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Old 10-30-2006, 12:51 PM
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I am thinking about purchasing a Kimber 8400 in .300 Win Mag, can anyone who owns one give me a little insight into how good these rifles are and what kinda success you've had with them?
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Old 10-30-2006, 07:49 PM
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I have it's little brother. The Longmaster Classic in 223. Unless you are stepping up to a Cooper(which I consider semi-custom), the Kimber is the finest production rifle you can buy, bar none. I also own a few Oregon rifles, they are also very fine, I believe they are slightly better(strictly cosmetic). Tom.
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Old 10-30-2006, 07:54 PM
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Thanks, HEAD, I had always heard the quality of Kimber rifles was excellent, and now I've finally heard some actual testimony. I will get one after the first of the year.
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Old 10-31-2006, 09:03 AM
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I don't own a Kimber but I've handled many and shot a few. In the handling area the fit and finishe is excellent. Of the ones I've fired the 7MM-08 was pleasant and the 300 WSM was not! Take a look at the weight of the rifle and you will see that the recoil will be harsh out of the 300 Win. Mag. I shoot a 338 Win. Mag. as an elk rifle but my primary rifle for deer and hogs is a 257 Roberts. As long as you can handle the recoil buy the Kimber in 300 WM, but do spend a little time thinking about the recoil from every shot.
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Old 10-31-2006, 09:23 AM
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I agree with Superpig about the recoil issue. However I feel recoil is an issue with any rifle, and obviously the lighter the rifle, the more the felt recoil. There are other factors that come into play with recoil.

Stock design is one, and I personally think Kimber has a superior design. On my 223, I can see impacts, on other 223'sI can not. If some one does not believe stock design has anyting to do with it, then go shoota Savage 110E-you will come away with another perspective. I know Savages are very accurate, I am only speaking of the recoil.

Load design and powder burn also have a dog in the hunt. As do different cartridges. I personally believe the 300 WSM has less felt recoil than the 300 WM. I have shot the WSM in the Kimber, but not the WM. My comment comes from prior experience with other rifles. Speak to one of the designers of the WSM, they will tell you that one of their goals was to lower felt recoil, while maintaining WM performance.

If I were Mr. 45-70 I would go with the WSM and not the WM. However the reason would not be recoil. I would buy it because it is lighter. And also his name tells me he is accustom to recoil(45-70). In my opinion the 45-70 is one of the finest cartridges there is. Tom.
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Old 10-31-2006, 02:15 PM
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I have one.
They make a very good rifle.
Harvested a deer with it.
Go ahead and buy it.


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Old 11-01-2006, 05:29 PM
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My cousin owns a high volume gun shop in my area and sells thousands of guns each year. I am interested in Kimber and asked him about them and he flatly told me they make the closest thing to a custom gun on the market. He said they are light years ahead of any of the other high end factory gunsthat are attwice the price. I plan to get the stainless/ composit one in 300 win mag or if I am brave a 338 win mag.
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Old 11-01-2006, 05:30 PM
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Go with the .300 Win Mag
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Old 11-01-2006, 05:59 PM
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It will be an elk gun and either one would be an improvement over what I used this year. Seeing how the Montana is only 6 pounds 13 Oz the .300 might be better from a recoil point. I plan to shoot both if I can find someone with a gun to try. My 06 is only a 6 pounder with a 22" thin barrel and I was using the hopped up Federal 2880 Ft per second 180 gr load so it kicks pretty well.
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Old 11-02-2006, 10:30 AM
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The Kimber's I've seen and shot all were very nice. I have an 84M in .308. It's a dandy. I'd say buy it!
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