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Old 04-22-2012, 02:45 AM   #41
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Some of the parts on the jets we fly on are MIM parts. That being said no gunsmith worth his weight in salt uses MIM parts. ALL custom guns are MIM free. WC, LB, EB, Chuck Rodgers, Joe Chambers, etc.......... DON'T use MIM parts. Colt has a few and Kimber is full of them ( hence the nickname MIMber). There is also a tremendous difference in the quality in MIM parts. I know that MIM parts are in some of my guns, in fact most, but I would rather they not be there. MIM with the right quality control is very strong but like welding something air pockets (bubbles) cause weakness. The wrong quality control in the wrong situation could cause failure at the wrong time. Like getting hit by lightning I guess but it does happen.
What parts in a colt xse are mim, and should I reokace them with wilson combat parts
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What parts in a colt xse are mim, and should I reokace them with wilson combat parts
NO, and Bill Wilson's parts would be little improvement.
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Colt .45's in every convenience store in North America. Kimber .45's; nope.

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Old 06-26-2012, 02:42 PM   #44
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Speaking from my experience, the 3" Kimber out performs the Colt 4 1/4" in both chambering and accuracy. With a .452 LSWC the Colt chokes and fail to chamber but the Kimber does not. I was quite surprised as I was very leery of buying a Kimber due to the FTF problems one reads on the posts.

On accuracy from a rest and using Barnes 160 HP bullets @ 1,000 FPS measured 7 ft from the muzzle the Kimber was less that 1" at 15 yards where the heavier Colt (O4012XSE) was 2" group. Now the colt only had 50 rounds thru it and the "matt" finish of the stainless parts and trigger was very rough feeling (yes I had cleaned and oiled it liberally) so I am expecting it to improve. I noticed that the Colt 80 series seemed to hang the trigger (malfunctioning safety?) on occasion and I had to stop and deliberately move the trigger forward or so it seemed, to clear the malfunction. It is also shooting low for me. Novak white dot sights so I need to investigate that.

I believe the Colt will break-in and shoot fine (if not it is going to have a factory visit). All in all, if you are only going to shoot a little then get the Kimber. If you want a Colt then send it back for a tuning and I am sure it will be fine. This is based of me owning and shooting both, I was disappointed with the Colt

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K, thought I'd look up Colt on the interweb for S&G. The 1980RG gave me a chubbie!! Don't know why I never really looked at Colt before, honest injun! Only real interaction I've had with Colts were early in my military career and when I first looked at guns to buy, I tried a brand new Colt and the slide stuck half way back when I went to clear it. Wouldn't move either way. The salesman said something to the effect of "That's Colt for ya!". I am seriously going to take a new, hard look at Colt. Who says you can't teach old dogs new tricks?

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