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New Cooper arrived...

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Citadel99, May 1, 2012.

  1. Citadel99

    Citadel99 Well-Known Member

    Barrel break in on a 300 Win Mag should be interesting!

    Absolutely love the way it looks and feels. Looking forward to getting a Nilgai with it this year.

  2. CraigC

    CraigC Well-Known Member

    What, no pics???
  3. Citadel99

    Citadel99 Well-Known Member

    On a plane...will post some when I make it back home.

  4. kg7il

    kg7il Member

    Enjoy the break in. Try to find a comfortable position and let it ride. Keep your wits on the site picture, your motion and a flinchless release and you will probably enjoy the session.

    I do keep a coat near to fold and place in the stock socket of my shoulder if the session begins to wear on me.

    Looking forward to the pics, and the first session review.

  5. wyohome

    wyohome Well-Known Member

    Why buy a beautiful and expensive rifle that is miserable to shoot? You guys kill me.
  6. CraigC

    CraigC Well-Known Member

    Probably because....
    Magnums are typically only miserable to shoot from the bench. If I were buying a "beautiful and expensive rifle" in a belted magnum to take to Africa, it would probably be a .375H&H or .416Rigby.

    Of course, if it were a "beautiful and expensive rifle" in .22LR, we'd have another set of folks asking why someone would spend so much on "just a .22". :rolleyes:
  7. wyohome

    wyohome Well-Known Member

    ^That is my feeling exactly. If I were going to punish myself with recoil, I would get something bigger than a 300 Win. The 300 is really not much better than an -06 at anything except recoil and burning more powder.
  8. JimStC

    JimStC Well-Known Member

    Congrats Mark. Just bought a Cooper Model 21 for my wife in .223. Started the break in two days ago. It is a shooter and a beautiful gun too.
  9. Citadel99

    Citadel99 Well-Known Member

    Never said anything about miserable... I don't mind the recoil on a .300 but I've never shot 50 rounds from a bench either. Why did I buy it? I have a rifle that I can hunt all over North America. In South Texas where I hunt a lot, we run across Nilgai a lot. Long shots on skittish animals with bulls weighing in around 400-500 pounds.

    And because I've always wanted one and I closed a big deal and this was my present to myself.

    But when you buy something nice, you treat it right, and that includes barrel break in.

  10. dubbleA

    dubbleA Well-Known Member

    Congrats on your new Cooper. I wouldnt get to hung up on the break in, the 6 Coopers I have shoot and clean up easily and I didnt do anything but shoot em and shoot em somemore.
  11. bushmaster1313

    bushmaster1313 Well-Known Member

    I have moved to the .223, .243, .257 and .270 reduced recoil side of the road.
  12. WYcoyote

    WYcoyote Well-Known Member

    I volunteer to go through the brutal torture of breaking in and load development of that nasty fire breathing .300 Win if I can pop my elk with it this fall.
    Heck, I may even buy it from you at a huge discount after it dislocates your shoulder and drives the scope into your skull.
  13. Samclrk

    Samclrk Well-Known Member

    There`s an old man lives near me ,hunted with a 35Rem.Marlin all his life.He wanted a 7mm Rem Mag.The first shot,he put a ring around his eye.
  14. wyohome

    wyohome Well-Known Member

    You got a foam pad or a coat you can fold up, Mike?
  15. Citadel99

    Citadel99 Well-Known Member

    Got a helluva deal on a scope and it should be in within two weeks. I looked at about six of them that had almost the exact same wood and this one had a lot more character to it. I'll post a pic when I get back home.

    I do remember the first time I picked up a Cooper. First thought was "this is what a rifle is supposed to feel like."

    dubbleA--this is the most expensive rifle I've ever purchased so I'm going to play by the book on the break in... Not to mention, I'm actually looking forward to the range time--just not the cleaning and cleaning and cleaning.

  16. rizbunk77

    rizbunk77 Well-Known Member

    without pics it didn't happen.:D
  17. wyohome

    wyohome Well-Known Member

    I am starting to think there is no rifle.
  18. LoonWulf

    LoonWulf Well-Known Member

    13hrs from first post and hes supposed to be on a plane....I know you wants your gun pronz but, geeez you guys are brutal :p

    After feeding a .300 for a while, i prefer something with a little less apatite. The recoil isnt really that bad, I usually go thru a box a sitting, with no ill affects. Only time i had an issue i shot up about 70rnds to clear out old ammo, and get cassings.
  19. Skylerbone

    Skylerbone Well-Known Member

    Which ever side of the fence you land on the deed is done. Congratulations Citadel on your fine purchase. Here's a pic I snapped of some of the ammo my pops went through last summer with his pair of .300 Win. Mags. I'd also recommend skipping the SuperFormance. By the by he's 64 and under 200 lbs. Sure they're both ported but he survived a 150 round session of side-by-side plus a few dozen through my (non-ported) 30-06s.

    Hardly gun porn but here ya go.

  20. LoonWulf

    LoonWulf Well-Known Member

    Wow thats alot of rounds there Skyler, that would be close to 1500 bucks out here (or more depending on the shop).

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