Copper and nickel single crystals of high purity with a crystallographic orientation, (001) and (111) respectively, were deformed by applying high pressure torsion (HPT) at room temperature. Special interest was devoted to the structural evolution of the material, which was characterized by electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) and X-ray texture analysis as well. In addition back scatter electron investigations were applied to characterize shape and size of the new formed structure. Furthermore the study is focused on the micro structural and micro textural evolution that lead to the increase of missorientation angle with increasing plastic deformation. We observed an increasing fragmentation of the structure with increasing plastic equivalent strain up to a level where the grain size is saturated. The saturation could be traced back to dynamical recovery and recrystallisation during the deformation process that is depending on the purity of the material.