what harm would it do to break in my new kimber with quality handloads I don't understand why that would be a problem..These are the loads I intend to be useing in kimber..Dennis B
Whoever told you that doesn't know what they are talking about! I haven't bought a box of factory loads for rifle or pistol for years and have bought several guns!
There are gun manufacturers who will tell you the warranty is void if you use handloads.
My belief is that this limitation in the warranty is mostly to avoid having to do warranty work on guns that have been exploded by careless handloaders. My Kimber's manual states:
I handload, but always stay below the maximums in the loading manuals. I guess I have voided my warranty, but have had a lot of fun in the process, and consider my loads safe to shoot.
The use of reloaded, “remanufactured”, handloaded“BALL” ammunition.
or other non-standard ammunition
voids all warranties. Reloading is a science
and improperly loaded ammunition can be
extremely dangerous. Severe damage to the
firearm and serious injury to the shooter or to
others may result.Always use ammunition that
complies with the industry performance
standards established by the Sporting Arms
and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute, Inc. of
the United States (SAAMI). For best results, we
recommend the use of jacketed round nose
Make a choice, and then have fun.
Never argue with drunks or crazy people.
Kimber's tight, exacting tolerances benefit immensely from a thorough, and well lubricated break-in. After completing the recommended "wear-in" period (500 rounds), my Kimber functioned even more smoothly than when I bought it.
The majority of problems seen with NIB 1911's (if any occur) will usually surface within the first 500 rounds or so. The closer you follow Kimber's recommendations, the easier it is for them to diagnose any problem that you may experience with their product (ie: staying with factory spring weights, Kimber magazines, original slide stop, new factory FMJ ammo, etc) . Using handloaded ammo, whether you trust it or not, will probably void your warranty.
That being said, it's your weapon. If you are confident with your personal abilities, by all means use your own ammo. Keep us posted.
I'd clean and lube it before my first shot - but after that and what you shoot in it is up to you - it will work well for you.