Well, we just couldn't resist. To make a long story short, my HM2 was having accuracy issues at longer distances and had been sent in for repair/adjustment. Upon return shipping after re-bedding, then re-barrelling, the very special (to me) stock on my LVT arrived broken in return shipping.
Rob was put in charge of ensuring that I was once again made whole. The rifle was completed in time to pick it up yesterday, and we were able to receive Rob's last tour of Cooper Firearms before he leaves today for his new job.
The old stock looked like this:
The replacement wood was finally settled on after much searching, and a lot of effort on Cooper Firearms' part went into ensuring that I ended up with something that was comparable to what I had. It would end up being Rob's last major Customer Service project before leaving Cooper in order to stay in Montana.
The new guy filling Rob's position is "Mike", and he also needs to be given a lot of credit, making certain everything was 110% when I came to pick it up.
Considering that the wood on an LVT is commonly graded as "AA", and that the old stock was something kinda special to begin with, I think the considerable efforts made by the people at Cooper shine through.
I like to think of it as Rob's "Best work" to get me back where I needed to be............
The left side is a little less dramatic, but being a lefty I mostly see the right side.........
Overall, the quality, fit, finish and checkering are among the highest I have ever seen on a Cooper LVT straight out of Cooper Firearms. To do any better you'd have to get in line at Leroy's shop after paying a considerable amount for a chunk of walnut that is suitable...........
They also liked the way I had the trigger adjusted to a safe 9 ounces, and spent a fair amount of time ensuring that the rifle would shoot as it needs to after bedding the re-barrelled action into the new stock........ Somehow I just know its going to be a shooter.
Hotrod9mm and I were happy to enjoy the adventure of going over to pick up the rifle in person and shake the hand of a true shining star in the world of guns and the world in general, one more time. I have been given the gift of getting to know Rob a little bit along the way, and I am able to walk away already knowing that the "New Guy" in Rob's position has some very big shoes to fill......Indeed.
Thank you so much Rob for EVERYTHING, and a special thanks to ALL of the people at Cooper Firearms of MONTANA, they are a very special bunch. See ya at Whittakers!