Kimber has been in and out of the gun business for the last 25 years. I have
owned several of the Kimber rifles and still have a few of them. I remember when I read about the M82 many years ago, wishing that I could afford one. It won me
over because it was a scaled down version of a big game rifle. Steel and walnut in the classic design. I was used to plastic and aluminum 22 caliber rifles
shooting a minute of squirrel, not tiny one-hole groups at 50 yards. One of these fine Kimbers would be mine some day. That day finally arrived and I now have a
couple of Kimber .223's, a .22Mag and a M82 .22LR.
I walked into my local gun shop to look at the new production Kimber of America 22 rifle and found that
they had one new Kimber 22, and one used Kimber M82 22LR hidden in the back of the store. I chose the used rifle for a couple of reasons (Photo 1, Photo 2). The older gun was about 99% condition and $125
less than the new one. The new Kimber 22 was $850 and the used rifle was $725 complete with Kimber
rings and a Japanese 4X scope. I liked the stock better with the more appealing walnut and the
checkered steel butt plate. My M82 appears to be a first run production. It has no suffix letter after the
model number and the Kimber of Oregon, Clackamas, Oregon barrel stamp. If any of you readers can
shed more light on the history of the rifle, please e-mail me and I will add your comments to the report. I
had no doubt that either rifle would be very accurate. My two M84 Kimbers in .223 shoot half inch groups
at 100 yards and my other 22LR and 22Mag shoot less that half inch groups at 50 yards with the ammo it likes.
I mounted a Leupold 4x12AO on the Kimber and was off to the range. I love this scope. It is the perfect
scope for old eyes and tiny targets on a budget. I just found another one on the Internet for $250 last night
. The trigger on this rifle is fantastic. Breaks like glass at about 1.5 pounds. You don't feel it move, it
just goes off. A good trigger is half the accuracy battle with production rifles and I have never shot any rifle
with a better trigger than this Kimber! The bedding is not great. I think if I can get Mr. Jim Crownover, the
official ODHA stocksmith, to glass bed this baby, it will shoot itself into consistent quarter inch groups.
Some of the groups have single fliers that open the groups from a quarter inch to half inch and it is usually the fourth or fifth shot.
This rifle behaved the same as the other Kimber rimfire models in that it spits some brands of ammo all over the paper and shoots some brands into one hole when I do my part. Click here to see the CCI MiniMag groups. Never have figured out why .22LR are so sensitive to ammo of similar quality. The
.22LR loves CCI MiniMags, and the 22Mag loves the Winchester or CCI ammo. Remington ammo won't even chamber in the Kimber 22Mag chamber.
I am looking forward to small game hunting with the little Kimber and competing in the Rimfire Sporter
Matches at my local shooting club. If you read this report and have more history on the Kimber rifle,
please e-mail me. I would also like to hear from an owner of the new Kimber 22 and Anschultz .22RF sporter rifles. Here is a link to an old Kimbers Collector's Manual printed in 1985.
I highly recommend the Kimber M82 if you can find one, and expect nothing but smaller groups from the Kimber of America 22.
By the way, another great product that the ODHA uses that helped us test the Kimber and other rifles is the "dog-gone-good"
shooting bag. Check out our shooting bag report here and the "dog-gone-good" web site here.
Have a great day and drop me an E-mail.
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