could not be happier, it is now a nice flat black durable piece.


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Old October 11th, 2012, 08:38 AM   #8
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Greetings,


Hi OldSilver, I've been into 10mm for a pretty long time. Have a S&W 1006 (large frame, all stainless), Glock 20 and most recently picked up a new stainless Delta Elite 2-3 years ago. The DE is REALLY nice pistol! Having the 3 different form factors and comparing them IMO, the DE has the nicest overall feel in the hand. If it wasn't available, I'd have no issue with the 1006. Don't care for the G20 much at all; only advantage is the higher capacity mag. I don't reload (would rather spend the time shooting) and haven't really had any issues finding a decent range of ammo to shoot. I keep my eyes open and sometimes find odd boxes left over at shops. Have used the bulk stuff from Georgia and that's worked out fine for the target range. Good luck!

PS, here's a cool pic my buddy took of me shooting the 1006:

http://analogbros.com/private/Fire%2...e/DSC_8894.JPG

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I've had my Colt Delta Elite for more than 10 years and love it. I reload, too. Too, much leading occurs with lead bullets, so jacketed is the way to go. Gun is definitely sensitive to bullet weight and type of powder, so once you find the right combination, stick to it. HTH
Have you tried the plated lead projectiles in it? By this I mean the Barry's and/or Rainier varieties. If so, how did that turn out?

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Old October 11th, 2012, 11:43 AM   #10
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OR, you could convert you Govt model to .45 SUPER!!

I've played around with 10 MM and with .45 SUPER, and prefer the .45 SUPER.
The .45 SUPER ballistics are impressive, especially with a 6" barrel ....
1450 FPS with 180 gr
1200 FPS with Hornady 230 Gr FP Ball

With proper modifications and proper brass, I ended up shooting .45 SUPER in two of my standard .45 ACP chambered pistols. And after doing the .45 SUPER modifications, I could drop down to .45 ACP with a simple recoil spring change whenever I wanted to.

However, if you get serious about .45 SUPER you will want a RAMPED barrel [ like the Para ], otherwise your brass does not last long.
So my third .45 SUPER had a ramped barrel ... AND a compensator!!!!

Be warned ....
while experimenting with .45 SUPER I once shot the lugs right off a SS 6" conventional barrel, so a RAMPED barrel is highly recommended.
So is a compensator for that matter.

And it may have just been a co-incidence that right about the time I took up with .45 SUPER, I needed an operation on my wrist, and my right elbow got Tendonitis .... or maybe not??
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Old October 11th, 2012, 03:27 PM   #11
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A Colt DE is on my short list. I had a Kimber 10 mil for a short time and really like the round. It was very easy to hit the plates at near 100 yards and I wouldnt hesitate to take one hunting.The reason I don't have one now had to do with the pistol so the next one will be a Colt. Dan

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Old October 11th, 2012, 04:19 PM   #12
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Thanks to all for your responses.

Now, How do you all feel about the .38 super?

Not really in the same class is what I am thinking.

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Old October 11th, 2012, 11:52 PM   #13
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I wanted one in the worst way but they are not on CA's approved list. A Colt, a 10mm, a 1911, what's not to like? I decided to settle on .45 ACP and couldn't get a Colt railgun for the same reason which is why I got my TRP, but the Delta Elite was my first choice. Kimber and Glock were not choices to me for 10mm.
I'd take 10mm over .38 super even though it's a nice caliber.
I say go for it.
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Old October 12th, 2012, 12:39 PM   #14
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The main reason .38 Super became so popular in the last few decades is because you can make IPSC MAJOR with one, and also because there is enough pressure left at the muzzle for a compensator to work EFFECTIVELY. For the games men with their race guns, .38 Super was a solution that fit within certain well defined rules.

Of course, the .38 Super also had a fine REAL WORLD reputation for power and penetration long before IPSC came along.

However, in a Govt model 1911 type pistol, I prefer .45 ACP with 155 gr HARD CAST SWC. To be precise, I used a 155 gr .45 caliber bullet at 1150 fps [ my old IPSC Major load.]This load was accurate, light recoiling, and it had enough pressure at the comp to work well.
PLUS,
it made bigger holes ... better for scoring on the one way range ... and possibly better for scoring on the two range as well.
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I'd look hard at an STI Perfect 10.

http://www.stiguns.com/the-sti-perfect-10/


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