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Anyone with a Kimber .45 ACP able to shoot 185gr (or any) SWC loads?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by MCMXI, Feb 3, 2010.

  1. MCMXI

    MCMXI Well-Known Member

    I bought a Kimber Tactical Entry II pistol late last year and it's a real beauty but it won't chamber my 185gr SWC reloads (mixed brass). The round won't even make it up the feedramp. My SIG P220 that I've had since '92 has spat out thousands upon thousands of these loads with ZERO problems. I'm not complaining since the Kimber is what it is. If I have to shoot RN through it exclusively then so be it. Just wondering if the condition will improve with wear or I simply need to give up the idea that it'll ever feed SWC loads reliably if at all. It was flawless with Blazer 230gr TMJ ammunition.

    This is the load that I'm talking about. The cases are trimmed to the proper length and the OAL is within spec.


    Last edited: Feb 4, 2010
  2. EddieNFL

    EddieNFL member

    I have an Eclipse that eats everything. Had a Tactical that was anorexic.
  3. MCMXI

    MCMXI Well-Known Member

    "Had" being the operative word. Did you get rid of it because of the feeding issues? Is this luck of the draw, by design or even fixable? Like I said, I can always load RN bullets for the Kimber if that's all it likes but I'm just trying to figure out my options. Naturally, if it'll feed most any kind of bullet then that's a good thing but the Kimber may have been designed for accuracy with factory ball ammunition rather than for the typical reloader.

  4. The Lone Haranguer

    The Lone Haranguer Well-Known Member

    It is not your handloading skills, nor is it a fault with the gun - it was simply never designed to feed such a bullet. 1911s for target shooting with these loads usually require feed ramp/throat reshaping. Perhaps a bullet with more of a truncated cone (straight-sided with no abrupt shoulder) profile might feed better.
  5. EddieNFL

    EddieNFL member

    Repaired it, but never could spit out the bad taste.

    I agree, but I've shot a ton of 'em through out-of-the-box 1911s without incident.
  6. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

  7. MCMXI

    MCMXI Well-Known Member

    Walkalong, my 185gr SWCs are from Nevada Bullet Company (long since out of business I think). I bought 1000s of them 10 or 12 years ago and am still working my way through them. The COL is 1.155" which is fine but I could try seating longer to see if it helps. Lyman's 49th Edition lists the OAL for a 185gr JSWC at 1.135".

    EddieNFL & The Lone Haranguer, thanks for the help. I have some experimenting to do. I'd rather not get the feedramp/throat modified unless my "research" indicates that this is a good way to proceed. I have lots of options so it's not all bad.

  8. The Lone Haranguer

    The Lone Haranguer Well-Known Member

    I would rather see you use a different load or bullet than start messing with the ramp and throat, if the pistol is reliable with hardball and hollowpoints.
  9. MCMXI

    MCMXI Well-Known Member

    Walkalong, that Kimber of yours is a beauty by the way!! I notice that it has "Custom Shop" on the slide. Does that have anything to do with the fact that your Kimber basically eats anything?

  10. Drail

    Drail Well-Known Member

    Don't feel bad. A LOT of 1911s won't eat 185 grainers without some tuning. It just a matter of how bad you want to run them. I would just run 200 grainers and live happily ever after.
  11. mljdeckard

    mljdeckard Well-Known Member

    I have never tried 185s, but I've shot a lot of 230 SWCs. Is there a reason you used 185s?
  12. MCMXI

    MCMXI Well-Known Member

    Absolutely!! My life doesn't depend on this Kimber so I have the luxury of time along with trial and error. I don't really want to put the Kimber under the knife this early in the game. I'll try increasing the OAL of the 185gr loads as well as using 200gr RNFP bullets from Oregon Trail. I have thousands of those so it's no big deal.

  13. MCMXI

    MCMXI Well-Known Member

    My SIG likes 'em so I have a use for the 1000's that I have. I'm simply trying to determine my options at this point. If a bunch of Kimber owners stated that their pistols have no problem with 185gr SWCs then I might not feel so lucky.

    I started reloading .45 ACP back in '92 and 185gr SWCs were commonplace since they offered(ed) light recoil and excellent accuracy. Back then, my 5' and 100lb wife used to shoot 1000's of .45ACP rounds a year so everything was rosy. As I mentioned above, I still have a use for them but it'd be easier (convenient) to load 185gr SWC .45 ACP exclusively for all four .45 ACP handguns (I have a couple of Ruger Blackhawk Bisley convertibles .45 ACP/.45 Colt revolvers).

    Maybe I'll end up shooting 200gr RNFPs exclusively through all four .45 ACPs once I've used up the 185gr SWCs.

    Thanks to everyone for your help.

  14. jmr40

    jmr40 Well-Known Member

    My Custom II has never had a problem with anything. I don't reload handgun ammo but have put a bunch of GA Arms reloads through it including their 185 gr SWC's
  15. railroader

    railroader Well-Known Member

    Your problem is the profile of those 185s. I have a bunch of 185s but they are the same profile as the 200swc bullets. They run fine in my kimber. I've seen the same profile bullets as yours choke 1911s at local matches. I also have 155swc bullets which feed fine. The profile on them is the same as the 200s except the nose is a little narrower. Here's a pic of what my 185s look like. Also here is a page that shows the difference in the 185s. http://images.google.com/imgres?img...&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&sa=N&um=1Mark
    Last edited: Feb 3, 2010
  16. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    I think it's on most of their guns. I am not sure it really means anything. Maybe it does. The slide stop is a Wilson, and the thumb safety is a "Wilson Combat Tactical" modified by myself to resemble the Colt Combat & L/W Commander safety.

    Thumb Safety pic...Before I did the grip safety in black.

    I would look at mags to solve your feeding problems as well as toying with O.A.L. It was never designed for the bullet to "ride the ramp" in a 1911. It should, at most, glance off of it before going into the chamber.

    I had one 1911 that was finicky with all but a couple of bullet styles with most mags (Wislon, McCormick etc), but would feed anything with an old Colt mag with the "controlled feed" style lips. It was like magic. The Check-Mate mags I have are real good, but they don't seem to make the exact style I have now.are real good.

    My Ultra feeds anything with Kimber Pro-Tac or Wilson mags.
    Last edited: Feb 3, 2010
  17. M2 Carbine

    M2 Carbine Well-Known Member

    One reason I use 200 grain SWC is the 185 will jam feeding in some of my 1911 pistols. Even my GI 1911A1 will reliably feed the 200 but not the 185.

    These 200 grain SWC bullets slide through the Kimbers and my other 1911's as smooth as glass.:)


    INSULATION TIM Well-Known Member

    Good to know. I always wondered what the advantage was between the two. From now on, I'll only buy the 200 gr LSWC.

    Thanks for the tip.
  19. orionengnr

    orionengnr Well-Known Member

    I have put thousands of 200gr SWCs (Missouri Bullet, Penn Bullet, Billy Bullets, Rucker Bullets and probably a few others I can't recall at the moment) through my Kimbers....weekly. I think the shape of the 200gr SWC is a bit different--yours look a bit short and square.

    If you pm me I'll send some pics of my handloads, if it will help.

    If you are in North Texas, we can get together at the local range, trade rounds and fire a few.
  20. The Bushmaster

    The Bushmaster Well-Known Member

    It's not on my Kimber UCC II, Walkalong. It just says "Kimber"...Can't help here as I use Hornady 185 grain HP/XTP and 185 grain HP Rainier Plated for practice.

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