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 Post subject: Finally a pretty one!
PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2020 11:53 pm 
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I can’t help but notice my gunsafe leans heavy on the function and light on form. I have few wood stocked rifles. Mostly stainless, polymer, carbon and aluminum. They make for durable work horses but definitely lack in the looks department.

All the 30/06 talk and beautiful rifles posted on here lately lead me to click on a classified add in a local firearm classified forum labeled kimber 30/06.

Two blurry pictures seemed to show pretty decent wood on a 84L Classic in 30/06. The price was pretty tough to pass up so I set up a meet to check it out and ended up the new owner of a very classy little rifle with very pretty wood.

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Apparently they guy had won it in a raffle and didn’t have much use for it. It has a few nicks from gunsafe rash but the metal is flawless.

I stuck a 3-9 Nikon on that I had sitting on a shelf in my gun room. If this proves to be accurate I’ll get different better for it. I was thinking this might be a good candidate for a 6x42 leupold. The 2.5-8 and 3.5-10 vx3i are also contenders. Trying to keep it light and set and forget. No turrets on this one.

Any other optics I should consider?

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2020 6:24 am 

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Good looking rifle! I hope she shoots well for you, and I'd probably top it with the 6x Leupold.

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Very nice. Congratulations ! A 2.5 - 10 x 40 Summit would work in the Brooks range.

Very pretty rifle, love it !


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2020 7:07 am 

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Nice rifle! I've always liked Kimbers. I think the 2-8x Leupold would be about perfect!


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2020 8:15 am 

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Guy Miner wrote:
Good looking rifle! I hope she shoots well for you, and I'd probably top it with the 6x Leupold.

Guy

Great minds think alike. A 6x42mm Leupold would be perfect on it Guy! Beautiful rifle!

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Nice rifle. Hope she shoots!

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Nice rifle. Perfect candidate for a 6x42 or 36 with dots.

Or even a clean old M8 4 or 6x

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Congratulations on a great find!

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Nice looking rifle for sure. A Leupold VX-3i 2.5-8x36mm at 11.4 oz would give you all the flexibility you need for all around use. The FX-3 6x42 at 13.6 oz would definitely be a great choice for a fixed power scope.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2020 10:56 am 

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+1 JD. Congratulations on a very nice rifle.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2020 11:14 am 

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I like the stock with no extra metal or plastic additions. The wood itself makes for a great looking setup.
Around here with all the brush a 10-20 yard shot isn’t out of the question and neither is a poke across a canyon. For that reason I prefer a variable scope over a fixed power.


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Looks like the perfect rifle for spring black bear on those pleasant evenings when the weather is perfect.

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Beauty!!


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Nice find. Hope it groups as good as it looks. Don't know what distance your planning on shooting but I like 3x9 or little bigger variables. Just me. Dan.


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Yep, it's a pretty one! Nice rifle in a great cartridge. Really hope it's as good a shooter as what it looks, if so a super combination for you. I'm sure it will be.


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Love that grain!!
A Swarovski Z3 3-9x36 is also very light weight and would balance that rig out nicely too!


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Handsome stick, to be sure.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 01, 2020 7:04 pm 
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That’s a great snag! And in a great caliber!

I would go with either the 2.5-8 or fixed 6x Leupold scopes you mentioned.

Any idea what you plan to shoot in it?

I highly recommend the 165 grain Accubond or Partition!


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 01, 2020 11:59 pm 
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The scope choice almost made itself. I stopped into my local grocery store, 3 bears in Chugiak, to pick something up for dinner. Behind the counter was a leupold fx3 6x42.

I had loaded up a box of 165gr nosler partitions with 55gr of H414. A load I have used in the past in my encore barrel. In my encore this load was traveling just over 2800fps.

2 shots got me 1/2” low at 25 yards. Moved the target out to 100 yards and shot this group.
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I adjusted to 3” high and then shot this group at 300 yards

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The remaining 3 I used to smack my 200 yard 8” gong. Nice little group on the gong about a third of the way down from the top.

That’s honestly better than I was expecting. I can’t imagine needing more than this for a light hunting rifle. The 6x42 makes for an excellent fit.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 02, 2020 7:11 pm 

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Looks like you're loaded for bear!
Or moose, or deer, or caribou, or wolf, or ...


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 02, 2020 7:53 pm 
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That looks like the perfect set up for a whole lot of things and a pretty one to boot! Very nice. CL

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Alpine Gun Slicker; cheap insurance for a wood rifle in rain/snow! :) I love the 84L! I was looking for one when I found one in .270 win. during the "lock down", I had my smith send it off to "300 Below" for Cryo treating ($100) and it has shot like a house afire! :) It may not have needed it, but I've had so many "skinny barrel" rifles "walk off" their shots when getting hot. Good hunting to you Bear! :)


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Interesting idea to freeze it. Did it make a difference?


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This rifle really came together into a very nice set up and is a very good looking rifle. Will be nice how it does in the field for you and looking forward to some future pictures.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 05, 2020 4:07 pm 

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How about this one ladies? Winchester Model 70 Super Grade Maple in 30-06!! $1350.00 here in town.

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