I came across a thread on owner satisfaction with Kimbers with many, many respondents on www.24hourcampfire
The overall flavor of it was something like 30-50 percent were happy with guns that shot 1.5 inches or less and functioned reliable. The rest were very, very unhappy with unreliable function, poor accuracy, and terrible customer service.
I would really love one in .243 for the wife and son, but with my luck I'd get a lemon and would kick myself for not heeding all the poor reports. I actually had a 7mm/08 almost out the door and thought better of it given the dealer had just told me Coopers were "junk" so I thought buying this rifle from him would potentially be a nightmare.
Apparently, sending one back to Yonkers is a waste of time and money. There is an outfit called Hill Country Rifles that does a good business in making them shoot the way they should---for a price that makes you wish you went ahead and bought a Cooper.
For what you want it for, the .280 A.I is now available in a repeater action and quality synthetic stock and Nosler has a factory loaded 140 grain Accubond doing 3150 fps. There is a 1/2 inch guarantee with the rifle. I would also look at the Sako 85 synthetic is you are wanting a factory shooter. You can get a pretty wood stock for both as well for when you come down from the mountains.
To make this even more of a no brainer, Leupold has custom shop Vari-X III 3-10 x 40 with the B and C reticle calibrated exactly to the Nosler load that just got SAMII approval