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Tikka or Kimber

Welcome to BGH LSTEW. I almost had a 260 built for my ex but settledon 6.5x55 instead. Might get myself a 260 one of these daysd though.

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ELK-AHOLIC wrote:
I own a few rifles, I got two browning's. A BLR in 325 wsm and the wood is stunning, the bluing is super rich, and the accuracy rivals any production bolt action today. I aslo own a A bolt stainless stalker in 300 win mag, the gun is extremely accurate. The bbl is freefloated, and the action is glass beded all done at the factory. My broter has a Kimber 84m, it's a nice rifle but we cant tell if it's better than my browning stalker. I can easly cover 5 shots with a quarter at 100 yds with my stalker using federal premium ammo. I do own a Kimber 1911, it's a good gun, but not on the same level as my gold cup. As far as kimber pistols go I would probably buy a top shelf springfield 1911 next time. the finish is good on the pistol but the slide has a little "play" in it, and it's acuracy is ok. My sig p220 will shoot better groups all day long.

I agree with Elk-Aholic and the Kimber 1911. I bought my 1911 a few years ago and had nothing but problems with it. After numerous calls to the manufacturer and way too many trips to the Gunsmith, I finally got it to cycle through a box of ammo with out jamming. I own several different handguns and carry a Glock everyday. For the price I paid for the Kimber I could by 3 Glocks that shoot better groups.

As for Kimber rifles I cannot say, but I did purchase a Tikka T3 Lite SS in 30.06 this year on a recommendation from a friend. I have only had it for 7 months and taken two wild boar and a white tail with it. Its probably the most accurate rifle I own and would purchase another one in a heartbeat.

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Thanks! my wife killed her first deer ever with a marlin 336 in 30-30 at 140 yds. two days later she dumped another big doe at 200 yds. I told her she was really stretching that little rifle out and decided to get her something a little more appropriate for the distance, She loves her Kimber! I think we are very fortunate to have run across one that doesnt suffer from the problems ive seen expressed in here. thanks again ,and im glad to be a part of this forum.

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Those Marlin 30-30's are good rifles and should never be counted out, my dad still carries his in field and I swear he could pick the wings off a fly with it. Introduced him to the lever revolution rounds this year and I dont think he'll take his .308 with him again for deer season. Seems like every deer hunter I know has a lever action 30-30 in their safe somewhere.

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Go back 5 or 6 topic pages and read the thread
Kimber Rifles

Not a lot good said about Kimber there. However I don't know the details of what happend in that instance

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I have personal intimate experience(s) with, let's see ..... 11 Kimber Montanas now .... 3 turned out to be consistent shooters - they have all functioned well as to triggers, safeties, stock fit and that sort of thing but the barrels ??  UGHH !!  rougher than a cobb and as inconsistent as I can possible describe - I just completed work up on an 84L Montana in 30.06 and it finally shoots 165 Accubonds into a "hoped for" 3/4", an honest 1" and commensurate with the Nosler manual velocity patterns - for a lightweight that is honestly not too bad - I have just in the last hour returned from my FINAL range session with a Montana 84L 280 AI, I'm done, finished, no more - I've at least 200 rounds through it and not a single 3 shot group that will measure inside 2" AND the barrel is still fouling like a hog leaving a wallow ! to make matter worse, the extractor claw on my 325 WSM Montana (which has 150+ rounds down the pipe) just broke - I love(d) this gun, had a bell & carlson coating applied that looks awesome and really improved the feel, when I called Kimber CS I am told that the stock coating voids the factory warranty on the ENTIRE rifle !!  WELL, THAT about finishes my association with Kimber rifles (I won't give up on the 1911's though !!)  I'm on my way to purchase another Tikka T3 superlite when I'm done here, AWESOME rifles !!

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Welcome to BGH! Eleven of

Welcome to BGH!

Eleven of them and have had problems with eight of them? Why do you keep buying them?

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Don Fischer wrote:

Welcome to BGH!

Eleven of them and have had problems with eight of them? Why do you keep buying them?

I was going to ask the same question but you beat me to it.

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in response to that: 1) eternal optimism (to a point) 2) "I" didn't "buy" all of them, as I stated previously, I am the "go to" for my family and circle of friends - But what does that matter ?? Unless you are calling me a prevaricator it is just an opportunity for an objective answer to a question (or questions)  My first Kimber was a 325 WSM Montana because my son and his best friend had just purchased 2 NIB when some of the original Sportsman's Warehouse stores were bought out, I did that due to the idea of all of us sharing the same chambering but it didn't work out because none of the 3 shot anything remotely close to "shareable" loads - Next I bought a 308 Montana because it was so darn light in weight it HAD to be good and to be honest, it shot 165 TSX's into the legendary "4 into 1 hole" but at an abysmal velocity and nothing else came close AND after 2 trips back to Kimber it FINALLY fed from the magazine well ! I purchased another one pre-owned because it was a screamin' good deal and was "KimPro coated" and it did shoot overal better than the first but not to "my" satisfaction - then a good buddy bought 2 of the same, one for him and one for his son, for their "bug out packs" and the only bullets they shot well and in unison was 125 ballistic tips AFTER being moly-coated (but that was OK due to the rifles' intended uses) A couple of friends Classic models in 270 WSM (that were "OK" shooters) then I got re-bitten by that dang "lightweight bug" so I sprung for an 84L Montana in '06 which I will admit I should not have sold (it is not a lightweight 338-06 rebore that drives tacks) and then an 84L in 280 Ackley Improved that turned out to be, hands down, the most frustrating rifle I have EVER had in my hands (sold last month) I just last Thursday drove 165 mi each way to acquire a Tikka T3 superlite in 7mm Rem Mag and the 3rd load produced 1/2" groups at Nosler manual published velocity (and it matches my superlite 300 Win Mag which shoots 200 Accubonds at 2900 into 3/4" clusters) so ...... I'm good

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whether one will outlast the other is 99.999% up to the owner/user - I do think the quality of the SS in the Tikka has a higher nickel content but nothing to back that statement - I've worked with both models quite a bit and I can say the the out of the box finish of the bore is won hands-down by the Tikka - 2 things that "could" define "working man's gun" moniker of the Tikka: recoil pad ($39 for a limbsaver = problem solved) and scope mounts (Talley lightweights or DNZ = problem solved)  and put the rest of your SAVED $$ into good optics - Kimber bores are rougher than the proverbial cobb and their customer service can be outlined with one word, "ATTITUDE" ... I've had both, shot and loaded for both and HUNTED with both and the Tikka T3 superlite is the rifle I'll be using from now on unless they improve on it somehow (3 position safety maybe ??) as far as the "plastic" stock goes, anyone who calls it that doesn't know much about POLYMERS - I'll put any Tikka up against ANY Kimber for an accuracy competition ANY TIME & ANY PLACE

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