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I recieved a brand spanking new .45 for Christmas this year :)D). The manual states to uses only new factory loaded ammo for the break-in period. I can see not shoot max loads right out of the gate, but would there be any negative consequence in firing starting loads or slightly over start?
I assume that they just word it like that to cover their butts, just want to make sure I wouldn't be doing something monumentaly stupid. This is my first brand new firearm in about 15 years, and I wasnt reloading back then. Thanks All!
 

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Doesn't matter at all, full power loads or not. Factory loads aren't magic, just new brass and maybe some sealant is all.

For break in for rifles anyway, not really handguns, I do the fire a round, clean it, fire a round, clean it, etc... up to about 50-100 rounds upping to 5 or so rounds between cleaning. But other than that I don't find it necessary to use factory ammo.

Some of my guns have never seen a factory round! :D
 

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and just realized your local to me! the town that nobody out of state can pronounce...

Cool to see others on here that are close by; if you provide me with the gun and ammo, I will break in your pistol for free of charge, heh heh heh :D;)

I'm a nice guy like that aren't I?
 

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Perfect, thank you. I have a few hundred factory loaded, but I would much rather build my own. I'll use the factory stuff for CC, but for sighting, and making holes in paper, which I do the most, I prefer to load my own.
 

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I have bought guns that have said that in the manuals but I have always reloaded. Guess what I put through them? :D Yep, reloaded ammo. One thing to remember about reloaded ammo is the reloader has more control over what goes down the barrel then any factory ammo and that is a fact.
 

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That is so thoughtful of you aa1911, I just couldn't live with myself if I were to impose like that. It is good to see someone else from here. Anytime you need a shooting buddy, I'm always ready for that!
 

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That is so thoughtful of you aa1911, I just couldn't live with myself if I were to impose like that. It is good to see someone else from here. Anytime you need a shooting buddy, I'm always ready for that!
Hey wait, I live close to you. Can I shoot your new gun? :D
 

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I couldn't agree more 76. We KNOW, with absolute confidence, that our ammo is primed, charged, seated correctly. The factorys move so much volume, they can't possibly be 100% sure of every factor, for every round. We, however can be.
 

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The factorys move so much volume, they can't possibly be 100% sure of every factor, for every round. We, however can be.
....and the accuracy/consistency is horrible! Its been years since I fired factory ammo, last weekend I fired some WWB- wow! Groups opened up 10" compared to my reloads. We as reloaders know this, an occasional reminder is surprising in a good way.
 

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Every gun that I have bought in the past 25 to 35 years have never seen factory ammo, but your question has already been answered.

I don't live any where near you, but I would also offer to break it in for you, I will send you my address upon your request.:rolleyes: :p :D
 

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lots of kind and helpful folks on here, huh? heh heh

it's not just anywhere that people are willing to help break in a gun.... :D

I usually head up to the national forest around Randle/Packwood area near Mt Adams to go shoot, there's a couple of great shooting pits. Won't be until early summer before the snow clears off enough to reach them but there's other spots I like also near Skate creek/FR 52 right before Mt Rainier park that I go in the winter. (snow is only 2-3 feet there instead of 10 or 15')

Next time I plan on rolling up there for a day I will hit you up in a PM for an invite, I'm usually by myself so a shooting buddy would be cool!

I especially love handloading for the ability to custom tailor ammo to a specific gun; testing different powders and amounts to achieve max accuracy and velocity without wasting any.
 

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As requested,
 

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New hear so hello to all. I am 45 miles SW of Portland grew up in Kent that was a lot of years ago.I agree on the reload unless it is a semi auto. Will be getting a new 7mm before long a Remington 700 CDL It will get reloads only. It will be used it Montana it is about as large as I can shoot any more.It hurts getting old. Tom T
 

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Doesn't matter at all, full power loads or not. Factory loads aren't magic, just new brass and maybe some sealant is all.

For break in for rifles anyway, not really handguns, I do the fire a round, clean it, fire a round, clean it, etc... up to about 50-100 rounds upping to 5 or so rounds between cleaning. But other than that I don't find it necessary to use factory ammo.

Some of my guns have never seen a factory round! :D
Why not?? A barrel is a barrel isnt it?
 

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I have the same pistol. I think you will enjoy it. Mine shoots great for a little short barrel and the Lazer grips are pretty cool. Hard to see on clear days.

I think Kimber's break in suggestion has more to do with the bullet selection than the Factory thing. They suggest 230gr Ball FMJ. IMO if it won't function properly with Ball ammo then there is something wrong with the pistol or the mags.

I loaded up 100 rounds of 230 FMJ with 4.5gr of WST to break mine in. That was the last jacketed bullets this thing has seen. Now it's a steady diet of 200gr LSWC. Runs great and shoots great.

Enjoy, and don't forget to turn that thing off when you are done. :)
 

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and just realized your local to me! the town that nobody out of state can pronounce...

Cool to see others on here that are close by; if you provide me with the gun and ammo, I will break in your pistol for free of charge, heh heh heh :D;)

I'm a nice guy like that aren't I?
Hell some of us from within the state can't pronounce it right....It comes out a little bit different every time I say it. It is kinda funny you mentioned that because there are a couple of towns with names my wife asks me about on occasion and I cant pronounce them. (She is from AZ)

I guess that's what you get for being from Spo-cane.
 

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Why not?? A barrel is a barrel isnt it?
true that, I just don't treat most of my handguns good enough to demand maximum attention to prepping the bore. I'm not sure if it even makes much difference in a rifle or not, I do it just in case it does help. To me, a pistol is a POS to get you to a real gun. :eek: I work 'em hard and beat the piss outta them!

New pistols normally get broken in hard with me; I load up usually about 20 mags or so at a time and just bore snake at the range every couple hundred rounds. Good cleaning when I get home. Repeat...

I do always ensure I scrub the bore of any new gun very well to remove any grease or debris before first shooting it.
 

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The break in process is more for properly burnishing the new bore so that it cleans up easily. You would have to lap it to make it shoot better.
 
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