LRH is partly about having an accurate rifle, .500 or less. Does anyone have a Cooper Rifle and what is your thoughts about them...........They advertize .500 groups with Match Grade Ammo at 100 yards. What about the Triggers? Can they be adjusted down to 16oz. ? Looks to me like a bargin, less the wait time. If you can find one on the shelf so much the better..............I would imagine that you could get them to shoot a lot less than .5
I saw one today in the .280 Ackley Improved.................
Just got one in 6.5-284. I will say I haven't had any fancy guns before but I love it. I shot a .82 in 3 shot group at 187 yards with the first real load I tried. My brother also shot about a MOA group the first time he shot it. I haven't and don't plan to mess with the trigger.
I own 2 Coopers... one in 204 Ruger and 1 in .22 LR. With the 204 Ruger, I repeated the factory target (at 100 yards though) after only 2 load developments. And I'm sure you've seen the factory tagets, usually one ragged hole. As far as the trigger, they are set around 2.25 - 2.5 pounds from factory. They can be adjusted, but I'm not sure to which degree. Also, Cooper will be releasing a match trigger this winter that is very much adjustable. Like I said before, I have 2 Coopers and 1 custom 700. The Coopers give the custom a real run for its money as far as accuracy. But, Coopers have very unique stocks. The wood they use is amazing! I posted pics of the wood on my 22LR here: RugerHunting.com and 204Ruger.com • View topic - My Cooper Jackson Squirrel 22LR!!!!
You have convinced me.....................I talked to Cooper Friday. They told me that when you order a rifle you and specify what trigger pull you want and they will set it at the factory. They said that their triggers are good to 16oz. I also asked about twist rate as I was interested in the 6.5 X 284 which comes with a 1x9, yet the berger 140 recomends a 1X8. They told me for $75 you can change the twist rate to what ever you want. Barrel length is a free option and can be from 20 inches to 26 or 28 cant remember what. You get a lot of bang for the buck.............
Im looking for somthing bigger than my .243 AI maybe the .280 AI.
.280 Ackley Improved is pretty much the same as the 7mm Rem. Mag. Once you go to the magnum calibers in a cooper rifle the price jumps by $1,000. I own a .243 Ackley Custom in a 700 action, which is great for antelope and deer, but If I want to hunt Elk!!?? My inlaws live in Carmen Idaho and want me to come up Elk hunting this year again...............in the past I just hunt deer. So for a non-magnum Caliber it seem like the .280 Ackley would be the way to go and shooting the 168gr Berger VLD would make for a great long range combination...............actually it would be better for Mule Deer.
I received, as a Valentine, a Cooper MDL 22, VLM, 6.5x284, 26" 1/8". I had to assemble every component from scratch, as no ammo is available here on the coast.
I ordered 100 pieces Lapua brass, SMK 142gr. and Berger 140gr VLD, Redding dies, used RL 22 and Win LRPs. My first effort with different coals and loads were several groups under.3". I'm sure I can improve these as I get a better feel for this cartridge, which is new to me.
I really like this rifle, the wood is beautiful and the feel of every part is as precise as I have ever felt in any other rifle, I have owned or fired.