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Cooper Arms Custom Classic .22 LR

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Classic U.S. styling on marvelous Claro walnut graced this little .22. The most expensive rifle of this test, the Cooper had astounding accuracy, but it was equaled by the AnschÜtz, and for a lot less money. Still, we thought the Cooper had enough to offer that its price was justified. We'd have preferred iron sights, though not all shooters like their look.

Cooper Arms Custom Classic .22 LR

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Look just above the trigger and you'll see some of the open pores on the wood. This ought to have been perfectly filled, we thought, though many who saw the rifle didn't notice or seem to mind. The slim bolt release is just behind the rear scope mount where the wood meets the action.
The checkering was beautiful, extensive, and absolutely flawless. We did have some trouble with the magazine release, and thought the button needed sharper edges.
Graceful from any angle, the Cooper was clearly designed by someone who knew how rifles should look. We liked the 80- degree turn of the Cooper's bolt just a bit more than the 45 degrees of the AnschÜtz. The greater motion felt more natural. Both rifles operated very smoothly and without problems, and both delivered one-hole accuracy at 50 yards.

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