Outstanding Kimber of Oregon Model 84 prototype .257 Kimber. Made circa 1985, serial number 257KX3 (Kimber Experimental Number 3) was originally field-tested by cartridge developer Mike Hill. It then passed to gunwriter Layne Simpson who owned it for some time. Simpson wrote a feature article detailing load development and ballistic performance (published in the May/June 1987 edition of Handloader Magazine) based on his most favorable experiences. Features include a 22-inch (1/10 twist) barrel, Model 84 action (repeater) and a claro walnut stock (panel checkering, steel grip cap, checkered steel butt plate, sling swivel studs). DIMENSIONS: Weight is 6.4 pounds and length-of-pull is 13.65 inches. CONDITION: The bore is bright with but a hint of roughness (possibly from machining). Mechanics are solid. Metal and wood finishes each exceed 95 percent. INCLUSIONS: Redding Custom .257 Kimber (two piece) die set, original letter from Layne Simpson discussing the origins and performance of the rifle/cartridge, the original factory two-piece cardboard box with correct end label and Simpson’s shipping label, instruction flyer, marketing card and true copy of Handloader Magazine with Simpson’s article are present. Kimber bases are attached. The price is firm and layaway is available. $12,500 plus shipping.
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