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Bore finish question

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Monkeyleg, Apr 22, 2012.

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  1. Monkeyleg

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    I have a Kimber 1911 that I bought brand new ten years ago. By that time I already had two Kimbers I'd bought in 1998 and 1999. Both of those have bores that are shiny.

    The 2002 Kimber has always had a bore that wasn't shiny, but wasn't pitted, either. It just was never polished like the other two. It could well be that the other two had bores that were the same and polished out with shooting. This 2002 pistol is one I only put 300 rounds through, so if shooting it polishes the bore, this one didn't get it.

    Has anyone ever noticed this on any of their pistols?
     
  2. JTQ

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    From the Schuemann barrels website

    http://www.schuemann.com/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=3zZ4oir3t50=&tabid=67&mid=445

     
  3. Monkeyleg

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    Thanks, JTQ. The bore isn't just dull. With a magnifier it looks like it has very faint texture, and I mean very faint, but enough that it's not shiny.

    I'm going to call Kimber in the morning to see what they have to say. They'll think I'm nuts.
     
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    it isn't corroding and it shoots OK

    yeah, you should mess with it and complain, that will improve something
     
  5. Monkeyleg

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    Bigfatdave, I'm selling the pistol, and I don't want some buyer to want to return it because he says the barrel is pitted. I did call Kimber, and they confirmed what I thought, that their barrels sometimes need to be fired a lot to get that mirror finish.

    I hate having to take back anything I sell, so I'm just trying to prepare for that.

    The Eclipse was the last 1911 I bought. It's been rifles and revolvers since, so I can't just remove the barrels on those and look really closely at them through a magnifier.
     
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    It could be copper and or lead fouling. Maybe clean it and then think about polishing it.
     
  7. Murphster

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    I bought a new, lower-end (Custom II?) Kimber at about the same time as you - 2002 or 2003. It was new from the factory and purchased from the local gun store. It had rust on the grip safety and the inside of the barrel was frosted. At least, frosting was the term I heard for the condition at the time. The gun shot fine but nothing would alter the condition of the barrel. I was one ticked-off Kimber customer. I attributed the weapon's condition to a disgruntled or inept inspector who was letting junk leave their factory. Condition wise, it was the worst gun I'd ever bought at that time. Quickly traded the gun off. Have never seen a Kimber before or since that left the factory like that. Recently got a Team Match II and it's fine. Point of all this is the gun may have come from the factory like that unless you know it was shiny at one time.
     
  8. Monkeyleg

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    Murphster, the barrel came this way. The pistol is excellent in every respect, and shoots fantastic.

    Maybe I should be a little more clear. The bore is shiny, and looks fine without magnification. If I put a magnifier to it, there appears to be something like VERY light lead fouling in the grooves, but it's not lead. Believe me, I've used a lot of Kleenbore lead cloth patches, and the very slight "texture" doesn't change.

    I'm fairly certain that my 1998 Stainless Gold Match also had a barrel with a slight texture (I didn't look at barrels with magnifiers back then), but it got a mirror finish as I shot it more. The Eclipse has just 300 rounds through it.

    Now I've become intrigued about this. I'm going to stop at a local gun shop and ask if I can look down the bores of a couple of Kimbers and see what the bores look like.
     
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