Two New Colt/Cooper M2012 Bolt Guns

Colt has teamed up with Cooper Firearms of Montana to add two more bolt guns to  the M2012 family: the “M2012MT308T” and “M2012LT308G/M2012LT260G.” Made by Cooper for Colt, these new rifles feature the Cooper Arms repeater action with integral M1913 Picatinny rails, a 3-lug bolt, and 60° bolt throw. They also feature a custom fluted, match grade barrel and a single stage, adjustable Timney trigger. A signed, serial numbered and dated test target is included with each rifle. I fired both on range day and was very impressed with the overall feel, performance, and quality . . .

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The M2012MT308T features a Manners composite stock made from fiberglass and carbon fiber, a spiral-fluted 22-inch match-grade 1-in-10 stainless steel barrel. The M2012MT308T weighs in at 10.25 pounds and measures 44 inches long. MSRP is $3,195, but expect street prices to be less.

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The M2012LT308G and 260G are designed for hunting.  The only difference between the two models is the caliber (.308 Win with 1-in-10 twist barrel, vs. .260 Rem with 1-in-8 twist barrel). The rifles come standard with custom gray laminated hardwood stocks.  These rifles are feature the same adjustable Timney triggers, and 22-inch match-grade chrome-moly steel fluted barrels. Both rifles weigh in at 8.5 pounds without the magazine and measure 44 inches in length. MSRP is $2,795.

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All of the M2012 models utilize five or ten round steel detachable magazines.  The ones used by COLT at SHOT Show 1214 were Made by Accurate Mags, which I understand to be factory OEM for these rifles.

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  1. avatar dlj95118 says:

    …newbie here – what’s the deal with “fluted” barrels?

    1. avatar APBTFan says:

      The common thought is that the increased surface area helps cooling and add stiffness to the barrel. Plus it looks great.

    2. avatar joe l. says:

      lighter and better heat dissapation plus looks better

    3. avatar dlj95118 says:

      …ok – thanks.

    4. avatar Joe Grine says:

      Truthfully, Its mostly an aesthetics thing, esp. in the way its done in the pics above.

      1. avatar tfunk says:


      2. avatar ErrantVenture11 says:

        I especially wonder at the necessity of barrel cooling on a bolt gun. Definitely for aesthetics (and driving up the cost for fancy schmancy guns)

        1. avatar Hannibal says:

          Keep in mind that with longer range shooting it’s best to have each shot be fired with as close a barrel temp as possible.

        2. avatar CA.Ben says:

          Also fluting means that the barrel weighs less, so you can use a larger diameter, stiffer barrel without increasing weight.

    5. avatar John L. says:

      Somebody plugged in the rifling machine backwards.

  2. avatar 505markf says:

    I think the rifles look great and are probably wonderful. I can see this being better for some government agencies who may already deal with Colt as they can expand their buys from a vendor who has already been vetted and approved by procurement people. Maybe helps on support costs as well. But I am not a government, just your standard rifle loony.

    My problem is that if I was going to drop $3k on a rifle, why wouldn’t I just go directly to Coopers? Seems like Colt is simply buying them out and adding nothing to the product except their logo. Am I missing something?

    1. avatar Joe Grine says:

      The last time Colt was in the bolt-action rifle biz, its rifles were made by J.P. Sauer & Sohn. My guess would be that Colt wants to be able to provide its police agency customers a full product line, so it can sell “package deals.”

      1. avatar 505markf says:

        Well I will give points to Colt for their choice in business partners. Sauer makes great rifles, as does Coopers (the few I’ve shot vs. the many I’ve lusted for).

  3. avatar Jack in MT says:

    What’s with the insanely tall scope mounts?

    1. avatar 505markf says:

      Gun writers visiting SHOT show hold their heads taller to mitigate effects of hangover?

  4. avatar Cknarf says:

    Remington 700 MSRP– $700.

    I really can’t understand these 3k rifles.

    1. avatar lolinski says:

      For police work I agree. Since most police shots aren’t farther than 100 yards.

      Millitary, competition and assassination require better hardware than your run of the mill Remington 700

    2. avatar jimmyjames says:

      what he said x 2

  5. avatar UhOk says:

    Hopefully Colt didn’t put those ridiculous scope mounts on it.

  6. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    Cooper makes really nice rifles. Very accurate workhorses.

  7. avatar Wes says:

    I will never buy a Cooper Arms rifle! Dan Cooper (who allegedly still maintains a controlling interest in Cooper Arms) is no friend to the Second Amend.

    1. avatar nemsis says:

      Thanks for the link! it’s nice to go back and see who was right and who was wrong on the issues.

    2. avatar neiowa says:

      Cooper is obviously to stupid or naive to run even a garbage truck.

      Wonder what he thinks of Obuma now.

    3. avatar penrod says:

      Cooper sold his interest in the company out after the Obama debacle. Wilson rifle barrels purchased the company.

    4. avatar M Hudgins says:

      You’re an idiot. Dan Cooper has had nothing to do with the company since he sold it in 2009. Don’t be another sheep in the herd.

  8. avatar Tom says:

    Who makes those wood stocks?

  9. avatar jimmyjames says:

    Just how big of a market is out there for $3000 to $7000 bolt guns?

    1. avatar neiowa says:

      Always $ for the PD and unlimited $ for the feds. Keep the kids safe don’t you know.

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