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Old 08-21-2009, 06:19 PM   #21
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Sarge,What did this look like? Iron oxide= red/brown rust or could it have been corrosion from ammo residue?? This is certainly a strange situation.
You did not mention the use of oil. If you did use it, maybe you mis a spot.
After I clean my guns I either put a real light coat of oil or wipe it with a silcone gun & reel cloth made by Kleen Bore.
I own alot of collectible guns and the last thing I need is for them to get rust!!!
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Old 08-21-2009, 06:36 PM   #22
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It was surface rust.

I keep the weapon oiled. I'm big on cleaning and keeping my weapons oiled, so that is why I was surprised to see this.

I'm good to go for the time being. If the rust returns, I'll be able to take it back and either exchange /trade for something else.

Don't get me wrong. The Kimber is a great shooting 1911. This thing is super smooth, and accurate, and I will still recommend it to others. The rust freaked me out, that's all.

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Glad to hear you found a satisfactory conclusion to this issue man! I was definitely shocked to hear about this issue, especially with a brand that is such a "big name" in the .45 world.

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Old 08-21-2009, 07:50 PM   #24
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After polishing the barrel to a gorgeous shine, I noticed that the gun patches I used for the polishing are almost black...lol. There was tons of unseen gunk on that barrel.

I'm going to polish my Ruger P95 barrel also, and this will become something I do to every new weapon that comes into my house from now on.

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I'm glad you got it figured out & fixed to your satisfaction. I had a similar issue with my car; the stock exhaust manifold has a precatalytic converter that can be broken down by unburnt fuel & sucked back in to the engine, destroying compression. To keep the car i am otherwise very happy with, i had to replace the stock mani with an aftermarket header. I was displeased, but i got over it.

I have the XD45 tactical; it hasn't rusted anywhere yet (in Mississippi humidity). I have enjoyed mine very much. If you later decide to get rid of the 1911, the XD would be a less pretty but very simple/trouble free possibility, IMO.

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Sarge,

How much do you want for that Kimber?

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Not for sale.......

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I just got done shooting my Kimber Tactical Pro 2 in a hard rain and after hearing what happened to you, I quickly went to check my barrel for any signs of rust and I have none. I did clean it after shooting it in the rain but I usually have been keeping the Kimber in a lock box in the trunk of my car. It has very little protection from moisture.

I would certainly be calling Kimber if I were you. That is unacceptable.

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I would not sweat it too much. Even stainless steel will rust. This is just one more reason we all need to be diligent in our attention to the small details of our firearms. I use XF7 grease on my 1911's and it does an astounding job of keeping moisture at bay.

Back in the late 80's, I had a customer come into the shop and he was PISSED. He had bought a new Colt Stainless Gov't model and taken it home. Then he put it in his nightstand drawer (in the cardboard and styrofoam box) and left it for several months. Took it out to show a friend one day and it was completely covered in rust.

His nightstand was under a window that allowed moist air in at night and it seemed to have taken a liking to his Colt. This gun was completely covered in light surface rust.

Now that was an "epic fail", and he got no love from Colt. But he kept the pistol.

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Wow Tango, that pic was really big. Here, I resized it for you.

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