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Old 05-11-2021, 08:06 PM
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Probably not. I have seen one that had a full-blown custom stock, so someone thinks it’s worthy of that kind of embellishment. I have one I will be restocking, but, while one could replace that flattened-testicle bolt handle, the split receiver bridge and abbreviated length make modifying it into a sleek action problematic. The quality is definitely there, but the styling limits it...that’s my view anyway.
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Old 05-11-2021, 09:04 PM
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I took a stab at it, TBR. Not as nice as my 52, but I do like it (and you're right about the short receiver). By the way, that scope is history -- it now wears a Leupold VX-3 4.5-14x40 AO FD. Another two-parter.

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Old 05-11-2021, 09:05 PM
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And Finnscout Part 2.

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Old 05-11-2021, 10:11 PM
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Ah, a loaded question! That’s definitely the nicest M78 I’ve seen, and now the second one I know of.
Back on my soapbox, I would like all the people who think Coopers are overpriced, because they “just have nice stocks,” to look at the extent to which some go (and to the extent many appreciate it) to put “just a nice stock” on a rifle

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I have looked at the 52's on GI and while I love Winchesters (big fan of pre64 70's) I haven't seen one thats cheap enough to warrant the cost just for the action. I looked at two NIB Dakotas yesterday and they left me cold. I looked at Canyon Creek as well and a barreled Anschultz action is $1600 which might be an option. At the end of the day I'm still leaning towards the Cooper. First Stop guns in S.D. had a very nice Western Classic that would have filled the bill but I missed it by a day. I'm in no hurry as I have a custom #1 Ruger project in the works so for now I'll keep looking for a donor action.
If any of you see a possibility i'd appreciate a heads up.
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Old 05-12-2021, 12:36 PM
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coopers

Coopers are more than just a nice stock. I have 8 of them and 7 of them beat the accuracy guarantee. The one that I don't if it will because I haven't shot it. It's a new 38 in 17 AH and it is getting the barrel set back and rechambered to 17 HH but I'm quite sure it will be a shooter also.
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I have three of their varmint rifles, two Varmint Extremes a 223 & 25 WSSM and a Montana Varminter in 220 Swift so I know they will shoot.
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Hey , folks . For what it's worth , there's a few very nice new Cooper 57-M Custom Classics [.22 LR] on "Guns Internatiomal" .

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Have you considered one of the current custom actions, including the BR actions (Turbo, Stiller, Hall)? Yes, they are a little on the massive side, and the repeaters have very unattractive bottom metal, but the actions can be turned down, and very nice rimfire bottom metal can be purchased. They are usually stainless, but the various coatings are available. Just a thought.

On the 52 actions, the receiver tang and trigger location are not as conducive to a sleek, rakish wirst as they could be, but customizing a 52 action with a tang and rearward trigger (you really need to do both due to location of the rear action screw) can get very costly and will take a gunsmith a long time to accomplish...and you may as well replace the bolt handle and the bottom metal while you're at it, like this:
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TBR that's exactly what my smith and I discussed regarding the M52 action. I have never heard of the BR action or any other custom action for a 22 rimfire.
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thank you TBR I appreciate the info.
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I have a Hall build (done by Bill Myers) -- a Right Bolt/Left Port receiver, a Benchmark reverse-taper 3-groove barrel, and a Bix trigger. It can be used as a single-shot or with a Sako FinnFire magazine. Superbly accurate with Center-X.

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