Found this Sako History you'll find it interesting

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    You'll have to type it with spaces so the forum software doesn't think it a URL.
     
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    Be patient I'm still trying to get the link to work
     
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    You will have to knit this together to get the link.

    Sorry about that chief!

    I did a copy - paste of the content of the post. I had to break it into two parts because of our text limitation on the number of characters. Hopefully, everything is still readable.

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    Sako - a Brief description
    SAKO, Limited (Suojeluskuntain Ase- ja Konepaja Oy, Civil Guard Gun- and Machiningworks Ltd) is a Finnish firearm manufacturer located in Riihimäki. It is now owned by the Italian firearms holding company Beretta Holding.

    Origins
    In 1919, a year after Finland declared independence from the Russian Empire, the Suojeluskuntain Yliesikunnan Asepaja (Civil Guard Supreme Staff Gun Works) opened in a former Helsinki brewery to repair private arms and recondition Russian military rifles for Finnish service. The rifle repair shop became financially independent of the civil guard in 1921. The Suojeluskuntain Yliesikunnan Asepaja moved from Helsinki to an ammunition factory in Riihimäki on 1 June 1927 and reorganized as SAKO in the 1930s. Sako started exporting pistol cartridges to Sweden in the 1930s and continued manufacturing submachinegun cartridges through World War II.[1] The firearms manufacturer Tikkakoski, which owned the Tikka brand, was merged into SAKO in 1983. The Valtion Kivääritehdas (VKT) opened at Tourula, Jyväskylä in 1925 had become a part of Valmet in the 1950s and in 1987, the state-owned Valmet and SAKO fused into SAKO-VALMET, with ownership split evenly between Nokia and Valmet. After several organizational shifts in state ownership, the SAKO name remained for the privately owned gun- and cartridge-producing company located in the cities of Riihimäki and Jyväskylä (former Valmet factory in Tourula, which was later closed). The company now is owned by Beretta Holdings.

    Post-World War II production
    The first civilian rifle bearing the Sako name was the L42 (Luodikko [rifle] model 1942) chambered for the 7×33mm Sako cartridge, prototyped in 1942, and commercial production started after World War II. Sako developed the 7×33mm cartridge based on the 9×19mm Parabellum pistol cartridge, by making a longer case and "necking" the case down to 7 mm calibre (7.21 mm bullet diameter). This cartridge was designed for and well suited to capercaille and black grouse hunting, a popular sport in Finland, Sweden and Norway. The L46 was later denoted L461 "Vixen". The L461 has been very popular in Finland and Sweden, especially chambered for the .222 Remington cartridge and has an almost-mythical status among aficionados.[citation needed]

    In 1957, Sako launched a longer action, the L57, subsequently renamed L579 "Forester". This is a "medium action" intended for the .308 Winchester and similar cartridges.

    In 1961, Sako introduced the L61R "Finnbear" for the long cartridges like the .30-06, 6.5×55mm and similar.

    For a short while, Sako produced a lever-action gun, the Sako Finnwolf, in .243 Winchester and .308 Winchester.

    Sako has also produced a number of rimfire rifles, among those are the P72 Finnscout, the M78,the Finnfire and the Quad. The M78 was also chambered for the .22 Hornet and the .22 WMR in addition to the .22 LR.

    During the 1980s (1987), Sako started using the AI/AII/AV designations (previously used for models imported to the US) for the three action lengths in Europe. The complete rifles were still designated L461/L579/L61. The bolt was given a slight cosmetic makeover, with the hammer covered by a conical shell. This visual design was also used on the later models (M4/5/691, M75, M85).

    The L579 could be delivered with detachable magazine although the default was a hinged floorplate.

    From 1987 to 1992 a version of the short (Vixen) action was produced for the .22 PPC and 6mm PPC cartridges, when Sako introduced these former wildcat cartridges as commercial cartridges, denoted ".22 PPC USA" and "6mm PPC USA" to avoid confusion with the specialized bench rest cartridges which required a "tight neck" chamber. These actions are the same external dimensions, and have the same bolt diameter as the 222 Remington, 222 Rem. Magnum, 223 Rem. cartridge actions. Only the bolt face recess was enlarged to suit the PPC case.

    In 1992, the first of the "newer" Sakos, the 591, was introduced as a replacement for the L579. Shortly after, the 491 and the 691 were launched. These rifles (491/591/691) are not as highly regarded as the L461/L579/L61R and according to folklore, the quality of the workmanship is slightly inferior for the 491/591/691. They featured a separate recoil lug, also found on the 75, and a Tikka trigger assembly. However, these rifles were available in left-hand configuration both as a medium action (591) and long action (691)

    In 1997, Sako launched the M75, named for Sako's 75th anniversary. The 75 was externally similar to previous Sako models, but the construction was radically different featuring three symmetrical locking lugs and a detachable magazine.

    Before the 75, Sako hunting rifles (except the L46 and the L579) did not have detachable magazines, but a hinged floorplate with the lock placed on the front of the trigger guard.

    Sako's latest (and current) model, the M85, was introduced in 2006.

    Current production
    Sako 85 centerfire rifle. This is a premium hunting rifle available in many configurations and calibers from 204 Ruger through 416 Rem Mag.

    Sako Quad rimfire rifle. This rifle is available in a variety of configurations and has interchangeable barrels in calibers .17HM2, .17HMR, .22 Long Rifle, and .22 WMR.

    Sako TRG centerfire rifle. This is a long-range sniper rifle geared toward law enforcement and military use.

    Sako A7 centerfire rifle. This is Sako's mid-price-range hunting rifle, filling the gap between their premium line of Sako 85 hunting rifles, and their value line of Tikka T3 hunting rifles. The A7 combines different features from the Sako 85 and the Tikka T3, along with a unique in-line detachable magazine design, and is currently (2010) available only with a synthetic stock, in combination with either a blued chromoly or stainless steel barrelled action.
    Current production[edit]

    Sako 85 centerfire rifle. This is a premium hunting rifle available in many configurations and calibers from 204 Ruger through 416 Rem Mag.

    Sako Quad rimfire rifle. This rifle is available in a variety of configurations and has interchangeable barrels in calibers .17HM2, .17HMR, .22 Long Rifle, and .22 WMR.

    Sako TRG centerfire rifle. This is a long-range sniper rifle geared toward law enforcement and military use.

    Sako A7 centerfire rifle. This is Sako's mid-price-range hunting rifle, filling the gap between their premium line of Sako 85 hunting rifles, and their value line of Tikka T3 hunting rifles. The A7 combines different features from the Sako 85 and the Tikka T3, along with a unique in-line detachable magazine design, and is currently (2010) available only with a synthetic stock, in combination with either a blued chromoly or stainless steel barrelled action.

    Sako model history (Europe)
     
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    Introduced Model Chambered for Comments
    1942 L42 7×33mm Sako
    1946 L46 5.6×35mmR, .22 Hornet, .218 Bee, .222 Rem, .222 Rem Mag, .25-20 Win, 7×33mm Sako, .32-20 Win Detachable magazine
    1954? P54/P54T .22LR
    195? M98 .270 Win, .30-06, .300 H&H, 8×60mm, 9.3×62mm, .375 H&H, ? FN M98 action, Sako stock and barrel
    1957 L57 .243 Win, .244 Rem, .308 Win Fixed magazine
    1959 L579 Forester .22-250, .243 Win, .308 Win Fixed magazine, later in production detachable as option
    1961 L461 Vixen .17 Rem, .222 Rem, .222 Rem Mag, .223 Rem, 7×33mm Sako? Fixed magazine
    1961 L61R Finnbear .264 Win, .270 Win, 30-06 Three locking lugs: Two in front and one on the rear end of the bolt
    1961 L61R Finnbear Magnum 7mm Rem Mag, .300 Win Mag, .300 H&H, .338 Win Mag, .375 H&H Three locking lugs: Two in front and one on the rear end of the bolt
    1963 VL63 Finnwolf .243 Win, .244 Rem, .308 Win, .358 Win Lever-action
    1972 L61R Finnbear .25-06 Rem, 6.5×55mm, .270 Win, 7×64mm, .30-06, 9.3×62mm Two locking lugs in front
    1972 L61R Finnbear Magnum 7mm Rem Mag, .300 Win Mag, .338 Win Mag, .375 H&H Two locking lugs in front
    1972 P72 Finnscout .22LR
    1974? Sako M74 Super .222 Rem, .223 Rem, .22-250, .243 Win, .308 Win, .25-06, .270 Win, .30-06, .264 Mag, 7mm Rem Mag, .300 Win Mag, .300 H&H, .338 Win Mag, .375 H&H
    1975 P75 .22 Hornet
    1978 M78 Finnscout .22 LR, .22 WMR, .22 Hornet
    1979/80 AI/L461 .17 Rem, .222 Rem, .223 Rem Also available as single-shot action
    1987 AI/L461 PPC .22 PPC USA, 6mm PPC USA Also available as single-shot action
    1979/80 AII/L579 .22-250 Rem, .243 Win, 7mm-08, .308 Win Also available as single-shot action
    1979/80 AIII early version of the AV, short tang
    1979/80 AIV
    1979/80 AV/L61R .25-06 Rem, 6.5×55, .270 Win, 7×64, .30-06, 9.3×62mm Long tang
    1979/80 AV Mag/L61R Magnum 7mm Rem Mag, .300 Win Mag, .300 Wby, .338 Win Mag, .375 H&H, .416 Rem Mag .458 Win Mag has been produced on special order
    1982? VL63 Finnwolf Sako Collectors Association .243 Win, .308 Win Lever-action
    1988 M579 SM (Super Match) .308 Win
    1989 TRG-21 .308 Win Three locking lugs in front, detachable magazine
    1989 TRG-41 .300 Win Mag?, .338 Lapua Mag Three locking lugs in front, detachable magazine
    1992 M591 Left hand .22-250, .243 Win, 7mm-08 Rem, .308 Win
    1993 S491 .17 Rem, .222 Rem, .223 Rem, .22 PPC USA, 6mm PPC USA
    1993 M591 .22-250, .243 Win, 7mm-08 Rem, .308 Wiän
    1993 L691 .25-06, 6.5×55mm, .270 Win, 7×64, .280 Rem, .30-06, 9.3×62mm
    1993 L691 Mag .270 Wby, 7mm Rem Mag, 7mm Wby, .300 Win Mag, .300 Wby, .338 Win Mag, .340 Wby, .375 H&H, .416 Rem Mag
    1995? M995 TRG-S .25-06, 6.5×55mm, .270 Win, .280 Rem, 7×64mm, .308 Win, .30-06, 9.3×62mm Three locking lugs in front, detachable magazine
    1995? M995 TRG-S Magnum .270 Wby, 7mm Rem Mag, 7mm Wby, 7mm STW, 7.21mm Firebird, .300 Win Mag, .300 Wby, 7.82mm Warbird, .30-378 Wby, .338 Win Mag, .340 Wby, .338 Lapua Mag, .375 H&H, .416 Rem Mag Three locking lugs in front, detachable magazine
    1997 Sako M75 I .222 Rem, .223 Rem Three locking lugs in front, detachable magazine
    1997 Sako M75 II .22 PPC USA, 6mm PPC USA Three locking lugs in front, detachable magazine
    1997 Sako M75 III .22-250, .243 Win, .260 Rem, 7mm-08 Rem, .308 Win Three locking lugs in front, detachable magazine
    1997 Sako M75 SM .270 WSM, .300WSM Three locking lugs in front, detachable magazine
    1997 Sako M75 IV .25-06, 6.5×55mm, .270 Win, 7×64mm, .30-06, 9.3×62, 9.3×66mm Sako Three locking lugs in front, detachable magazine
    1997 Sako M75 V 7mm Rem Mag, .300 Win Mag, .375 H&H, .416 Rem Mag Three locking lugs in front, detachable magazine
    1999 TRG-22 .260 Rem (as of 2011), .308 Win Three locking lugs in front, detachable magazine
    1999 TRG-42 .300 Win Mag, .338 Lapua Mag Three locking lugs in front, detachable magazine
    2001 Sako M75 V Safari anniversary model .375 H&H Three locking lugs in front, detachable magazine
    2001 Sako Finnfire P94S .22LR
    2006? Sako Quad .17 Mach 2, .17 HMR, .22LR, .22 WMR Interchangeable barrels
    2006 Sako M85 XS .204 Ruger, .222 Remington, .223 Remington Three locking lugs in front, detachable magazine
    2006 Sako M85 S .22-250, .243 Win, .260 Rem, 7mm-08 Rem, .308 Win, .338 Federal Three locking lugs in front, detachable magazine
    2006 Sako M85 SM .270 WSM, 7mm WSM, .300 WSM Three locking lugs in front, detachable magazine
    2006 Sako M85 M .25-06, 6.5×55mm, .270 Win, 7×64mm, .30-06, 9.3×62mm, 9.3×66mm Sako Three locking lugs in front, detachable magazine
    2006 Sako M85 L 7mm Rem Mag, .300 Win Mag, .338 Win Mag, .375 H&H Mag Three locking lugs in front, detachable magazine
    2011 Sako TRG M10 .308 Win, .300 Win Mag, .338 Lapua Mag User configurable multi caliber modular sniper system
    2014 Sako Finnfire II .17 HMR, .22LR

    Models A-series actions
    L461/AI L461/AI PPC L579/AII L61R/AV L61R Mag/AV Mag
    Hunter X X X X X
    Deluxe X X X X
    Super Deluxe X X X X
    Laminated X X X X
    Varmint X X X
    Target X X X
    Carbine X X X
    Handy X X
    Handy Fiber X
    Battue X X X
    Classic X X X
    Fiberclass X X
    Safari X

    Models 4/5/691 series actions
    Hunter, Deluxe, Super Deluxe, Laminated, Varmint, Carbine, Classic

    Models M75 series actions


    I (Short) III (Medium) SM (Short magnum) IV (Long) V (Magnum)
    Hunter X X X X X
    Hunter Stainless X X X X
    Hunter left hand X
    Laminated stainless X X X X X
    Deluxe X X X X X
    Synthetic stainless X X X X
    Finnlight X X X X
    Varmint X X X
    Varmint Laminated Stainless X X

    Sako Finnlight in .243 Winchester
    Models M85 series actions

    Hunter, Laminated Stainless, Synthetic Stainless, Finnlight, Bavarian, Bavarian Carbine, Varmint, Brown Bear, Black Bear, Kodiak, Grizzly, Long Range
     
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    Would love to find a Wolf in .358 Win.o_O
     
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    That is a former member’s site, banned long ago. All that information has been cobbled together from here and books such as
    Arma Fennica.

    I would not give him the time of day.
     
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    ricksengines Sako-addicted

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    Sorry. I knew nothing of the author's background. I just found the info interesting and wanted to share what I found with our members.

    Our illustrious leadership saw fit to delete the thread anyway. I don't think that was really necessary.

    rick
     
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    The thing is, this lowlife scumbag, copies and steals info from SCC, pieces it together and presents it as facts. His facts.

    And we shouldn’t delete it?

    I urge all of you to read the posts above with great care. It is no a verified truth.

    Jim
     
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    Is there any verifiable source that shows the history? I would like to put together some rifles with parts that would be as appropriate as possible (hope that makes sense).
     

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