Springfield 1911 ammo question

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by PCR, Oct 11, 2011.

  1. PCR

    PCR New Member

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    Picking up my new Springfield Lightweight Champion Operator this week. Time for break-in. Any suggestions on "break-in" ammo? As a matter of fact, any suggestions on "break-in" do's and don'ts would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks all. :)
     
  2. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Before shooting the first time, thoroughly clean and lube the handgun according to manufacturer's instructions. After each shooting session, clean and lube.

    I would use the generic 230gr "Ball" or "Target" ammo. Don't use reloads (might void warranty). I like to shoot 500 rounds for break-in.
    And if you are using more than 1 magazine, mark them. Should a problem develop, you can see if it is the same mag creating the problem.
     

  3. Kabraxis

    Kabraxis New Member

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    Danf would you recommend the same techniques for all break in?
     
  4. rigjumpr

    rigjumpr New Member

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    I concur with the above
     
  5. bountyhunter

    bountyhunter New Member

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    Avoid steel case ammo.
     
  6. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Break-in period is the time to gets the bugs out. Should I have to send a firearm back to get repaired, I know that my reloaded ammo did not cause the defect.
     
  7. bartwatkins

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    +1 - what danf_fl said!!!
    Winchester White Box (WWB) 230gr FMJ ball ammo is great for break-in.
     
  8. PCR

    PCR New Member

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    Perfect. Thanks for the info!
     
  9. PCR

    PCR New Member

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    Complete disassemble and clean?
     
  10. bartwatkins

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    I would only do a field strip & lube/clean as per instructions in the manufacturer's owner's manual/handbook.
    I do not fully disassemble until at least 500 rounds.
     
  11. Overkill0084

    Overkill0084 Active Member

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    Break in?
    Clean. Lube. Shoot. Repeat.
    Enjoy your gun, and the "break in" will take care of itself. Just be on the lookout for potential issues. However, do mark your mags just in case there are issues (always a good idea anyway).
    Ammo- Go with brass (or aluminum) cased ammo from a recognized brand, at least. I'm not a fan of steel cased ammo. Opinions vary of course.
    I shot my reloads in mine without incident. I won't suggest it as a great idea. Your gun, your decision.
     
  12. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    Dan pretty well summed it up.
     
  13. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    Don’t do anything to, or complain about the “new” gun until you have run 500 rounds of 230 gr Ball (that’s Full Metal Jacket) ammo downrange. Don’t try HP’s, +P’s or anything other than what JMB designed the thing to shoot!

    Don’t shoot any of the first 500 rounds at a target located greater than 10 meters away. (it’s a gun test not a competition) Don’t clean it, don’t field strip it, do nothing but run a jag down the barrel to make sure there is no cosmoline remaining from shipping protection.

    If you don’t get the full 500 rounds done in one shoot, let it marinate in the soot and range sweat until you get back to the job at hand. OK, you can wipe the exterior down but don’t go inside yet.

    That job mentioned above is NOT Break-In, it’s a new gun test to decide if you’re going to send it back to the manufacturer and have them make it right.

    This is the time to check for the following:
    • Does it feed with all the mags that came with it?
    • Does it feed and slide-lock on the last round?
    • Does it feed and slide-lock with only one round loaded?
    • Does it feed and slide-lock with two rounds loaded?
    • Does it feed and slide-lock with three rounds loaded?
    • Does it feed and slide-lock with four rounds loaded?
    • Does it feed and slide-lock with five rounds loaded?
    • Does it feed and slide-lock with six rounds loaded?
    • Does it feed and slide-lock with seven rounds loaded?
    • Does it feed and slide-lock with a full mag?
    • Does it feed and slide-lock with a full mag +1?
    • Where does the brass fall?
    • Does the gun feel solid?
    • Is anything found loose? Grips? Sights? Barrel?........
    • Yes, the slide stop/release is tight. (it’s a new gun)
    • Does it fire with the thumb safety on and the grip safety engaged? (do this sans ammo)
    • Does it fire with the thumb safety off and the grip safety off? (do this sans ammo)
    • Trigger take-up?
    • Trigger brake? It should be a surprise.
    • Trigger reset?
    • Does it shoot to aim?
    • Did you take notes?



    Shoot the snot out of it.

    You’ll thank us.