That USED to be normal. There were NO factory rifles that were anywhere near 'right' and it cost about a third of the rifle to make it right. It was embarrassing enough that I didn't SELL rifles, only worked on them. It was just sloppy workmanship. I see the same thing today, but some seem to shoot very well.I would feel terrible for the poor fella that can only afford to buy one rifle and then has to spend a bunch of money on making it do what it should.
There are a surprising number of factory rifles sold these days that are capable of very good to excellent accuracy, as you have discovered. I would go so far as to say most Kimber rifles are capable of such, right out of the box. If I bought a brand new Kimber, and it performed as you have described, I would endeavor to send it back to them for a once over; odds are good there is something wrong with your lock, stock or barrel.I understand that in the "old" days a lot of guns didn't come off of the shelf shooting very well. I have only been shooting for about 20 years, so I can't claim to know what all of the problems are that manufacturers have had. I can say with confidence that I have a room full of rifles and this is the worst one I've ever taken to the range. I have probably just been super lucky in my short time shooting. I'm certainly not a gunsmith either. Maybe a good gun mechanic could make this thing a whiz bang rifle in no time at all. I don't know.
On the opposite end of the spectrum I can say that I have been pleasantly surprised by the Tikka's. Kinda shocked me how well they preformed off of the shelf. My 11 year old just got his first hunting rifle (Tikka T3 chambered in 7mm-08) and it shoots an inch with federal blue box. I haven't even loaded a round for it. I liked it so much that I picked up an 06 for myself. The only thing I've done to those rifles since purchasing them is having a muzzle break added to each to mitigate some recoil.
I wouldn't bet on it. I know more than one person who's had accuracy issues or other issues with a Kimber, they send it back, and Kimber says there is no problem.What is so hard about sending it back? Kimber WILL correct the problem. ...........