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I'm getting a 260Rem.........I'm either going to build one with a Rem 700 trued action, Bartlein barrel, Rem trigger and a Bell and Carlson or H-S stock or I'm just going to buy a Cooper rifle. The Cooper would be the synthetic stock version that I can get for around $1900.
Which one of these rifles would hold their value better?
 

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Cooper. You'll never get full value out of a custom built on a 700. That said I'd still build on a Remington. Not a cooper fan.
 

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Hmmmmm, tough call. Probably the remmy. I have alot of custom built rifles and have way more in them then I could sell them for. Build it how you like it and keep forever.

I have a 700 short action 243 I built as an extra target rifle. Custom stock, 40x trigger. Tried moving it (had multiple backouts) as I dont use it. If I drop it in a cheap fiberglass camo stock with the orig rem trigger I could sell it right away.
 

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guess I'm not thrilled with cooper either. Had a target 22 that I wasnt happy with. Didnt shoot very well and had an extractor issue when new. My Anschutz guns blew it away.
 

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A Savage with a user changable barrel and Boyds stock that more folks can afford if and when you sell.High money guns are cool but those that can afford them would have one built for them.Out of the 2 options I would go 700.
 

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The Cooper will hold its value better. As said, you will never recoup your money with a trued rebarreled Remington.
 

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I have a Rem 700 6 Dasher built for benchrest competition by a well known York Co. gunsmith. It has all the bells and whistles you can think of. Blueprinted, Holland recoil lug & custom bolt,FP bushed, Jewel trigger, pillars, special 3" stock paint job, tuner on bbl, and lots more. I think I have about $2,700 in the rifle.

A dealer friend recently told me I could probably get $500 or $600 for it!!

On the other hand, I last year, sold my entire collection of 36 older Sako rifles, many NIB. I cannot believe how rapidly the asking prices for similar Sakos have now escalated. Cheap guns do not return much profit.
 

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The decision has been made! Went to the local Cooper store yesterday and they wanted $1600 plus a Ruger mini-14 in trade for a Cooper Phoenix in 260 calibre. Don’t think that’s too bad but I wanted to think about it a bit. So last evening I’m surfing the web and came across a post on another site where a guy is talking about the great deal on guns at Walmart this weekend. 20% off the current sale price. That brings the cost of a Rem700ADL down to $301!
At that price I figured I could build one a lot cheaper than buying the Cooper outright. It wouldn’t hold its value as well as the Cooper but for the price I’d pay, it’d still be an excellent value.
So the quest began to find a Walmart that still had a 700SA with a 308 bolt face. Took four stores before I found one in Mill Hall Pa.
Left home early this morning and after an hour’s drive, I walked out of Wally World with a brand new Rem700 .243 under my arm.
I’ll retain the original trigger, add a 6.5 Bartlein barrel to it and a B&C or H-S stock. I have a Bushnell Elite Tactical scope to put on it and I’ll probably add DBM bottom metal at some point.
From an investment standpoint, twenty years from now the Cooper would be worth more money but first, I don’t know that I’m going to live twenty more years and second, I’ll spend less money by building it myself AND have exactly what I want.
So…..anyone want to buy a brand new, never fired Rem700 .243 barrel or an unused Mod700 stock??
 

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I bought a Cooper this year and love the gun. I imagine that it will retain it's value rather well but I don't think I will ever sell it. That said my next step is to do what you are doing with a 700 action, just in .280. Look forward to hearing how your build goes!
 

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Right now I can tell you that the build is going slooooow. The gunsmith called me this afternoon and told me that Bartlein has a five to six month wait time on the barrel.
 

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I received a Cabela's coupon in the mail the other day that had $100 off $500 which got me thinking about buying the scope for my build right now. And then I saw this thread and starting looking at barrels again - as Bartlein is on my short list I checked out their website and noticed a message about the 5 - 6 month wait time. I'm sure it will be worth the wait!
 

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ok but what model rifle out there that is not custom is a good investment? Ruger # 1, Model 14 pump, Model 12 pump Model 27 357 S & W, Savage Model 99, etc? another words none that are custom but if you purchased them then now they are worth something. As you know when it comes to selling things that are custom... It only becomes valuable if the person that might buy will buy it? I do realize there is a blue book for gun sales too... maybe that how you find out which are a good investment?
 
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