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  1. I've had similar problems chrono'ng plated bullets, too shiny.
  2. You have to remember, these kits are made to go on a 1911 frame, that most likely fired 45acp. You still have the original hammer spring in the frame, that could be anywhere from 15lb-23lb in weight. That diminutive little 22LR has to overcome the inertia of pushing that hammer back on recoil. That is why most only function reliably with HV 22's. Now a dedicated 22 pistol will be much different, with a much lighter hammer spring. So cheap, standard velocity, and bulk ammo will most likely work in those guns. And btw, that Kimber conversion kit is highly accurate with CCI minimags. I can easily hit small 3"-4" plates at 25 yds. And have won several 22 action pistol matches with it.
  3. I have the same results as you with the Federal bulk pack. I get more problems, the warmer the gun gets. But CCI minimags are flawless in it. Thousands of rounds through it, and never had a failure with the minimags.
  4. Don't blame Ibejiheads, they usually secure the outside box wrapped in plastic wrapped. Blame the USPS. These heavy boxes are usuallu left lying on the floor within the PO because of their weight. And when they try to pick one up, they usually drop it, breaking the box. I know, I worked for the PO. And I always had mine delivered to the PO where I worked. And many times they were broken open, and loose bullet heads rolling all over the floor of the PO.
  5. You're using a 6lb recoil spring, and your empties are barely ejecting? I can see why they would fail to feed, or go into battery, with such a light spring. But they should be ejecting no matter how light your powder charge. My minor .40 load is 3gr titegroup, over a 180 gr bullet at 735 fps. I'm using a 10lb recoil spring, and have no problem ejecting or feeding. So I don't think the problem is your load or recoil spring. What I'm thinking now is that your extractor is too tight. At the reduced load, theres not enough force to let the extractor release the fired brass cleanly. And with the extractor too tight, and with 6lb recoil spring, there's not enough force to let the cartridge rim easily slide under the extractor when feeding a new round. When shooting your major loads, and a heavier recoil spring, there's enough force both ways to overcome a tight extractor. But not with the lighter load and recoil spring. Check the tension on your extractor first.
  6. What weight spring are you using, you didn't say? But it does appear the slide is not traveling back enough to fully eject the empties.
  7. If the spring was that light, you'd feel a significant decrease in the pull weight of the trigger. Remember, hammer spring pressure, pushing on the sear spring, adds significant pressure on the trigger pull weight. I once had the stock hammer spring in a Kimber(23lbs) eventually wear out where it had less pressure than my lightest hammer spring on hand(15lbs). I knew something was wrong when my trigger was almost like a hair trigger with about 1 1/2 lb pull weight, compared to about 4.5-5lb. Start with substituting the firing pin like you said. Also make sure the firing pin channel is free of oil and carbon buildup. And make sure the firing pin hole doesn't have any deformations.
  8. You need either a wider safety that will allow your thumb to rest further out from the slide, or the thumb shield safety as shown. I have had band-aids on my thumb at times for cuts, and it eventually gets chewed up by the serrations of the Trojan's slide. So I dont know how the sports tape would fair.
  9. Only speaking of the 1911, a 14lb spring is what most use in their 45's when shooting light loads. And change the hammer spring to 17lbs. Kimbers, at least mine from a few years back, use a 23lb hammer spring. You won't damage the gun if you only use target loads with this combo. You can also add a slide racker to the slide, which will really help.
  10. A 14lb hammer spring is a little light. I never heard of anyone going lower than 17lb. Why such a light hammer spring? That may be your problem. Go heavier.
  11. Unfortunately they got hammered by covid restrictions(reduced staff and hours), and now the unprecedented demand for any reloading supplies. Lately their response to emails has been 1-2 weeks. I doubt they are out of business. They were sponsors in many of the Area matches. Alex, the owner, is a very responsible person, and I've shot several local matches with him. But the last time I emailed him, he did say they were getting slammed.
  12. Check your feed lip dimensions first? The feed lips may be too wide. And if changing the follower, go with a Dawson or MBX competition follower. The factory STI followers are no better.
  13. Being it's not supposed to lock back, by modifying the slide stop, by narrowing as you noted. But the stock followers on the STI mags are designed to lock back, so sometimes they lock back with modified slide stops, and sometimes they don't. Change the followers to the MBX competion followers. They're designed not to slide lock, and you'll gain capacity. https://dawsonprecision.com/mbx-stealth-competion-follower-for-9mm-38-sti-style-magazines/
  14. Ibejiheads has a 130gr RN BB bulllet that can be ordered in .355". I don't think the extra 5 gr weight will make much of a difference. https://www.ibejiheads.com/product_info.php?cPath=1&products_id=29&osCsid=77d5218b268e011f775d9e7417825f83 And they do also have 124/125 gr conical bullets that should clear the chamber. https://www.ibejiheads.com/index.php?cPath=1&osCsid=77d5218b268e011f775d9e7417825f83
  15. I agree. It's the greed and hoarding that's accelerating this shortage. Along with those willing to pay exorbitant prices, keeps the greeders in business.
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