Originally Posted by pacanis
I'd lighten up the extractor tension some. IMO it should barely hold a live round. Meaning you can shake it loose without a whole lot of effort. I wouldn't refer to it as holding it securely. And just to ask, are you indexing the rounds with the barrel when checking extractor tension? You want the round right where it's going to be as if you were shooting the pistol.
If it's tossing brass all over it could be you or it could be the extractor is clocking (rotating). Or the ejector needs tuned or maybe the empty case is brushing against the next round in line upon ejection.
I'd loosen up the tension on the extractor and take it from there. One thing at a time.
It's definitely not me on the scattered brass ejection
as ALL my other 1911's toss the spent brass into a nice
tight spot (I can usually pick all the brass up without
I always check the extractor with the round positively
centered with the barrel. I also check the round entrance
just as the round is starting the rim to extractor entrance to
look for hang-ups there .
The extractor might be a tad tight, but it will securely
hold an empty case. I can shake a heavier loaded round
off the extractor with a light to moderate slide shake
(I do understand a tight extractor as I have addressed
many of those in my long 1911 shooting history)
BUT, I can't ever remember encountering a tight extractor
that ONLY effects the 2nd round in the magazine
(a tight or buggered extractor usually effects all rounds
entering the chamber)
The thing is-- it will toss brass to the same spot 3 or 4
times in a row then toss one over my head, or more
forward to the 1-2 o'clock position. Again, a misadjusted
or tight extractor usually doesn't give those 3 or 4 good
ones in a row.
If they jam with the slide open farther I can usually see
where the case is hanging up but on this gun the slide
closes far enough that I can't see in there.
I pulled the bullets from a couple of factory rounds then
re-loaded as no-powder dummies so maybe I can see
something from the bottom with the mag removed
(I t-h-i-n-k the round is just clearing the mag lips when
it jams) if so I should be able to drop the mag on a jam
without disturbing it (I hope).
I haven't played with hand loads yet as my normal sequence
is to get a gun shooting smoothly with factory rounds THEN
start playing with reloads & round OAL.
If I can't find any smoking gun (or someone here doesn't point
me to a known Kimber feed problem area) then my next move is to
probably to call Kimber to see if they will send me a new
(or hopefully improved) extractor to play with.