Caveat Emptor!

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  1. Old Hippie

    Old Hippie Formerly known as bloorooster

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    There is a fresh listing on GB, a “Sako Sporter L57 .243.
    The Barreled action is in pretty nice shape and the stock is fair with the plastic butt pad replaced. Thing is ,if you look close , they don’t belong together as the stock looks to be a later L579 stock from late FI or possibly Garcia with no grip cap.
    Look closely if you run across it.

    The L57’s have a swell or “sow belly” that kinda drops a bit from the merging pistol grip area to the trigger guard and floor plate. You can see it protruding from the L579 stock which contours flat from the pistol grip.

    This example of put together Sako rifles is just one and there are hundreds and hundreds of them out there. This guy would probably fair better if he just sold them separately! IMO


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    Old Hippie Formerly known as bloorooster

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    Once again..caveat!
    Here is a L46 in .22 hornet. Well known web site.
    Look closely!
    This gun Screams for an early wing safety, which it obviously is gonna have to settle for less!
    It is said this one is stocked in birch but it has finish problems.

    Do you see what I see?

    The old Hippie
     
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  3. deergoose

    deergoose Sako-addicted

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    Not sure about what you mention, but the safety access "door" been messed with. Looks like it hasn't been slid back on correctly with spring tab not set properly in place.

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    Old Hippie Formerly known as bloorooster

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    I’ve added another photo from the listing, note the serial number. I would think it should be a lefty or at least have the early “Sako top” stamp, not the fine knurled top as we see here.
    Also the circle Sako L46 stamp seems to be “out of time” for the same reason , it also is placed further back in location from what I’ve been used to seeing (which is acceptable to me as one more Sakonomaly!)

    My only rifle to compare is numbered in the 6000’s ..smooth “Sako Top” safety, no circle stamped dovetail.
    I didn’t think the fine knurled top came till a bit later.

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    Tomball Well-Known Member

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    I have 4 early rifles Bee, Hornet, 7x33 and 222. Two left land and two rotating safeties. That is about all the similarities that exist. Rotating safeties are smooth top 55xx and 71xx with Sako stamp on them and the left hand both have the same L46 marking as rifle you are referencing, 49xx and 55xx serial number. The caliber markings are all different and in different locations on the barrel. While there may be something wrong with this gun, I am pointing out the various differences in 4 rifles I own of the same time period. They are all different. The bolts may interchange seemingly, but a rotating safety will not close and lock in a winged action but wing bolt will close and lock in a rotating action. I just tried this. While I agree with you a wing safety seems logical for this rifle, may be correct as shown. Just need a peep at the number stamped on the bolt handle to answer several questions.
     
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    Old Hippie Formerly known as bloorooster

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    Thank you Tomball, for you speak the truth in hand.
    Your description does make sense to me, realizing how Sako can change things so abruptly in production phases. I also tried the bolt switch experiment on my earlier two rifles from left to right safety and found what you did. The thing I suppose that makes me question it is the fine knurling or cross hatching on the bolt top, all else considered, still seems too early for the period . Like you said tho , if the numbers match , I stand (or will sit ) absolutely corrected!

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    Old Hippie Formerly known as bloorooster

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    Crow..the other , other , white meat!

    After a little more observation I’m seeing a few more examples of fine cross hatching on 46’s in the early 5 and 6000’s numbers. As amazing as it seems to me!

    I suppose that possibly this might indicate that the Smooth Sako Top safety is rare in itself as far as short runs go.. crazy!

    Thinking of maybe developing a new line of Crow seasonings for guys like me!

    sorry for my quick condemnation and caveat!

    old hippie
     
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    stonecreek SCC Secretary Forum Owner SCC Board Member

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    Don't let serial numbers mislead you! The factory records show the one in the photo (SN 5191) is from mid-1951, so the configuration of the bolt/safety seems correct. Most of the rifles on that particular ledger page of 50 consecutive serial numbers are from 1949, but there is a scattering of 1951 rifles somewhat randomly mixed in. No one knows why Sako did this, just that they did.
     

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