A Flawless Flyweight: Kimber Model 84M Mountain Ascent Review

The Kimber Model 84M and I go back to almost its beginning. In 2002 I took one of only two preproduction rifles in existence at the time to New Zealand where I used it to bag a magnificent free-ranging red stag. During that same hunt I also took very nice fallow and sika deer. Both the rifle and I proved to be accurate enough. For the trip I packed 40 rounds of .308 Winchester ammo, used five in confirming the rifle’s zero when I got there, fired three at game, and left 32 rounds with the outfitter. I have since tried other Kimber rifles in other calibers, and while all were quite nice, to this day the Model 84M in .308 is my pick of the entire litter.

The rifle I hunted with had a walnut stock and weighed a bit less than 6 pounds without a scope. That was light then, and it still is, but at 4 pounds, 13 ounces, Kimber’s new Mountain Ascent version of the Model 84M reduces the hunter’s load by a good pound. It is presently available only in .308 Winchester with a 22-inch barrel, but I won’t be surprised to see the 7mm-08 Remington become available sometime in the future. A second variation built on the longer Model 84L action and slated for availability in .270 Winchester, .280 Ackley Improved, and .30-06 Springfield will be a half-pound heavier. Most of the additional weight is in its longer action, but two more inches of barrel along with lengthening the stock in the action area add a bit as well.

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