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Sako L579 244 Remington

Discussion in 'Show us all your beautiful Sakos!' started by kirkbridgershooters, Nov 28, 2017.

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    kirkbridgershooters Well-Known Member

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    I bought a L57 a few weeks ago in 244 and found a L579 in 244. These have got to be rare. Both are in excellent condition and appear unfired when I got them...


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    Congrats, you sure lucked out!
     
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    Good job Kirk! How do you do it???
     
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    I keep looking everywhere I can think of and once in awhile you hit a grand slam. The last 4 were from the same guy; 22 Hornet, 218 Bee, L57 244 and now the L579 244. They weren't cheap, but you can't pass up these guns...
     
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    I had a 244 deluxe several years ago, unfortunately the Texas drought was almost the kiss of death for my business and I reluctantly sold it and several other nice Sakos. Fortunately it went to one of our members, so I know it's in good hands. Still hurts though!
     
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    Very nice Kirk. That blueing! You could drown in it!

    Marcus
     
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    So was it ever figured out what action was more rare in .244, the L57 or L579?
     
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    I would like to know that myself, and how many were made...
     
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    Several people have queried as to how many .244's were produced, so I took some time to scan through the shipping records to see if I could determine that.

    I found a total of 463 L57's in .244. This is of all configurations since the shipping records during this period did not differentiate between sporter, deluxe, HB, etc.

    I found a total of 436 L579's in .244. Again, this is of all configurations. The last were shipped in 1962, and the final two were listed as in inventory but unshipped as of 1963. I found no other .244's through the 1966 records, but there is a slim possibility of a handful turning up in even later years as we've seen with some other Sakos.

    I have personally run across more L579's than L57's in this caliber, but it is possible that is a result of geography and where each model was shipped. Regardless, the number of each model chambered in .244 appears very close to equal -- and very scarce. For comparison, there were fewer .244's of all configurations made over about 6 years than the 1,000 50th Anniversary model made only in 1972.

    Regard these numbers as preliminary since it will take several hours to audit this count to assure its accuracy. However, I believe it to be close, if not exact.

    It would take a much more extensive search of some 50,000 serial numbers in the inspection records to determine how many of each configuration were built. Such a search would take days, but the results would be interesting.
     
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    BTW: I own an L57 .244 sporter, an L57 .244 Deluxe, and an L579 .244 HB. I knew I was lucky to have these, but didn't realize how lucky until I found the shipping figures.
     
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