I have a Kimber Classic, that I've had for about a year now. The only negative is that I thought it should have had a better wood to metal fit around the trigger guard and rear of the receiver. The pluses are; It shoots geat, no malfunctions of any kind, beautiful wood and nice finish to the metal. I have it topped with a Nikon Monarch 4-12x40. Nice combination. I wish I had an Anschutz or Cooper to compare it to.
Dogshooter, congratulations on your shoot. My Kimber is one of the new ones with the model 70 style safety. I have heard pro and con regarding the new model vrs the old. I don't know which one is better, because I only own the one and have never shot the other. I would not mind having the older model. It is my understanding, the predecessor had integral scope mounts (grooved receiver). Am I wrong ?. The reviews I have read regarding the new model have all been favorable, albeit possibly biased. If you have the older model, what do you feel are the nuts and bolts between the two.
This is actually the second Kimber I have owned. My hunting buddy talked me out of the first one and it took me a year to replace it. The first one was a Klackamas version too and it had a grooved receiver. The rings were made by Warne. It was a nice looking setup. The One I have now is one of their later models from Klackamas and it is drilled and tapped. I have Leupold bases and rings on it. The Warne rings did look better. Haven't seen one of the new ones yet.
I was about to buy the new Kimber w/matte finish and beautiful figured Walnut stock. I am hard on stocks, scratching/dinging so I bought the Anschutz 1416-D Classic. A 64 action with a stained hardwood (Beech) stock. It is topped w/Bushnell Elite 3200 4-12-40 AO. It is a tackdriver. My wife has a 1450 w/iron sights and at 50yds it holds 7/8"-1 1/2" depending on the ammo. I paid $400.00 for the Anschutz 1416, the Kimber $589.00. The Kimber dealer believes my rifle has a slightly better trigger than the Kimber.
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I have been trying to work up a Kimber 22/HS (Hunter Silhouette)/Zeiss 4x9, for about six months now. My aim is to shoot with our local club. Do any of you know what one does to return one of these riffles? I have heard many stories about ,and have paid for, high quality with this firearm. It's a dud! I can shoot circles around it with an old lever action Marlin with a weaver 4x. I've tried every kind of amo available, shot it from a bench vise, remounted the scope (twice). There is no way around it. This gun can not shoot it's way out of a wet paper bag.
Blazer, Sorry to hear about your trouble.You might want to contact Kimber through their website. Don't have it at hand but it should be easy to find. That would be a bummer after what those things cost. Good luck.
Blazer, knew a guy who had the same problem. He sent it back to Kimber and they took care of it. He said they lapped the barrel. Shot better when returned. I looked into Kimbers several years ago, but never bought one due to the inconsistancies and mixed reviews. I now have a Sako, Anschutz, and 3 CZs and am very pleased with all of them. The Kimbers are cosmeticly very nice, but the true beauty of a quality rifle should be seen on the target!
I bought a Kimber HS last year for metallic silhouette.
It was made in Yonkers. I put a Leupold 6 1/2 x 20 taget scope on it.
I had to send it back because it would not eject reliably, just dribbled the empties back into the action. Had to shake the thing upside down everytime. After the factory worked on it, it ejects about 90% of the time, but only if I pull the bolt back hard and fast.
But now there's a new problem. It feeds really hard. I find a lot of lead shavings in the action now.
And then there's the first shot, cold barrel flyer problem. First two shots go left and a little high. It drove me nuts, tried different ammo (ended up with Eley Black Box), tried clean vs dirty, JB Bore Cleaning compound, checked the scope adjustments. I asked my fellow silhouette shooters with Kimbers and THREE of them told me to fire lap the barrel. Nothing else will work. I got a .22 kit from Midland. Still not great, but it helped a lot.
Bottom line = Over-priced and not reliable. Building .22 bolt guns isn't rocket science. Other companies have been making accurate and reliable rifles for 100 years now. Why can't Kimber figure it out?
I have 2 Kimber Model 82 Government Target rifles that were purchased through the CMP at Camp Perry. Both rifles are extremely accurate and perform flawlessly. One is setup with the factory target sights and the other has a Tasco 10-40x50 target scope mounted on it. Scoped rifle will shoot groups at 50 yds. that can be covered with a dime. Other one will shoot as good if I do my part. I use Wolf Match Extra in both guns. I have not had the opportunity to try a CZ or Anschutz so I guess I am kinda biased, although, from talking to other people and reading different posts, all of these rifles seem to be good guns. Just my 2 cents worth.
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