Originally Posted by Mikecr
I've always liked Savage, but my next buy will likely be a Cooper.
To me Remingtons seem more like a mega-produced gunsmith training aid..
And they get about as much attention as an SKS around here..
I know there are good ones out there. But they don't hold any more value than the bad ones.
Savage took a big step change with accutrigger. That was what everyone was waiting for.
Trigger aside, nothin has really changed.
They were always good guns, just nothing fancy, limited in aftermarket, and there is still the possibilty of buying a bad one(I actually did once).
Coopers have limited aftermarket also. But they're special in that you don't have to do anything to them. They're right between big factory and true custom, while being a better investment than either(money/time wise).
I don't want a lot of options or aftermarket. I wanna scope it, develop a load, & go hunting.
In heaven, I'm hoping to skip load development!
actually if you really take a good look out there, just about everything for a Remington can be bought for a Savage. The only thing I can think of off the top of my head is the trigger guard assembly.
The only Coopers I've messed with are their 22 rimfire target rifles. Good out of the box, but still won't run with the big dogs at a shoot. A buddy of mine and I rebuilt one twice, and rechambered it with a much better chamber, and it was still a mid threes gun at fifty yards. Then I built a tuner, and shot lots and lots of low twos and high ones. Still wasn't good enough, but did place 5th in it's first outting down at Borden. Had to doit over again, I told tony we need a 52D as a base to build off of.