Well made it to the range today and lots of interesting observations on my New Kimber.
1) As I knew already the gun feeds perfectly no hitches there.
2) I have read some say that the ergonomics of these Kevlar/Composite stocks on the Kimber Montanas help with perceived recoil. They are correct. I was shooting 180 grain loads that were flying pretty **** close to the same velocity as my 300WM shells in my Tikka T3 Lite. Recoil was at least perceived as a fair amount less than the Tikka with a Limbsaver recoil pad. The Kimber wants to jump around a bunch, lots of muzzle flip but its totally manageable once I fired it a few times, I dont like gripping the forestock on a rifle much when firing so I had to make a few adjustments to shoot the Kimber but ended up comfortable with it.
3) Did a short barrel break in 5 shots with a cleaning in between each shot( even though I said I wasn't going to do a barrell break i n with this rifle). This was my most interesting observation with this gun. It will shoot poor groups with a clean barrel. Simply put it will shoot about 1.5"-2" groups with a clean barrell and it takes about 4 shots to start seeing the groups come together. Ended up with a group that was right at 1" maybe a hair less with tHe Federal Factory Barnes MRX's , this was the group with MRX with a fairly fouled barrel.
Those are 1" squares so you can do the math.
I ended up finding out that it actually shoots better with the TSX's than it did with the MRX's. Ended up with 2" groups at 200 yards when all was said and done with which to me is pretty **** good for factory ammo.
Negatives, there were only a couple things that I didn't like but will be trying to correct.
1) The trigger. It has some creep and I have been shooting guns with much lighter triggers and that are more crisp ( the Tikkas have sweet triggers). Will be taking it in to my local gunsmith for the trigger. I believe I could tighten the groups a little more with a better trigger too.
2) the other thing that seemed odd and did not happen on every shot but after shooting a round when I went to lift the bolt up and eject the fired shell the bolt was real tight. Dont know what thats all about as it didn't heppen every time.We'll just have to see on that one.
My conclusion is that I really like this little rifle, it shot well for me and handles well. It needs the trigger adjusted but other than that shes ready to roll. The accuracy difference between clean barrel and dirty barrel really puzzled me, not that I care I'll leave it dirty since I know thats what she wants but just 4 or 5 fouling shots reduced the groups by an inch easy. I was real worried at first thinking this thing isn't very accurate but I figured her out through some trial and error. So some of you that are shooting Kimber Montanas and not pleased with the accuracy I would say go shoot 5-10 shots and then fill her with 3 new ones and put up a new target. You might be surprised.
Well when I bought this gun a week or so ago I had two big concerns, will she feed?, and will she be accurate. So far I am 2-0 with the Kimber. Will update on future sessions or I'll just be boasting and defending while replying on Kimber threads. grin
I forgot to mention that I fired 38 rounds through her today. Twasn't a cheap day but, that in itself should tell those that are concerned with recoil that it aint bad.