Kimber Model 84M Classic

Description

The Kimber Model 84M Classic is bolt-action hunting rifles chambered in .243 Win., 7mm-08 Rem. and .308 Win. The Classic is part of Kimber’s Model 84M series and is available with a steel or stainless steel barrel. What makes them different from other Model 84Ms is the 22-inch barrel and the one-inch thick Pachmayr Decelerator recoil pad. Overall the 84M is a sleek rifle. To lighten its weight, Kimber trimmed the materials down to the bare essentials, so no excessive steel or wood. The Classic’s sub-models have an average weight of 5.5 pounds. Common features of the Model 84M include a match grade barrel for accuracy and a target crown, which helps maintain barrel harmonics so the rifle doesn’t vibrate too much and throw off the round’s trajectory. The bolt has a Mauser claw extractor that ensures when the bolt is pulled back the spent casing ejects effortlessly. And, it has an adjustable trigger that can be set at 3.5 to 4-pounds. Kimber recommends the Classic for big game hunting.

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Specifications

Classic
Caliber:.243 Win.
.308 Win.
7mm-08 Rem.
Capacity:5
Sights:None
Features:Sling swivel studs; Pachmayr decelerator one-inch thick recoil pad; match grade chamber; Mauser claw extractor; front locking repeater; three-position 70-type safety; and adjustable trigger (3.5 to 4
Action:Bolt
Stock:Walnut/hand rubbed oil
Material/Finish:Steel/matte blue
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Weight:(.243 Win.) 5.8125 pounds
5.625 pounds
Barrel Length:22"
Twist:(.243 Win.) 1 in 10"
(.308 Win.) 1 in 12"
(7mm-08 Rem.) 1 in 9"
Length of Pull:13.63"
Overall Length:41.25"
Drop at Comb:0.43"
Drop at Heel:0.54"
Classic Stainless
Caliber:.243 Win.
.308 Win.
7mm-08 Rem.
Capacity:5
Sights:None
Features:Sling swivel studs; Pachmayr decelerator one-inch thick recoil pad; match grade chamber; Mauser claw extractor; front locking repeater; three-position 70-type safety; and adjustable trigger (3.5 to 4
Action:Bolt
Stock:Walnut/hand rubbed oil
Material/Finish:Stainless Steel/satin
Website:http://www.kimberame…
Weight: pounds
(.243 Win.) 5.8125 pounds
5.625 pounds
Barrel Length:22"
Twist:(.243 Win.) 1 in 10"
(.308 Win.) 1 in 12"
(7mm-08 Rem.) 1 in 9"
Length of Pull:13.63"
Overall Length:41.25"
Drop at Comb:0.43"
Drop at Heel:0.54"
MSRP$1114.00

Editor Review

There is an “everything’s right” feeling you get about the Kimber 84M Classic.  This superb little rifle is simple, elegant, and suggests thoughtfulness on the part of its designers.

The receiver of the 84M Classic was designed specifically to house a .308-length cartridge with the minimum possible weight and thickness.  The gun checks in at about 5 pounds and 10 ounces.  If you want a very lightweight rifle that is also handsomely made, this is it. 

Personally, I usually like a little more heft in a hunting rifle to help me keep on target while shooting in field conditions.  It is possible for a hunting rifle to be too light and the 84M is about as light as I would care to go. 

With its thin, sporter-weight barrel, the 84M is not cut for long sessions at the range.  It will tend to heat up and lose accuracy quickly.  This is a gun designed to put a few shots right where you want them.  After that the deer is probably either dead or long gone.

What is really admirable about the 84M is what Kimber did not do in order to lighten it.  They could have shaved ounces by taking shortening the barrel below 22 inches (the ideal barrel distance when firing a .308).  They might have used a lighter Sako-style extractor instead of the notoriously large Mauser variety.  Plenty of other manufacturers have used shortcuts like these to produce a ‘mountain’ weight rifle that is full of compromises.  Kimber took the harder route of re-engineering the receiver in order to produce a better-shooting, better-balanced rifle.

Oh, of course its quite accurate with a cold barrel and it is glass-bedded and so forth.  The straight-combed stock puts your eye right on to the scope with no reaching or trouble at all.

What you get for your money out of the 84M Classic is a rifle that is exactly what it ought to be without anything unnecessary.  It is surprising these days to be presented with precisely what you paid for without anything unpleasant but the 84M Classic provides exactly that experience.