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      Kimber feed problem

      When I load practically any cheaper "target practice" bullets (solid nose) in either my Eclipse Target or the TLE/RL it jams. Not when it's shooting (never), but when I load the magazine with the slide back and push the slide closure button.....it never feeds the whole way....I have to almost force forward the slide to get the bullet in the chamber. It jams also sometimes if I pull the slide back when it is already in the open position....trying to help it feed right. It shoots great after that! Never a jam! I don't have that problem when I put in my defensive bullets (Hornady TAPS .45) Anyone have a clue?

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      Not sure I totally understand. You've tried the "slingshot" method, and it still wouldn't chamber? Meaning, put the loaded magazine in the gun, pull the slide all the way back and let go (do not ride it forward).

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      Quote Originally Posted by BeefyBeefo View Post
      Not sure I totally understand. You've tried the "slingshot" method, and it still wouldn't chamber? Meaning, put the loaded magazine in the gun, pull the slide all the way back and let go (do not ride it forward).

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      Yes, the sling shot method seems to only work when I also pushed it back. In other words... I pulled it back, but gave it a nudge going forward. It would fail to feed 80% of the time if I just do the slingshot method. It never works just pushing in the slide release button with it open after inserting the magazine either.

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      Are you using the stock Kimber mag or another brand?

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      As described, you should be seeing the misfeed in nearly slow motion in two Kimbers. I don't see this as a viable possibility, being the same failure in both guns, in the same manner. Did this happen after a cleaning session for both guns where you could have reassembled them incorrectly in the same manner? If not, all I can think of is are you are not fully setting the magazine into the housing opening.

      With the slide open and no magazine in, I'd try inserting one of the bullets in question into the barrel to check for fit. It should chamber easily by hand. That would eliminate the ammo as a problem.

      Next try a mag with only one bullet and see if it loads correctly with the slide started in the back position, held by the slide stop.

      Next, try with one less bullet than the max in the mag.

      This should let you know more about the mag and mag spring.

      Sounds more like a mag spring or mag catch problem but again, if happening in both guns the same way I'd look for operators error.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Dsig1 View Post
      As described, you should be seeing the misfeed in nearly slow motion in two Kimbers. I don't see this as a viable possibility, being the same failure in both guns, in the same manner. Did this happen after a cleaning session for both guns where you could have reassembled them incorrectly in the same manner? If not, all I can think of is are you are not fully setting the magazine into the housing opening.

      With the slide open and no magazine in, I'd try inserting one of the bullets in question into the barrel to check for fit. It should chamber easily by hand. That would eliminate the ammo as a problem.

      Next try a mag with only one bullet and see if it loads correctly with the slide started in the back position, held by the slide stop.

      Next, try with one less bullet than the max in the mag.

      This should let you know more about the mag and mag spring.

      Sounds more like a mag spring or mag catch problem but again, if happening in both guns the same way I'd look for operators error.
      Thanks! Weather permitting I'll try some more at the range.

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      Sounds like a really tight mag spring. Some of those Kimbers have pretty tight chambers too so you add the mag spring in with that you will see that problem a lot.

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      Quote Originally Posted by DevilsJohnson View Post
      Sounds like a really tight mag spring. Some of those Kimbers have pretty tight chambers too so you add the mag spring in with that you will see that problem a lot.
      I have Wilson mags. It happens when I feed it UMCs or Magtechs. It shoots perfect with Hornady hollow points! I guess I need to find a different practice amo. It never jams after it chambered.......are bullets that different in size or shape? These are all 230 gr.

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      Kimber Mags :

      Had simular problems with my SIS during break-in period the first 300-500 rds it would not feed blazer brass, switched to Tripp Mags and it will now feed any ammo

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