Sako Anyone ever seen one of these?

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  1. Bdbseven

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    Hello everyone, new member here. I recently purchased a Sako AV chambered in 458 Lott.
    I can’t seem to find any info on the 458 Lott. If anyone has any information that would be great. The serial number is: 8188888. It’s a synthetic stock with a tiger engraved on the top of the barrel and an elephant engraved on the bottom Of the cartridge removal plate. Thanks in advance!

     

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  2. paulsonconstruction

    paulsonconstruction Sako-addicted

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    It appears you have a custom built rifle with a Sako AV action. Neither the stock nor the barrel are Sako from what I can see from the pictures. More detailed pics of the buttpad & barrel stampings would confirm.
     
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    kevinlg Well-Known Member

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    Pretty sure Hawkeye's correct.

    Notice the "milled disc" following the action serial number. It's on all the A-series action only receivers I've seen over the years.
     
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    stonecreek SCC Secretary Forum Owner SCC Board Member

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    The .458 Lott uses a full length, straight-walled .375 H&H basic case to give it another .35" of case length and powder capacity over the .458 Winchester. This places its power somewhere between the .458 Winchester and the .460 Wby Mag. The 3.6" magazine of the Sako action allows the Lott to be built on an unmodified Sako, whereas actions like Mausers and Winchester 70s have to have their magazines lengthened to accommodate it.
     
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    Thanks for your input! Here’s a couple more pictures that might help.
     

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    Welcome, Thanks for the detailed pictures. It always helps us help you. I agree with everything stated by the professionals. You have a nice custom rifle based on a Sako AV action only, sold in the box. Barrel maker unknown, but the components look to be top shelf. Really nice express iron sights, with one up and two down. Also, 458 Lott in Sako not available; only calibers above .400 ever made were / are: 416 Rem Mag, 416 Rigby.450 Rigby, 458 Win Mag, 500 Jeffrey. Wayne
     
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    Thank you for the info! I guess my big question is, is it safe to shoot 458 Lott rounds? Or should I use 458 Win Mag instead? Or can it shoot both?
     
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    stonecreek SCC Secretary Forum Owner SCC Board Member

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    Hmmm . . . I would guess that shooting .458 Win rounds in a Lott chamber would be safe, but I'm not sure about the exact body taper and whether there might be difficulty in chambering .458 Win rounds. The case would be 3/8ths of an inch short and the jump to the lands would be quite long, meaning that velocities would be somewhat lower compared to firing a .458 Win round in a regular chamber. There are lots of "Lott" guys on the Accurate Reloading forum, so you might pose the question there.
     
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    Seat your bullets out as far as possible, but not beyond the last crimp groove.
    You will crimp, eh?
    Stephen
     
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    Have to say, I absolutely love that tiger! What a stunner!
     

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