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Posted: 12/28/2004 10:38:11 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/11/2005 4:07:24 PM EDT by chrome1]
OK , here's the deal .

I picked up this TLE/RL II yesterday . As with any new gun , I stripped it down
to inspect and lube it .



I even ran a few patches through the bore and inspected it from the chamber end with
a bore light .  So I put it all back together and function checked it , all OK

Then today I took it to the range and put 200 rounds of ball ammo to break it in .
Everything went well , accuracy was good for a new weapon , with  POI  a tad to the
left . I wasn’t concerned because it was slight and I was more interested in the break in .

When I got home I stripped it down for a good cleaning and inspection , and that's
when I noticed this :



It isn't a dent , the metal is the rough casting surface . What it looks like to me is that
when they machined the barrel the defect was just too low to be machined out .

I'm not happy for two reasons .

1. I'm pissed at myself for not noticing it when I was picking up the weapon , or in
the initial teardown .

2. I hate having to go through the hassle of getting it replaced , hopefully under
warranty .

Now if this was yours .... What would you do ??

Me ...... I'll be calling Kimber in the morning and as fate would have it , I only live about
30 miles from their Manf headquarters in Yonkers NY . Screw UPS or FedEx . I will
be hand delivering this one myself  

Link Posted: 12/28/2004 10:41:01 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/28/2004 11:07:52 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Lumpy196:
Oh that'd be going STRAIGHT back.  As in tomorrow.


Unacceptable.



+1
Link Posted: 12/29/2004 11:40:33 AM EDT
Ship'er back  


That's CAN'T be good for accuracy.
Link Posted: 12/29/2004 11:47:38 AM EDT
I'd send it back.
Drop them an email and include the pics.
They should take care of that without question.
Link Posted: 12/29/2004 4:20:58 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/29/2004 4:21:36 PM EDT by chrome1]
Well , it's back in Kimber's hand's ...

I ended up taking it by the shop where I bought it to see
what they thought . Everyone agreed it was a casting defect .

They are a Kimber Master dealer and told me that this is the first
Kimber they had ever seen that made it out of the factory with
an actual defect in workmanship .

Typical of my luck

Hopefully I will be posting the resolution to this soon ...........
Link Posted: 12/30/2004 7:42:02 AM EDT

Originally Posted By chrome1:


Everyone agreed it was a casting defect .





Since when are barrels cast?  
Link Posted: 12/30/2004 2:18:50 PM EDT

Originally Posted By fight4yourrights:

Originally Posted By chrome1:

Everyone agreed it was a casting defect .



Since when are barrels cast?  



I don't know ....

Do you know if Kimber forges their SS barrels ??

All I can find is that they are 416 stainless , and the surface
of that defect resembled a raw cast surface . Under my 20x
magnifier it was a rounded pebbly surface that showed no signs
of forging or machining ?
Link Posted: 12/30/2004 6:05:54 PM EDT
Well I guess the .45acp is a pretty low pressure round.  I suppose cast would work.  
Link Posted: 1/8/2005 3:40:57 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/8/2005 3:47:25 PM EDT by SGB]
Link Posted: 1/9/2005 5:32:29 AM EDT
Link Posted: 1/9/2005 5:38:11 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Hawkeye:

Kimber barrels are NOT cast.





I really can't imagine ANY barrel being cast.  Is there such a beast?
Link Posted: 1/9/2005 5:55:12 AM EDT
Cast barrels?  How in the hell do these rumors get started?

chrome1 - I hope Kimber takes care of this, keep us posted.
Link Posted: 1/9/2005 12:43:08 PM EDT
That just sucks.  Period.



Dane Burns.....ugh.
Link Posted: 1/9/2005 7:43:13 PM EDT
I don't know what to tell ya; every Kimber I've ever shot, handled or owned had awesome barrels.  

But you take some mighty fine pics.  Any secrets?
Link Posted: 1/11/2005 4:06:19 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/11/2005 4:12:03 PM EDT by chrome1]
                                          Conclusion

OK , here are the after shots .
Kimber replaced the barrel and did some trigger
work according to the repair order  . No Charge .

They also did some extensive shooting with it , judging
by how dirty it was when I  got it back .

I'm happy with the results , even if it did take longer then
I wanted , but in their favor , it was the week between Christmas
and New Years in the time frame , and I'm not the most patient person

Link Posted: 1/11/2005 4:10:37 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/11/2005 4:10:38 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Ghost-Shooter:

But you take some mighty fine pics.  Any secrets?



It's all about the lighting , and Macro lenses  
Link Posted: 1/11/2005 4:55:22 PM EDT
Great news!  
Link Posted: 1/11/2005 5:07:32 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/11/2005 8:27:49 PM EDT
That buffed right out!
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