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Old 01-06-2017, 01:18 PM   #1
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Does anybody know which modifications account for what amount of weight savings on the Model 84 rifles? I like the MA models but ready do not care for the funky camo patterns. I could go for the green MA version but I never thought that I wanted a green stock. Ideally, I would like that same stock in brown or black. So, I digress. The Montana comes with a gray stock but is not modified to be " lightweight". Therefore, I was just pondering some modifications to it to make it lighter. Any ideas?
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Old 01-06-2017, 01:56 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum from northern Illinois Welldone, if you want the lightweight MA why not buy it and refinish the stock in a color you like?
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Gotcha. I've never held a Kimber nor felt of the stock but Ithought the finish was " soft and grippy". I had not considered painting because I assumed the paint might not turn out good.
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You might try giving Kimbers customer service a call and asking them about it, they may be able to suggest something else.

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Originally Posted by Welldone View Post
Gotcha. I've never held a Kimber nor felt of the stock but Ithought the finish was " soft and grippy". I had not considered painting because I assumed the paint might not turn out good.
Correct me if I'm wrong Chuck. Welldone, when Chuck said "refinish" the stock, I don't think he meant (paint) I think he was talking about having it Cerakoted.
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Old 01-07-2017, 06:34 AM   #6
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The carbon fiber Montana stocks are not sticky and I don't think the Mountain Ascent is sticky either.
If you have never handled a Kimber Mountain Ascent or the Montana I would suggest doing so before making a decision. The reason I say this is the Montana's handle exceptionally well. As for that matter, so do the Classics.

The bolt body is fluted and the bolt handle is skeletonized along with holes drilled in the mag. box. I believe the trigger guard is titanium on the Mountain Ascents.

A titanium bolt handle and trigger guard can be purchased from a machinist guy on another forum, thus getting the Montana down closer to the Mountain Ascent weight.

My Kimber Montana in 204 with Talley lightweight ring mounts, Leupold 2.5-8X36 VX3, Vero Vellini sling, and 5 rounds weights 6lbs. 3oz. The Kimber Montana in 17 Rem. with Talley lightweight ring mounts, Leu. VX2 2-7X33, Vero Vellini sling, and 5 rounds of ammo weights 6lbs. 4oz. My 243 Classic, 7-08 Classic Select, and 30-06 Classic, all sporting the same setup as the Montana's weight 6lbs. 11oz. to 6lbs 13oz. , so none of the Kimber 84M's or 84L's weight very much.

Don't know if this helps you or not, but this might be some info you can use.
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Old 01-07-2017, 07:29 AM   #7
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Thanks. That is the kind of info that is very helpful. I am also planning to handle these different rifles before I decide. Not many gunshops around here actually have them on the shelf. I will have to make about a 2 1/2 hour drive to put my hands on them.
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Handle a Weatherby while you are at it. My Mark V in the 338 is an amazing rifle. The glass bedded stock was professionally done, and whether that accounts for its accuracy, I cannot say, but the rifle is my best shooter. Its quality is apparent from first picking it up.
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I went back to see what I paid for my Mark V and then searched for what I would pay today. I got a good deal back in May of 2014.

I did come across this, and even better deal. I'd jump on this if I was looking for another Mark V Sporter, a 300 Weatherby Mag.

http://www.gunbroker.com/item/611186761
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Old 12-09-2017, 05:36 AM   #10
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Originally Posted by K22 View Post
A titanium bolt handle and trigger guard can be purchased from a machinist guy on another forum, thus getting the Montana down closer to the Mountain Ascent weight.
(I was doing an internet search on ways to lighten a Kimber Montana and found this old thread.)

K22 - I've got a Kimber Montana in .300 Win Mag inbound, and a Ti bolt and trigger guard sounds good to me. What is the name of the machinist guy and on what forum can he be found? Please PM me if you don't want to publish the info.

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