Kimber’s 84L action is scaled to handle three popular big-game cartridges: .25-06, .270 and .30-06. Weighing just 3.25 kg with Leupold VX-3 2.5-8x variable it becomes an ideal mountain rifle.
Following a trend pioneered by Melvin Forbes of Ultra Light Arms, extremely light, synthetic-stocked sporters categorized as “mountain rifles” have become all the rage with hunters who clamber around the high peaks seeking out trophy game. Kimber’s rendition of the classic mountain rifle, however, takes a more traditional approach and sheds weight without using a fibreglass stock and short, skinny barrel. The Model 84L is a handsome rifle styled for functional elegance with a figured walnut stock and slender 610mm barrel. Short-barreled rifles tend to be butt- heavy and muzzle-light, difficult to hold steady and shoot accurately, particularly from the offhand position.
The Kimber 84L is a practical, well-balanced, fast-handling and accurate mountain rifle, one that would have won the late Jack O’Connor’s wholehearted approval. He’d praise the 84L Classic’s sporter stock with its gently curved pistol grip, small in diameter, and high straight comb that barely clears the cocking piece when the bolt is fully open. No need for a cheekpiece as the comb is rounded and thick enough to support the face while the buttstock has minimal drop at heel to absorb recoil. Most hunting rifles are carried a lot and shot little, but if recoil is mild, the rifle is more pleasant to shoot and hence easier to hit with