I have a Springfield Armory 1911 in .45 that has seen 5+ years of normal use. http://www.springfield-armory.com/armory.php?version=4 It's probably had ~4-6K rounds through it. Awhile ago I started having failure to feeds and extraction problems. Turns out the extractor had broken off. I replaced that and my extraction problem subsided. Factory ammo works flawlessly in the gun now, but I usually shoot reloads. I get between 20-90% failure to feeds / jams depending on exactly how I load the ammo (overall length and crimp wise). I usually start with the upper slide locked back and release it by pulling or hitting the slide release. The gun is usually 50-80% closed, but action won't close all the way. Sometimes if I hit the back of the slide a bit it closes and shoots fine. The ejected bullets have small gouges on both the brass and bullet from where it is hitting (I believe) the top of the barrel or the slide itself. This is really driving me nuts because I can't shoot the gun without constantly clearing jams. I need help. I used Rainer 200 or 230 in the gun with several kinds of brass for years, but something is wrong and I can't figure it out for the life of me :banghead:. I don't know if Rainer changed their bullet shape slightly or not, I don't have any of the older Rainer bullets because I shot them all. I've tried heavier (and lighter) recoil springs, lighter and softer loads, and adjusted crimps. My ammo works in my USP-T and my friend's 1911 (a different MFG), so I think it has to do with my gun. I tried 4 different Springfield mag & 2 S&W mags with my gun. No difference. It appears that the first few bullets in a magazine (under higher spring pressure) jam more. Here's some of the things I've tried and details about my loads. I use Titegroup poweder, mixed brass (that is the correct length), I've tried CCI and Winchester primers. I tried a 16lb, 20, & 24lb recoil springs. I have NOT tuned or adjusted the extractor. I don't know if it's possible that the new extractor is causing these jams. I was having these failures around the time the extractor broke, but I'm not sure if it is cause and effect, this happened over 2 years ago and I haven't seriously dealt with it since then. Yesterday I tried the following with a 22 or 24 lb recoil spring: 1.215 OAL, 5 grain titegroup, normal crimp: 11/14 jams 1.230 OAL, 5 grain titegroup, normal crimp: 8/14 jams 1.245 OAL, 5 grain titegroup, normal crimp: 10/14 jams Here's some pics to show what's happening to the bullets as well as the gun itself. If you look closely you can see the gouges on the brass and the gouges on the tips of the bullets from where it's ramming into something. http://flic.kr/s/aHsjDLVAf9 I need to get this to work with my Rainer rounds; I have a bunch and it previously worked with them. Any tips, ideas, or your experiences with an issue like this would be very helpful. Thanks in advance.