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 Post subject: Changing of the Guard
PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 3:47 pm 
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My old friend Lefty got me to thinking about maybe retiring my faithful Kimber... And today I ran into a deal I couldn't resist. The twenty year old Kimber, with roughly 85,000 rounds through it, has been officially retired. Cleaned, lubed, and set in a place of honor in my gun safe. Ready as ever.

In my holster, as I type this, is a lightly used .45 Kimber Eclipse Custom.

Twenty year old Kimber atop, and the new pistol below:
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I put 75 rounds through the new Kimber today. This target was shot with my 185 grain handloads, from 7 yards, Weaver stance:
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Equally impressive were the groups produced by Federal 230 grain FMJ "hardball" ammo:
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And not just one target:
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At this point, I'm extremely pleased with the new Kimber! (y)

The torch has been passed.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 3:52 pm 

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Very good! Looks as if you have another winner on your hands.

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 Post subject: Re: Changing of the Guard
PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 4:08 pm 

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Nice looking Kimber Guy!

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 6:27 pm 
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Great shooting Guy and that's a good looking new to you pistol.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 8:26 pm 
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It was so clean and tight... I'm not sure it had been fired by the previous owner.

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Guy, I should've warned you, anyone who really knows me well would tell you I am a pot stirring aficionado.....

By the way, nice gun!!!!


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 Post subject: Re: Changing of the Guard
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Shhh... It was a great excuse!

And the new one does shoot tighter groups than the old one!

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 10:19 pm 
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That's a handsome looking gun and it shoots as good as it looks. I imagine the old girl will make an appearance once and a while but the new one will be your work horse now :)

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NICE! CL

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 12, 2017 6:16 pm 
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Nice new 1911! That old war horse looks like she has been dependable too. That new one does look like a shooter


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 12, 2017 7:06 pm 

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That's great guy, congratulations on a great find. It does look like a shooter, but of course your shooting skills would make an average gun look good.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 2017 9:35 am 
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Guy,

Congratulations on your new Kimber, she is a shooter for sure.
The operator isn't too bad either. :)

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 2017 1:18 pm 
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Thanks! (y)

Was teaching a self-defense shooting class this morning and used it again. Only shot 230 grain FMJ Federal American Eagle factory ammo. No bobbles, no problems. Great accuracy.

And I do like the looks of it!

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 Post subject: Re: Changing of the Guard
PostPosted: Fri Aug 25, 2017 8:09 pm 

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Guy do you mind sharing your 185 grain load? Dan.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 29, 2017 1:12 pm 
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wvbuckbuster wrote:
Guy do you mind sharing your 185 grain load? Dan.


Just saw this, sorry for the delay. Sure, I'm using an old, time-proven load of 5.0 Bullseye and either the 185 gr Nosler JHP match bullet or Berry's 185 gr plated round-nose bullet. Both are accurate.

There are much more modern powders, but I've comfortable with Bullseye for the .45 ACP.

Standard CCI large pistol primers work fine. The load is good for about 800 fps. Recoil is mild. It works perfectly from my old well-worn Kimber, but doesn't have quite enough "pop" to reliably work the tight new pistol.

If you use this load, be very careful about a double-charge, easy to do! DANGER!

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 29, 2017 1:39 pm 
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Guy Miner wrote:
wvbuckbuster wrote:
Guy do you mind sharing your 185 grain load? Dan.


Just saw this, sorry for the delay. Sure, I'm using an old, time-proven load of 5.0 Bullseye and either the 185 gr Nosler JHP match bullet or Berry's 185 gr plated round-nose bullet. Both are accurate.

There are much more modern powders, but I've comfortable with Bullseye for the .45 ACP.

Standard CCI large pistol primers work fine. The load is good for about 800 fps. Recoil is mild. It works perfectly from my old well-worn Kimber, but doesn't have quite enough "pop" to reliably work the tight new pistol.

If you use this load, be very careful about a double-charge, easy to do! DANGER!

Guy

Guy you could switch to a lighter recoil spring and get your 185gr load to function reliably. You also have to watch what load data you use with Bullseye since it was reformulated after a fire destroyed the plant several years ago. The new powder doesn't quite have the energy of the older powder.


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 Post subject: Re: Changing of the Guard
PostPosted: Sun Sep 03, 2017 4:40 pm 
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Did I mention lately, how much I like this new Kimber? :grin:


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Guy thanks for sharing your info load. Just remembered to look here my self :lol: I had picked up some of the Berry's 185 so I will give them a try. Was looking for a lighter load to shoot in a Kimber compact stainless 4 in. bbl. Thanks Dan.


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Like the looks of your new work horse. Dan.


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 12, 2017 7:28 pm 
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wvbuckbuster wrote:
Guy thanks for sharing your info load. Just remembered to look here my self :lol: I had picked up some of the Berry's 185 so I will give them a try. Was looking for a lighter load to shoot in a Kimber compact stainless 4 in. bbl. Thanks Dan.


I've bumped it up to 6.0 grains of Bullseye recently and it's working great.

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Thanks for the update I'll try 5-6 grs and see how it does. Dan.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 11:56 pm 

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Wow! I can see why you're so happy to retire your old one Guy..... from the looks of those groups I'd say you had one of those "that was easy" buttons from Staples!! Or was it the hand loads!

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 02, 2017 8:11 am 
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A buddy and I took our .45 Kimber 1911's to the range yesterday afternoon. It was about 35 degrees and damp out. Ugh. Something real nice about handling a good 1911 though. We shot groups at 7 yards with 230 gr fmj ammo:

My group with my Kimber:
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My group with his Kimber:
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Ya, I know, only 7 yards... But it was chilly, and we left after some short range drills. Maybe 50 rounds each or so.

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