Kimber Model 8400 Caprivi

The, new for 2008, African hunting rifle from Kimber. Chambered in .375 H&H.

Caprivi

Caprivi-2

Specs:

Caliber: .375 H&H Mag.
Approximate Weight: 8lbs. 10oz.
Overall Length (inches): 44.5

Stock:

  • Checkering: 24 lines-per-inch
  • Ebony forend tip
  • Cheekpiece
  • Finish: Hand-rubbed oil
  • Recoil pad (black) thickness (inches): 1 inch
  • Steel grip cap
  • Length of pull: 13.75 inches
  • Drop at heel: 0.49 inches
  • Drop at comb: 0.59 inches

Barrel:

  • Length: 24 inches
  • Magnum contour
  • Finish: Matte blue
  • Twist rate (right hand): 12
  • Grooves: 6
  • Match grade chamber

Action:

  • Full length Mauser claw extractor
  • Finish: Matte blue
  • Magazine capacity: 4
  • Pillar bedding
  • Glass bedding
  • 3-position Model 70-type safety

Trigger:

  • Adjustable
  • Factory setting (pull) pounds: 3-3.5

Retail Price: $3196.00

Press release:

Yonkers, New York, January 8, 2007 – Kimber® has introduced the Model 8400â„¢ Caprivi, a spectacular rifle designed for hunting Africa’s dangerous game. The Caprivi Strip, from which the rifle takes its name, is a piece of wild Africa known for abundant wildlife; a place as rugged as it is beautiful.

The AA French walnut stock with hand-rubbed oil finish, ebony forend tip, 24-lpi wrap checkering and pancake cheekpiece set the Capriviâ„¢ well above all other production rifles. A barrel band swivel stud, Howell-style rear swivel stud and three-leaf rear express sight speaks to the rifle’s true purpose.

The heart of a rifle is the action, and the Caprivi does not disappoint. The Mauser claw extractor ensures positive feeding and extraction regardless of hunting conditions. The safety is a classic, three-position wing. The match grade barrel, chamber and trigger ensure accuracy. Finally, four .375 H&H cartridges ride in the magazine.

The Caprivi is certain to be an instant classic. Suggested retail price is $3,196. Like other Kimber rifles, the Caprivi is available from over 2,000 Kimber Master Dealers across America.

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Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


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  • John C. De Vries

    2/21/08
    Mr Johnson,
    I just returned from the rifle range having fired (open sites only) my new Caprivi in .375 H&H. Factory ammo at 50 yards scored okay for a blind old man (I’m 72) – about 2 inches. The info with the rifle indicates it is set for 50yds. Mine was about 8 inches high and 3 inches right. I can remedy this since the rear sight is both movable and I have a three corner file.

    However my complaint is the bolt diameter seems too small. Though I was able to fire the rifle with impunity, extraction was hampered. Feed was only so-so. On examining the bolt face it seems that its small diameter compromises holding the base of the cartridge, since no slot exists opposite the extractor to hold the cartridge base. Only when I firmly closed the loaded cartridge in the chamber did the extractor grasp the empty case in preparation to its extraction. These were intentionally factory rounds, and none showed evidence of excessive pressure. Recoil was normal. Since I have on order the .458 Lott-a much more powerful round, I am sincerely thinking of aborting that order.

    Email me at [email removed – there is no spam protection for comments]. Thanks listening.

  • From John C. De Vrieson (via email and with permission to post as a comment):

    I think my trouble resulted only from my being too gentle while chambering the Kimber. I wanted to see how smoothly it would feed. Once I used just gentle but average feeding pressure it behaved well.

    Upon calling Kimber my only question was,whether the extractor was formed from spring steel. I was assured it was. The bolt diameter also concerned me. However when compared to M70 Winchester, though smaller, the side of the bolt face opposite the extractor had the same formation i.e. only a formed wall without a slot in which the cartridge base fits. This is true of the Mauser as well.

    My concern has thus been satisfied. I feel this is a good setup and will persist in my buying a .458 Lott when it comes out.