Kimber Model 84M Rifles

Jon Y. Wolfe

Kimber 84M Classic
Kimber 84M Longmaster Classic rifle. Illustration courtesy of Kimber Mfg., Inc.

The Kimber Model 84M series is Kimber's line of short action, centerfire, bolt action hunting rifles. They include the base model 84M Classic and the 84M Longmaster Classic, as well as the 84M Montana and high grade 84M Super America. The former features a stainless steel barreled action with a composite/synthetic stock, and the latter features a stock blank of AAA grade walnut and wrap around checkering.

Kimber Model 84 rifles are conventional bolt actions that are conservative in design and flawless in execution. They are essentially semi-custom built rifles.

The standard 84M Classic is supplied with a satin blued light sporter barrel 22" in length. It is an ultra-light rifle, weighing only 5.5 pounds including a 1" Pachmayr Decelerator recoil pad and detachable sling swivel bases. Incorporated into its design are a ball bearing three position Model 70 type wing safety, Mauser type bolt with controlled round feeding and extraction, two front locking lugs with a rear lug for safety, milled steel floor plate and trigger guard, magazine floor plate release inside the trigger guard, open topped receiver for easy field loading, one inch rubber recoil pad, and glass bedded action. The semi-fancy walnut stock is superbly checkered and has a classic, hand rubbed oil finish. 84M calibes include .243Win, .260 Rem, 7mm-08, .308 Win. and .338 Federal. Magazine capacity is 5 rounds. 2007 MSRP is $996.

The standard 84M Classic is Kimber's interpretation of the classic mountain rifle. It is equally at home in the deep woods, where its light weight, good balance, and handy length make it among the fastest handling of production bolt action rifles. Recoil, of course, is also right up there, particularly with bullets weighing 140 grains or more and in .308 caliber.

A variation of the 84M Classic is the Classic Select Grade, available with either a AA grade claro walnut stock or an A grade French walnut stock with a black forend tip. The upgraded wood is the only difference between the Select Grade and the regular 84M Classic. 2007 MSRP is $1153 with claro and $1160 with French walnut.

The Super America is Kimber's top grade Model 84M rifle. This elegant lightweight sporter is stocked in magnificent AAA grade claro walnut and furnished with a cheekpiece, 24 lpi wrap around checkering, steel grip cap, and an ebony forend tip. Metal surfaces receive a hand polished high-luster blue job and the stock a hand rubbed oil finish. 2007 MSRP for Super America grade 84M rifles is $1928, and they are worth every penny.

The Model 84M Montana is a composite/synthetic stocked version of the Classic with a stainless steel barreled action. It is Kimber's "all weather" lightweight rifle and fulfills the same basic roles as the 84M Classic. Unlike many synthetic stocked rifles, the Montana's Kevlar reinforced composite stock is quite rigid and does not flex when the rifle is used with a shooting sling.

The 84 Longmaster Classic is a well balanced hunting rifle with a match grade barrel, trigger and chamber. It is essentially identical to the 84M with the exception of its 24 inch stainless steel, fluted bull barrel. Overall length is 43.5 inches, length of pull is 13.75 inches, and actual barrel length is 23.3 inches. The rubber recoil pad is .5 inch with a .5 inch black polymer spacer. The Longmaster weighs just 7.2 pounds. It is currently offered only in .308 Winchester and .22-250 Remington. 2007 MSRP is $1094.

The Longmaster is Kimber's version of a "sendero" or "bean field" rifle, in much lighter and more portable package than most such offerings. It would, in fact, make a perfectly acceptable "all-around" rifle. At the heart of this Kimber is its effectiveness as a precision long range hunting rifle combined with the balance and classic feel of an easy to carry sporter. Kimber accomplished this feat by designing their model 84M specifically for short action cartridges. The inclusion of a match grade trigger, chamber, and barrel set this rifle apart from other production rifles in its price range.

Kimber 84M triggers break clean with minimal creep. The factory trigger setting is 3.2 lbs. This fine trigger is one of the reasons that Kimber 84's have an evnviable reputation for excellent accuracy.

The Kimber Model 84M rifles are accurate, durable, and reliable with many desirable features. They should satisfy the most demanding hunter.

Note: Detailed reviews of the Kimber 84M Montana, 8400 Montana, 84M Classic and two reviews of the Kimber 84M Longmaster can be found on the Product Reviews page.

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