I made a $1200 mistake today

Discussion in 'The 1911 Forum' started by Bertgamble2001, Mar 7, 2011.

  1. Bertgamble2001

    Bertgamble2001 New Member

    Feb 26, 2011
    Williams, Ca
    Yep. Big mistake.

    I was at the range practicing with my 4" XD45 and decided; what the heck. I'll try out that Kimber Pro Carry II that they have for rent.

    Now I have to go out and buy one. Course that means I will have to sell the XD, and will lose of that one too.

    On the positive side, I shot 50 rounds with the Kimber from 15 yards and all holes were within the 8 point ring on the silhouette, with most being in the 9 ring or the "Red" spot.

    For reference, there were more holes in the "Red" area with the 50 rounds of Kimber than there were with 100 rounds in the XD at the same distance.

    If someone doesn't talk me down with some big negatives on the Kimber, I will be out buying one soon. Are there any problems with the Kimber shooting reloads? I plan on shooting a lot and will be reloading 230 RN on the press that is on order.

    This is going to be an expensive hobby.

  2. dragman

    dragman New Member

    Jan 11, 2011
    Kimbers are great! I don't shoot reloads through them though.

  3. woolleyworm

    woolleyworm Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2009
    SW Fort Worth
    If they rent guns, give them all a try and see what ya like. I think Kimbers are great guns, but I do think that you can get the same or better bang for your buck. I really like the look of the Raptors. Reloads are/can be safe for 99% of all centerfire guns on the market. Anyone that tells you different does not understand handloading or is just plain Ignant :D Just look at all the factory ammo recalls and tell me that its "safer" to shoot only factory. It's all up to the human error factor and with my ammo, it's my butt, my error, nobody elses.
    Last edited: Mar 7, 2011
  4. dragman

    dragman New Member

    Jan 11, 2011
    agree there is nothing wrong with reloads I just don't reload for handguns only for my long range rifles.
  5. Double D

    Double D Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 16, 2009
    North Florida
    If I were you I would enjoy the xd 45 and forget about the kimber.
  6. Eddie N

    Eddie N New Member

    Apr 23, 2009
    Only mistake I can see is getting a 4" XD instead of the 5". I love mine.:D
  7. djjoshuad

    djjoshuad New Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Corinth, TX
    I fired several kimbers before buying mine. They all shot true. very crisp trigger, very clean cycle. One of them had close to 50k rounds through it, according to the range master (it was a range gun). He said that everyone who came in off the street wanted to shoot it, and they did. He said even though the gun cost him a grand, it had made him triple that in rental fees :). Even with 50k down the tube (albeit with a few spring replacements), it shot better than any other .45 I had tried. That gun is what finally made me decide to buy one.

    I ended up with a Pro Crimson Carry II. When my CHL finally arrives, it will be my carry weapon. I couldn't be happier :)
  8. I love my xdm45. I shoot it better than I do my 1911.
  9. dons2346

    dons2346 Well-Known Member

    I have been lusting for one of those for almost a year now. Can't wait until June when I'll be in my state of "residence" to buy one. Then a call to Woodnut for the finishing touch.
  10. American Leader

    American Leader Well-Known Member

    Mar 1, 2011
    Bert, keep the XD45 and get the Kimber too. First of all you never have enough guns, second you can use the XD for everyday plinkin and save the Kimber for special occassions, and third, believe me when I tell you, if you get rid of a gun you will truley regret it. Calm down, wipe your brow and do the right thing, buy the Kimber and keep the XH45.
  11. Brisk44

    Brisk44 New Member

    Mar 6, 2011
    I agree with leader , you always regret the ones you get rid of.
  12. ozo

    ozo Well-Known Member

    Jan 20, 2011
    Nashville TN
    I knew you would not like the 4" BUT-----you have it.
    First try other ammo before your panties crawl up your butt.
    Also first rule-----don't sell guns.....get more.
    You have a NICE gun......just play with it. Get a bunch of different ammo
    and go play...have fun.
    But, you have to keep us posted, and you need to put up some pics, those are the rules.
    Please, go play with it some more, and have fun.
    Different guns like different ammo.....you will really see that when you start
    reloading. Hang in there brother.
  13. Bertgamble2001

    Bertgamble2001 New Member

    Feb 26, 2011
    Williams, Ca
    I may just take your advice and keep the XD while still buying the Kimber, although I can't even imagine shooting it again after the Kimber arrives. I have shot 500 rounds of 4 types of ammo, including the high priced hollow points with the XD, and the first shot with the Kimber was better than any with the XD. I know that I am new to all of this, but after the first round with the Kimber it was like all the other guns I tried were a waste of my time and money.

    My wife told me tonight that I should have just shot the Kimber models before I bought, knowing that I would eventually try it and buy one. She is right. I purposely didn't test one because of the price, and figured that what I didn't know wouldn't hurt me. Well, now I know.

    I am off to work in Africa for the next month, but will be buying a new gun upon my return. I will post pictures as per the rules (LOL).

    Stay safe guys and keep the forum warm for me. I will check in from time to time when the internet connection allows.

    When I get back, I will have a new reloading set up and a new gun to shoot. Who says life isn't good?
  14. woolleyworm

    woolleyworm Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2009
    SW Fort Worth
  15. DGG!

    DGG! New Member

    Apr 6, 2010
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