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Introductions section / Re: Hello all
« on: October 11, 2018, 01:55:05 PM »
Welcome to the forum Walt. Your next post should be a range report.

R51 General Discussion / Re: Results so far
« on: October 09, 2018, 07:06:57 AM »
I've not found that to be the case with my 1911R1's. I'm curious, has Remington ever confirmed the "Combat Hold" for the sights, or did shooters just come up with it as a way to explain the low POI for the R51. I keep seeing people post that information in forums, but I've never seen a reference to an official comment from the manufacturer.


my R1-S is the same, along with my RM-380. I think the R51 is the odd-ball here. My R1 Enhanced has an adjustable rear sight, something they should have put on the 51. I did replace the front sight on mine with one I made in the shop. .040" shorter and it's perfect now.

R51 General Discussion / Re: Results so far
« on: October 05, 2018, 05:36:19 AM »
Low POI seems to be the norm with most, if not all, R51s. Mine needed .040" taken off the front sight and is perfect now. You might want to measure your new sight set before you install it to see if it's any different then the stock sights. Some say to use a combat hold(cover the target) but why do that when most all modern pistols are sighted for a 6:00 hold. 

Introductions section / Re: New member from Texas.
« on: October 05, 2018, 05:12:25 AM »
Welcome from Arizona

Introductions section / Re: Try again, Required Intro
« on: October 05, 2018, 05:11:49 AM »
A bit late, don't know how I missed it, but welcome to the forum.

Introductions section / Re: Hi! 🙂
« on: October 05, 2018, 05:07:13 AM »
Welcome from Arizona. Do you own an R51 or just some boots?

Other Guns - talk about them here / Re: 1911 R1-S
« on: October 04, 2018, 05:11:40 AM »

Any updated shooting reports? Just wondering. The weather is finally starting to break, and I am going to be heading back outside to shoot some more in the upcoming days. Also, have you started carrying this one?

Sean, I try to get to the range at least once a week and have fired all my 1911's a bunch. All have been 100% reliable so all are fit for carry duty. The only issue I have with carrying 1911s, is concealment so summer carry is limited to my Shields and pocket 380s which are undetectable/comfortable IWB. I'm still undecided on which OWB holster I want for the 1911s but am sure to have one for the winter.

R51 General Discussion / Re: Trigger work
« on: October 04, 2018, 04:26:00 AM »
I'm with Sean, more shooting will smooth things out and even lighten the pull some. Mine started life with a 5-1/2 pound pull and, after more than a thousand rounds, has settled in at a tad over 5. I think that "bump" you're feeling at the break is the nose of the sear dragging slightly as it releases from the hammer. Below is a picture of a new sear. Take a look at the nose of the sear (red arrow) and you'll see that it's rough. I suppose the break-in process could be expedited by polishing the sear and hammer contact points but, range time and dry-firing will accomplish the same.

Other Guns - talk about them here / Re: 1911 R1-S
« on: October 02, 2018, 12:16:17 PM »
Hi Todd,
I'm a little late, but...congratulations on the new R1S.  I also have one.  Is yours the enhanced version?  I agree, the first time I shot mine I was impressed. If it misses I'm convinced it's me not the gun.

Thanks Rog,

No, my R1S is just the standard version, but I do have an enhanced in 9mm and it is a fantastic pistol. I would love to have an enhanced in 45 but my short list says 10mm at the top. I'm not sure which 10mm I'd like so It'll be a while.

R51 General Discussion / Re: Any range updates?
« on: September 30, 2018, 07:05:52 AM »
Just back from the range, and it was a great day. The R51 ate up the reloads well, and as accurate as any factory ammo I've shot. Only one stovepipe. That was on a fully loaded mag with one in the chamber (7+1) and after the first shot. All in all I was pretty stoked at the accuracy of my first reloads.

First pic is the target out to 10 yards. Left group was 4.4 grain of HP38, wearing gloves. Right group (1.5"), no gloves and was shooting 4.8 grain of the same powder.

Second pic I was shooting my R1, off hand, at 10 yards. Yes, that's a .750" 5 shot group.

R51 General Discussion / Re: Joined you reloaders, finally.
« on: September 30, 2018, 02:13:10 AM »

About 3 weeks ago my grandson and I put about 300 reloads down range with only one nose dive.  I use 115gr RN plated bullets with a medium load of HP38.  Both my 51's ate-um up!
I agree with the plunk test.  I learned the hard way, with, I don't remember how many hundred 45acp that measured to spec but would not fully seat in the barrel! Just by a light 1/16 or so. Had to go back and adjust a bunch.  That was in my Remington R1.


Rog, I loaded up some 45 test rounds for my R1 and Shield which ran flawlessly through both. I used Bayou 230 LRN bullets and set the COL to 1.252, the same as some factory loads I checked. . As for the 9mm test loads I recently loaded, I'm going out today to test them. The Hodgdon load data showed to set the COL to 1.100, but I set them to 1.125, which is less than all the factory loads I measured. They pass the plunk test in 4 of my pistols, but the most critical is the R51 which has the tightest chamber so we'll see how they perform.

I plunk tested Xtreme 115 grain heavy plate concave base bullets. They worked all the way to 1.165 OAL.  I use Bullseye powder and get best accuracy with longer OALs and generally set mine at 1.150.  Haven’t had any problems running them in the R51.

Zen, I set some 115 LRN coated bullets to 1.150 initially, however they were just making contact with the rifling, so I dropped them to 1.125. Since I'm new to reloading I started with HP38 powder and, once I get enough data in all 3 different calibers, I'm going to try Bullseye as I've heard good reports on it from all the reloading forums. Waiting for all my free bullets from Hornady also, which will be more loads to test.

R51 General Discussion / Re: Any range updates?
« on: September 29, 2018, 03:03:32 AM »
Going to get out tomorrow and test some of my first 9mm reloads. I separated all my Remington brass and am using that as it seems to feed smoother in all my pistols. I crimped these .0005" more than the factory rounds and they seem to plunk much better than any factory round. Might affect accuracy but we'll see tomorrow.

R51 General Discussion / Re: Contact with Remington
« on: September 26, 2018, 06:55:10 AM »
That makes sense as the manufacturing/machining processes didn't change, only the people doing the work. I think I'd be more leery about the early gen 2 frames marked "Huntsville" than the "Charlotte" ones because of the learning curve with workers new to the processes.

R51 General Discussion / Re: Joined you reloaders, finally.
« on: September 26, 2018, 01:41:43 AM »
Glad to hear the bayou 95 grain work well, I have 500 of them to try, along with 500 115 grain RN for my 9mils.

As for the progressive press, here's how I started...nice and slow.

I deprimed on a single stage Lee press, then cleaned all the cases in dawn with a dash of lemi-shine. Very nice looking after they wet tumble a few hours and easy to inspect. I decided to hand-prime, then set up just the resizing and flaring dies, in the progressive, so there wouldn't be too much to think about at one time. Then I set up the powder dump, seating die and also a Lee factory crimp die to finish the process. This worked real well as I only had to think about setting the bullet after looking in the case for the proper(ish) powder load.

The Hornady press made it easy to take out the dies that I wasn't using and leave them set up for when I feel confident enough run the entire process at one time. For now I'll stick with hand priming as I like the feel of it compared to the press, and until I start reloading in quantity, it doesn't take very long at all.

R51 General Discussion / Re: Joined you reloaders, finally.
« on: September 25, 2018, 01:16:28 AM »
Thanks guys,

Kirk, I have two barrels also. One has a chamber right at the minimum and the other was .0005" tight. I polished the tight one after noticing deeper extractor marks on the brass and erratic ejection. Haven't checked the lead on either, but haven't had any issues with factory ammo, both 115 and 124 grain. I ordered bayou bullets 115 RN and plan on reloading them to the same specs as factory so we'll see how it goes.

Matt, welcome to the forum. How have your 380 reloads performed, and which pistols do you reload for? I don't shoot my 357 much but might get the dies to reload them in the future.

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