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CONTEST! Guess How Many 300H&H Made?

Discussion in 'General Sako Discussions' started by stonecreek, Jan 7, 2018.

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  1. Mongo44

    Mongo44 Well-Known Member

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    Dang-it! Just ain't ever any fun when life "gets in the way..."

    "Contests" such as this certainly contribute to the overall allure (and enjoyability) of membership here. It's amusing to see all the folks come "out of the woodwork" in such "event-type" threads, but certainly not at all surprising.

    As I've stated before, I've been a member of several forums from MasterCraft boats, to Harley-Davidson forums, other gun-related sites, classic car forums, etc. I spent a great deal of time on a particular Harley forum in which we had some similar threads that seemed to "encourage" participation. For example, we had t-shirt swaps where several (50-100 or so) members would sign up. Two members in different regions would then be paired and would send one another a t-shirt from their respective local H-D dealerships. Pretty cool...

    One of the things I have thought of suggesting, which was something we also did, is to have meet-and-greet type events. Local members would get together and ride, etc. Met some great folks and have remained good friends with several of them. Might be interesting to coordinate a shooting range gathering with some of the Sako Collector members in the various regions (states/countries). I know there are several members I've seen here who live in Houston or surrounding areas. Would love to meet at a range, meet some fellow members, pull some trigger and admire some other fine Sakos. Anyway, just a thought.

    Thanks again, Stone!

     

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    alpine hunter Well-Known Member

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    Hey that's great!
    I will run through my method of determining the number.

    It was a wild guess!

    I will send through the details of an L46 222 that I have been planning on running through the factory records service.
     
  3. stonecreek

    stonecreek SCC Secretary SCC Board Member

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    I see plenty of the later rifles in those two calibers so I'm assuming you mean the "pre-Garcia" L61R.

    It was not until 1966 that Sako even began to chamber the .300 Winchester, so there would only have been four years of that caliber in the "pre-1972" version, and even fewer with the Bofors mark. And while the .375 was chambered from the beginning, like any large caliber the demand for it was more limited. It seems that a smaller percentage of the .375's went to the U.S. as compared to other calibers, which is understandable. Many of them went to people or places where larger game was hunted. The caliber was not only popular for Africa, but in the 1960's there was still some bit of sport hunting being done in India. And the .375 is surprisingly popular for Northern European moose hunting.
     
  4. Vixon223bofors

    Vixon223bofors Member

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    Hi Stone,

    Just want to sincerely thank you for your efforts in answering my question about how many 300 H&H Magnums were made by sako. I really appreciate your efforts to take a question from a new member in me, and to make it into such a fun and educational time for all. With the work and research you provided we all learned more about the production history of the sako 300 H&H magnum. I think it is so cool what you did and I will always be greatful and remember how my first question on the sako collectors website was handled. Thanks again.

    Cris
     
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    deergoose Sako-addicted

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    Yes. Sorry, I wasn't clear on that, and I just automatically assume the old rifles from the pre-Garcia era when talking about the L-series.....even though they made them for some time after that.

    DeerGoose
     
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    Hillcountry Well-Known Member

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    Hi StoneCreek, I have found a 1966 Sako L61R Finnbear Deluxe in 300 H&H for sale at $3,895 and wonder if you feel this price is what should be expected?
     
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    stonecreek SCC Secretary SCC Board Member

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    First, how do you know it is from 1966? If it comes with a dated hang tag be aware that blank reproduction hang tags are available and some unscrupulous people have attempted to fill them out with made-up dates, as well as show standard rifles as "deluxe". It is possible to find a 1966 Deluxe .300 H&H in the U.S., but 1966 was the very last year they were imported.

    Otherwise, it's not for me to say what the market is; only the market can say that. I can only have an opinion as to what I might be willing to pay or to ask if it were mine. Its condition, appearance of the wood grain, location, and even time of the year can all have a significant impact on how the market might value it -- as well as the reputation of the seller. Not knowing any of these variables, I can only make the observation that I haven't seen anyone ask quite this much for a rifle of this description; but like anyone else, I have only seen what I have seen.
     
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    Thanks Stonecreek, it's for sale on Guns International sold by Mikes Custom Shop in Montana - think i'll pass
     
  9. Vixon223bofors

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    Hi Hillcountry,

    I wrote to Mike asking for the serial number of that 300H&H mag in deluxe about 3 weeks ago. Mention in the email that I wanted to try and verify that it was produced as a deluxe at the factory. So far I have received no reply back on my email.
    It is a nice looking gun.
     
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    Vixon, thanks for following up with me and attempting to verify this 300HH as an original DLX model. The Owner of such a rare rifle should be willing to share the serial #
     
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    I have also requested a serial # lets see if he responds my request
     

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