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RIFLES

By Adam Heggenstaller,
Executive Editor

K

imber's hunting rifles carry certain panache, owing to their
controlled-round-feed bolts,
well-balanced combinations of
action and barrel contour, and graceful
lines highlighted by either high-grade
walnut or high-tech carbon-fiber composite. Yes, they're lookers, but they're
also shooters that come with an accuracy
guarantee. Just how important is upscale
appearance to hunters in the market for
a Kimber? The company will find out by
way of the new Model 84M Hunter, the
first Kimber rifle to wear an injectionmolded stock, with a suggested retail
price that's $400 less than any other bolt
gun in the manufacturer's line.
Here is a case where inexpensive
(that is, compared to the rest of Kimber's rifles) doesn't mean cheap. A current trend in hunting rifles has put some
makers in a race to the bottom line, with
companies developing new actions that
are designed for faster manufacturing
and assembly to lower the cost of production. Kimber doesn't go that route
with the Hunter, instead building the rifle
on the same action the company uses for
all its 84M variants. There is the same
two-lug bolt featuring a full-length claw
extractor, the same wing-style threeposition safety and the same recoil lug
washer positioned between the rear of
the barrel and the front of the receiver.
In addition, the Hunter's barrel is like
those found on the rest of the Kimber
rifle family, having a match-grade chamber. To top it off, the barreled action is
stainless steel, another feature not normally found on budget guns.
That leaves the stock, which is
where Kimber saves on production
costs. Polymer isn't as pricey as
grade-A French walnut or carbon
fiber, but the company still puts
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substantial emphasis on both the quality and the function of the Hunter stock.
It is the most well-designed polymer
stock on any so-called entry-level rifle
I've tested, but I admit to being partial
to Kimber's signature high comb and
open grip. The Hunter has both, and it
handles much like the company's Montana and Mountain Ascent rifles because
of these features.
The Hunter stock is downright rigid,
thanks to the honeycomb grid molded
into its fore-end and several integral
cross-members in the receiver area
that add strength. Rifle product engineer George Hawthorn developed the
honeycomb design, noting the pattern "improves the stock's strength-toweight ratio and adds rigidity under
torsional loading while not diminishing
the rigidity in the major axial direction
under load." In other words, the fore-end
resists twisting when pressure is applied
to a bipod and counters flexing under
recoil. Kimber says the Hunter stock is
on par with the Montana's carbon-fiber
version in terms of stiffness.
Aluminum pillars support the action
and permit the barrel to remain free-floating. The robust trigger guard is integral to
the stock. Finally, the panels of moldedin stippling on the pistol grip and foreend provide enough friction in hand to
aid purchase without being gaudy. The
Hunter stock is about as stylishly understated as polymer stocks come.
The Hunter includes another first for
Kimber centerfire sporters: a detachable
box magazine. It holds three rounds and
rides flush with the belly of the stock.
The body and feed lips are steel, while
the base is polymer. A large, springloaded latch mates with a recess in the
stock, and there are no annoying hangups between the two when rocking the
magazine into place. Hawthorn worked
on the magazine's center-feed design,
too, adjusting the feed lips so that they

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Photos: Forrest MacCormack

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