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Old 06-01-2019, 11:53 AM   #1
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Old 06-01-2019, 02:24 PM   #2
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I do not have a 9x19mm firearm, but I've had the same problem with some automatics.

I hate to bear the bad news, but not all automatic rounds work in all automatic pistols. It's akin to .22LR firearms, where one round is slick, the others are jamamatics.

I have a three-inch Kimber, and I had to blast a few hundred hardball rounds to get the thing to cycle reliably. And like most guys will admit, there were clear wear marks on my slide and frame. Sometimes being "too tight" is the downfall.

In fact, I did the quick and dirty thing. I figured if my home got hit I would make my most important shot the first one--and that would be a hollowpoint. Then if the crook brought minions with him, then hardball would have to do.

I'm probably over 1,000 rounds now, and under 2,000. The pistol feeds and fires the hollowpoint I use. In fact, it's not a hollowpoint, but the side of the bullets are striated like a Japanese lantern, and the round "mushrooms" from the sides.

I made sure this round was well within the magazine and shorter than the floorplate. I have no problems.

I suppose I could try Golden Sabers, but there's too many folds on that round for me. One might catch on a feed ramp. Use what works, and sometimes it's not your favorite choice.

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Welcome to the forum right_to_bear, how about stopping by our "New Member Introduction" sub forum and introducing yourself to the membership.
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Old 06-01-2019, 04:11 PM   #5
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Let me echo what Chuck said...Change nothing, tinker with nothing, just call Kimber. They will make it right.

For what it's worth, I have a Micro 9 and a Kimber Ultra in 45. They both feed every JHP I put in them. The Micro 9 doesn't like something about Hornady Critical Defense (with the red tip). Otherwise it feeds all 9 and my Ultra (3") feeds all 45 JHP.
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Old 06-03-2019, 08:01 AM   #6
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The Golden Saber/UD bullets are well known for being good feeding rounds. The Hornady rounds are very high quality, but sometimes do not feed reliably in guns with very steep feed ramps. The rubber tip insert will sometimes stick on the ramp.
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The Golden Saber/UD bullets are well known for being good feeding rounds. The Hornady rounds are very high quality, but sometimes do not feed reliably in guns with very steep feed ramps. The rubber tip insert will sometimes stick on the ramp.
That's what Dawn at Kimber said when I was discussing something else with her.
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Old 06-06-2019, 06:16 AM   #8
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Before I used Hornady Critical Defense ammunition, I pulled the slide off my Kimber and loaded a Wilson-Rogers magazine with those rubber tipped cartridges. Then I slid the magazine into the receiver.

The tips of the Hornady's were level, with the tip about to strike the middle of the feed ramp.

Not one of them has ever produced a stoppage.
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