Four sizes in Sako Actions?

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  1. icebear

    icebear Sako-addicted

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    I have one rifle that is stamped "L46" on the left side of the action with the serial number. Ironically, it's actually an L469, the "stretch" version of the L46 in .222 Magnum. I think it's very late production; S/N is in the 55000 range. My other L469 is marked "Sako Riihimäki" like any other L46. S/N is 48xxx. I've also been told that some of the magnums were actually stamped "L469." I've never seen one so stamped; if any forum members have one, I'd be curious about the serial number and date of production. Both L469's have the late style stock with Monte Carlo cheekpiece.

    I don't have a late standard length L46 in .222, but I would guess that some of those would be stamped "L46" as well as the magnums. If anybody has one, please post on how it is stamped.


    According to Arma Fennica, L46 serial numbers ended at 57000 and the L461 picked up at 57001. There was also a short, late run starting at 80700. It is unclear whether the magnum actions were numbered in blocks or if they were just mixed at random among the standard L46 actions. Arma Fennica states that L469 production continued through 1967, well after the end of L46 production. This seems odd, but perhaps they had some leftover actions. As we know, Sako seldom wasted any usable parts.
     
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    temozon Well-Known Member

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    I have a 222 Mag L469, and stamped as such on the action. Its ser nr is 449xx.
     
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    The "stretched" L469 was introduced after the updated L46 stocks with the Monte Carlo comb, so, unless it is a replacement stock not original to the gun, I don't think that you'll find a Sako .222 Magnum from the L46 era without the MC comb -- at least not in the sporter configuration, not sure about the HB or Mannlichers.
     
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    Below is the page from the inspection records where the shift from 57000 to 57001 occurs. Yes, L46's up to 57000 and L461's after that -- perhaps one of the few "bright lines" with Sako numberings. But notice that the L46's were produced in 1964-65, while the L461's pre-dated them in 1962.

    But then the L46 numbers started up again at 80001 and went all the way to 82425, with many of the later ones being L469 Magnums with inspection dates as late as 1966. Well over 1,000 L46 and L469's were produced after they were presumably replaced by the L461.
     

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    icebear Sako-addicted

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    Thanks to both of you for the information. I find it especially interesting, and perhaps a bit surprising, that new L46 rifles in 7x33 were rolling out of Riihimäki as late as November 1964.

    I'll have to keep my eyes open for an L469 marked as such. Ideally that would be either a heavy barrel or a rifle-length Mannlicher, since I already have a sporter and a Mannlicher carbine.

    I've thought about making a Mannlicher-style .222 Magnum rifle by swapping parts between an L469 sporter and an L46 Mannlicher rifle. That would be inauthentic but cool to have for a shooter, as it would have the classic style stock, which I consider more desirable. I doubt I would ever do it, though, since it would require altering two collectible Sakos (unless I could find the stock and hardware separately, and maybe a magnum in a non-original stock).
     
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    I took a quick look (not comprehensive nor definitive) through the 1,000+ L46/469's numbered in the 80,000's.

    The vast majority of the first 800 or so are in .222, but with about 10% of them being in 7x33; most of these were inspected in 1964 with the very latest 7x33 I saw inspected in March of 1965. Interestingly, quite a few (perhaps a couple of dozen) of the 7x33's were marked as Deluxe.

    The last several hundred serial numbers were almost all L469's made in 1965 and 1966.

    For those interested in Sako curiosities, #81064 was used twice, once for a .222 inspected 17 Feb 64 and a 7x33 inspected the very next day. Somebody screwed up, but Sako wasn't about to trash a perfectly good rifle just because there was a serial number conflict.

    Similarly, serial number 80778 was used for a standard L46 .222 in November of 1964 and again for an L469 Deluxe .222 Magnum in June of 1965. Wouldn't it be a hoot to own both of those?!
     
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    paulsonconstruction Sako-addicted

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    I found a L469 stamped rifle about 15-20 years ago when visiting Austin, TX. It was in an aftermarket stock that was beat up & broken & had been rebarrled to 223 Rem. Magazine was stamp 222 MAGNUM. Used the action to build a custom rifle in 6x45mm. Serial number is 44862. I haven't done a records check on it.
     

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