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Thread: Kimber 1911 3 inch barrel reliability

  1. #11
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    I have a Kimber Eclipse Ultra II that wasn't reliable in the beginning (purchased in 2005). I had to sand and polish the feed ramp to make reliable (FTRB). It is my EDC now. Took about 800 rounds to make it reliable. The rest of my Ultras: SIS Ultra, Sapphire Ultra II, Crimson Carry Ultra II, and a couple of others that I'm not remembering now, have been reliable from the get go.

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    I've owned 6 Kimber ultras over the years; 9s and 45s. Never had any real problems. Most didn't even need a breakin period. Most recent was purchased about 2 weeks ago. It is an Ultra Stainless 2 in 45 ACP. About 300 rounds through this on and so far 100% reliable and very darn accurate! I love my Kimbers!
    Kimber Ultra Stainless 45 ACP

  3. #13
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    Kimber Eclipse Ultra II (2005)-had multiple problems (FTF's, FTE's, etc.). I shot through the problems and polished the feed ramp/mated surfaces and tuned the extractor based tips on this forum. I also cycled the slide a couple of thousand times using dummy ammo. It took about 1100-1200 live rounds before I felt comfortable enough to start carry it. Since then, I've had no problems. I carry this Eclipse Ultra II as my daily carry.

    I observed the following on my Eclipse Ultra II:
    1. Slide was so tight that the rounds were nose diving into the feed ramp. [Need to hand-cycle the slide to break-in the slide spring and loosen-up the tension.]
    2. There was some finish on the feed ramp that hadn't been polished-off and there was some finish on the mated surface. [Rounds were hanging-up on the feed ramp due to not being polished. Should have been bare metal.]
    3. The extractor was not catching the edge of the casing for extraction. [Needed to carefully bend the extractor to tune it. This is an art and not a science. Took alot rounds until I got it right.]

    Kimber Crimson Carry Ultra II (2012)-no issues
    Kimber SIS Ultra (2009 or so)-no issues
    Kimber Sapphire Ultra II (2014 or so) no issues
    Kimber Super Carry Ultra HD (2012 or so) no issues-awesome shooter
    Kimber Ultra Raptor II (2009)-no issues-excellent shooter

  4. #14
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    I've never had an issue with any ammo with my Kimber Ultra CDP II.

    I would, however, speculate that some folks have limp wrist issues, and that is something even more noticable with a 3" gun versus 5".....

  5. #15
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    I've had my Ultra CDP II for 10 years and it hasn't had any problems. It's been reliable and accurate, after the initial trip to the range.

  6. #16
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    Kimber makes on of the best 3" 1911 guns. They have enginered a hair more travel in the slide.
    With that said recoil spring replacement interval is every 500 rounds on 3" 1911's.
    Kimber sells the guide with the two recoil springs as a whole unit, but it's fairly pricey.

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