After picking her up, I gave her a good cleaning and lube with Froglube, and took the new addition to the range yesterday for 150 rounds to begin the break-in. Fired 100 rounds of Federal white box ($20.99/box of 50) and 50 rounds of CCI Blazer Brass ($21.99/box of 50) both in 230 grain round nose. Both ammo makes fired fine with no FTF or FTE. Photos will follow from this range session.
Day two, another 150 after cleaning and light lube with Froglube. Fired 100 rounds of Federal American Eagle Value Pack ($42.00/box of 100) and 50 rounds of Federal white box. First, I fired the American Eagle ammo where I had 2 FTE rounds, with one casing jamming in the slide. I followed with the Federal white box and had no issues with this ammo.
I find the trigger to be stiff. I suppose this could be due to the newness of the weapon, but my Custom TLE II did not have this stiff a trigger on initial firing. I will drop by my gunsmith in the morning to check the trigger pull setting. Supposed to be 4.0 - 5.0, but feels on the upper limit or higher and as the trigger has a sharp edge feel, this became uncomfortable after 100 rounds. I believe we can dull this sharp edge feel a little. We will see.
Tomorrow, I plan to see what other 45 acp ammo is on the shelf and will look at some personal defense rounds to test for functionality. After break-in, I will start using my handloads and 185-grain to reduce costs and wear-n-tear on this old body.
I am very happy with the purchase and look forward to more rounds down range during the break-in and refining the trigger. I will be visiting my long time friend and gunsmith for a trigger and ramp dress after few hundred more rounds.
I went with the stainless model for ease of care over a blued weapon, and to eliminate holster wear on the bluing. I have had other weapons show wear marks from the holster over long periods of time and I did not want this to happen to my Kimber. (Okay, I may be a little bit anal over this). But I am thinking (okay - hoping) a Kimber is like a Rolex - it appreciates over time with very good care! That's my story to the wife, and I am sticking to it!
Some people ask why I use Froglube. It is what I use on my ARs, hunting rifles, handguns and knives. I like the long term protection it gives my metal products and ease of cleaning after a day at the range with several toys.