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Kimber vs Browning 270 WSM

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The Wife gave me the ok to get a new Rifle/scope. It will be a 270 WSM in either the Browning A-Bolt Stainless Stalker or the Kimber 8400 Montana. I have the A-Bolt in 308 and 300 wsm and they are both sub MOA rifles and I figure the 270WSM will be too but I really like the look and fit of the Kimber (and I don't have one) Will the Kimber live up to the Brownings?

The only Kimber on the shelf I can find has a poor barrel to stock fit as the barrel is tight to the right side of the wood stock and large gap on left side. How are the Kimber triggers? I also looked at the Tikas but they do not fit me at all and all of the Winchesters I have looked at lately just have a lot of machine marks as if they slap them together and forget the finishing work.
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I don't know about Kimbers or A bolts, but I really like the 270WSM. I have the cheap Wally World Winchester Super Shadow and it's a great rifle, 3/4" groups first time I shot it. Got a nice 6 point at 351 yards last fall. Dropped instantly!
I am pondering a very similar question between the Kimber 84M and the A-Bolt II rifles. I was in gander mountain the other day and they had both rifles, along with winchester, remington, ruger, tikka, even benelli rifles - very impressive selection. The big plus there was that the rifles were displayed on the wall, where you could take them down and work the actions, shoulder the rifle, etc. The Kimber was very light, but I also noticed the barrel was not centered in the channel, but other than that it appeared to be very nice - $899.00. I also got out the A Bolt - very light, not as light as the Kimber - fit was excellent everywhere, bolt was smooth - $549.00. The salesman was not busy and actually took the time to help me shop - the competition - Cabelas - is 20 miles down the road. He stated flat out that if I spent more than $549.00 on a rifle, it was overkill, since the A Bolts were as good, if not better, than anything else they had to sell. He highly recommended them. He also stated that the Kimbers were excellent as well, but for the money, the Brownings were the way to go. I've been shopping Brownings around my area, and on the internet, but I'll probably go back to that store and make my purchase, since I was treated so well.
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Kimber 8400

I own a Kimber 8400 in 270 WSM <3/4" with factory ammo, controlled round feeding, and 3 position safety. My rife has great wood to metal fit and finish. I love it. It's easy to handload for also.

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