01-19-2017, 05:53 PM
Join Date: Jan 2017
Kimber 84M Hunter 6.5 Creedmoor Info
After reading the responses to this thread, thought I might add a few words.
1) I made a call to Kimber Customer Service yesterday and was told that they no longer include a test target with their rifles.
2) As to what cartridge or bullet they use to perform their three shot accuracy test, I was told that they just use whatever commercial ammunition they happen to have on hand. No specific bullet, weight of bullet, etc. I would assume for the 6.5 Creedmoor, this would be one of the Hornady offerings. I'm a bit skeptical of this, but since this is my first Kimber, perhaps there is something magical about their products and that they are immune to rifle barrel harmonics, the laws of physics, etc.
3) As per hairy toes' responses:
1. I also have difficulty inserting the third cartridge in the clip. However, this is not an issue for me as I seldom load over three total rounds in a hunting rifle.
2. My wing safety is also "stiff", but hopefully will loosen up with use. I did spray the bolt with a significant amount of WD40 and it seemed to help.
3. I see similar grouping as he does. Five shot groups of Hornady factory 140 AMAX's string horizontally. Five shot groups of Nosler 120 Ballistics Tips, cluster three within an inch and throw the last two an inch away at 2:00. Five shot Hornady 129 SST's shoot within 1.25 inch and almost at the same point of impact as the 140 AMAX's. I have a dozen .264" bullets to try. However, if it won't shoot a Lapua 123 grain Scenar or a Berger 130 grain VLD, something is wrong. I wait 4 minutes between shots and always shoot one fouler before starting accuracy testing. I'll do ladder testing with the Hornady 129 grain SST's and see if things improve.
4. I have shot a lot of 6.5 Creedmoor rifles over the last six years and the Kimber may be a bit more finicky than most. I'm confident that this rifle will also shoot five within an inch once I find the proper bullet.
5. On the positive side, the gun is very light and four days of hunting in light rain didn't bother it a bit.
6. The barrel fouls very little. I use "Wipe Out", followed by WD40, then Kroil, and then a light gun oil when cleaning.
7. I can feel one rough spot in the barrel about 10 inches from the muzzle.
Sadly, Kimber Customer Service has not been of much help. One would think if they are going to guarantee three shot MOA accuracy they would at least know what cartridge they tested with. And by the way, it took six phone calls to finally get through to them.