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Yes, I feel very fortunate to be a member at such a great gun club. You name it, we've got it, from trap, skeet, sporting clays, 600-yard HP range, 300-yard BR range (soon to be 500), silhouette range, CAS, archery, BP, youth training range, plinking range, and more. The only problem in Oklahoma is "the wind comes sweepin' down the plain."

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One rifle range here does have trap and skeet.(there might be one exclusively trap and skeet range, however the neighbors put up quite a fight, so I don't know if it's still there....Of course, they move in knowing it there, and then want it gone) Max distance for rifles at any range is 200 yards. Of the two ranges that I used, only one of the two I considered safe for handgun shooting, unless I was the only one there.
Too many trigger happy yahoos and Rambos would come out from urban areas.
For the safe range, you have to declare all calibers that you're shooting, so they have an idea who to come after, should you a round be found outside of the range...as in someone's house.

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Old 04-02-2021, 03:13 PM
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Calverton & Brookhaven, no thanks
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As promised, here are the glamour photos of my Cooper Western Classic.









And here is the first 10 shot group from 50 yards.



Here is a link to my Imgur album with more photos: https://imgur.com/a/N4zLDxd


I'm Pleased!

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That really IS a beauty, Art. The color and figure are very striking. And it looks to bed accurate as well. Congratulations!

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I really like the stock. Darker than some and goes good with the case colors.
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I am certainly no wood expert, buy none of my English Walnut guns have the color and grain pattern as your stock and the vast majority of my Claro Walnut guns look very similar in color and grain pattern as your stock. While the distinction between the two species is typically quite stark, I love them both. Your stock has very nice figure regardless of its species.

I would be interested in hearing from others on their opinion as to the species of your gunís stock.
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Old 04-03-2021, 05:53 AM
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Based on owning about twenty Cooper and Canyon Creek products, as well as a hands on exam of many more Coopers, I'd say Claro.

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I, too, believe it's Claro. And beautiful Claro at that with those dark lines. If I had had the opportunity to buy it, I would have jumped at it, even though I already have a Western Classic.

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Old 04-03-2021, 08:14 AM
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Well, what ever species it is, I'm happy with it. HUSHKABOOM nailed it, the stock color and receiver case-colors are what make this rifle standout. I consider myself lucky to have found it.

Did you also notice how all the screw heads on the bottom of the rifle, sling base and action screws, are indexed north to south. Amazing attention to detail on Coopers part.

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I’ve always said to people who want to know the species of wood on their completed rifles, “What does it matter, if it is pleasing to you?” It’s an issue when planning a rifle with very fine checkering, or heavy recoil, or other considerations like embellishments and finishes. So, that’s claro or I’m a monkey’s uncle. There are some hybrids that are hard to peg, and black and claro can be kissing cousins, but I don’t think anyone would call that thin-shelled walnut. And, given the case colors, the hues in that stock are very complimentary.
I’ll add a couple of representative pics to this post when I’m at my computer, and not lying on my butt in bed.

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As promised:
Typical Cooper Claro and Turnbull case colors. I had people tell me this was English, but it is obviously claro:





Typical Cooper English and polished blue, the latter not really being my thing mated with English:



The sniff test is usually very telling when the color, figure, and grain structure leave doubt about the species. Claro, English, and black all have a distinctive smell. Scraping a bit of wood in the barrel channel will almost always give the answer. The Bastognes are much harder to tell by visual or smell inspection. FWIW, I have seen Bastonge that is closer to the OPs stock than most any English I've seen.

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Old 04-03-2021, 10:49 AM
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A beautiful rifle!

Thanks for posting.
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Absolutely Stunning ! Any self-respecting squirrel should be proud to be taken by that Cooper !!
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That's a beaut , TBR !
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Beautiful checkering. Too bad I didnt get into that about 50 yrs ago. Too late now.
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