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Last month on a hunt to NZ I broke the stock on my Kimber 8400 Montana.
First of all, I was amazed at how easy it broke and most of all was amazed at the way the Kimber company treated me!
After getting home I called Kimber to see about getting the stock replaced. I talked to a rep from custom shop and started to tell him the story. When I got to the part about slipping, he cut me off and said I don't need to hear anymore of your story, we are not fixing your rifle! Well, he meant for free. He told me it was my fault and that the rifle has an ultra light stock, not made to take any impact from the side. If I would have dropped the rifle from a standing position on to a carpeted floor, the stock would have broke! I asked if I could send the rifle back to them to have it inspected for flaws, but was told it wouldn't matter as I would be paying for a new stock. The price for a stock was to be $355.00 + bedding costs in the custom shop.
I returned to the gun shop were I purchased the rifle, they were amazed that the stock broke like it did and said they would talk to the reps. in Kalispell, MT and get it taken care of for me. Later, I received a call from the shop telling me Kimber would not fix it for free for them, but would replace thestock for $320.00 and no installation cost.
This was my first Kimber rifle and it will be my last. It was very light and a joy to pack, but it took a lot of work to get it to shoot decent. When I get the 8400 back from Kimber, I think I'll trade it for a Sako!

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Location: north Idaho, USA
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I think you should just put a couple of drywall screws in there and wrap it with some duct tape. You know,make it into a takedown rifle for traveling. Dakota gets big money for a rifle like that.
Seriously,
Hey anybody know who makes that stock for Kimber? Maybe going direct to the maker might get you somewhere.....
H.S.Precision, McMillian, Lonewolf or someone like that probably makes these for Kimber. I'm sure somebody on here knows who, these guys know everything.
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Kimber makes their own stocks in Costa Rica but all the major stock companies would have drop in stocks for the Kimber.

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I'll cross Kimber off my list of companies from which to purchase.

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No doubt that really sucks.
So were you able to rig it up to shoot for the rest of the hunt? Did you get any thing?

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Location: Naples Idaho
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I was able to hunt with an old borrowed 308 that my guide had.
I took a goat, stag, and a great chamois. Great time!
Lesson learned, always take a spare rifle.

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I've never seen a Kimber. I would wonder about flaws too. Don't know how thick the wrist is but get a good hardwood dowel about 1 1/2" thick and try to break it. That's as bad as customer service as I ever heard of. How much was that rifle new?

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Kimber claims that their rifles are custom quality with match grade barrels.
My experiance, was that it took several differnt bullets and powders to come up with a load that shot decent. Putting on a sims barrel deresinator also helped.
I think I paid &1200.00 for the rifle 2006. Not really expensive, but costly enough to expect decent customer service.

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I'd be smoking hot.

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$1200 for that? I've never seen a stock break like that before. Gotta wonder what Kimber is thinking. As for the accuracy, some rifles are just picky about what they shoot.

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What gets me is when the Kimber rep told you that the stock is ultra light and not made to withstand side to side impact. Should have asked him if their rifle stocks are made to withstand recoil as well, or should you just go with a better rifle than theirs??? Even the cheapest aftermarket synthetic stocks can take pretty hard abuse and impact. Shame on Kimber for that type of treatment. I would let them know that you will be posting their treatment of you on every hunting and shooting forum. On the brighter side, there are many great quality aftermarket stocks available at every price. Now you can put one on of your chosing.

This is one of the main reasons I have never been a fan of paying for big name expensive rifles. Aslide from my older Winchesters and older Remingtons I prefer to just buy Ruger or Savage rifles. Never had any problems with any of em and they were all plenty affordable too. Each cost me about as much as your stock.

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