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    Kimber 84

    Thinking of ordering a Kimber 84. Will probably be in .270. Does anyone else on here have one (any caliber)? What are your experiences and opinions of the rifle? I get a very substantial discount on Kimber as I work for in the gun department of Cabela's, although we do not have any Kimber rifles (only pistols) for sale.

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    I have had a Model 84 in 7mm-08 for several years. It's scoped with a Zeiss 3x9. I don't have my load data in front of me but I will say that I have tried numerous loads, using many different powders and bullets, seating depths, etc. Most of them shoot poorly. I have a load or two that will group around 1 1/2" to 2" at 100 yards from a solid bench. Most are 4"-5" groups. I have checked the bedding, scope mounts, etc. and have been handloading for 40 years, so I'm not a novice at it.
    In reading some handloader blogs, I'm not the only one to experience this problem.

    Overall, the 84 is a sleek, easy to carry rifle but I can't recommend them based on my experience with it's poor accuracy.

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    I have an 84L Select grade in 30-06, and it consistently shoots factory ammo sub-moa. Currently, I am shooting Barnes Vortx TTSX 180 grns, and if I do my part it can get them in under 3/4 moa.

    AK Aviator might have had a lemon, every gun manufacturer produces them from time to time.

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    Thanks guys. Hoping the issues with accuracy have all been resolved, more or less permanently. A 1200-1400 dollar rifle should be able to shoot at least 1 MOA

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    Best day of my rifle owning life was selling my wife's Kimber 84. What an absolute p.o.s.
    Bullets jammed on the feed shoe relentlessly. Accuracy sucked, 1 1/2 at 100 yards. My junker Rem 700 will shoot 1 minute. My friends Kimber had the same problems. I saw a guy selling an 84 on campfire and mentioning it had been sold a few times, back to the factory and not fixed, re crowned, re bedded, etc, etc. and now it was shooting an inch. yeehaw and they only cost $1200.

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    I only own one factory rifle in it's original config. (early model tang safety M77 Ruger in 25-06). All of the rest have had new stocks, triggers or barrels. Everything I own will shoot MOA or less. I do spend lots of time at the range and talk to lots of shooters there, experienced and inexperienced. From what have learned, if I was in the market for a new rifle today, number one on my list would be the new Savage. Seen lots of them at the range and have never heard any complaints. Savage has done a great job.

    My old Ruger still shoots sub MOA after 40 years of hard hunting. Shot maybe 50 deer and more than that of antelope. Also a few Texas hogs. Never had a bad day with it if I do my part. In 2012, I shot a pretty good buck antelope in Wyoming that ranged at 417 before I made a one shot kill. I also shoot nothing but my own handloads (same for all centerfire I shoot).Every one of my rifles has it's own likes and dislikes as far as ammo goes. Powder, bullet, seating depth and primer selection are different for each rifle.
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    i have an 84 in 270 wsm. horrible accuracy. sent it back to the factory, they test fired it and returned it with the target. I believe the group was 1 3/4" at 50yds. They said that was within their specs. I finally found a load to get inside 2" at 100. Never been so disgusted with a gun or a gun manufacturer. would have been better off with a $400 savage

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    Maybe mine is the oddball then. I love my Kimber, it shoots great.

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    My most recent rifle is a Savage, the rest are Rem700 and Browning A-bolts. The Rem have trigger replacements and the Brownings have been adjusted as low as possible but are stock. I don't find anything to complain about with the A-bolts but the Savage has the best trigger of the lot. All shoot from 1/4 to 3/4 moa and the reason they do is ammo selection, they all have their favorite load. I like the Browning guns, they just feel right to me.
    Purchasing a new gun I would look at CZ. All the CZ owners I talk to love the way they shoot. I guess I would buy a cheaper gun that shoots well and put a really good scope on it. It would not be a Kimber.

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    Interesting thread. I have only heard mumblings over accuracy with Kimbers 1911's. I've had very good shooting weatherby vanguards and tikka t3's. Thats disappointing to hear about the kimbers, nice looking rifles.

 

 

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