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#4332808 - 08/16/10 07:04 PM Would you sell several rifles to get a Cooper?
nsaqam Offline
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Recently I've developed a desire to have a nice wood stocked LH rifle.
I'd like a Kimber but they are jerks and they don't make a LH rifle. grin

Cooper does make a LH rifle and I've been looking at the regular Cooper Classic repeater chambered for the great .270WCF.
With a few upgrades and the LH option I'm looking at ~$2000. To make that happen I'd have to send a few of my other rifles down the road. Not a problem for most of my rifles but I really like my LH 700KS .270. Selling that would be hard for me to do but it would have to be done in my present financial position.

Who here has experience with Cooper rifles?

Are there any other LH bolt rifles stocked in nice wood that I'm overlooking?

How about having my 700KS restocked in nice wood?

Just in the kicking it around stage here but am interested in hearing about Cooper rifles.
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#4332840 - 08/16/10 07:13 PM Re: Would you sell several rifles to get a Cooper? [Re: nsaqam]
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Even though they are a fine rifles,a couple of problems with the Coopers for what you need.

1st- the m52- their long action bolt repeater is HEAVY. It was about 8lbs+ sans scope.

2nd- Due to their three lug bolts and steep cocking nothc ramps-the cocking effeort on Coopers is rough for shots from the shoulder. The bolt sure don't work like m700 from the shoulder .

3rd. To get TRULY high grade wood on any Cooper you are looking at sending them 600-$1,000 JUST for the wood upgrade on standard Classic.

I would buy the blank from a good vendor for about $500 or so and then send it to Cooper. They charge a handling fee of $100 for your wood. Most dealers discount that a bit. It is worht it as you can inspect/approve the blanks before it is milled into your stock.

For a Cooper as you are wanting -you are looking at about $2,500 +

$1,500 to $2,000 would build one HELL of a walnut stock for any m700 if it was made by a reasonable smith like Dennis Olson of Montana.



Edited by jim62 (08/16/10 07:15 PM)
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#4332850 - 08/16/10 07:15 PM Re: Would you sell several rifles to get a Cooper? [Re: nsaqam]
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nsaquam:I am not familiar with Coopers,but would not sell the KS to get it.You know and trust the KS,so don't leave yourself without a trusted rifle to buy a new one...evaluate what else you have that is expendable,sell those to work toward the "dream" wood stocked rifle....but don't sell a trusted friend for an as yet unknown commodity.

Look at the dream rifle as a longer term goal until finances improve and the new rifle is within reach.

I speak from bitter experience here..... grin
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#4332875 - 08/16/10 07:22 PM Re: Would you sell several rifles to get a Cooper? [Re: BobinNH]
nsaqam Offline
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Sounds like eminently logical advice guys.

As I was typing my post I thought of just having a nice walnut stock made for my KS and the more I think about it the more I like that idea.

Jim, I didn't realize that the Cooper was so heavy and although I know that less bolt rotation equals steeper cocking ramps I hadn't considered that as a factor.
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#4333005 - 08/16/10 07:58 PM Re: Would you sell several rifles to get a Cooper? [Re: nsaqam]
blargon Offline
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I would worry about selling off rifles I liked, and end up not liking the fit or feel of the Cooper.

For me, there is more to liking a rifle than just the grain of the stock.

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#4333012 - 08/16/10 08:00 PM Re: Would you sell several rifles to get a Cooper? [Re: nsaqam]
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#4333480 - 08/17/10 04:40 AM Re: Would you sell several rifles to get a Cooper? [Re: Tom264]
DMB Offline
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There's something about the Cooper stocks that leaves me cold.
The forends are too thick.
I don't own a Cooper, and probably won't in the future.
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#4333512 - 08/17/10 05:08 AM Re: Would you sell several rifles to get a Cooper? [Re: DMB]
JohnMoses Offline
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Nsa,

How do you plan to hunt with the rifle?

The reason I ask is if you mostly ambush animals and don't do alot of walking, the weight won't be a big issue.

3-Lug bolts do pressure up when you start the lift; but It also has the benefit of having a shorter throw, so you won't get your hand into the scope either.

If you have several rifles that don't get used I would consider doing it, but only after I handled one and made sure it was what I wanted.

I have shot 4 Coopers, but only one was a wood stocked rifle. All were very accurate and very well made.

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#4333516 - 08/17/10 05:10 AM Re: Would you sell several rifles to get a Cooper? [Re: JohnMoses]
ingwe Offline
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I'd sell several Brownings to buy anything else..... whistle


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#4333525 - 08/17/10 05:15 AM Re: Would you sell several rifles to get a Cooper? [Re: ingwe]
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I was ready to sell one sat. after my trip to the range...
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