are the Kimber rifles the same quality as their 1911's?
Absolutely, kimber got into pistols long after they began making rifles. The machining on all the parts is fantastic... and to bolt action is among the slickest I have ever felt. Its like sliding a stick of butter across a warm pan.
I have messed with a few of their .22 rifles and they were not the heavy barreled versions and they would still out shoot a fully modified 10/22 target gun. I would only assume the large caliber rifles are just as good.