| texashunter wrote:|
The Coopers are nice but I dont think they come in 300 win mag or 7mag, so If you were going to buy one with stainless steal in 300 win mag which would you buy?
Thanks for the advice
Cooper doesn't make an all stainless rifle anyway. On the models with stainless barrels, the action is carbon steel. If I were looking for a high end, all stainless rifle, I would probably go with the Kimber 8400 Montana. This is a synthetic stock rifle, which, with few exceptions, is what you mostly find with stainless rifles. The only knock against it is that it has a blind magazine, so you will have to cycle the bolt to unload the magazine rather than drop a floorplate or remove a detachable magazine. They used a blind magazine to keep weight to an absolute minimum, as this is a hardcore lightweight mountain rifle. The blind magazine isn't a big deal to me, but to some, it may be. It's available in .300 mag, but not 7mm mag, unless you go with the WSM model, which is available in 7WSM, a ballistic twin of the 7RM, except in a short action version.
Or, for a little something different, the Rifles Inc. "Strata Stainless" is the ultimate ultralight "mountain" style rifle. Rifles Inc. usually uses Lilja barrels, so their rifles are very accurate despite their super light weight. They are custom rifles, so you can choose any caliber and stock finish you want, as long as you want a synthetic stock.
If you want a stainless rifle with a wood stock, I'd go with the Remington Model 700 CDL SF, which includes a nice looking stock (though not usually with high grade wood, although I've seen some that were pretty), a fluted barrel, and is available in 7mm Rem Mag and .300 WSM. I think the combination of stainless and wood looks great together, but few rifle manufacturers offer this combination.
The Browning A-Bolt White Gold Medallion is another nice rifle in stainless and wood combination, and it is available in both 7mag and 300mag. It has a gloss finished stock in a Monte Carlo style, while the Remington has a classic shaped stock with satin finished wood.
For something really high end in a stainless rifle with synthetic stock, the Schuerman Arms SA40 has one of the most unique actions I've ever seen. You can get it in any caliber you want, since it is a semi-custom rifle. It's pretty pricey, but it is one of the most cleverly designed bolt actions I've ever seen. It features both controlled round feeding AND totally enclosed bolt face AND mechanical ejection AND 3 locking lugs (that cam into position when the bolt is closed), all in the same action! It's hard to describe its features here, and to fully appreciate it, you have to work the action. The triggers are fantastic, and the workmanship is as good as it gets! The bolt is a very complex assembly, but it's extremely smooth working, and the action overall is very strong! The owner told me they use only match grade barrel blanks from the big name suppliers for their barrels. Even among the most jaded rifle nuts, most have never even heard of this rifle. The only reason I even know about them is because they had a booth at the Dallas Safari Club show a couple years ago. Pull one of these babies out of the case at hunting camp or the range, and you're almost assured nobody around you will have one, much less ever seen one. So, if you're willing to go all out on a truly unique piece of equipment built like the proverbial Swiss watch, the SA40 is worth consideration.
Look under the "more features" section of the site to see some closeups of this awesome, unique rifle. If you want the very best stainless rifle made by mortals here on earth, this may very well be it. It will fit into your $5K stated budget, but just barely.
Edited by RifleDude - January/24/2008 at 18:02