Make: Cooper Firearms of Montana Inc.
Model: Model 57-M
Serial Number: HMR663
Year of Manufacture: Beginning in 2002
Caliber: .17 Hornady Magnum Rimfire (.17 HMR)
Action Type: Bolt Action with Detachable Magazine
Markings: The left side of the receiver is marked with the serial number and “Cooper Arms Model 57-M”. The left side of the barrel is marked “COOPER ARMS OF MONTANA INC., STEVENSVILLE, MT USA” and “17 HMR”. The underside of the bolt handle is marked “H / 633”. The magazine follower is marked “.22 Magn / 17HMR”. The recoil pad is marked “Pachmayr”.
Barrel Length: Approximately 24“
Sights / Optics: There is no provision for iron sights. The top of the receiver has two integral scope mounts. Attached to these are two scope rings marked “TALLEY” on the bottom left. The rings are in about Excellent condition.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The hardwood stock has a pistol grip with decorative checkering, finger grooves, a ventilated forend with angle cut nose, and a rubber recoil pad with black spacer. The recoil pad shows light wear. The LOP measures 13 ¾” from the front of the trigger to the back of the recoil pad. The stock rates in about Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Matte Stainless Barrel, Matte Receiver
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 98% of its metal finish. This rifle shows only light handling marks. . The screw heads are intact. The markings are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We have not fired this rifle.
Box, Paperwork& Accessories: The rifle comes with a set of scope rings and one magazine. See above for the rings. The magazine shows very light wear and is in Fine to Excellent condition.
Our Assessment: This is a beautiful target/varmint rifle made by Cooper Arms in .17 HMR. The stainless barrel set in the ventilated stock looks great. It comes with scope rings attached to the integral bases and is in pristine condition. For those of you unfamiliar with the company, Cooper Arms makes “high end” rifles that are very accurate. See page 671 of the Blue Book of Gun Values, 33rd edition, for pricing and options. Some history from the Cooper Arms website: “Although still a young company, Cooper Firearms of Montana, Inc. has firmly placed its mark in the history of American shooting sports by having set a standard of quality formerly reserved only to custom gunmakers. Beginning in 1990 a handful of former employees from Kimber of Oregon, with over 50 years in combined experience, set out to design and build the finest production rifles made in the United States. With the development of the Model 36 TRP-1 (Target Rifle Project-Phase 1), and then the Model 38 in 22CCM in a traditional sporting stock design, the Cooper reputation for craftsmanship and accuracy had begun. In 1993, the team began experimenting with a single shot varmint rifle in .223 Rem. with an emphasis on accuracy. This 3-lug bolt action single-shot, along with an innovative new stock design, became the Model 21 “Varmint Extreme”. Soon the demand from the varmint hunting and target shooting communities encouraged the development and release of the Model 22 for the 22-250 / 25-06 range of calibers and the reintroduction of the Model 38 to accommodate rimmed cartridges. Followed, in 1995, by the introduction of the Model 40, a 3-mid locking lug 4-shot repeater designed around the 22 Hornet. The now famous 1/2″ at 100 yards Cooper Firearms of Montana, Inc. accuracy guarantee for center fire rifles began in 1998 with the introduction of the “Varminter” in Models 21 and 22. Soon after, the Montana Varminter became an instant classic. The Model 57, 22LR, was added to the line-up in 1999, eventually evolving into the Model 57M in 2001 and is currently available in 22LR, 17 Mach 2, 22WMR and the 17HMR with a wide assortment of stock styles to choose from.”