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Old 10-19-2012, 12:00 AM   #1
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Default Polishing the feed ramp.

Looking advice on how to polish the feed ramp for my pistols. Need to know what equipment to use, duration amount of items to use as well as any advice from those who have already successfully done the process. Thanks

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Old 10-19-2012, 10:59 AM   #2
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Are you having feed ramp problems?
If not, then I highly recommend that you do not polish.

If you are having problems, then I would suggest that you contact the manufacturer first.

Some "enhancements" done by DIY end up in ruined firearms.

(Yes, I've fixed more than one firearm after someone tried to "enhance" the reliability.)

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X2 on the last. If your feed ramps are getting exceptionally grimy it could be your ammo. But if by "polish" you mean using a drill with a small soft buffer bit, I think I'd use elbow grease and a soft cloth over any machine attachment. And goes without saying never metal to metal contact.

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X2 on the last. If your feed ramps are getting exceptionally grimy it could be your ammo. But if by "polish" you mean using a drill with a small soft buffer bit, I think I'd use elbow grease and a soft cloth over any machine attachment. And goes without saying never metal to metal contact.
Do you think using a silicone cloth would work? I'm having FTF issue on a Kimber 1911. I've replaced the issued magazine with a Wilson ETM, but I was thinking of anything else I can do to ensure proper function.
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I could be wrong, so obvious disclaimer, but I hand polish all my feed ramps with 2000 grit sandpaper, then use a polishing cloth with brasso. They end up looking like mirrors and I've never had an issue in 7 years....

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Do you think using a silicone cloth would work? I'm having FTF issue on a Kimber 1911. I've replaced the issued magazine with a Wilson ETM, but I was thinking of anything else I can do to ensure proper function.
why not test fire the weapon and see if the replacement solved the problem.
IMO, I agree with what others have said; you CAN ruin an otherwise perfectly running firearm if you don't know what you are doing. as you may not need to do it in the 1st place.
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I polish feed ramps using a Dremel with an emery wheel.

Bout as shiny and smooth as it gets.

Disclaimer: Take it to a professional if you are unsure how to do something.

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Feed ramps don't need a mirror finish to work properly. Smooth enough usually does the job. Unless it's truly appalling, it's probably not the problem. The Wilson Mag is very likely a good fix. If not, it's time to call Kimber, or find a gunsmith who has a solid rep with 1911s.

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About the only time I let a Dremel in the same room with a gun- FELT polishing bob and WHITE jewelers rouge.

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My dremel has served me well - but yea - a license to operate a dremel would be a nice restriction for civilization for once. haha

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