MISSOULA, Mont.—Kimber and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation are teaming up to launch the new Kimber Model 84L, a rifle that one respected gun writer has already described as “as good as a lightweight rifle can get.”

Christened the “Elk Country Classic,” the first 475 Model 84L rifles are chambered in .30-06 Spfd. and will be available only at RMEF fundraisers beginning early in 2010.

This sleek bolt action sporter weighs just 6 pounds, 2 ounces, and balances like a fine shotgun. Kimber upgraded the stock with specially selected AA-grade French walnut streaked with bold, rich grain. Each stock has hand-cut 20 lines-per-inch checkering, a hand-rubbed oil finish and is tipped in ebony. Special markings include an engraved floorplate with gold accents, engraved bolt handle and serial number that reflects the edition sequence. The rifle is elegant from every angle, but not flashy or overdone.

“Our banquet-goers get first dibs on these rifles, with proceeds conserving habitat for elk and other wildlife,” said Steve Decker, director of field programs for RMEF. “Kimber has never launched a new product through a conservation group before, and we’ve never launched a new rifle, so this is one of the coolest things we’ve ever done at our events.”

A project coordinator at Kimber shared the enthusiasm, saying, “Many of us are dedicated elk hunters and RMEF members. Knowing these rifles will be used to further the RMEF mission means a great deal to all of us. I cannot imagine a stronger partnership.”

To find an RMEF fundraiser—the only place you can get a new Kimber Model 84L Elk Country Classic—near you, go to www.rmef.org and click “Attend an Event.”

About the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:
Snowy peaks, dark timber basins and grassy meadows. RMEF is leading an elk country initiative that has conserved or enhanced habitat on over 5.7 million acres—a land area equivalent to a swath three miles wide and stretching along the entire Continental Divide from Canada to Mexico. RMEF also works to open, secure and improve public access for hunting, fishing and other recreation. Get involved at www.rmef.org or 800-CALL ELK.

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