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Scope mounts for Finnlight

Discussion in 'Sako 75, 85 and A7' started by Jason burcham, May 25, 2017.

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  1. Jason burcham

    Jason burcham Member

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    I'm new to Sako. I have a new Finnlight 300 win mag and I'm not sure what mounts will fit. Is the Finnlight a model 75 or 85 or what? Also I have read bad reviews about the Optilocks so does anyone have any other good recommendations? Thanks

     

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    Hi Jason - welcome to the forum where you will find many members highly knowledgeable in the arcane mysteries of Sako rifles and all things Sako, particularly the earlier models. I don't qualify as a Sako expert, I just shoot them, but can answer your queries.

    There are Model 75 Finnlights and Model 85 Finnlights. Yours being new is probably the later Model 85. There are a number of small differences between them which I won't go into here. I have both in 270 WSM and a 260 in the Model 85. All shoot well though it took a while to learn how to shoot them. Being lightweight rifles they tend to be frisky especially in the larger calibres and we found they also tended to shoot high especially in the field without a good rest. We overcame this with good recoil pads, light trigger settings (our two 85s have set triggers), muzzle brakes (anathema to the purist Sako collector), and a modification of our shooting technique. Basically we found they like to be pulled firmly into the shoulder with a good grip on the forend to control muzzle jump. A sling is useful too.

    All my four Sakos have Optilock rings - the 2-piece type on our M995, and the 1-piece ring mounts on the Finnlights. We have never ever had problems with any of the Optilocks and both my son and I have taken a few tumbles in the hills. I have never read or heard of bad reviews of them. I did, however, have problems with misaligned dovetails on the action of both Model 85 Finnlights, and I suggest you check yours before mounting a scope.
    See my thread on this forum.
    http://sakocollectors.com/forum/thr...unt-dovetails-on-new-sako-85-finnlights.8491/

    If they are misaligned, as mine were, it is only a problem with the the 1-piece ring mounts, not the 2-piece which can be shimmed easily as described in the post.

    Incidentally we have the 1" lo mount Optilock Ring Mounts on all our Finnlights with either Zeiss 3.5-10x44 or Swarovski 4-12x50BT scopes. The Swarovski's 50 mm objective just clears the barrel but I had to take a small notch out of the scope front cover to get the cover to fit. I particularly like the spherical inserts of the Optilocks which means you don't have to lap the rings as the inserts line up automatically.

    Hope this helps, enjoy your Finnlight - David
     
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    Thanks for the reply. I hope I didn't get in over my head with this gun!
     
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    The only problem with the strong Optilocks is that they are both very heavy (which seems to defeat the purpose of having a "Finnlight"), and also rather tall. If you are using a scope with an objective lens diameter of ~42mm or less then you might want to look at other options. The Leupold ringmounts are about the lightest and simplest, but there are a number of good mounts for the Sako Tapered Dovetails.
     
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    Stonecreek, I would agree that the Optilocks with two piece bases are somewhat bulky but the one-piece Ringmounts are pretty compact and light. Both, being machined from steel, are stronger but not as light as alloy ones. For Jason's and other's benefit I attach Sako's data sheets which show the difference as well as the various sizes. I have also included the Quickmount rings, though I have no experience of these - David
     

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    Don't worry Jason, I am sure you will enjoy your new acquisition. I was just pointing out that, generally speaking, the lighter the gun and the bigger the bang (calibre) the harder it is to shoot, especially in the field. Our M995 with its heavy barrel and 6.5 cal is easy to shoot and tolerant of various shooting styles which led to complacency. But as my son and I quickly found the 270 WSM Finnlights soon exposed the deficiencies in our shooting technique, which was not a bad thing, as we now shoot all our rifles much better. David
     
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    You'll be fine Jason. A couple ounces here or there aren't going to hurt a thing. I seen talley, leupold and opti locks. I prefer the opti locks. The finnlights aren't ultra light by any stretch of the imagination. Use extra low on anything less than 50mm in the 2 piece. I recently bought the one piece and really like them. They were "Lows" and very similar to the extra low 2 piece. They don't come in Stainless though. You're gonna love that rifle.
     
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    d500Inn, check out the Sako Optilock Ringmount fact sheet I posted above. The one-piece mounts are certainly available in stainless - I have a set on my 260. But maybe they are not available in the States, A poster on another thread commented that he had never seen them. Maybe the new Sako bases are different. David
     
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    David, I think you are correct. Now that you say that my buddy who works for beretta USA said only blue is imported here! For whatever reason? I'd much rather have the stainless. Oh well. It's all good and it set up. The bases haven't changed in many years.
     

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