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Old 05-25-2017, 07:56 PM   #1
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Range report, personal defense loads

Tactical Custom HD II, Kim-Pro Tac mags x8, 500 rds 230 gr hardball b/4 testing.

11/25/16: 50 rds. Winchester 230 gr. SXT Ranger: this weapon doesn't like that load, 5 FTF on rds. 14, 15, 23, 41, 50.

5/25/17: low 60s, very light wind, mostly cloudy. Sig 200 gr. V-Crown JHP, 8 rds, feeds fine.
Browning 230 gr JHP, 8 rds, feeds fine. 1 1/2" x 1 1/4", 1 flyer (that's me.)
Federal 230 gr. Hydra-shock, 8 rds, feeds fine. 2 5/8" x 1 7/8".
Federal 230 gr HST, 8 rds, feeds fine. 1 5/8" x 7/8"" and one flyer (I think that's me.)
Speer 230 gr Gold Dot Personal Defense JHP, 8 rds, feeds fine. Flyer.
Hornady Crit. Defense, 185 gr. 8 rds, feeds fine.
Barnes 185 gr Tac-XPD, 8 rds, feeds fine. 2 1/8" x 2 3/8".
Federal Guard Dog 165 gr. 8 rds, feeds fine. Big group.

Obviously, 8 rds. of a given load doesn't mean squat, so I will try again varying the order of loads. I ain't no Jerry Miculek.

Also want to try the Winchester Ranger again; we used to use this at DPD b/4 going to Speer Lawman.

The whole point of this exercise is to verify whether the weapon will handle the various factory loads; I ain't gonna carry nothing but factory loads.

After all of this, only 614 rds. fired from this weapon.

Yeah, I need to get out more.
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Great report! Good record keeping! But how do you keep track....I can even remember what day it is.
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Good to see another Tactical fan on the forum, it's the best bang for the buck that Kimber ever made. Finding a good carry load isn't really easy, it's like a marriage between your gun and the ammo and you're the brides father. You may see something on YouTube that impresses the snot out of you but if your gun doesn't like it then it's back to square one. I carry an Ultra Tactical, I ran 800 230 gr. FMJ's through it before I began looking for a SD load. I got lucky when it liked one of my personal favorite SD loads, Win Ranger T .230 gr. JHP. I live in a densely populated area and worry more about shooting through a bad guy then anything else. It's not the tightest shooting ammo I've found for this gun but it's 100% reliable and if I'm shooting at ranges where I have to worry about MOA I'm doing something wrong. I now have almost 2500 rounds of FMJ and 300 expensive rounds of Win Ranger T through it and couldn't be happier.
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I like that you tell us the weather conditions in your report, makes me wish I could be shooting outdoors too! Are you shooting on your property or an outdoor range? Sounds like you pistol is handling just about everything you are feeding it.

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Hi Starnovi;

I belong to a club that has lots of rural land; we have 10 ranges, varying from 25 yd. pistol to 300 yd. rifle ranges. We want to expand to 500 yds. for rifle, but will need to purchase a lot more land for that.

I mostly shoot pistol; 8 of our 10 ranges are set up for that.

At the DPRC we currently have 10 shooting ranges to facilitate every shooting discipline, with a few specialized for specific shooting disciplines i.e. benchrest, bullseye pistol, and one dedicated to .22LR shooting sports. In addition to the shooting ranges we have a large clubhouse too.
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Good to see another Tactical fan on the forum, it's the best bang for the buck that Kimber ever made. Finding a good carry load isn't really easy, it's like a marriage between your gun and the ammo and you're the brides father. You may see something on YouTube that impresses the snot out of you but if your gun doesn't like it then it's back to square one. I carry an Ultra Tactical, I ran 800 230 gr. FMJ's through it before I began looking for a SD load. I got lucky when it liked one of my personal favorite SD loads, Win Ranger T .230 gr. JHP. I live in a densely populated area and worry more about shooting through a bad guy then anything else. It's not the tightest shooting ammo I've found for this gun but it's 100% reliable and if I'm shooting at ranges where I have to worry about MOA I'm doing something wrong. I now have almost 2500 rounds of FMJ and 300 expensive rounds of Win Ranger T through it and couldn't be happier.
Yes Sir, it looked to me like the best bang for the buck.

I never thought I could afford a Kimber; then I decided that what the he!!, it ain't going in the box with me, might as well enjoy it while I'm here.

Never looked back. My only problem now is finding time and ammo to break-in these good weapons.
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And, I'll try the WIN tactical 230 gr SXT again; it was our duty ammo for years, b/4 we want to Lawman.

And as you say, not worried about the group. "9mm might expand, but .45 doesn't shrink."
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My only problem now is finding time and ammo to break-in these good weapons.
I can't help you with time but if you haven't tired it yet take a look at Freedom Munitions. I've easily shot 25,000 round of their reloads in .45, 9mm and .380, it's good, accurate and clean burning. I break in all my guns with it and it's my favorite range ammo. A lot of forum members here on KT use it and will back up what I say.
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