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#3062167 - 12/03/12 09:23 PM Kimber Rifles????
cleatus2506
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Has anyone here had any experience with Kimber rifles? I have a Kimber 1911 and absolutely love it, but I'm now looking at a lightweight Kimber rifle. I believe the model is called a Montana? What do yall know about these rifles good or bad and what should a used rifle go for price wise? Thanks!
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#3062175 - 12/03/12 09:26 PM Re: Kimber Rifles???? [Re: cleatus2506]
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#3062272 - 12/03/12 10:23 PM Re: Kimber Rifles???? [Re: Deer Assassin]
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I have 2

Kimber 8400 Classic 270 WSM
Kimber 84M Montana 308


Both shoot 1/2-3/4" groups with handloads, both feel great, both function great. The Classic looks great, the Montana is the lightest bolt gun you can get without spending big $.
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#3062376 - 12/04/12 04:51 AM Re: Kimber Rifles???? [Re: Kimberman]
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From the research I have done, if you want a lightweight rifle it is a great buy. There are a lot of accuracy issues, but it seems like most of those cases were a few years ago. Most of the newer ones shoot great.
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#3062473 - 12/04/12 06:47 AM Re: Kimber Rifles???? [Re: Travis13]
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I have a 300 wsm Montana. Great rifle that shoots lights out.
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#3062512 - 12/04/12 07:36 AM Re: Kimber Rifles???? [Re: UPSman]
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Got one, looking for another.
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#3062552 - 12/04/12 08:07 AM Re: Kimber Rifles???? [Re: trap55555]
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How is the recoil on the 300 WSM?
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#3063484 - 12/04/12 04:48 PM Re: Kimber Rifles???? [Re: Travis13]
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For a 7lb 300, it's very easy due to the stock design of the rifle. It doesn't rattle your teeth or cross your eyes.
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#3063618 - 12/04/12 06:21 PM Re: Kimber Rifles???? [Re: UPSman]
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Well I bit the bullet and bought it today! I got a Montana, stainless in .308 with a Bushnell Elite 4X10. I've got somewhere around the $750 range in the rig, so how'd I do? Also, anybody got any pet loads for this rifle to give me a place to start figuring out what she is gonna like? Thanks for the input!
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#3063623 - 12/04/12 06:25 PM Re: Kimber Rifles???? [Re: cleatus2506]
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You stole the rifle at that price.
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#3063649 - 12/04/12 06:37 PM Re: Kimber Rifles???? [Re: Model70Man]
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Well that figure is including what I had in a gun that I traded in toward the rifle (I got a good deal on that gun too)!
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#3063798 - 12/04/12 07:50 PM Re: Kimber Rifles???? [Re: cleatus2506]
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 Originally Posted By: cleatus2506
Also, anybody got any pet loads for this rifle to give me a place to start figuring out what she is gonna like? Thanks for the input!



Mine loves 45.5 gr of RL15
165 gr Accubond
CCI 200
2.80 COL
2750 FPS


I don't think the Accubond is necessary at that velocity, but it shoots well out of my rifle. If I had 165 gr Ballistic Tips on hand, that would be a good bullet to start with. I never found a great load with a 150 gr bullet, but to be fair I like the 165 gr better, and my gun likes them, so we are both happy.
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#3063868 - 12/04/12 08:16 PM Re: Kimber Rifles???? [Re: Kimberman]
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Thanks very much, that is exactly the info I needed!!!
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#3064696 - 12/05/12 12:51 PM Re: Kimber Rifles???? [Re: cleatus2506]
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My Kimber 84M Classic Select in .308 does about 1.25" at 100 yards with most anything you feed it. However, an excellent load I worked up for this season is:

150 grain Sierra Pro-Hunter (flat based soft point)
43.2 grains of IMR3031
Winchester brass
Federal Match Primers (the cups are softer and detonate more easily. I had trouble with Winchester primers not going off 1/5 of the time due to the Kimber's light striker spring.)

The Kimbers are so light that they can be very finicky to shoot. Mine groups best with the front rest directly under the action where the barrel screws in. Here are some results.

Four shot group



Three shot group



Bullet I recovered from the deer I shot at about 50 yards last week. It was a bang-flop.




Another good load in my gun is 165 grain Sierra Gameking with 43.0 grains of IMR4320. Groups pretty well.

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