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Hello I'm a new member and wanted to share my experience with the Kimber community. I made this post on another forum and decides to share it with the forum. Hopefully this might help anyone that has similar experiences to mine.

My Kimber was born in early March 2014 and I bought it literally 4-5 days after it was made at my local gun shop.

First would like to state this is one of my favorite handguns and the ergonomics of this little 1911 feels really nice. I was looking for a lightweight .45 for a carry option that could hold at least 7 rounds/single stack. This Kimber Ultra seemed just right. Love the look, the grip, the impressive tightness of the gun, and the 3" bull barrel is gorgeous.

So to make a long story short, I had done the 500 round break-in gambit as suggested by Kimber. I used 100 rounds of winchester white box, 200 rounds of PMC, 100 rounds of blazer brass, 50 rounds of blazer aluminum, and 50 rounds of winchester ranger. All were 230gr FMJs and I experienced the following issues:

Breaking in the new kimber (500 rounds):
43 FTFs [failure to feed] - (a lot of it was using Winchester white box)
8 FTEs [failure to extract]
3 misfires (could be ammo these were on the blazers)
5 times the slide not locking back
FTB (failure to go into battery) every time you used the slide stop/release

During the breaking in of the gun, I ran it wet. I also oiled it every 100 rounds at the range over two day break-in period. I am using the Wilson Combat oil lube which is really impressive stuff just in case anyone was wondering.

I ran 4 magazines, the one that came with the gun and three wilson combat OCXDs. All magazines had the same types of failures note above. And my buddy and I replicated every issue to rule out if it was the shooter.

After the 500 round break in, I shot the gun another 50 rounds of PMC (seems that my kimber like these rounds the most). I had 2 FTFs and decided to contact Kimber and sent in my firearm.

First, I wanted to say that Kimber's customer service was excellent. They were courteous, apologetic, and completely understood my situation. The representative was a bit surprised with my amount of issues I had and told me with confidence they will fix my problems. I sent the gun in and it was returned to me in 2 weeks. I was originally told that it was a 4 week turnaround so I was really surprised on how fast it came back to me.

Kimber did two things:
1) Polished the feed ramp to a mirror shine!
2) Tuned the extractor

Kimber's gunsmiths test fired the following rounds using my stock Kimber mag:
2 x mag of American Eagle 230gr FMJ
1 x mag of 230gr Federal Hydrashock JHP
1 x mag of 185 gr Remmington Golden Saber JHP

As soon as I got it back, I took it a class (getting a CCW license) and I shot 100 rounds of Winchester white box 230gr FMJ. I figure I should test the gun with the ammo my gun did not like during break in. Not a single issue. I also had a new shooter (shot 3 times in his life) shoot a couple of mags through it and again no issues. It was reliable using the stock kimber and wilson combat mags.

I am really happy with my purchase so far- what a relief! I will report back when I shoot some hollow points and different types of rounds. Btw, I keep a log book and it was nice putting 100% error free this time around.

Cliffnotes:
500 round break in - I hated the gun
50 rounds after recommended break in - I had buyers remorse
100 rounds after getting it back from Kimber - Extremely satisfied

Btw, I recently changed out the stock grips for thinner ones from VZ Grips.

I would love to hear other owners experiences with their Ultras.

Also here is my carry system for a 3" 1911 if anyone is interested:

http://www.kimbertalk.com/forums/kimber-concealed-carry/1810-my-conceal-carry-setup.html

Thanks for reading!

-Shin0bi1
 

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+1 on Kimber CS.
The 3" Kimber is my favorite range gun for all the good things you mentioned.
I've had some issues as well, but you may as well throw my Ultra in my casket when the day comes :D
 

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Welcome to the forum from northern Illinois shin0bi1, it sounds like you had to travel a rough road to get to the promised land. I'm sorry you had to go through that but on the bright side the Kimber customer service department is one of the best in the industry.
 

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Welcome to the forum.

Glad to see Kimber customer service was able to help you out.
 

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Thanks for the warm welcome guys! And Kimber CS was excellent and professionally courteous. I was a bit hesitant on buying my Kimber based on the backlash from people over the years. I am glad I bought it... it kinda spoke out to me when I was fondling it lol

Btw Chuck43, I'm in your "neck of the woods". I live in the southwest suburbs of chicagoland. :)

-Shin0bi1
 

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Btw Chuck43, I'm in your "neck of the woods". I live in the southwest suburbs of chicagoland. :)

-Shin0bi1
I'm just west of O'Hare airport myself, we have a couple of other members from the Chicago land area.
 
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Welcome to the forum from Ohio! Very glad to hear all is well now.
 

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I'm just west of O'Hare airport myself, we have a couple of other members from the Chicago land area.
Chuck, y'all have a lot of expressways in Chicago...or as I call them: parking lots! I once took my son to a Doctor there. I left earlier than I needed to to make sure I wasn't late. I never made it. When I was almost 3 hours late I gave up and headed back to the airport. :mad: if there is anything worse than sitting in a traffic jam with a hyperactive kid, I don't know what it is.

(Actually I love Chicago. But people still actually drive there. In New York, you don't even attempt driving.)
 

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Oh Yeah........!!!!

Chalk up one for Kimber Customer Service!! It sounds like we now have a happy camper!!!:D:D

BTW, welcome to the forum from beautiful downtown Monroe, Georgia!!!
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If ya'll don't like Chicago traffic, you should try Atlanta traffic!!!:eek::eek::eek: The only one difference between a traffic jam and flowing traffic in Atlanta: SPEED!!! A traffic jam moves, bumper to bumper, at zero MPH. Flowing traffic moves, bumper to bumper, at 85 MPH in a 55 zone, and the Georgia Patrol just watches them go by. They ain't gonna mess with a good thing!!! Hell, we even have bump drafting on I-285!!! Just like in NASCAR!!!! YEE HAW!!!;););)
 

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Yes, I'm glad to know that if I get an Ultra one day (not so much if, but when) and it's not wanting to get with the program, Kimber's service guys will make it straighten up and fly right.
 

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Out of curiousity, due to limited budget, I would like to shoot some hollowpoints through it. Do you guys recommend using 230 gr hollow points first and work my way down to lower/higher velocity bullets?

I was thinking of buying 20 round boxes of various types (230, 185, and 160) and see if my Ultra likes those or is there like a known issue with certain types of defense rounds?

I hope this makes sense

Thanks,

Shin0bi1
 

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Every gun is different. Try some and see what yours likes. Good luck with your search!
 

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Every gun is different. Try some and see what yours likes. Good luck with your search!
Thanks man! I will post back on the different types of ammo i will use and hopefully that will help someone.

I purchased my first firearm (2009 CPO Sig P226R 9mm) and it had only 5 failures during break-in. 7500+ rounds later, after the initial 250 round break in, it shoots all types of ammo accurately (115 - 147 grain and +p+ to +p, etc...). I am hoping my Kimber will meet this standard of excellence that I judge all my firearms too. :)

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Welcome to the forum I'm glad to hear that your Kimber is running fine. perfect time to try all types of defensive rounds. let us know what is working best for you...
 

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I qualified for my CCW in 16 hour class in Illinois. yeah I know 16 hours and cost a lot of money but what can you do.

I used HPR 230gr FMJ for my qualification and was impressed with it. it's probably the cleanest ammo I have shot through my Kimber ultra. Buy this ammo if you want clean target shooting. This ammo is so accurate I shot 10 rounds in a 2inch circle. My instructor used my target for the class as example of "accurate shooting" lol. I am going to the range soon with defense rounds I have and will report back.
 

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Good shooting. But I bet he forgot to tell most of them your Kimber was $1,000 more than their gun and designed/built for accuracy. (don't you feel sorry for them?)
 
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First time shooting JHP through my Kimber

Reporting in, I finally had time to go out to the range with my Tac 2 Ultra and 9mm Shield and my buddy's AK. Me and my buddy a great time shooting as always. 150 rounds of Remington UMC Mega Pack 115 gr through the shield without a hitch.

Kimber shoot as follows:

100 rounds HPR 230gr FMJ - very accurate, no problems
50 rounds Blazer aluminum 230gr FMJ - accurate, no problems
50 rounds Federal HST +P 230gr JHP - accurate, 2 FTF (only when my buddy shot the kimber)

I could not reproduce this problem but took some pictures. Perhaps one of you can tell me why the cartridge would feed into a stove pipe like jam/issue.

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We shot the JHPs after 150 rounds of FMJs.
1st pic shows the 3rd round in the Wilson mag - shooter #2
2nd pic shows the same FTF but not as bad in another Wilson mag - shooter #2

P.S. - I dont recommend +P 230gr JHPs in my Kimber Ultra. It was uncomfortable to shoot. I cant imagine shooting 200 rounds of +P in a session.

And again thanks for the feedpack and posts in my thread!
-Shin0bi1
 

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