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The Dakota seems to be a M70 custom at a higher price. Get very specific as to what your getting from the exact Dakota that you may buy.
The Coopers are not favored by some here due to their presidents backing of a political who is anti gun.
I don't favor any Weatherby and in particular the Vanguard action or its origin.
To add: To be frank for the money I would rather have this old M70 that was just sold on GA for $995!