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Old 12-22-2010, 10:24 PM
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Re: Kimber Montana

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The Tikka isn't as light but they are a viable option, and the price is a lot less than a Kimber Montana.
Buano,

I think the short action Kimber, the 84 Montana, in 243, 257, 7-08, 308, and 338Fed are lighter than a comparable Tikka (or any other factory rifle for that matter), but if you compare long actions, short mags, or belted mags, the Tikka and Kimbers are about the same weight. I'd rather have a Tikka than a magnum Kimber. I would like to own a 5 lb Kimber, but none of the magnums weigh that much.
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Old 12-22-2010, 10:49 PM
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Re: Kimber Montana

4th_point,

I've had my hands on a few Kimber Montanas & several Tikkas, I even have a T3 in .270 WSM (that's for sale). It may be that some Tikkas are as light as Kimber Montanas in the same chambering. From my limited sampling it seemed the Tikkas were heavier, but not much & the Tikka is still a light rifle.

I would love to see Kimber come out with a long-range version of the Montana, not necessarily a 1,500 yard gun, but one suited to 800 or possibly 1,000 yards. Seems they could do that by simply offering a slightly heavier profile barrel. I've known 2 people who scrapped their original Kimber Montana barrel & went with a heavier (but still sporter-weright) match-grade barrel. Both are now VERY HAPPY with their rifle & both wish the gun would have been offered in that configuration.
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Old 12-25-2010, 09:33 AM
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Re: Kimber Montana

Buano - What profile did they use? Were they able to use the original stock? What kind of accuracy improvement did they get? Merry Christmas!
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Old 12-25-2010, 11:34 AM
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Re: Kimber Montana

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Buano - What profile did they use? Were they able to use the original stock? What kind of accuracy improvement did they get? Merry Christmas!
I believe both used the factory stock but I don't know the rest of the details. I never had my hands on either rifle.
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Old 12-30-2010, 03:07 AM
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Re: Kimber Montana

I've had two of them, a .243 and a 7-08. After a lot of load development I came up with a load for the .243 that shot 58 gr. V-Max's at 3700 fps and 5/8" groups. That rifle was a marmot killing machine. I shot piles of 'hogs beyond 400 and as far as 562 yards with it. The 7-08 wouldn't shoot. 1.5" was the best I could ever get out of it. I got rid of both and bought another Cooper. Can't argue with guaranteed 1/2 MOA, and all three of mine do better than that. I had another Kimber, a beautiful classic select in .300 WSM. That rifle was a shooter. With the first two loads I messed with it shot 3/4". I would guess with a bit more load development it would have been better. I never used it so I sold it. Wish I had that one back. I'm contemplating another Montana in .300 WSM.
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Old 09-02-2013, 05:29 PM
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Re: Kimber Montana

My brother has a Kimber Montana in 25-06 and he said itís very accurate off the bench.

I have a Kimber Montana in 270 WSM and itís schizophrenic because in one range session, I will get ĺ inch 3 shot groups with a load and then the next range session I will get 3 inch groups with the same load.

Iíve rebedded it to try and get consistent accuracy to no avail. Iíve tried different bullet weights, different brands of bullets and different powders. Iíve checked and rechecked the scope bases and rings Ė Iíve switched 3 different scopes of known accuracy and still have a problem with consistency.

Iíve tried tightly holding the rifle as well as allowing it to free recoil Ė same problem.

Iíve had other light weight rifles in magnum calibers and donít feel the light weight barrel is actually the problem because Iíve always been able to get them to shoot consistently Ė and at least 1 Ĺ inch groups. Even though I want better Ė Iíll deal with 1 Ĺ inch in light weight a hunting rifle.

I like the feel of the rifle and the weight but I expect better consistency and accuracy from my rifles. Iíve finally decided to sell it and buy a Tiika T3 Lite in 270 WSM.

I talked to a gunsmith about it and he said the accuracy issue was not uncommon with Kimber and that they use Loktite to glue their barrels into the action. I wonder if the loktite is the issue???

I will not buy another Kimber until theyíve got this thing ironed out.

I'd ask about the Tikka for sale that Buano had but that post was 3 years ago.
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Old 09-03-2013, 08:34 AM
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Re: Kimber Montana

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I'd ask about the Tikka for sale that Buano had but that post was 3 years ago.

Yes, my Tikka sold long ago.
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