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AI and Optilocks

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous Sako parts' started by antsa, Nov 17, 2017.

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  1. antsa

    antsa Member

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    Just purchased a AI .222, serial no. 80xxxx. Waiting on the transfer paperwork to be processed by the Police before I can take possession (that's the way it works here in South Australia).

    My plan is to mount a 2-10x32 scope with a 30mm tube on it. Was thinking of using Optilock one-piece ringmounts. The height of the low 30mm mount from the bottom to the scope centre-line is 29mm. The diameter of the ocular is about 46mm. Wondering if there is any risk of the bolt handle hitting the scope?

    I have rings and bases on my Sako 85's but have never used the one-piece mounts before. Is the forward mount positioned in the same way as with a base - in line with the ejection port - or further forward?


    Any and all tips would be appreciated.

    Cheers
     

  2. stonecreek

    stonecreek SCC Secretary SCC Board Member

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    Even the "low" Optilock rings are very (in my opinion, excessively) tall. You'll have no problem with bolt or barrel clearance with a scope with an outside bell diameter of 46mm.

    However, assuming your A-I is a sporter, it would seem a shame to burden such a light and trim rifle with mounts as heavy and bulky as the Optilocks. Why don't you try a set of the sleek and simple Leupold ringmounts instead? If your A-I is a heavy barrel then the weight of the Optilocks is not an issue.
     
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    Thanks SC, It's a sporter. Will shop around for the Loopies and check them out

    Cheers
     
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    Branxhunter Well-Known Member

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    Hey antsa, I have an A1 .222 sporter with 4-12x42 Lynx in Leupold ringmounts which just clears the barrel and bolt handle - definately recommend looking into them for your application.

    Where in South Aus are you? I'm just over the border near Hamilton.

    Marcus
     
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    Hello Marcus

    I'm south of Adelaide on the Fleurieu Peninsula in the southern Mount Lofty Ranges. I've been reading your various posts on your 20-222 on different forums. Must say that they inspired me to look for an older Sako and go down the same path. As told, I found a nice AI pretty close to home. Waiting for the paperwork here in SA to go through. It's in very good nick and I'm not sure that I will want to re-barrel.
    Will gladly tap your wealth of knowledge if I do ;).

    Thanks for the scope info

    Cheers

    A
     

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