A II full stock carbine with stainless steel barrel?

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  1. BruceB

    BruceB Member

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    Here is a picture of my A II 7mm-08 full stock with a stainless barrel.
    I've never seen another like it and I'm wondering what the history is of stainless barrels on Sako's. Particularly carbines.
    I've only seen them on the newer models. This one is, I'm guessing, from around 1990-1991.

    The barrel stamping indicates a factory barrel.

    It's my go to rifle for hunting dense forests or brush. Handy to carry, very quick to shoulder and shoots great.


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  2. gowyo

    gowyo Sako Junkie

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    Cool carbine Bruce, and great caliber. It would be interesting to see the pedigree on this one. I've seen that rear sight on latter model AV's and newer models. So much better asethetics than the Williams rear sights, which make me think home gunsmithing everytime I see one.
     
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    Somewhere i read about the same thing. However, it was a high polished steel barrel, warrantee thing. So this too may not be stainless and a factory nonblued replacement.
    Chris
     
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    BruceB Member

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    I got out a magnet and it appears that Chris may be on target. Polished carbon, not stainless, steel as it will attract a magnet.
    Never occured to me that it would be unblued carbon steel. Not a bit of corrosion which I'll work to keep that way.
     
  5. Unclekax

    Unclekax Well-Known Member

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    So called "stainless" rifle barrels are made of tempered Martensitic stainless steel and are magnetic.
    Also remember it is stain-less not stain-proof.
    Beautiful Sako by the way.
     
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    stonecreek SCC Secretary Forum Owner SCC Board Member

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    Not all of them. I have a Swedish-made Berglagsbossen two-shot pump shotgun which is all stainless and shows not a hint of magnetic attraction. However, rifle barrels, at least some of them, may be different.

    At any rate, I suspect that the guess that it is carbon steel in-the-white is a good guess. It is far brighter than the finish on most stainless barrels, and while Sako did make some stainless barrels I've never seen one coupled with a blued action.
     
  7. Unclekax

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    I have never seen a stainless Sako of any kind but I don't get around much either.
    I do know at rifle pressures and shotgun pressures are as different as chalk and cheese.
    Austenitic stainless is nonmagnetic and I assume, safe at shotgun pressures.
    Austenitic stainless is too brittle for rifle pressures to the best of my limited knowledge though.
    Very interesting discussion!
    good link here...
    http://www.matweb.com/search/datasheettext.aspx?matguid=30e7827a70ba4e05920d0e24fcb973c4
     
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    susanna Well-Known Member

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    stone.
    re the stainless barrel / blue action.
    australia had a run of A1 h/b 17rem, all classic stocked.can never know how many brought down here by winchester aust, the australian agent at the time. know of several not including the sako collectors club memebers that have them.
    as usual with sako, never say never.
    must admit, have never tried a magnet.
    susanna
     
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    stonecreek SCC Secretary Forum Owner SCC Board Member

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    Susanna: Thanks for posting that photo and the info that, in Australia at least, such animal does exist.

    "Never say 'never'" with Sako is the sagest advice one can give. That's why I always say "I've never seen one". I think I'll change my phrase when speaking of Sakos believed not to exist to "I haven't seen one, yet".
     
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