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#621925 11/13/22 05:24 PM
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Anyone here own/shot a Cooper centerfire rifle?
comments, insights appreciated.
looking at possibly placing and order for one.
or do you have any suggestions for similar quality rifle by another maker.
I want wood and steel. while I understand the practicality of synthetics, I want walnut against my cheek when I am hunting.
And synthetics have no character or personality. A rifle made of walnut and steel, like a fine Fox double, has a certain je ne sais quoi.
I know this might get moved to rifles but some of you who dont frequent that section may still own one of these.

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A pure coincidence you mention it.

I just got off a boat with a guy shooting a Cooper 300 WinMag.

Beautiful rifle. But his must’ve been an all-weather edition, because it was beautifully Cerrocoated (sp?), and the stock was carbon fiber.

Truly an all weather work of art. And it was accurate. He killed a Boone and Crockett buck with it from 568 yards.

I am pretty sure there are no bad rifles that leave their factory.


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I shot a couple of my FIL's Coopers. They are very nice, very accurate rifles. They seemed a bit big and bulky, but he wasn't looking for a elk rifle - just a paper puncher. I didn't quite cotton to their lines, but that's just a matter of taste, and I don't have a lot of interest in bolt rifles. They do seem to be very top drawer with respect to quality however.


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Originally Posted by Brian
I want wood and steel. while I understand the practicality of synthetics, I want walnut against my cheek when I am hunting.
And synthetics have no character or personality. A rifle made of walnut and steel, like a fine Fox double, has a certain je ne sais quoi.
Walnut is for double shotguns, not rifles. Leave the sentimentality for performance. You'll be glad you did.
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Originally Posted by John Roberts
Originally Posted by Brian
I want wood and steel. while I understand the practicality of synthetics, I want walnut against my cheek when I am hunting.
And synthetics have no character or personality. A rifle made of walnut and steel, like a fine Fox double, has a certain je ne sais quoi.
Walnut is for double shotguns, not rifles. Leave the sentimentality for performance. You'll be glad you did.
JR


Now that's bizarre. Best rifles deserve walnut everytime. Foolish to think one needs plastic for any gun.


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Best rifles deserve walnut every time. Foolish to think one needs plastic for any gun.
Could not agree more.

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Well, if there is a distinct chance that what you are hunting is an animal that will attempt to eat you, should you fail at bullet placement, because it has been raining on Kodiac Island the last month, and the beautiful walnut has swelled and moved zero to someplace else, you might come to realize that synthetics have their place.

My son has a Stalker stock on his A5. It is a 1952 Speedfeed A5, and a Stalker stock doesn’t belong there, but, guess what? The front isn’t cracked where most of them are. The tang isn’t split, like a bunch of them are.

It will never crack. Something to be said for that.

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Originally Posted by Ted Schefelbein
Well, if there is a distinct chance that what you are hunting is an animal that will attempt to eat you, should you fail at bullet placement, because it has been raining on Kodiac Island the last month, and the beautiful walnut has swelled and moved zero to someplace else, you might come to realize that synthetics have their place.

My son has a Stalker stock on his A5. It is a 1952 Speedfeed A5, and a Stalker stock doesn’t belong there, but, guess what? The front isn’t cracked where most of them are. The tang isn’t split, like a bunch of them are.

It will never crack. Something to be said for that.

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Amazing that all of North America was settled with bows, arrows, and walnut stocked rifles. Having spent weeks in the AK bush where it rained all day, every day, I can say with some experience that it is pretty foolish BS to think that plastic is some sort of magic. Just more internet keyboard "wisdom" I guess. Well made wood and blue rifles do just fine, anywhere, anytime. More plastic hyperbole here than I would have guessed.


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No wood, here:

https://www.wideopenspaces.com/texas-man-nails-3-mile-shot-to-set-new-distance-record/

Just results.

Hey, did I mention that the stock on a certain A5 isn’t cracked? Did I mention that it will NEVER crack?

Hyperbole, not. But, it looks as if you are claiming North America was settled with bows, arrows and walnut stocked hunting implements, and none of those settlers was eaten.

Big hyperbole.


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Lived on Kodiak for 12 1/2 years (National Wx Service). Waxed the metal and the wood (inside and out) at the start of each season...never any problems with wood or metal in the wet/salt climate. Used Johnsons paste floor wax.


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