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    Kimbers. Hit or miss?

    So I have always been interested in them, but have heard from a lot of people that if you get a good one they are great, but you can just as easily get a lemon. I am after one in 270 win, then suppressing it. Worth the risk? or should I just get a tikka super light and be guaranteed good accuracy?

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    I had a Kimber montana 260 and it was crap accuracy wise , I recently got a montana 243 and its a good shooter 15 mm groups with federal fusion ammo . I like the concept of the Kimbers but if you really want the chance of getting an accurate off the shelf rifle go for a tikka.

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    I had a provarmint 22-250 , with a tailored hand load it could hold it's own against anything I've ever shot.
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    Just buy new then your covered under the consumer guarantees act

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    Would Consumers guarantee accuracy? Kimbers don't come with a guarantee so would be hard to argue wouldnt it?

    I like the idea of them too. Well bedded, strong stocks and light weight. But if its not accurate whats the point in buying it.
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    I always wonder many of the 'inaccurate Kimber' stories are really just bad shooting technique being exposed by lightweight rifles.

    Never tried one myself but I like the idea of them, and they are very pretty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mcche171 View Post
    So I have always been interested in them, but have heard from a lot of people that if you get a good one they are great, but you can just as easily get a lemon. I am after one in 270 win, then suppressing it. Worth the risk? or should I just get a tikka super light and be guaranteed good accuracy?
    Theres a kimber 270 been sitting on the shelf in taihape sports for about 3 years and down to $1900 i think.
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    Thanks mate, much appreciated. Especially timely as I could have sworn the montana was at $2,200 last time i checked at hunt fish, now they are up at $2,500!

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    And Ben, I can definitely see the merit in your shooting technique statement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcche171 View Post
    Would Consumers guarantee accuracy? Kimbers don't come with a guarantee so would be hard to argue wouldnt it?

    I like the idea of them too. Well bedded, strong stocks and light weight. But if its not accurate whats the point in buying it.
    There is a clause it has to be fit for purpose. The purpose of a gun is to be accurate. The excat level of accuracy required will be the hardest part.

    Easy to cover yourself by simply emailing the importers and ask them what accuracy should you expect as they offer no factory guarantee.
    That way ot sets a benchmark.
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    I had a long action Kimber. Was a safe shooter but nothing super accurate. Nice and light and a good rifle to handle. Better stock than the Tikka.
    I did a lot of research on the Kimber and there are quick fixes if it doesn't shoot. Basically the receiver touching the stock and possibly rocking to an extent, the first thing to check. There is something to this Shooting technique stuff though. Some days the same load would go 1.5MOA and the next 1/2.
    I like them; would I buy another tomorrow?
    Nope... Definitely not in a 270.


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    I have a highly modified custom Montana in .260, MPI stock, rebore from .243 to .260, etc, its plenty accurate, about an 3/4-1" at 100m, but is hard to consistently shoot well, and boots like a mule, but its only 5lbs all up.

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    New ones come with Sub MOA guarantees

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    Does the stock fit you?

    I find the kimbers great to shoot in the bush, but hard to get behind when shooting prone.

    So, my 2c if you are bush hunting they are perfect.
    If you sit and wait and watch clearings at 200m+ then get something else.

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    That's exactly what I do. River beds and clearings in south Canterbury.

    QUOTE=Freezer;386682]Does the stock fit you?

    I find the kimbers great to shoot in the bush, but hard to get behind when shooting prone.

    So, my 2c if you are bush hunting they are perfect.
    If you sit and wait and watch clearings at 200m+ then get something else.[/QUOTE]

 

 

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