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OofieXD
07-27-2011, 5:20 AM
I might be getting a Les Baer soon but I've got a question on breaking-in the gun. Can I use my own reloads for the break-in? I still have about 800 rounds of my own reloads (200gr Bear creek RN, 5.4gr W231) that Ive been thinking of using, but Im not sure if its ok to use for the break-in.

stevie
07-27-2011, 5:26 AM
I have used both reloads and factory thru mine during break-in. Did not have any issues

phil conrad
07-27-2011, 5:28 AM
I am sure the offical policy is no re loads. However, I might have ignored that with mine:)

Yh8t19
07-27-2011, 11:38 AM
Question? How many rounds for proper break in period? Sorry to high jack

OofieXD
07-27-2011, 11:50 AM
Thanks Steve and Phil for the input! I'll probably just use my reloads as I think it won't hurt the gun.

Yht819 - I think Baer recommends 300-500 rounds for break-in (before stripping and cleaning).

By the way, just ordered a Custom Carry without the FCS, should be here on Monday and the 10 day jail starts.:eek:

Yh8t19
07-27-2011, 12:35 PM
Which Baer do u want? 1.5 guarantee

teflondog
07-27-2011, 1:32 PM
I used factory fmj for the first 300 rounds just to play it safe. I had a few malfunctions during the break in process, but no problems after that. Make sure to lube it well. My TRS prefers grease rather than CLP.

Black Majik
07-27-2011, 1:33 PM
Question? How many rounds for proper break in period? Sorry to high jack

It varies 500 rounds is "usual." It took about 1200 rds for it to really smooth up.

OofieXD
07-27-2011, 2:23 PM
I used factory fmj for the first 300 rounds just to play it safe. I had a few malfunctions during the break in process, but no problems after that. Make sure to lube it well. My TRS prefers grease rather than CLP.

For the break-in period, do I just lube the parts that are visible? I heard that the gun shouldnt be disassembled until after 500 rounds.

teflondog
07-27-2011, 2:48 PM
For the break-in period, do I just lube the parts that are visible? I heard that the gun shouldnt be disassembled until after 500 rounds.

With the slide locked back, you can drip some oil down the back of the rails, which is what I did. The other parts should be good to go since Baer drowns their guns in oil before packaging them in the cardboard box. I found that the rails were the only areas that would get dry after shooting a lot of rounds.

ETA: A couple drops of oil on the barrel hood wouldn't hurt either.

GoingQuiet
07-27-2011, 2:53 PM
I might be getting a Les Baer soon but I've got a question on breaking-in the gun. Can I use my own reloads for the break-in? I still have about 800 rounds of my own reloads (200gr Bear creek RN, 5.4gr W231) that Ive been thinking of using, but Im not sure if its ok to use for the break-in.

No commercially produced firearm suggests the use of reloads.

That said, I shoot whatever I want out of my guns.

Kruzr
07-27-2011, 3:06 PM
Shoot your reloads unless you have issues with the gun. If so, then you should try factory ball ammo. My Baers are fairly sensitive to OAL. I load to 1.250 with 200 gr. SWC and 1.260 with RN (both 200 and 230 gr.)

OofieXD
07-27-2011, 3:11 PM
Alright, thanks guys! CC should be here on the 10th, and I will just try my reloads first. If I'm having problems with it, I'll just buy a few boxes of what walmart has.

sammy
07-27-2011, 4:23 PM
I have 2 Baers, a TRS which I got around 2007 and a Premier II in 2009.

The TRS saw no factory rounds If I recall correctly. I did shoot 230g. FMJ to break in the barrel. There was a few threads in the 1911 forum that convinced me that a FMJ bullet smoothed out any imperfections in the barrel to help with leading. If this is necessary or not who knows but that was my approach.

With the TRS I had 2 failures to feed in the first 50 rounds. Then it ran 100% for the following 3000 or so.

the Premier II was a nightmare. My 230g. ball ammo ran 100% in all my .45acp's but not the with this gun. Failures to feed every other round. After the frustration I went to the range office and got 100 factory which ran 100%.

After that all the gun has seen is 200g. LSWC ammo.

Just FYI my Baer will run just about any bullet length but the Premier II is picky. The LSWC's need to be set to 1.24 or it will not run.

And BTW, don't clean the gun for the first 700 rounds. The dirt and grime help smooth things in and Les is adamant about it. He knows more about his gun than anyone else.

Have fun!!! Sammy

BillPear
07-27-2011, 4:39 PM
By the way, just ordered a Custom Carry without the FCS, should be here on Monday and the 10 day jail starts.:eek:

Not to give you a fright, but when I bought my Custom Carry in April I was told by Les the gun had to be built exactly as listed on the roster which has the FCS. I hope he was wrong or it slides past for you!

OofieXD
07-27-2011, 4:45 PM
Not to give you a fright, but when I bought my Custom Carry in April I was told by Les the gun had to be built exactly as listed on the roster which has the FCS. I hope he was wrong or it slides past for you!

yeah, I heard from John at 1911heaven that Les only ships the exact same configuration as the roster gun. However, John will ship them without the FCS, as long as the 'base gun' is on the roster. Im not sure about custom orders though.

BillPear
07-27-2011, 4:51 PM
yeah, I heard from John at 1911heaven that Les only ships the exact same configuration as the roster gun. However, John will ship them without the FCS, as long as the 'base gun' is on the roster. Im not sure about custom orders though.

That is probably true and upon further review of my very finely crafted box there is no CA specific mention:thumbsup:

BTW. I dont reload so I used 500 rds of Federal AE from Palmetto State Armory http://palmettostatearmory.com/529.php

http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/bb221/BillPear/DSCN0268NoSN.jpg

OofieXD
07-27-2011, 5:10 PM
That is probably true and upon further review of my very finely crafted box there is no CA specific mention:thumbsup:

BTW. I dont reload so I used 500 rds of Federal AE from Palmetto State Armory http://palmettostatearmory.com/529.php

http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/bb221/BillPear/DSCN0268NoSN.jpg

thanks Bill for the pic and link. Looks like that is one beautiful packaging for your custom carry.

quickstop
07-27-2011, 6:13 PM
Do you think the gun knows if it's a reload or not?

BillPear
07-28-2011, 3:20 PM
thanks Bill for the pic and link. Looks like that is one beautiful packaging for your custom carry.

Oh you'll be impressed with the packaging:tt2:

Ninja45
07-29-2011, 12:33 PM
I used 200 LSWC with 5.3 gr of W231, not a stutter in 485 rounds at which point I disassembled and cleaned the PII. It has smoothen out more as I shoot it.

OofieXD
07-29-2011, 1:41 PM
^I'm in the process of getting another Dillon, so I may just have to use what I was using for my Springer (200gr RN over 5.4gr W231). Hopefully OAL will be OK for it. If not, I'll have to get my press faster and pump out some bullets.

stevie
07-29-2011, 2:06 PM
CC without FCS:
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f238/Stevie-ca/grip2.jpg

OofieXD
07-29-2011, 2:15 PM
^ Heck yea! Hopefully mine comes in on Monday so I can start the 10 day wait.

By the way, what rear sight is that? 10-8? You ditched the night sights?

stevie
07-29-2011, 2:25 PM
Yes, 10-8 rear, still have original front. Works well for me. My TRS is set up the same way.