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1st December 2005, 21:55
My Dad and I each have Kimber Tac Custom II's that we both are extremely happy with. My queston is, has anyone tried out the .22 conversion kits, presumably for cheaper target practice, and if so, what's the opinion on them? Also, does it affect the .45 performance. I'd hate to inker with a nice gun, but at the same time, .45 ammo is expensive for bi-weekly trips to the range. Happy 2nd ammendment to you all.
2nd December 2005, 09:18
Ive been thinking about getting one myself, id like to learn about the conversion kits myself.
4th December 2005, 20:20
I've got a Kimber conversion kit to go with my Stainless II, I love it. It's more accurate than I am, and you can switch calibers in about 20-30 seconds. I routinely switch back and forth during a range session. It's a great deal if you already have a .45, and on a steel frame the recoil and muzzle flip is negligible. It can be somewhat finicky about ammo, but most .22s are. You have to use high velocity ammo, though I think you can get a reduced power recoil spring for target ammo. Hope this helps.
10th December 2005, 16:48
Please read my thread in this section "very disapointed". I will add though that now it works it is very accuate.
24th January 2006, 16:36
I have recently purchased a Kimber .22 conversion and everything has worked well. There was no special fitting required at all. The slide does not stay back on last shot which is a hair disappointing. The slide has a very tight fit to the frame which will wear into (slide is made of aluminum). Accuracy.....this kit was what you would consider a plinker out of the box. The barrel bushing was not as tight as I liked when first got this kit and therefore my accuracy was "plinker". I put a springed barrel bushing in the frame (I believe it was an old Colt model) and my groups tightened right up. I have noticed cheap ammo does not eject well but that is to be expected.
13th February 2006, 15:11
I bought the Kimber conversion kit to go with my Stainless II as well. Shot ok but didn't like bulk ammo, maybe after a long break-in the cheaper ammo would work I suppose. I've had it for going on 6 months now but to be real honest with you, I just don't shoot it that much. I just can't seem to get into shooting 22's for some reason. I love to shoot 45 and putting 9MM lead downrange with my Browning Hi-Power is better then chocolate cake. (well almost!) I'm thinking about putting the kit up for sale unless I get all sentimental and decide to keep it.... :D
1st March 2006, 01:58
Out-of-the-box it functioned 100% reliably w/CCI MiniMags. With >8k rds through it, it operates very reliably using CCI Blazers as long as it isn't too dirty. As with most .22LRs it's sensitive to ammunition. It shoots Blazers much more accurately than MiniMags; it also likes Wolf Match Target; and Winchester Super-X (for accuracy - it hasn't functioned as well). All maintenance is very similar to the .45ACP upper assembly.
The Kimber kit I have is good for plinking. I use it for speed practice and it's helping improve my target acquisition. But it would work better, and I'd probably use it in matches, if it were more accurate. It's paid for itself many times over in ammunition costs. If anybody knows of ammo that the Kimber will like that I haven't tried, please let me know!
4th March 2006, 02:58
Until a few hours ago I was beginning to think the recoil spring on the Kimber .22LR Target Rimfire kit would last forever. It's at nearly 9000rds now; but then it started to have trouble closing the action. I had to push the action closed w/my thumb >1/2 the time.
But I thought of and employed a temporary repair that might help during a match. For the Kimber, I cut a spare ear-plug down to half its length and then cut a wedge about 1/3 of the diameter; twisted it small enough and inserted it into the spring plug. This in effect added >1/8" to the length of the spring. Thereafter it reliably closed the action on each shot. The same approach ought to work for a center-fire pistol by using [nearly?] the full diameter of an ear plug in the spring plug. YMMV CAVEAT UTILITOR
25th March 2006, 12:35
I Bought A Kimber .22 Rimfire To Go With My Kimber.45's Iwanted To Try The .22 Slide On The Team Match Frame For A Little More Weight. The Rimfire Slide Is Not Inlet For The Ejector .are The Conversions Inlet.
25th March 2006, 18:00
...The slide does not stay back on last shot which is a hair disappointing...
Interestly, it doesn't on the target 22 model either...
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