Kimber Open Range Pro Carbon – SHOT Show 2020

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At this year’s 2020 SHOT Show Kimber was pleased to show off their newly released Open Range Pro Carbon bolt action rifle. Available with a Granite grey stock or a Gore Optifade Open Country digital camo stock, the Open Range Pro Carbon pairs Kimber’s action with a carbon fiber-wrapped barrel by PROOF Research.

PROOF Research barrels are quickly becoming a must-have option for premium rifle makers. These barrels not only shoot accurately with great precision, but they also shoot consistently even after extended strings of fire.

They also don’t weigh much compared to conventional barrels. Thanks to the PROOF Research barrel, the Open Range Pro Carbon weighs just 6 pounds and 3 ounces. There are a handful of lighter options out there but at that point, shooting short action cartridges starts becoming hard on the shooter.

The Open Range Pro Carbon is offered in .308 Winchester and the increasingly standard 6.5mm Creedmoor. Both have medium-heavy profile 24-inch barrels for shooting at longer ranges. While these are built for hunting they are match-grade rifles that can compete and shoot targets of all sorts in a pinch.

Kimber includes a user-adjustable trigger with the Open Range Pro Carbon rifles, set at the factory to right around 3 pounds. While they were displayed with a thread protector they will ship with an included brake and accept any 5/8×24-threaded muzzle devices.

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Like the barrels, the stocks are also constructed with a carbon fiber composite which helps keep the weight down but also balances the rifle overall. The stock uses a pillar bedding system and includes a 1-inch buttpad.

The rifles use Kimber’s 84M action with front locking lugs, a three-position safety, and a Mauser-style claw extractor. The bolt and action are stainless steel with Kimber’s KimPro II satin black finish.

In every configuration, the Open Range Pro Carbon carries a $3,099 suggested retail price with online and in-store pricing expected to be under $3,000. Proof research barrels are often priced just under $1,000 without the rest of the rifle included.

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About the author: Max Slowik is a writer with over a dozen years of experience and is a lifelong shooter. He has unwavering support for the Second Amendment and the human right to self-defense. Like Thomas Paine, he’s a journalist by profession and a propagandist by inclination.

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  • Big Jim February 5, 2020, 8:11 pm

    There is no bolt action rifle worth more than $1000.00

    • Goose February 6, 2020, 10:17 pm

      So you have an AR with sun 1/4 MOA accuracy? Highly unlikely !

  • JB February 5, 2020, 1:40 pm

    Hmmm, yeah Savage Ulralight also has a proof research barrel this year. While it may not be as nice a rifle as the Kimber – it also will have a street price of around $1200 instead of $3000

  • Mike in a Truck February 5, 2020, 12:41 pm

    Another manufacturer that craps gold bars. It’s just a bullet launcher. It only takes one maybe two shots to bring down game. An off the rack Remington or Savage will do the same thing.Hope it sells well but I ain’t buyin.Not because of lack of funds but because the price is insulting.

  • S Elton February 5, 2020, 11:25 am

    Yeah… thanks. I’ll stick with my amazingly light and accurate Ruger American (paid $330 new). Spend that extra money on quality glass, a bolt upgrade and a cheek pad and you’ve got all the rifle you’ll ever need not to mention a gun you’re not afraid to get dirty.

  • John R Lammers February 5, 2020, 11:08 am

    Is it cost effective to do a custom modification of a 25-06 Browning X Bolt. I own this rifle in left hand and wish to do long range shooting. Am a beginner and can shoot at 200 yd range targets.

  • NJ February 5, 2020, 6:51 am

    Two grand extra and you get…an extra half pound of weight and a ten dollar bolt handle extension. Fail.

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