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Old 12-08-2013, 06:41 AM   #1
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feedramp wear

I tried to post this before if it shows somewhere else I am sorry. Any how being new to kimbers I have wondered about the wear of the aluminum feed ramp on my. Is there any documented round count on this?
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Old 12-08-2013, 07:17 AM   #2
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I have never heard of any such incident on any brand.
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I tried to post this before if it shows somewhere else I am sorry. Any how being new to kimbers I have wondered about the wear of the aluminum feed ramp on my. Is there any documented round count on this?
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Just had exactly the same concern on my Tactical Custom II. Ended up breaking down and calling Kimber.

The customer service folks were super nice. According to them some initial wear is expected but then it pretty much levels out around 500 rounds. They told me to use American Eagle FMJ for target practice and Federal 230 HydroShok for defense.

They said that those two bullets shouldn't cause any undo wear and that if I ever had ANY excessive wear problems that they would take care of it -- regardless of age -- as long as I used those.

They also recommended that I keep a round count book of how many and what types of ammo I've shot since most 1911 maintenance is tied directly to specific round counts (1000, 5000, etc.).

After speaking with them I pretty much realized that I was worrying myself over something that I didn't need too.

They said that the ONLY aluminum framed guns that they had EVER received back for excessive wear issues were those where the owner went 'polish happy' on the feedramp or that used really rough ammo (ie. Golden Sabre, etc.) That's why they specifically test with American Eagle and HydroShock.
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Good info. Thanks for posting, Viper
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Good question. Great answer!
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Old 12-12-2013, 03:22 PM   #6
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Viper1973 thanks for the info my Kimber has done just about what you said the wear looks a lot better after about 500 rounds but the first 300 where real scary
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What you have to watch with a Kimber with an alloy feedramp is magazines with a non skirted follower can when stripping the last round out of the mag. come forward thus striking the feedramp causing a ding in the ramp.
Now if you use mags with a skirted follower (Kimpro or Wilson) then this is a non issue.
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Old 01-23-2014, 09:15 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by FLSTF View Post
What you have to watch with a Kimber with an alloy feedramp is magazines with a non skirted follower can when stripping the last round out of the mag. come forward thus striking the feedramp causing a ding in the ramp.
Now if you use mags with a skirted follower (Kimpro or Wilson) then this is a non issue.
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Good info. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 01-24-2014, 03:25 PM   #10
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Being new to the 1911 platform can you explain what you mean by a skirted follower.
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