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    Hello everyone. I have owned guns for quite a few years now, but those firearms I had inherited from my Dad. I just purchased my first firearm, a Kimber 1911 Custom 2 Stainless TLE/RL.

    I am looking for laser sights, and other accessories for this beauty, but I first need to purchase some ammunition and a good cleaning kit and start the break-in process.

    I was looking at bulk .45 acp ammunition on Cabelas.com and Sportsmansguide.com

    Cabelas has both Remington UMC as well as Magtech ammo in bulk quantities.

    Are either of these two ammunitions good enough to "break in" my new 1911?

    Sportsmansguide.com has Fiocchi ammo in bulk quantities.

    Does anyone has any experience with any of these ammo brands that they are willing to share?

    Does the brand matter for the ammunition used to "break in" a new 1911?

    Shall I purchase a carbon-fiber cleaning rod or one of those semi-flexible kits from OTIS in terms of the cleaning kit? I want to protect the finish from accidental marks, scratches, and such.

    Thank you!

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    Of the ammo choices you offered, I'd go with the UMC.
    I've used it in several calibers, and it functions/shoots fine.
    CCI Blazer and Winchester (not the WinClean, though) are also good.

    Although a steel cleaning rod CAN mar the finish on a gun if handled carelessly, it's generally easy to prevent it. Even a softer/coated rod can cause damage if it gets any chunks of crud embedded in it, so don't depend on a softer/coated rod to prevent problems of this type.

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    Thanks for the advice, DJ Niner

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    Of the ammo choices you offered, I'd go with the UMC.
    I've used it in several calibers, and it functions/shoots fine.
    CCI Blazer and Winchester (not the WinClean, though) are also good.

    Although a steel cleaning rod CAN mar the finish on a gun if handled carelessly, it's generally easy to prevent it. Even a softer/coated rod can cause damage if it gets any chunks of crud embedded in it, so don't depend on a softer/coated rod to prevent problems of this type.
    I appreciate your advice about the Remington UMC ammo.

    I also appreciate this forum! I know more about rifles than handguns from my days growing up in the Pocono Mountains, but since I am living in an urban area, my interest is shifting to handguns. Believe it or not, I was helping my father to reload his empty brass by the time that I was nine.

    I will be firing my new Kimber as soon as I have purchased a good cleaning kit and learned how to disassemble, clean and reassemble the handgun.

    I will most likely order the Remington UMC ammo today.

    Thanks for your time and friendly advice.

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    I have always used Brass cleaning rods and Jags for pistols. Brass will not damage steel elements.

    Regarding Ammo, you might want to try a little bit of several brands and styles of ammo to see if your pistol is sensitive or not. I prefer a pistol that will handle whatever I feed it. Although we certainly don't want to have such an issue confront us, should an occasion arise where we need to use someone elses ammo it would be nice if it worked.

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