I got my mill up and running and for now it will probably be used to mill dovetails in slides of GI model .45's (the type with the tenon holding the front sight and the small dovetail for the rear sight). However, I'd like to practice a bit before accepting a customers slide to work on.
Any ideas on: 1. A source for old .45 slides that can't be used for anything else or 2. A good substitute in bar stock.
I'd love to get some old junk slides because the shape would be the same as what I will be working with anyway. The bar stock would be ok as long as it was the same type and hardness of a slide, that way I could determine the best cutter speed and feed rate.
Any help from the experienced machinists here would be greatly appreciated.