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been reading (here and other sources) about using quality ammo for break-in. has anyone used federal champion 230gr acp ammo? i noticed the primer is smaller than federal premium and remington rounds and wondered if this ammo would be ok to use during the break-in period. its usually cheaper and always seems to be in stock when others are out of stock
 

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I used anything and any 45 acp to shoot tru my Ultra
Never a Hicup.. I even used 10 yr old reloads
I say Shoot whatever..
 

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I'm not acquainted with Federals "Champion" line so I did a quick search on some of the other forums I visit.

One place I found this....... Federal Champion is basically Federal American Eagle economy brand ammo packaged in a new box and marketed for Walmart. If you look at the Champion's product number it starts with "WM" and was sold exclusively at Walmart.

On another it stated that it was a weaker powered load again produced for Walmart.

If in fact it is not a standard load then I wouldn't use it to break in a new tight gun. You want a full powered standard FMJ load until the gun is broken in.
 

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I'm not familiar with federals Champion line either, but just about any name brand factory ammo should be fine.
 

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I'm not familiar with that particular ammo either.

But as long as we're chipping in our .02, my CCCII did not like the WWB .45 230 gr very much. But loved the PMC 230 gr. Seemed to have a little more kick to it, but I may have been hallucinating on powder residue in the air.
 

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I don't need no stinking break in ammo!! I have fed my Custom Stainless II thousands of rounds of American Eagle, PMC, Blazer Brass and Winchester White Box. It is all quality American made ammo. No foreign junk or reloads. (I don't trust anyone else's reloads.) I use the pistol for concealed carry and competition and never have had a failure of any type. It digests my carry load, Winchester Supreme PDX2 230 grain hollow points, like they were candy. It just keeps shooting. In fact, the more I shoot it, the smoother it gets and the more accurate it is. :eek::eek:

It's either the pistol or I'm just lucky, because it sure does some great shooting. It can't all be me!!!:rolleyes::rolleyes:
 

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good to hear, thanks for the input. i think ill put the champions in the back of the safe till after breakin. ive heard these guns will eat anything without issue (other than maybe mag issues, but thats a whole other thread)
 

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What to shoot...

I'd shoot everything and anything just for "break-in" and also to see how the different types of ammo perform.
 

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Speaking of which, let's go make some holes.

See ya.
 

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Back from the range. Shot 50 rds in my G23 and 100 rds in my CCCII.

I am excited and happy to report that with the PMC 230gr ammo and the new Wilson Combat 8rd mags the Kimber performed flawlessly.

Now if I could just improve my shooting. :cool:
 
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I'm a terrible shot, but I have fun. These were from 10 yards (30 feet) what I consider defensive distance.

First 6 shots with Kimber after shooting 50 with my G23
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Last 5 magazines with Kimber
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Practice, practice, practice, and when you've done that practice some more!!
You are absolutely correct. If only the cost of bullets would go down... ouch.

I can't afford to spend $100 every time I go to the range. LOL, I still have other guns wanting to be played with too. LOL Perhaps some bulk ammo purchase is in order to lower the cost per round.
 

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I've been down that trail. Didn't find it to be all that cost effective, after you purchased the press, dies, etc.

Think I'll run down to Villa Rica tomorrow and check this out.
"Canned Heat" .45 ACP 230gr Full Metal Jacket 500pk

$0.41 per round vs. $0.50 per round for PMC at the range. I hope it shoots good.

Looks like it is 20 fps slower than PMC.
 

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For putting holes in paper, velocity doesn't really matter!
 

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For putting holes in paper, velocity doesn't really matter!
Normally I would agree with you Islander but this thread is about break in ammo. New Kimbers are tight and using a low velocity load in a tight gun is just going to aggravate and potential problems like FTL and FTE.
 
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Normally I would agree with you Islander but this thread is about break in ammo. New Kimbers are tight and using a low velocity load in a tight gun is just going to aggravate and potential problems like FTL and FTE.
I agree, but IG's Kimber is already broke in. He was talking about range ammo.
 
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