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Old 01-12-2012, 07:01 PM
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Cooper Rifle

I have been looking hard at Cooper rifles and am interested in others input. This gun will mainly be shot off of the bench. I just want an accurate gun to shoot at eggs, cans, bottles, etc. at 300-400 yards. So would their guns be a good fit for this? I like their Varminters and the Phoenix. I like the idea of a 243 AI, 6x284, or 6.5x284. I know the synthetic stocks have aluminum bedding blocks but what bedding systems do the wood and laminated wood have? Would there be an accuracy difference between the two? Also what are their triggers like? Any information on these guns or any recommendations would be great.
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Old 01-13-2012, 08:03 AM
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Re: Cooper Rifle

While a Cooper is all you pay for in a gun(good investment), your cartridge choice makes no sense for the application.
243 AI, overbore barrel burner, overpower mid range hunting.
6x284, Same taken to ridiculous.
6.5x284, long range barrel burner, not for hunting junk at a landfill.

Cooper's wood stocks are bedded -without pillars, and they're HUNTING stocks(not BR). For this application, I suggest you look at Savage model 12(target) in 6BR.
Savage Arms > Firearms > Browse Models
But call them & ask for a slower twist barrel for mid-weight FB BR bullets.
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Old 01-13-2012, 10:55 AM
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Re: Cooper Rifle

The Cooper is an excellent rifle. For the type of shooting you want to do I would go for the synthetic or laminated stock and and a heavy barrel version. Both are well bedded and deliver great accuracy. I agree with Mikecr that the type of shooting you want to do would be better served with a different caliber. I would also consider a 260 Remington. Long life, very accurate, and good brass availability. The Savage Long Range Precision is a good alternative as well if you want to save a few bucks. The Savages win more 300 yard egg shoots at our club in factory class on a regular basis than all other makes combined.
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Old 01-13-2012, 02:29 PM
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Re: Cooper Rifle

The cooper I just ordered is the excalibur, syn stock, 26" stainless fluted barrel, will be fun. My cooper 270 westerner is a tack driver, glass bedded, most well made guns are glass beded if they have walnut stocks, not metal pillars. Either from Cooper is fine.
For your application I would go with the 223 remington as it will plink with cheap ammo, most scope makers have turrets for 223 that are right on and you can always shoot varmits with it should the need arise
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Old 01-13-2012, 02:30 PM
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Re: Cooper Rifle

btw their actions and triggers are great!
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Old 01-13-2012, 04:23 PM
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Re: Cooper Rifle

Hi,

I ordered the Phoenix in .243AI a month ago, I thought they just came with a 1 in 10 twist but the supplier called me back and asked what twist I wanted. I'm new to long range shooting and this caught me out a little so with my limited knowledge (Hornady reloading manual) I went for 1 in 9 knowing it would stabilize the 105gn pills. In Australia there is a 6 to 7 month wait for your Cooper, I have only read good things about them and everyone who has one wants another, and I based my decision on this (theres plenty of them)
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Old 01-13-2012, 09:42 PM
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Re: Cooper Rifle

Started looking up the specs/performance on the 260 Rem and that certainly looks like an interesting cartridge.
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