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Kimber Rifles: Classic Select Grade Review

(Photo courtesy of Brad Fitzpatrick)
(Photo courtesy of Brad Fitzpatrick)

From the Kimber Traditional bolt-action family, the Classic Select Grade is a stylish, sub-MOA hunting rifle that blends traditional styling with modern features

Kimber is well-known for building some of the lightest mountain rifles in the market, but the company also produces classically-styled guns that appeal to traditionalists. The American-made Kimber Traditional Classic Select Grade combines the company’s controlled-feed 84 action with a French walnut stock, making it an elegant hunting rifle that looks as good as it shoots.

The 84 action (and its magnum counterpart, the 8400) feature Mauser-style full-length claw extractors. The massive claw rests on the front of the bolt body and bites down on the cartridge case, ensuring reliable cycling under the worst conditions. After firing, claw extractor pulls the cartridge free from the chamber and a fixed ejector tosses the empty case from the action. The extractor holds the cartridge in place throughout the cycling process, virtually eliminating the risk of a malfunction.

Kimber matches the 84/8400 action of their Classic Select Grade rifles to a sporter-profile barrel with a match-grade chamber. Both the barrel and the action are machined from premium steel for maximum accuracy and durability. The barrel and action feature a matte finish that reduces glare and protects the metal. The barreled action is then matched to a pillar, glass-bedded A-grade French walnut stock with an ebony forend tip and 20 LPI panel checkering. A hand-rubbed oil finish protects the walnut stock and gives the rifle a stylish, classy look.

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