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Old 06-11-2019, 10:09 PM
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Kimber SVT "new to me"



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Got lucky once again and won this nice looking Kimber of America Model 82 SVT single shot. Picked it up today. According to the Blue Book of Gun Values this SVT model was only made in 1997. Not sure how many were made "maybe someone has input on that"?? The barrel is listed at 18" but actual length is 17.75". Weight is listed at 7.5 lbs but as seen in the photos with the weaver T36 and steel base/rings it weighs exactly 9 lbs. Barrel is not free floated. Doesn't say "Match" anywhere on the barrel but the bullet seats into the rifling. Trigger is fantastic, 5 pulls averaged 13 oz. with zero creep. The rifle is very well balanced for offhand shooting although the 36 power Weaver is not ideal standing for me. For bench shooting this stock design is really good, the beavertail forearm is 1.75" wide so there is next to no rocking, no sling studs to interfere with bags and the sloping bottom buttstock makes for easy adjustment from the rear.

Metal is 100% and wood is around 97% with 7 small dings. The Weaver scope is a perfect match fit wise. I shot it some today but it was really windy and the accuracy was a lot better than I had anticipated. Extraction and ejection was perfect. If anyone has/had the SVT model I would like to hear what your thoughts are. The only negative is the high bolt handle lift, the Tikka T1x has really spoiled me when it comes to bolt lifts.

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Old 06-12-2019, 04:10 AM
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I have never owned one, but most C's shoot well. Does your stock have the two aluminum action pillars? My recollection is that the C's had their barrel floated.
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Yes it does have the two aluminum pillars. I can run a single piece of paper between the barrel and stock but it's a tight fit. Today was really windy but I couldn't resist getting out. I have more groups to upload. I need to shoot the rifle more before I decide to remove some wood.
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Here are three more targets. Only fault I can find is in the trigger. The pull is not consistent. I increased the pull weight and it helped but still not where it should be. I'm looking at the XTSP trigger. Problem is the cost, not sure I'm up to paying $300 for a trigger. That's almost half of what I paid for the rifle.

Here is what I shot. Kind of windy I suspect it will do better.

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