If you’ve followed the Rok Blog this last year, you know I’ve been shooting Cooper Firearms Excalibur Model 52 in 7mm Remington Magnum.  The gun proved to be very accurate and easy to tune.  In the spirit of being as objective as possible (Cooper Firearms is a Rokslide Sponsor,) and the fact that I only hunt mule deer, I thought it would be a good idea to get the gun in another writer’s hands for more thorough testing. 


Looking at our staff roster, I landed on Matt Cashell.  Matt’s a good writer and has been with Rokslide since we began. He’s very gun-savvy and hunts a variety of species from elk to antelope to trophy species.  Many hunters use one gun for everything and I wanted to see if Matt, guided only by his own needs in a rifle, could replicate the same results, all with a different scope, mounts, bullets, and powder. 

While I didn’t do very well in my 9th grade science class, I do remember that one of the tenants of the Scientific Method was that others had to be able to replicate a testers results for them to be valid. 

So with this in mind, I shipped the rifle back to Cooper Firearms so Matt could not only pick the gun up, but tour the facility and find out what makes Copper Firearms great.  You can read his article intro below and follow the link if you want to see what Matt’s initial impressions of Cooper Firearm and that rifle are. 

Matt will also be doing a wrap-up article in early winter after his hunts, so be sure and “Subscribe to blog” upper right under Fitness/Other so you don’t miss that post.  So please welcome Matt to the Rok Blog:


Cooper Model 52 Excalibur

by Matt Cashell, Rokslide Prostaff

Living in the Bitterroot Valley, I am no stranger to Cooper Firearms of Montana, Inc.. Cooper has held a strong reputation for making rifles that are both remarkably beautiful and accurate since the company’s founding some 25 years ago. Starting with high end rimfire and smaller centerfire cartridges, the company moved on to big game calibers over the last few years. I met with Glenn May of Cooper Firearms in their new, larger facility just south of the “Wye” on U.S. Highway 93 in Stevensville, MT. By appointment, visitors are greeted in a beautiful log building.

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Matt Cashell is a Montana hunter. Matt has traveled to all corners of his home state chasing whatever game he can. Matt has been lucky to take great trophies in Montana’s classic game species: Rocky Mountain Elk, Mule Deer, and Pronghorn. When he isn’t out chasing big game, he might be pointing a shotgun at flushing roosters, casting flies for Montana’s monster trout, or working on shooting precision long range rifles. Matt has spent more time outdoors than in through his formative years, and has deep roots in family hunting traditions garnered from years of following his father and uncle in Montana’s wild places. Family is important to Matt as he works to pass on those traditions to his five kids in the Bitterroot Valley of Western Montana, with the help of his loving wife, Heather.A self-proclaimed gear geek, Matt continues to pursue the ragged edge of hunting technology, and any small advantage or comfort that can increase his chances of backcountry success. Particularly an optics addict, Matt is always trying to see better, and find those wiley critters before they find him. It doesn’t matter what weapon is used, the hunt and wild places draw him to the woods, time after time. Going in deeper, and hunting harder is always the goal with Matt, and the pursuit of that goal never ends.