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Old 07-15-2017, 07:19 PM   #1
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Back after a long time away, with a new Kimber Hunter!

Hello, folks. It seems that I have been away from this forum for nearly three years. Time certainly flies!

I picked up my new Kimber Hunter in .308 Win today. It joins my Winchester Model 70 Featherweight, also in .308. I put Kimber 2 piece stainless bases, Leupold stainless rings, and a Leupold VX-3i 3.5-10X40mm silver scope on it. There is a slight contrast between the Kimber action and bases and the Leupold scope and rings that I find quite pleasing. I carefully broke in the barrel this afternoon and worked at getting the scope adjusted. Scope adjustment must continue during the next range session. What follows are my initial impressions of the new rig.
- Love the weight and appearance. The Featherweight is my idea of what a good bolt action rifle should look like, but this Hunter provides a modern rugged looking all-weather back-up for my primary rifle.
- A little disappointed with the safety, there isn't the positive middle position stop I enjoy with the Model 70, though this seems improved a little since running 40 rounds through it.
- The trigger breaks cleanly with very little over-travel. I thought I might have to adjust its weight, but it nearly matches the 3 1/2 pound weight of the Model 70 trigger, so I will probably leave it alone.
- Recoil of the Hunter is a bit sharper than what I experience with the Model 70, but not at all unpleasant.
Impressions on accuracy will have to wait until the next range session. It will be interesting to see if the Hunter bests the Model 70, which easily sends three rounds of cheap Winchester factory loads into less than an inch.

Jim
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