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Old 11-24-2008, 01:00 PM   #1
 
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Several FTE's on new Kimber Pro TLE/RL II

This is my first posting here, so any help would be greatly appreciated!! Just took first trip to range to conduct break-in on new Kimber Pro TLE/RL II. Used Winchester 230 gr fmj white box, WIlson 47D and stock kimber mag. Experienced three FTE's where empty case remained in chamber and fresh round jammed behind it. Have about 100 rnds through it and it happened with either mag. Is it too soon to be concerned, or do I need to be thinking I have an out-of-tune extractor (internal type)? I also noticed during field stripping that the numbers 115 were etched (engraved) into the flat portion of the underside of slide (the part that rides over disconnector. I have owned several different makes of 1911's and none of them had anything etched into an area that seems should be mirrior smooth and I have never had any failures in the previous makes iv'e owned in the past (colt and springfield). What's up with that, and is it normal for kimbers to have etching on this surface?

Thanks fellas!
 
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Old 12-06-2008, 06:51 AM   #2
 
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Re: Several FTE's on new Kimber Pro TLE/RL II

Is the extractor tearing the extraction rim off the casing or is it just riding over the rim?
The etched numbers are a portion of your serial number.
 
Old 12-07-2008, 01:32 PM   #3
 
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Re: Several FTE's on new Kimber Pro TLE/RL II

Without the pistol in My hand.....First guess would be a weak extractor (leavein' case in chamber) Tested a Tarus PT 1911 this week ....Low priced pistol, ran fine....I've often thought that buyin' Kuhnhussen's book on 1911s should be mandatory when buyin' a 1911.....I would pull the extractor and put more bend in it, first, while You have it out inspect the extractor hook......Don't expect much from a MIM extractor (most parts in a Kimber are MIM)....I'm partial to the Aftec extractor, now called the Millenium advanced competition extractor and the EGW heavy duty extractor....99 times out of a 100 a machined extractor will be better than MIM

Bill Caldwell
 
 
Old 12-09-2008, 08:28 AM   #4
 
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Re: Several FTE's on new Kimber Pro TLE/RL II

Thanks for the replys, I sincerely appreciate it! During the first and only trip to the range with the Kimber I was introducing both a friend new firearms as well as my wife (who was deathly afraid of firearms of any kind), to the shooting sport. I really did not have much personal time to take a more scientific approach as to what exactly was going on with the Kimber as much of my time was spent getting the others aquainted with the workings of the firearms they were shooting. So sorry I can't offer more information, but I will be going alone on the next range session to do more through testing..

I will try adding a bit more tension to the extractor first, but will most likely replace it with a better non-mim part. I have seen the Aftec extractor in the Brownells catalog, but really have not heard much about it. Does it fit in the slide without alot of fitting and does it need tweeking once installed?
 
Old 12-09-2008, 02:29 PM   #5
 
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Re: Several FTE's on new Kimber Pro TLE/RL II

Do the series II Kimbers use replacement parts that are the equivalent to colt series 70, or series 80 (firing pins, firing pin stops, extractor etc..)????? Want to get replacement tool steel parts and not sure what style will fit correctly.

Thanks!!
 
Old 12-09-2008, 06:50 PM   #6
 
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Re: Several FTE's on new Kimber Pro TLE/RL II

The Aftec extractor requires some modification to the firein' pin stop...They send very good instructions with the extractor, since this is Your first one I'd order an extra firein' pin stop......Talk to Tim Dillon or Tony Barnes at Brownells, see what file They reccomend.....It's not a hard job.....Worst thing That can happen is You ruin a firein' pin stop or skin a knuckle or two slidein' a file across them

Bill Caldwell
 
Old 12-10-2008, 02:25 PM   #7
 
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Re: Several FTE's on new Kimber Pro TLE/RL II

Thanks Bill, I think i'll give er' a go!

Rich Bourdaux
 
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