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Old 10-11-2019, 08:30 AM   #1
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Crappy Bolt Feel. Kim 84m (.243)

I recently got the opportunity to fondle some hot.off the line rifles at the gunstore and i noticed one thing in particular about them. Really really smooth bolts. I got my kimber as a hamd me down from my dad and its a total hole punch at 200yds but i have issues with the feel of the action.

The bolt seems to be rubbing on the ejector exessively. Its mostly cosistant drag fromt ti back except a slight hangup a couple times on the back stroke and a big hang up right before the ejector drops into its groove ar the start at the end of the bolt. It also seems to not want to slide back in once its at its end limin unless its at just the right angle. I have tried cleaning, de and re greasing, oil, taking the whole bolt apart and cleaning it, taking the whole ejector apart and cleaning it (made that trigger pretty light while i was at it too ;-) ) and polishing the ejector. All to no avail. I had a gunsmith tell me it was the scres in the bases being too long and rubbing on the bolt and he took them out and cut them didnt fix anything. Is this just something i have come to grips with for this style action?


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Old 10-11-2019, 10:48 AM   #3
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Is this just something i have come to grips with for this style action?
Absolutely NOT!

Sumthin's amiss there for sure. I'd call Kimber CS and explain what the issue is and let them sort it out. My Kimber 84M Varmint in 204 is one of my favorite rifles, the action is smooth as butter, and as a Pre-'64 Model 70 owner/lover, I'd opine that little 84M is a mini replication of the M70, known for it's butter-smooth action.

Your rifle obviously needs a bit of TLC, 'cause a gritty bolt is not part of the equation. The fix is most likely a phone call away.
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I agree with Rick, this calls for Kimber customer service.

I haven't had a chance to fire the two newest Kimber rifles I bought but they all have smooth as butter bolt function with the addition of some Breakfree CLP.
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Absolutely NOT!



Sumthin's amiss there for sure. I'd call Kimber CS and explain what the issue is and let them sort it out. My Kimber 84M Varmint in 204 is one of my favorite rifles, the action is smooth as butter, and as a Pre-'64 Model 70 owner/lover, I'd opine that little 84M is a mini replication of the M70, known for it's butter-smooth action.



Your rifle obviously needs a bit of TLC, 'cause a gritty bolt is not part of the equation. The fix is most likely a phone call away.
Got a chance to mess around with my dads 8400 in 30-06 and it was miles better. Definitely gonna give them a call and see what they can do. Do you think theyll give me grief for trying to polish the ejector and messing with the trigger weight?

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Do you think theyll give me grief for trying to polish the ejector and messing with the trigger weight?
As long as there's no gooned up screws on the trigger, chances are they will not notice a minor polish job on the ejector. Send it in and stay quiet on those issues; it'll probably come back smooth as butter, the way most 84M's seem to be.

Let us know how it shakes out.
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Do you think theyll give me grief for trying to polish the ejector and messing with the trigger weight?/QUOTE]



As long as there's no gooned up screws on the trigger, chances are they will not notice a minor polish job on the ejector. Send it in and stay quiet on those issues; it'll probably come back smooth as butter, the way most 84M's seem to be.



Let us know how it shakes out.
Alright ill give them a call later today and see what they say.

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Best of Luck to you lax... my 84M is super smooth.
I'm positive Kimber will be able to get yours there too.
BTW... Welcome to the forum!
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Best of Luck to you lax... my 84M is super smooth.
I'm positive Kimber will be able to get yours there too.
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Thanks for the good wishes. Talked to them today and theyre gonna ship it out and look at it for free. Its way older than i thought (2002) and out of warranty but they said if it was manufacturing error theyd fix it for free and if not theyll send a quote and even if i dont want them to, theyll send it back for free too. Real good folks over there.
Thanks for all the advice ill add to this post when they get back to me incase anyone has the same issue

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Sent her off to kimber today, ill lyk what they say abt it.

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