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I mentioned earlier on another thread about issues with loading rounds 7 and 8 in the extended mag. They don't seat well. They angle down and
results in fail to feed. Yesterday at the range for the first time I had FTF issues with the first 2 rounds (7-8 while loading). They just don't seat correctly and pop down. I have 6 of these mags and all did basically the same thing. The six round mags were flawless as usual. Does anyone else have such problems with the 8 round mags? Has anyone found any resolutions? This seems to be a common issue. Would appreciate your comments.
 

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My KimPro and Wilson Combat mags run fine. The Wilson Combat 8 rnd mags have a pronounced upward angle on the follower.

You may want to try cleaning and polishing your feed ramp.
 

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I'm trying to remember your last post about this problem, is this an extended mag for a Solo?

First, something I do with all my new magazines, did you try breaking it down and giving it an inspection and good cleaning? There has been the rare occasion when I found the tiniest bit of left over crap that was missed when they manufactured it.

Second, do you use a UpLula or a similar tool to help load the magazines. They properly compress the spring so the new cartridge can easily slide in.

Third, when the mag is fully loaded I hold it in my right hand and slap the primer end of the mag against the palm of my left hand to make sure all the rounds are seated back in the mag and properly aligned.
 
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Thanks Guys. Yes have tried all those things. But I am going to take the recommendation to take the mag down and examine it. As for Wilson Combat it seems they do not make a mag for the Solo. I did see a great comparison video on the Wilson and the Kimber. I agree on the extension and also the mag cradles the round as opposed to the flat kimber just forcing the round up. My Beretta mag cradles the round like the Wilson and has always been flawless.

By the way it is the 8 round mag. As I mentioned in an earlier post. I mention the dimple in the front that seems to hold the nose of the round down.

Will let you know if reassembly and exam of springs help.

Any and all comments really welcome.
 

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I have two of the extended Solo mags and have had no problems. I have run about 250 rounds through them.

I most often load with an UpLULA. But, other than making it easier to load and not making my fingers sore, it doesn't make a difference in the magazine's function.

I responded to your other post and commented that my OPINION with regard to the dimple in the extended mags was that it assisted in keeping the nose of the second bullet down so it did not overly push up on the last bullet in the mag. I just took a closer look at this and still believe my hypothesis is true - at least with Hornady Critical Duty ammo. I have not taken the time to test it with lesser grain round nose ammo that may have a shorter over all length.

Another observation, albeit not necessarily germane to this thread, has to do with the fact that the top of the mag follower where cut out to engage the slide stop catch is 'rolled' down on the extended mag and actually cut out on the regular mag.
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This may or may not be contributing to your issues with FTEs. Also, when cycling my slide on an empty 6rd mag, it lock open. When cycling on an empty extended mag, it does not lock open. ?? However, when firing at the range, both mags will lock open when empty. Go figure.:confused:
 

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I mentioned earlier on another thread about issues with loading rounds 7 and 8 in the extended mag. They don't seat well. They angle down and results in fail to feed. Yesterday at the range for the first time I had FTF issues with the first 2 rounds (7-8 while loading). They just don't seat correctly and pop down. I have 6 of these mags and all did basically the same thing. The six round mags were flawless as usual. Does anyone else have such problems with the 8 round mags? Has anyone found any resolutions? This seems to be a common issue. Would appreciate your comments.
Yes, I've had the same problem with all three of my 8-round mags, as have many other people. Curiously, my Solo 8-round mags seem to do OK if I shoot Hornady Critical Defense. I think it may have something to do with the conical shape of the bullet tip that allows it to feed more easily. This round is not recommended by Kimber because it is only 115gr, but my particular pistol seems to like it. Maybe Hornady Critical Duty would also work (same basic shape and 147gr), but I haven't tried it. My 8-round mags also do OK with Liberty USM, 50gr ammo, although this is +p.
 

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I believe you are right on with the shape of the bullet. I have read on other forums a relationship to the shape of the bullet and the 8th round seating properly.
 

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Solo 8 round magazine

Just wondering how many use the 8 round mag on your Solo and was your use with them a good or bad experience. ...

Thanks...Marshall
 

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The majority of my problems were linked to my two 8 round magazines. Since I limited myself to the 6 rounders my problems have been infrequent. Yet I'm still not 100% confident with the weapon.

I really have to send it back in to kimber and get it fixed. I've procrastinated with this one for too long now.
 

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I had the same experience as aguila327. The 8 round magazines were a disaster. The six rounds were worked well but there were still too many issues with the gun. I believe I heard some place that Kimber has improved the 8 round mags but don't hold me to it.
 

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I bought two 8 round mags. Sent my Solo back along with two 6 round and the two 8 round mags. One of the 8 round had never been loaded or even place in the pistol. Kimber sent the pistol back after polishing the chamber and adjusting the extractor. Three of the four mags were mark BAD. Both 8 round and one of the 6 round. Kimber sent me four new 6 round mags and told me not to use the 8 round. I think they have since come out with a revised 8 round mag but I am not sure. I carry my Solo daily with a 6 round mag and pinky extension. Love the gun and have complete faith in it.
 

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This debate of using 7s or 8s has been going on in some gun rags since the early 1980s. I've juggled followers, Wolff springs and longer magazines and I keep going back to flush mount 7s every time. Here's my thinking.

Most springs in 7 round magazines are usually only compressed to 65%. Most of the earlier hi-caps used differing followers and some form of flat-spring to make more room at the base.

I'm not interested in "spr-oing." I'm interested in "bang."

If you need more than 7 shots you should carry a second magazine and learn to do tactical magazine changes.

BTW, Terry Tussey always checked my magazines. We used 7s. If it's good enough for him...
 

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FWIW, I haven't had any problems with the extended magazines for my Solo. The base doesn't fit flush with the handle and they seem to wobble a bit, but that hasn't affected performance.

What you do have to look out for is that the first bullet needs to be seated upwards, but when you insert the magazine, it is quite easy for the first bullet to hit the magwell, and get pointed down, and then of course it will not feed. So, you have to get in the habit of inserting a magazine at a slight backward angle, and then rotating it to normal as it goes up, to prevent this.
 
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