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Old 07-25-2014, 20:03   #1
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New To Me - Kimber Target II 10mm

I bought a very slightly used Kimber Stainless Target II 10mm pistol off of Gunbroker for a good price last week. Looks like the previous owner shot a few boxes of ammo through it and traded it. No wear or idiot marks. Made in May 2013.

I took it to the range this morning and shot 90 total rounds of Remington UMC factory ammo and Power Pistol handloads through it. Fed it all 100% with no jams (FMJ, JHP). Only hiccup was the slide failed to lock back after the last round - once. May have been my thumb interfering with the slide release lever.

Accuracy is excellent. The recoil seems a little more sharp and severe than my G20SF probably due to its all steel construction. The trigger pull is nice enough. The pistol ejects cases quite a distance.

I've heard lots of bad things about Kimber pistols but the Target II 10mm seems to be an exception. I couldn't be happier with its aesthetics, performance and quality so far.
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Old 07-25-2014, 21:13   #2
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Glad to see someone else happy with their Kimber 10mm. I've been really happy with the Custom Eclipse.
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Old 07-25-2014, 21:25   #3
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I shoot my Kimber ST II more than my G20/29's. I load up 175gr LSWC's at 1000fps and drill the center out of a bull 25yds away, all morning long.

The only bullet profile I had problems with were PD 180gr FMJ/FP. The barrel came back far enough that the feed ramp overlapped the frame magazine well and the flat point would hang up on the bottom edge of the feed ramp, jamming feed. I took a tiny bit off the very bottom of the ramp and everything has been jake since.

I also had an issue with the feed lips on the Kimber magazine. The bullet was allowed to slide over far enough to catch the slide lock occasionally. My Wilson and Tripp mags worked fine, so I left the magazine alone. I could have taken a skosh off the inside bevel of the slide lock to solve the issue as well.

All in all, a great value.
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Welcome!

I loved my Kimber STII ... it was a nice shooter. Enjoy!
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Old 07-27-2014, 15:44   #6
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Enjoy it! I love my Kimber Eclipse in 10mm although right now it's got a .40S&W barrel in it. Had an IDPA match this morning and will move it back to real when I clean it later. Only thing you might want to do is go to a stronger recoil spring. It will still throw brass like crazy, but that will vary on what you're shooting. I usually got for something full powerish and use a 22-23lb recoil spring.
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I'm in the market for a ST-II in 10mm as well... A local LGS has a good price on an Eclipse, and I'm 1/2 tempted, but I'd rather the ST-II

Question... With the 2013 date, is the barrel stainless steel or just steel?

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My May 2013 Kimber barrel seems to be stainless like the rest of the pistol.

I would go for the Eclipse unless you want adjustable flat black target sights.
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The reason I think the STII is a better choice than the Eclipse is the wide range of loads you can run in 10mm. Adjustable sights make the "where to hold?" decision moot.
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My Kimber Ultra .45acp is an Eclipse model, but I'd rather the appearance of the ST-II. I might go back and "look" at the Eclipse at the LGS though, it's been in the case for a few years!

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I can see where the adjustable sights could be an advantage with the various 10mm loads available.

I am having to get used to the all black target sights. I think I would like a white dot or stripe or fiber optic dot on the front sight.

I do like its looks. I am very pleased with it so far.


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I can see where the adjustable sights could be an advantage with the various 10mm loads available.

I am having to get used to the all black target sights. I think I would like a white dot or stripe or fiber optic dot on the front sight.

I do like its looks. I am very pleased with it so far.


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I think it may be a what you are used to thing, at least to some degree.

As I age and my better than 20/20 vision has deteriorated, fiber optic front sights look better and better to me. Another favorite front for me is the target circle Trijcon.
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