best production rifle out there

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by Ccctennis, Jan 10, 2018.

  1. Ccctennis

    Ccctennis Well-Known Member

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    trying to figure out how to make the most of my dollars spent!
    which of these production lines would be money well spent?
    montana extreme 2
    cooper backcountry m92
    nosler liberty
    sako carbonlight.

    trying to figure out a semi-custom hunting rig. medium to light weight. but with sub moa accuracy out the box. i do reload but would like it to still be decent with factory ammo
     
  2. Greyfox

    Greyfox Well-Known Member

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    I can’t speak to the other rifles on your list, but the workmanship, reliability, and accuracy(<.5MOA) of my Cooper 52 that has seen heavy use for seven seasons can easily stand with my full customs.
     
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    Mikecr Well-Known Member

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    I'm a Cooper fan as well.
    But just about anything will provide 'sub MOA' with the right ammo. So there could be other attributes of your choices better than a Cooper(for you).
     
  4. rfurman24

    rfurman24 Well-Known Member

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    The Cooper is in another league than the others listed. If you are going with a magnum cartridge or even a long action cartridge I would avoid Nosler and Sako due to their short mag boxes. I have no clue about the Montana. The Cooper is a little shorter(3.6") than a factory Remington.
     
  5. Sykes

    Sykes Well-Known Member LRH Team Member

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    Cooper makes a dam fine rifle. I have a 92 backcountry 280 AI and 6.5-284. Both shoot .5" with factory nosler ammo. 280 likes the 160 partitions the best. Picture is a 5 shot group, of course I had to screw up the last shot!

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  6. midnightmalloy

    midnightmalloy Well-Known Member

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    How much are you looking to spend on a rifle alone? That’s makes it easier to give suggestions.
     
  7. Ccctennis

    Ccctennis Well-Known Member

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    $2500-$2800
     
  8. midnightmalloy

    midnightmalloy Well-Known Member

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    Maybe a Christianson Arms as it has been reviewed pretty highly over on long range only.com $2795 retail so it can be found for a little less.

    https://christensenarms.com/elr/
     
  9. rfurman24

    rfurman24 Well-Known Member

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    I would rate Fierce far above Christensen. I own both.
     
  10. Sykes

    Sykes Well-Known Member LRH Team Member

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    I agree fierce makes a pretty dam nice rifle also
     
  11. adam32

    adam32 Well-Known Member

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    That's the first I've ever read that.

    Why?
     
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  12. CTK

    CTK Well-Known Member

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    I keep wanting to try a Cooper. Might break me of my custom rifle habit. Cooper is the only production rifle that I would consider buying as a go to open country rifle. I might do something different for a "woods rifle". A nice Marlin would be cool. I do not have many rifles. This makes it possible for me to afford my Cadillac taste with my Chevy funds.
     
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  13. rfurman24

    rfurman24 Well-Known Member

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    The biggest reason is the Christensen is a very poorly timed 700 copy and the Fierce is a work of art when it comes to action timing. I also have come to prefer the mechanical ejector. I was never a DBM guy but the one in the Fierce functions flawlessly, looks clean, and is fairly lightweight. The controlled round push feed feeds much better than a standard push feed. I would say accuracy is a wash especially if you bed the Christensen.
     
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  14. midnightmalloy

    midnightmalloy Well-Known Member

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    Good to know. Fierce looks awfully close to a sako and I built a 280ai off a LH sako 75. I haven’t owned a factory rifle in a pretty long time so I was just going off of trusted reviews.