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dfletcher
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Posted - 09/16/2013 :  7:05:20 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm going to buy a Cooper rifle - Varmint model, no "Buick" cuts and probably centerfire 22 single shot. Does anyone have experience with the Coopers and can advise good or bad about them?

dsf

tsr1965
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Posted - 09/16/2013 :  7:31:26 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Doug,

The cooper rifles are worry-free. I have had two of them, and like a dumb arse sold them. One was a Model 38 repeater in 17 CCM...kinda like a reloadable 17HMR, but at much higher velocities. The other was a model 38 Single shot in 17 Fireball. Both rifles would shoot well under 1/2MOA.

Rest easy. Great choice!

Both accounted for several large, edible critters, chewing on apple tree's.

Best

EDIT 1

Doug,

That TRIPLE DUCE is a fine performer. Hard to beat, actually. However, if you can find a Model 38 that fits your style, I would suggest the 221 Fireball, or 17 Fireball also. The accuracy of that 17 Fireball in that 38 Montana Varminter, still haunts me. Especially for a semi custom factory rifle. The 222/223 Remington will not fit the length of the Model 38. As you can tell, I am partial to the tiny, but strong Model 38 action.

Best

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Edited by - tsr1965 on 09/17/2013 03:48:30 AM
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dfletcher
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Posted - 09/16/2013 :  9:04:02 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by tsr1965

Doug,

The cooper rifles are worry-free. I have had two of them, and like a dumb arse sold them. One was a Model 38 repeater in 17 CCM...kinda like a reloadable 17HMR, but at much higher velocities. The other was a model 38 Single shot in 17 Fireball. Both rifles would shoot well under 1/2MOA.

Rest easy. Great choice!

Both accounted for several large, edible critters, chewing on apple tree's.

Best



Thanks Tim, glad to hear they are well worth it. I'm leaning towards a 222 Remington chambering, based on accuracy and having plenty of components. I've always kept a few 222 rifles or Encore barrels in stock. I learned reloading some +40 years ago on an old Savage 340 and have yet to find a bad shooter in that caliber.

dsf

Edited by - dfletcher on 09/18/2013 12:27:09 PM
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62fuelie
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Posted - 09/17/2013 :  5:34:33 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have to agree on the triple duece. I have an old Sako L-46 that I have been shooting for more than 40 years and it still lays the prairie dogs down all the way out to where some of the guys I shoot with miss consistently with their 22-250's. If you can get one with 1" in 9" twist it should allow for use of heavier bullets than my 1 in 14 and make it more reliable on larger game.

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dfletcher
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Posted - 09/18/2013 :  12:34:35 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It looks like I'll be able to get a 222 Remington. I see the same rifle offered in something called the "TAC 20" and read that it's a necked down 223, predates the 204 Ruger I presume. Seems like an interesting cartridge.

I get the value of going with standard calibers, but find half the fun is fiddling around with a new and slightly oddball caliber, especially if they come from "common parts" like a 223 case and 20 caliber bullets, which I suspect will always be around.

dsf
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