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Old 10-26-2006, 06:52 PM
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New member.. Kimber 8400 300WSM accuracy??

I just back into big game hunting and went out and bought a Kimber 8400 300 WSM. It will shoot 1 1/4 in. groups at a 100 yards with all the factory ammo Ive tried so far. After finding this site I decided that 1 1/4 just aint gonna cut it. You guys who are shooting out 800-1000 yards are my hero's. I would love to have the experience and equipment to do that, but for now, Id like to get my kimber to shoot 3/4 in groups with factory ammo. I figure that would be good to about 500 yards at the max. Ive looked into a couple of gunsmiths "accurizing" service. Do you guys have any suggestions on the best way to go about this and who are some of the better gunsmiths I could use? I know that handloading would help, but right now I just don't have time for that. So I figure 3/4 in. with factory ammo would be a good start. Thanks in advance..
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Old 10-27-2006, 04:48 PM
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Re: New member.. Kimber 8400 300WSM accuracy??

Don't take this the wrong way but, how good a shot are you? I have the same rifle and shoot about the same groups you're reporting. Sometimes I'll get the odd 1/2" group but most of the time I'm just not that good. The thing is I know that I am BY FAR the limiting factor in the system. Besides becoming a more proficient marksman handloading can sometimes cut group sizes quite a bit.
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Old 10-28-2006, 01:11 PM
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Re: New member.. Kimber 8400 300WSM accuracy??

I understand what you are saying about the marksmanship thing. But I can shoot better than 1 1/4 in. If I have a gun that will shoot 3/4, then I can shoot 3/4. I have never fired a gun that was down to 1/2 in. So I have no idea if I'm capable of that.. But I know I can shoot around 3/4..
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Old 10-28-2006, 03:46 PM
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Re: New member.. Kimber 8400 300WSM accuracy??

My 8400 would not even shoot that well until I did a lot of work on it. Accuracy of what you speak is average for most guns. There are exceptions but not by brand in my experiance.

Limit yourself to 250 yds. That works for me.
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Old 10-29-2006, 02:45 PM
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Re: New member.. Kimber 8400 300WSM accuracy??

Maybe this came across wrong. I was looking into having some work done to get my gun more accurate before I saw this site, thats how I found it. Now, I really want to get it more accurate. 250 yards isn't far enough. I want to be able to comfortabley shoot out to 400-500 yards and have the confidence in my gun to do that. Any ideas on who the best person is to work on the gun.. And what I should have done to it?
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Old 10-29-2006, 04:06 PM
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Re: New member.. Kimber 8400 300WSM accuracy??

What work did you have done and what was the end result.
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Old 11-01-2006, 08:44 PM
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Re: New member.. Kimber 8400 300WSM accuracy??

gt1900 ,

There are a few gunsmiths here Kirby 'fiftydriver', Shawn
Carlock ,are around here onboard alot.

My advise would be to handload your own ammo..I'm not convinced that factory ammo will cut the mustard at those ranges consistantly.
I started handloading about 3yrs ago and love doing it.Longrange accuracy is something that there are few shortcuts to.
I looked at the Kimber site last night after reading so many people speaking highly of them.The Montana comes pillar bedded/bedded i'm not sure if the 8400 does or not.

I do some basic gun tinkering myself and can tell you a few things to look for.
Check to see if the barrel is free floating -meaning not touching the stock -wrap a fairly heavy piece of paper around the barrel and slide it down between the stock.
If it's touching you need to do a little sanding then refinish the wood.

Adjust your trigger as low as safely possible ,odds are it won't go to low in pull weight for you to not like it.

Those two things plus good barrel cleaning procedure are important.
I won't bother talking about bedding at this point.
When a gun is new shoot and clean alot and 90% of the time the groups will improve ,but over and above anything else handloading will be your best friend.
Feel free to ask and i'll give you a run down on loading items needed + i'll walk you right through the whole process if need be!
PM fiftydriver he's a great guy and gives alot of good advise and i'll bet he will say just about the same things i did.Your kimber is definately capable of 3/4" groups and 500 yd shooting.Best of luck to you -Mike
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