The LGS had one in last week. If it was in 280ai it would have followed me home regardless of what the wife would have said.I have been eyeing the Hunter Desolve Blak in 280ai for a while, just wish I could find them in stock to handle them. Once I do get hands on one though and if I like the way it feels it'll probably come home with me.
That's good enough for hunting. Glad you got it worked out.My Kimber Hunter .280AI did much better today , thanks for all I've learned on this post and others on Rockslide .
I changed loads , went with CCI LR BR2 primer , 57 gr's of RL19 and ELDX bullet . Also went with a different target .
My Savage 7mm RM did ok too , with RL 25 and the same ELDX bullet .
Two 3 round groups on the bottom target is the Kimber , top target is the Savage .
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PS , putting my off hand on top of the scope and holding the rifle was the game changer , I think . I used my bipod and a rear bag , and leaned into the gun a little more .
Sled, Why wouldn’t you do it again? Run into some issues?Mine is the Kimber hunter pro in 6.5cm cut and threaded at 17". Though I wouldn't buy it again, it suits my kid just fine. He's been able to deal with the nuances since he's new to shooting and just learned how to work that rifle.
Sled, Why wouldn’t you do it again? Run into some issues?
I have a pro and removed the gel from my rifle. There was 8oz of gel in the rear of the stock, but there was no gel in the grip portion.One thing to consider. Looks like the pro has a completely different stock (mentions fiber), so I don't think you can drop the "free" 8 ounces of gel out of it. If my math is correct, looks like you can have the plain hunter 13 ounces lighter for zero cost. If you are a weight weenie like me...
If you don’t plan on anything aftermarket on the kimber, I don’t see a reason to not go that route, I had one and have been around a few more and I have not seen one that didn’t shoot really well, mine wasn’t picky at all.Hello! Looking for a lightweight hunting rifle. Been thinking hard on the Kimber hunter due to two main factors… 1. Relatively affordable of a higher end production rifle and 2. It’s nearly the lightest of the production rifles available
Seems to be not a lot of positive feedback on the kimbers though. Mainly due to being cheap feeling stock, magazine issues, being finicky on load selection, and being hard to shoot since they are so light. I’m considering the 280 ai.
If Tikka chambered a 280 ai I would go that route.
I understand that they had some production issues in the past and hopefully those have been fixed.
Most everyone seems to lean towards the Christensen arms but those are nearly double the cost. The new Mesa model seems a bit closer in price.
Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks