Pleased with Kimber 270 WSM!


October 28, 2012, 06:27 PM
A while back I purchased a new old stock (2005 ish) Kimber 8400 270 WSM and outfitted it with a Leupold Vari XIII scope, Warne Maxima bases and PRW rings:

First group out of the box was with Federal 130 gr soft point and this yielded a 1.25" 100 yd four shot group. Showing some promise.
Today I took it out with a 15 mph tail wind and fired a 1.78" three shot group at 220 yds. My hand load is 130 gr Sierra Game King, 2.765 OAL (touches lands in my barrel or very close), CCI 250 Mag primers, federal brass, 64.5 gr of RL 19. This load is below max in my reloading book and should be good for 3250 fps. for a flat shooting hard hitting load (safe in my gun, I make no guarantee of safety for your rifle). Feeding and ejection are fine, if somewhat sticky at times, I am sure that will work out the more it's fired. The handling and weight of this rifle are great, its very handy and well balanced even with the 24" barrel. The action length is short. I don't really like the 3 shot capacity, but it is what it is. All in all I really like the rifle and would be very confident hunting with it. I plan to try some 95 grain Barnes TSX bullets at near 3700 fps for varmints as well. I haven't shot anything other than paper yet but really liking this rifle!

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October 28, 2012, 06:41 PM
While I do like how I have the rifle set up now it was not "perfect" by my standards out of the box. The barrel while advertised to be free floating was barely free floated (if at all) and required a little sanding to provide enough clearance to satisfy me that it was actually free floating. Second thing was the trigger. This trigger is easily user adjustable which was good for me. I was able to make the thing break like glass, though out of the box it did need some adjustment to take out unnecessary creep. These were very easy fixes so no harm no foul. I was curious what folks think of the newer kimbers where mine is 7 year old production. Last thing I did was torque it down with a Wheeler Fat wrench to ensure the right inch lbs of torque on the stock.

October 29, 2012, 10:11 AM
I would be interested in hearing what others think of their kimbers or if anyone has any favorite handloads for 270 wsm

October 29, 2012, 10:12 AM
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October 29, 2012, 11:28 AM
I had bad luck with my Longmaster Classic as I have related on here before. Customer service was good, if I send it in at my cost they would work on it and make it function. For an additional $50 they would install a 3 position safety. I don't feel that a $1,000 rifle should need to be sent back to make it functional.

October 29, 2012, 01:16 PM
The thing that I am liking about 270wsm is the short action. When I compare against my weatherby mag I am looking at a rifle that is 2" shorter and a pound and a half lighter with the same accuracy and very close on ballistics

October 29, 2012, 01:45 PM
My 84M in 308 is a darn good rifle. No problems and a tackdriver. Mine is still under 6 lbs with scope and mounts. I sold a 10 lb target rifle that wasn't as accurate.

October 29, 2012, 04:27 PM
I would be interested in hearing what others think of their kimbers or if anyone has any favorite handloads for 270 wsm

I've become a Kimber believer ever since buying a Montana in .300 WSM earlier in the year. The Montana has impressed me so much that I ordered a Talkeetna last week which will be here on Wednesday, and once the .308 Win Montana is available I'll be adding one of those to my safe. As far as I'm concerned, Kimber is making some of the finest production rifles on the market. The Montana is extremely well made, it has almost every feature I need on a hunting rifle, it's very accurate and it's light. If it had a two-stage trigger I'd be even more pleased with it, but the single stage trigger breaks clean with no creep and is as good as any trigger I've tried.

Last Friday I was given a couple of boxes of Barnes VOR-TX ammunition (165gr TTSX) and will be shooting those this coming weekend to see how they perform.

I've only shot reloads in my Montana but it's shown real promise with a five-shot sub moa group at 100 yards using a Hornady 150gr SST bullet. I was planning on working up loads using Barnes 168gr and 180gr TSX bullets, but if the VOR-TX ammo works well I won't feel any pressure to get ready for deer season.

Here's my Kimber Montana with another very good rifle, the Winchester Model 70 Extreme Weather SS.

October 29, 2012, 05:40 PM
I really think that 165 gr. TTSX is the way to go in 30 cal. It's going to give a little more velocity than 180 gr. and provide just as much penetration if not more and terminal performance. I read an article by Greg Rodriguez to this effect.

October 29, 2012, 07:36 PM
Those are nice rifles! I have been thinking about an 84m or 84l .

November 18, 2012, 10:47 PM
Hunting update
Finally got to shoot deer with 270 wsm. Dropped a decent buck with one shot at over 300 yds. The Kimber and the cartridge worked great.
For a dead on hold at this range I am sighted close to 1.5 inches high at 200m. I am shooting a max load with 130 gr. Sierras

November 18, 2012, 11:13 PM
nice couch

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