Found a Sako in Alberta

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  1. Doug William Wood

    Doug William Wood Member

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    Old Albertan with a gun, Woody here. I have a few Sakos but this one I found for sale is a curiosity. It is a Riihimaki with H161xxx serial number on the bolt. But look at the barrel, it only says 222Rem. It has a bulge strange taper. It must be a re-barrel job. The stock has many scares from farm truck use. Can anyone help with the barrel? is it a Sako? If so is it worth the 400 bucks he wants for the gun? It shoots surprisingly well, close to an inch with a cheap scope and factory loads.

     

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    Hi Doug; The stock looks like it's from a Marlin Model 322 and the serial number fits (16XXX) for that era. The barrel contour looks to me like its off a later model Browning/Sako safari. The micro groove barrels were changed out on a lot of Marlins because of alleged poor accuracy so yours was probably replaced for the same reason I'm guessing.
    Just my 2 cents; DPH
     
  3. Doug William Wood

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    thanks for the info, i'm sure you are correct. I looked at some Marlins and Browning Sakos on line now that you mentioned it. Seems like quite a story parts and manufacturers. This one is a far cry from good looking, but it does shoot as good as I can see at my age. I may try it with a better scope.
     
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    I'm another old Albertan. In Canada, that L46 .222 magazine alone goes for around $150. (Can) or more. The rifle is definitely worth $400.
     

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