2017 Rifle of the Year: Kimber 84M Hunter

posted on April 24, 2017

Being recognized as “best in class” is much easier said than done, but the companies’ products featured in these stories have outdone themselves, and have truly earned the title.

Rifle of the Year: Kimber Model 84M Hunter
Weighing in at 5.5 pounds, the Model 84M Hunter is Kimber’s new budget offering, but still provides the quality for which Kimber is known. The rifle’s 84M action and stainless barrel are standard Kimber quality; the major change comes in the form of an injection-molded stock, a three-round detachable box magazine, which breaks from the traditional blind box magazine Kimber uses on similar rifles, and a price drop of about $400.

The rifle comes with a sub-MOA guarantee, just like other Kimbers, which, contrary to what you may think "budget" guns are capable of, proves the 84M Hunter can really shoot. “I thought the same thing,” wrote Executive Editor Adam Heggenstaller of the new stock. Then he started punching holes in paper, averaging .88 and .7-inch groups. (“Hardware,” November ’16).

So the only knock on the rifle (if you can even call it a knock) comes from its "utilitarian" look, which, according to Heggenstaller, matters little as its performance, weight and price are what command attention.

"It is the most well-designed polymer stock on any so-called entry-level rifle I’ve tested, but I admit to being partial to Kimber’s signature high comb and open grip. The Hunter has both." 

Editor's Note: Winning products must be tested by the editors, meet or exceed expectations on innovation, and provide hunters and shooters with value for their money. NRA Publications will present the annual Golden Bullseye Awards at an invitation-only breakfast during the 2017 NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Atlanta, Ga., April 28-30.


Benelli Lupo BE.S.T. Lead
Benelli Lupo BE.S.T. Lead

New for 2022: Benelli Lupo BE.S.T.

The new Lupo BE.S.T. features a premium wood stock that bridges the original Lupo’s precision performance and technological innovation with defined ergonomics and contemporary styling.

First Look: Zeiss DTI 3/25 Thermal Imaging Camera

Zeiss has released the DTI 3/25, its second thermal imaging camera developed especially for hunting.

First Look: Bergara Premier Divide Rifle

Representing a lighter, backcountry-minded version of the Bergara HMR, the Premier Divide bridges the gap between a tactical and hunting rifle, pairing the company's proprietary Cure Carbon Barrel with a custom AG Composites Chalk Branch carbon stock. 

Mojo Outdoors Releases Scoot-N-Shoot Gunner

With turkey season around the corner, Mojo has added the Scoot-N-Shoot Gunner to their turkey lineup.

Browning Ammunition Introduces Pro22 Rimfire

Browning's new Pro22 is the company's latest addition to its ammo lineup, providing target shooters and plinkers with a new high-accuracy option for shooting their favorite rimfire rifle.

New for 2022: Nosler Suppressors

The all-new Nosler Suppressors are designed specifically for hunters to strike an ideal balance between size, light weight, exceptional durability and sound mitigation. 


Get the best of American Hunter delivered to your inbox.