Originally Posted by singleshotfan
Drover, just curious. Do you own a Cooper RF? Do you have a dog in this hunt?
Actually I currently own three 57M's all in 22 l.r., a Custom Classic fully loaded with all of the stock upgrades, a LVT, and a Jackson Hunter. I have owned 3 other 57M's in the past, all Classics, the only reason for selling them was for wood upgrades, I have never had an issue with any of them. Yes - it is difficult to shoot factory groups with the Classic stock because the style is not conducive to shooting from a rest.
Through the years I have owned right at 20 Cooper rifles, both rimfire and centerfire, and currently own a half-dozen. I have not had an issue with anyone of them except for shooting a couple of the 223's so much that I wore out the barrels and had to have them replaced. Out of that 20 I did have one that did not shoot to my satisfaction and they replaced the barrel and it was good after that.
I do not buy into the "Coopers were better in the good old days" mantra, I bought my first Cooper during their first year in business. I have owned Coopers made during the years that Dan Cooper was in charge, I bought a couple that were made during the "hostile take-over" that occurred, I have owned some that were made after Dan C. was back in charge, and I have some that were made during the current ownership - so perhaps my perspective is a big broader than someone who has owned one or two.
Yes, it is irritating to have something you have high hopes for not perform properly but it seems to me that your options are to either keep complaining about it or give Cooper a chance to repair it to your satisfaction, the choices are not that difficult.
As someone posted earlier - if you do send it in for a repair it may take a while, the repair shop is small, they handle issues as they come in, so if there are some repairs in front of you or they have to wait for repair parts (a receiver or barrel, they have to wait for the next run of them before they can replace it). This same repair shop also does the repair re-barrels, etc. of all of the rifles that have been built over the last 25 years.
Do the math on this - Cooper is a small manufacturer, the last few years they have built 3500 gun per year, let's take into account that the early years they did not build quite that many, so let's average it out to 2500 guns per year for 25 years - that equals 62,500 Coopers have been built. The great majority of owners are satisfied with theirs but human nature being what it is everyone jumps on the few that got out that are not satisfactory, but taken into perspective the ones with issues are a very small percentage.
I have a dozen friends who are Cooper owners and the only complaint I hear is -" why did I spend so much money on having rifles built when I could have bought one that shoots like this out of the box."
The only choice you have now is whether to keep on complaining, sell it, or give Cooper a chance to make it right.
As far as "having a dog in that hunt" - I do not. But I do not under stand why a person would rather complain than give the company a chance to correct the issue.