| RifleDude wrote:|
Nice figure in the buttstock portion! I didn't see any mention of price... what are they asking for it?
Just curious why your decision was between a varmint rifle in .204 that you don't have and a sporter in .300 Wby that you have 3 of... That's just about as 180-deg different as you can get! Sounds to me like your next rifle purchase is more about wood quality than what it's chambered in or what barreled action is attached to it. I can relate -- any excuse to buy a new rifle is a good one!
I don't know what your budget is, but if you were considering a Cooper, keep in mind that since they are a semi custom manufacturer, you can order any wood grade you want if wood is the priority. I realize that Wby has a custom shop where you can do the same thing, but unlike Wby, Cooper doesn't have a "standard" off the shelf line, and therefore, all new Coopers will require a wait anyway, so you request the wood grade, stock style, and other options during the order process (unless you just happen to find what you're looking for on the net or at a dealer).
Well, after looking at the Kimbers and Coopers, I remembered I have one Wby. in a Euromark stock, so I started looking around for some of those. I really do want a different caliber than the 300. They want about 895 for that rifle, with the scope, which when looking around is a deal. NIB, old stock rifles are going for 1399 to 1999 depending on the caliber. But, usually I can find one easily at the low end. This one has seen little use and the minor ding does not bother me and yes, I would switch out to a matte scope. If I buy a Euromark, I really want a Wby. caliber I do not own, 338-378, 378, 416 or 460. I have all the rest, except for the 224 rocket and 375, the later of which I am not really interested in. But, I have alot a varminter rifles and figured the 204 Ruger would be a nice addition. I love shooting them for obvious reasons and they are so easy to reload and you can get almost a 1000 rounds from a pound of powder with some of them. So that is how I went 180 degrees. So, what I am looking at is, the Cooper Model 21 Varminter 204, Kimber 84M Varmint 204 or a Euromark in one of the above calibers. I am leaning toward the Cooper or Kimber, just to have a different brand of rifle in my collection. The fact that it is a single shot does not bother me in a Varmint rifle. Second, I can find either one, right now on gunsamerica. Give me your take, with the pluses and minuses, not considering the price at all, with respect to the Kimber vs. the Cooper, since you own both. You to DC. I also though about a 260, but own that caliber in the Steyr and 308, but own three rifles in that caliber, so sticking with the 204.
Just wanted to add, that the Cooper looks more like a Savage Varminter, with respect to the stock shape, obviously not the finish and the Kimber has the American Classic look, which I really like. Those are other thing to consider. The cost difference is not enough to be a deciding factor.
Edited by Dolphin - January/20/2008 at 11:21