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    Default Kimber Montana went on a diet.

    Just got my Kimber Montana in 300 wsm back from the gunsmith.I had him flute the barrel,flute the bolt,contour the bolt handle for more clearance between the stock,put a sight on the end of the barrel,and make peep sight to go on the Talley base.

    Turned out great,now just need to get it coated and I'll have my ultimate backpacking rifle.

    I'll try to download pics.

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    Would love to see the pics. I was thinking of putting a sight on my Montana, but the gunsmith told me that because the barrel was so thin, he couldn't drill it in and it vibrated too much for the solder to hold. Did you end up going with a banded front sight?

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    Default I'm listening...

    I too would like to see pics. As WIsam mentioned, with the barrel being so thin, how'd he (your gunsmith) flute the barrel?

    I was also wondering if you could cut out the center section on the stock to relieve some weight. Speaking of weight, how much weight loss occurred with the alterations?

    Looking forward to your pics...
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    Itried to download but didn't work,I'm not that smart I guess.PM me your email and I'll send them to you.

    He machined a banded front sight.He told me he took 4oz off the barrel,he didn't weigh the bolt when he fluted it.Adding the front sight probably added the weight back on but it balances better with it on the end.

    Removing some of the ball handle sure makes it easier to open the bolt.

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    Coues32, get yourself an account at photobucket.com then try and uploading pics using the icon. I'd also like to see pics of the skinny kimber...

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    Here ya go,




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    Thanks,I'll get it one of these days.

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    thats a sexy shooting iron.

    Any idea what the total weight is with the scope and loaded..?

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    So help me out with the idea of having iron sights and a scope. Do you have quick-detach rings (doesn't look like it) where you can rip it off or what, cause I dont see a rear sight (or is it built-into the bases?).

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    I know it was 7 lbs 7 oz. on his scale with no bullets,before he worked on it,I have to get over there and weigh it now.

    hunt ak,

    I look at it if I'm on a solo hunt,or far enough away from my hunting partner.If I fall and mess up my scope or what ever the case,I can just hit the quick release levers on my Talley ring and bases.The peep sight mounts on the rear base using two allen screws.I will keep the peep in my pack until it is needed.

    Didn't like not having another option on a extended days hunt,afterall scopes can fail.

    My scope is Leupold Mark 4 4.5x14x40

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    Gotcha, thanks! What kind of peep do you have?

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    I think it is a NESG peep,he machined an adapter for the Talley base.

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    That is a very sharp looking rifle after the mods, but just curious, was it worth the weight savings. I own the same rifle and with a Leupold 3.5-10x40 and the shoulder strap mine weighs just a hair over 7 lbs. I also read somewhere that Kimber could have easily shaved another pound off the stock but thought that that would be too light especially in the magnum cal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coues32 View Post
    I think it is a NESG peep,he machined an adapter for the Talley base.
    What smith are you using?

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    Clifford Hugg in Soldotna

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    What does it cost just to flute the barrel? Thanks, Ken

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    I think it was around 200.

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    Is there some reason that you did not use the Talley peep sight that Talley offers as an option for their bases?

    http://www.talleyrings.com/scope.php

    ...or the integral peep sight option that Jim Brockman offers for the Talley bases - I know that Jim does not list the Kimber as one of the bases that he NORMALLY does, but he does a lot of custom work and there is a good possibly he would do (or already does) the Kimber tho not noted on his web page - worth asking? From personal communication I know that he does do Dakotas on request.

    http://www.brockmansrifles.com/sight_options.asp

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    another option for a smaller/lighter bolt handle:

    http://www.gunsamerica.com/961541774...ntana_8400.htm

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