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bayboydray408
06-15-2010, 2:12 AM
Ive heard things about not getting the full potential out of my match grade barrell if I dont put only fmj through it the first 500 rounds? no lead! what do you guys know for sure? I know its a kimber and I know what there capable of, so I would like to get everything out of my kimber, so I need to know if I should buy 500 230gr fmj rounds lol thanks

racky
06-15-2010, 2:14 AM
shoot wolf. if it won't shoot a dirty load, the gun is unreliable.

bayboydray408
06-15-2010, 2:26 AM
unreliable? its a kimber! lol

racky
06-15-2010, 2:34 AM
unreliable? its a kimber! lol

lol. (i'm just teasing :))
http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a17/rackycurva/3strikes.jpg

bayboydray408
06-15-2010, 3:10 AM
is that pic referring to my custom 2? I thought it had an internal extractor? your scarin me bro I thought kimbers were supposed to be great?lol

BigRich
06-15-2010, 3:35 AM
You don't need to break in the barrel of a non-bolt action/ single shot pistol. None of them are accurate enough for that to matter. Take it down and clean it. Lube it properly. Shoot it 500 times with full power ammo before you take it apart to clean it again. Shoot it a lot and enjoy it.

Brian2217
06-15-2010, 4:08 AM
Usually the break in period is for the pistol, not the barrel. This is do to the tightness of the frame and springs. You might get a couple of FTF or a stove pipe now and then, but that's about it. Go and enjoy.

randy
06-15-2010, 4:23 AM
Your buddys ammo anything factory and free is the best.

sd joe
06-15-2010, 4:36 AM
Just shoot it.

acourvil
06-15-2010, 5:20 AM
I believe that Kimber recommends ~500 rounds with good quality 230grain ball as the break in.

railroader
06-15-2010, 6:03 AM
If you are going to shoot lead I would imagine they are going to be reloads. If they aren't your reloads that you know are loaded properly I would stick to factory ammo for now. That's not saying don't shoot reloads in the future. Just about all the ammo that goes through my kimber custom is my reloads but I know my gun runs right and I know my reloads are made properly. Mark

GunLover
06-15-2010, 6:22 AM
I used 500 rounds of WWB for my pistol break in.

glockmeister
06-15-2010, 6:38 AM
I have been feeding my semi-new Kimber Custom II with the Miwall reloads from the show. Not too many problems so far. My first trip out with it, had a few feeding issues, but they seem to be less now.

BigRich
06-17-2010, 10:07 PM
To the OP; one of the best reasons to use full power 230 FMJ ball is that it has the highest probability of being very reliable ammo. This allows you to troubleshoot any problems with one less variable. Just as a matter of information, lead bullets are usually less wearing on the barrel and are usually loaded a little lighter so the gun won't be pounded so much. Keep this in perspective. We are talking about tens of thousands of rounds here. Most people cannot afford to wear a pistol out these days because of the cost of ammo.

sirgiles
06-17-2010, 10:44 PM
Usually the break in period is for the pistol, not the barrel. This is do to the tightness of the frame and springs. You might get a couple of FTF or a stove pipe now and then, but that's about it. Go and enjoy.

i second this.
never heard of a break-in procedure for a barrel in a pistol.

CRTguns
06-17-2010, 10:51 PM
Try .45 ACP.:rolleyes:

rojocorsa
06-17-2010, 11:01 PM
is that pic referring to my custom 2? I thought it had an internal extractor? your scarin me bro I thought kimbers were supposed to be great?lol

Dude, that pic was referring to a Kimber Ultra Carry with a 3" bbl.

Think officer size frame (or sub-compact). The custom Custom II I shot felt good in the hand and ran flawlessly. If it's full-size, your piece will have a 5" bbl and an internal extractor. Check right behind the ejection port. If you see a bar that fits into the slide (like on that pic) then is an external extractor. Technically there is nothing wrong with these (all S&W and SIG 1911s have them) but it isn't a "classic" 1911 thing. Well, neither are Series 80, but that's another topic.

From what I heard on gun boards, Kimbers in the past were of sketchy QC. I think they should be good by now, though.

bjl333
06-17-2010, 11:07 PM
If you really wanna get the last hundredth of an inch out of your Kimber. Scrub the barrel until no trace of lead/copper after every shot for the first 10, then scrub every 5 for the next 25, then scrub after the next fifty ... That'll get your barrel broken in, but I think it's not neccessary to break in the barrel like a bench gun.

stormvet
06-17-2010, 11:26 PM
As others have said, just shoot it. There is no magic number or ammo. All three of my Kimbers "where broken in" using my reloads, 230g, 200g and factory HP ammo(golden saber or Win. silver tips.) After about 100 rounds of mixed reloads and HP and the guns not missing a beat, it's ready for carry. As all three of my Kimbers were. Aside from my Tactical not liking Wilson mags all have been stone cold reliable from day one right out of the box.

http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z207/2814V/8-14-0945010.jpg

GunLover
06-17-2010, 11:50 PM
lol. (i'm just teasing :))
http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a17/rackycurva/3strikes.jpg

thats a good one

Ultimate
06-18-2010, 12:24 AM
Shot the custom 2 rental at the range.... shot great...... I don't think you really have anything to worry about.

AlliedArmory
06-18-2010, 3:45 AM
I went through about 5-600 rds as my break in period. Few FTF in there but not a single FTE. I shot mainly WWB as Blazer Brass didn't feed well.

Cobrafreak
06-18-2010, 4:56 AM
lol. (i'm just teasing :))
http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a17/rackycurva/3strikes.jpg

This external extractor issue has been remedied long ago by the advent of 25% stronger external extractor springs available at Wolff gun springs. AR's that have extraction problems are usually found to have too weak of an extraction spring also, thus the stiffer springs, spring inserts, and O-rings. My Kimber with an EE is totally reliable due to this stiffer spring.