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Kimber 8400 in WSM

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Unread 02-02-2005, 12:01 AM
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Re: Kimber 8400 in WSM

The two brakes that don't seem to be excessive are the Vais & Gentry. They have their ports slanted forward, so the noise & gases go that way. Any brake will raise noise level, but I don't find it excessive without muffs. Just don't stand next to any brake. Unlike a shotgun brake, gases don't go as much sideways. Alternative if you want to help recovery, but don't mind the recoil is to use MagNaPort. Helps muzzle rise a lot without adding length or much noise. This is what I personally use since recoil
is not a factor as much as a fast second shot recovery.
I've seen several Montanas that will shot in the 3/4 inch area. Hard to shoot much better than that with the thin factory barrel.
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Unread 02-02-2005, 06:50 AM
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Re: Kimber 8400 in WSM

It is relatively simple and cheap to have the smith installing the brake make a knurled cap to place over the threads and take the brake off for hunting.

You can load develop and practice with a brake. Just reconfirm zero and use without for hunting.

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Unread 02-11-2005, 02:09 PM
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Re: Kimber 8400 in WSM

I have been thinking one of these Kimber's with a scaled down action and a stock designed by Melvin Forbes would be a real nice rifle. I would use it for general purpose deer and yotes and maybe trip out West. I was thinking of .270 or 7mm, but have not ruled out the big .30 The thing is I have seen several magazine reports on this rifle and accuracy was around 1.5" at 1oo yards and that does not do much for me. Has anybody got one to shoot out of the box? What more could be done to tighten one up to shoot closer to 1/2" ? Is it the rifle and barrel? I'm curious about other's impressions. Thanks in advance. Oh and what caliber?

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My best buddy just got one in 270 WSM. Shoots under 1/2" with his handloads featuring both the 130 BT and 140 Accubond. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
"Weatherby was too long so I nicknamed it "Bee""
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Unread 02-12-2005, 06:35 AM
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Re: Kimber 8400 in WSM

Huntem ,
Might like to try 66.7 gns of WXR (same as RL 22) or the same of H4831SC behind those 140 Nosler Ballistic Tips . WXR load is mild and good for about 3150 FPS , H4831SC about 3190 and close to maximum in my rifle . My model 70 Featherweight puts 5 into about 1.1 inches with the above loads. (Win cases and WLRM primers) . Bear in mind that 5 shot groups usually average almost double the size of the 3 shotters that most people like to quote when bragging about their latest piece [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img]
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Unread 02-12-2005, 06:45 AM
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Re: Kimber 8400 in WSM

Dimecovers3 ,
If you don't like recoil of the .300 or the noise of a brake then just get the .270 or 7mm .
You said yourself that they would cover 99% of what you want to do . There is no perfect rifle for every situation . Why put up with the recoil and noise on 100% of your shots for the sake of the 1% shot that you may never take ? How many 500 yard shots do you make on Elk ?
Otherwise get yourself some foam earplugs to wear when hunting with your braked .300 . [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
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