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#1062713 - 10/30/06 01:51 PM New Kimber Montana 300 Whizzum 2nd Trip to The Range
AlaskaCub Offline
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Registered: 01/12/06
Posts: 5307
Loc: San Antonio, TX
Well guys this little rifle is just getting more and more love from me.I went to the range today hoping to spend a little more time shooting the Federal factory 180 grain Barnes TSX's and also brought along a box of Winchester 180 Accubonds to see if she liked them any. I also adjusted the trigger myself and got it just perfect. First off had a guy pull up at the range about the same time I did and it just so happens he was also shooting a fairly new 300WSM in a Winchester M70 Featherweight, pretty nice gun. He proceeds to tell me how he has been working up special loads that his gun shoots unbelievably and we talked some more, he looked through my Leica Televid 62, I looked through his Sawro STS80 and we chatted some more, then it was time to shoot. Now keep in mind that the ambient temp oustide today is 28 degrees and heres a picture of what it looks like at our range.







After some fouling shots this was my first group at 100yards with a clean barrell with some factory Winchester 180 grain Accubonds that I have not shot yet through this rifle, not to shabby



This wasn't too bad , very similar to the results I got with the Barnes MRX's last week. I then switched her up and loaded 3 Federal 180 grain TSX's which shot well through the rifle last week and this was my 3 shot group with the TSX's



Now I am pumped, it doesn't get too much better than that. So I switch to the 225 yard target I put up. I did some calculating with a ballistics program and decided that 225 yards point blank zero gives me the best overall performance with my 300WSM and this is where it gets great. This was two 3 shot groups at 225 yards with 2 windage and elevation adjustments.



My conclusion is that this little Kimber is one sweet riifle and my confidence in its abiility to deliver a narly 180 grain Barnes TSX with deadly accuracy is growing.I also found out that my theory on her liking a dirty barrel was false, she just shoots the TSX's better than anything else. Damn happy I neglected all the negative comments about Kimbers and chose this bad ass little rifle.

Oh and I forgot to mention that the fella that was shooting to my right that I spent a good deal of time talking too was wishing like hell that his new Winchester M70 300 whizzum was my Kimber. His handloads were producing about like mine did with the factory Accubonds in the above photo. He was way envious. He said he knew of a gun store in Fairbanks that had the best price on a new Kimber Montana 300 WSM and he was going to buy it. I was just a bit modest. I am eating crow though from when I used to argue Tikka vs Kimber threads cuz this thing is shooting as good as my Tikkas did in a tougher package.

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#1062714 - 10/30/06 02:19 PM Re: New Kimber Montana 300 Whizzum 2nd Trip to The Range
Brad Offline
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Registered: 10/31/00
Posts: 21804
Quote:

Damn happy I neglected all the negative comments about Kimbers and chose this bad ass little rifle.




Yup...

The Big Sky 300 WSM is a killing machine. Lots of power, easy to pack and suprisingly easy to shoot. I'm gonna try the 180 TSX's soon as I can lay hands on some.

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#1062715 - 10/30/06 02:28 PM Re: New Kimber Montana 300 Whizzum 2nd Trip to The Range
AlaskaCub Offline
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Registered: 01/12/06
Posts: 5307
Loc: San Antonio, TX
Yeah I am loving it Brad. Thanks for helping sway my decision on the Kimber. Oh, and I got one of those UM Mountain slings on its way from Midway. Saw you point those out on another foum, and it looked just perfect for my uses.

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#1062716 - 10/30/06 03:25 PM Re: New Kimber Montana 300 Whizzum 2nd Trip to The Range
WhelenAway Offline
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Registered: 01/31/06
Posts: 2900
I am sure the Tikka is a good shooting rifle. There are a lot of satisfied users out there.

But you gotta love the aesthetics and top-quality construction of the Kimber.
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#1062717 - 10/30/06 09:02 PM Re: New Kimber Montana 300 Whizzum 2nd Trip to The Range
budman5 Online   shocked
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Registered: 11/26/04
Posts: 599
Loc: North Pole Alaska
Your groups and mine are almost identical. Them Kimbers are shooters

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#1062718 - 10/30/06 10:01 PM Re: New Kimber Montana 300 Whizzum 2nd Trip to The Range
bearstalker Offline
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Registered: 06/22/02
Posts: 9202
Loc: Alaska
You got the best thing going in terms of what's out there on the market factory wise, IMO. The next Sportsman's Warehouse visit will probably have me toting one home as well.

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#1062719 - 10/31/06 07:36 AM Re: New Kimber Montana 300 Whizzum 2nd Trip to The Range
AlaskaCub Offline
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Registered: 01/12/06
Posts: 5307
Loc: San Antonio, TX
You know I was sooo close to buying the Sako FinnLight when I bought this Kimber and the biggest reason was accuracy. The Kimber was surely tougher in feel and I was having trouble liking the fluted barrel, but the rep for accuracy had me leaning Sako. But I am tickled pink over the function and accuracy of this here Kimber its as good as I could have expected and especially with the bullets I ultimately wanted to use. It dont get much better on a rifle purchase than where I am at right now. I hope a lot of guys out there arent swayed from the Kimber by the problems with some of the early production models cuz they'd be missing out on a kick ass rifle.

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#1062720 - 10/31/06 07:59 AM Re: New Kimber Montana 300 Whizzum 2nd Trip to The Range
AlaskaCub Offline
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Registered: 01/12/06
Posts: 5307
Loc: San Antonio, TX
Oh and one more thing. From my first visit to the range I had mentioned an issue that the bolt was hard to open after some shots and I did not experoence that not even once yesterday so dont know why thats not happened again.

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#1062721 - 10/31/06 03:19 PM Re: New Kimber Montana 300 Whizzum 2nd Trip to The Range
mlg Offline
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Registered: 05/19/05
Posts: 680
Loc: Queensland, Australia
AlaskaCub

Awesome picture of your range. In stark contrast to ours in my neck of the woods where I was wishing for a bucket of water to cool the barrel on my rifle after 5 shots - its was so hot it was taking ages to cool a barrel!!

Glad you have success with your Montana - I have just ordered one in a 7mm08 for deer hunting and I was a bit concerned that maybe I had done the wrong thing after reading a couple of negative posts on various forums over the last couple of weeks.

If my Montana works out like yours I may get a 300wsm as well!!

Like you I also have Tikka T3s and they are great budget rifles but I like the concept and the feel of the Kimbers.

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#1062722 - 10/31/06 03:30 PM Re: New Kimber Montana 300 Whizzum 2nd Trip to The Range
AlaskaCub Offline
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Registered: 01/12/06
Posts: 5307
Loc: San Antonio, TX
Yeah at 28 degrees the barrel is pretty cool after say 30 seconds to 1 minute. It sure allows you to shoot strings without a lot of cooling time.

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