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Kimber Classic .22 Rifle

In the 1980s, Kimber made rim- and centerfire rifles that were handsome but often lacking in accuracy and plagued by quality-control problems. That incarnation of Kimber went under, and the new company of that name has none of the problems that doomed its ancestor. It started with a series of fine automatic pistols based on the Model 1911 Colt and has now gotten back into the rimfire rifle business.

The latest Kimber .22s are a completely new design. They are handsome, and the one I’ve had a chance to use for several months is the most accurate .22 sporter I’ve ever fired in terms of aggregate group size. Tackdriver hardly begins to describe it. At over $800, it is not cheap, but it is a sheer delight.