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Problem With Kimber Montana 84M

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Vartarg, Feb 5, 2012.

  1. Vartarg

    Vartarg Well-Known Member

    I've got a fairly new Kimber Montana 84M rifle in .257 Roberts, and after putting a little more than 100 rounds through it, it still feeds very poorly.

    The movement of the bolt in the receiver is rough, to say the least...and the movement of rounds up through the magazine to the chamber is not smooth.

    I've kept it clean, and properly lubricated. Maybe my previous experience with Rem 700's has spoiled me.;)

    I'm just curious whether anyone else out there has had similar problems with this rifle, in whatever caliber?

    At some point I will talk to Kimber, but I expect the first thing out of their mouth with be: send it back, and I'd prefer to not do that any sooner than necessary.

    Many thanks....

  2. Abel

    Abel Well-Known Member

    I keep hearing about various issues with the Kimber 84 rifles. I would send it back if it were mine.
  3. RyeDaddy

    RyeDaddy Well-Known Member

    If it's new I'd send it back on their dime. There are no excuses once you get above $1000.

    Here's hoping I win this round of "Kimber Roulette", just bought an 84M Montana in 260 Rem that was for whatever reason still new in the box although they haven't produced them in several years. I checked, it feeds just fine and the bolt is smoother in operation than my new production Model 70 Featherweight. Feeding is only half the batte, keeping my fingers crossed it shoots accurately.

    Good luck with yours, I sure do read alot of negatives about Kimbers lately.
  4. rbernie

    rbernie Well-Known Member

    A local shop has two (2) Kimber 84's on th shelf, and I've handled both of them. Neither cycled with anything other than oily smoothness.

    I'd send it back and ask Kimber to evaluate it.
  5. bpl

    bpl Well-Known Member

    I have the same rifle chambered in the same cartridge and I have no problems with mine. I would send it back to Kimber to get it fixed.
  6. sage5907

    sage5907 Well-Known Member

    I'm not a gunsmith and I have never owned a Kimber rifle but I do work on my Model 70 Winchesters. I understand that the Kimber 84 has a mauser type claw extractor and if that is the case with your rifle it would be the first place I would look for the problem. It may be that the claw was not properly fitted to the rim of a cartridge case and when that happens the rim of the cartridge will not easily slip into the extractor when the bolt is cycled. I have installed new extractors and the remedy is for a gunsmith to remove a small amount of metal from the edge of the extractor and the problem will be solved. BW
  7. wyohome

    wyohome Well-Known Member

    That is exactly why mine sits in the back of the safe. Should not have to pay to ship a $1,000+, brand new rifle back to even make it operate.
  8. Old Dog Man

    Old Dog Man Well-Known Member

    Kimber 84

    Call their tech support people and tell them you concerns, they should send you a repair no. and a pre-paid shipping invoice. Al
  9. gamestalker

    gamestalker member

    I'm not Kimber educated, but in many Bolt Action s if the stock has been pulled and the magazine wasn't properly re-fitted into the stock, it will cause problems with how the bolt rides against the stacked rounds, and how the rounds get picked up.
  10. Casefull

    Casefull Well-Known Member

    I have one in 308 and it feeds awesome. I bet it is something simple.

    GWARGHOUL Well-Known Member

    It just grinds my gears to hear of people paying over $1000 for a rifle from a manufacturer like Kimber, who have the time and money to have good QA, due to the price and lower numbers they produce... yet I still hear enough to think they can be questionable.

    ..Yet you can get a fine shooting Weatherby Vanguard for much much less.

    I hope they have good customer service, because you really need to send that back and on THEIR dime and make it right.

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