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Old October 30, 2008, 11:28 PM   #10
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Granted, few 1911's are that tight, but when they are the barrel is very rigid, repeatably, while the rotating barrel has to have at least some rotational clearance.
Why would this clearance have to exceed the tilting clearance at the muzzle end of the Browning design? Actually, a very slight rearward taper is all you need to accommodate a nil clearance in either case. That is the principle behind conlcal bushings used to accurize Berettas, whose barrels admittedly neither tilt nor rotate.
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