Heavy Barrel Mannlicher

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  1. Rocky

    Rocky Well-Known Member

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    This was one of my first purchases when I started collecting Sako's. I wasn't sure what I had so I showed a photo of it here on the Forum and I was told that it was a Mountain Gander special order from Sako. Not sure how many were made but I haven't seen another. They made them in 222, and 243.
    I was just cleaning up the safe and thought that I would take some better photo's of it and share them here.
    If any other members has a HB Mannlicher please share. s-l1600.jpg P1015886.JPG P1015893.JPG P1015892.JPG P1015895.JPG P1015896.JPG P1015913.JPG P1015921.JPG P1015918.JPG

     

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    Awesome Rocky !
     
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    Thats Nice
     
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    Rocky the Rock Island auction catalog from 1996 had one 222 and one 243 available, and the write up stated Gander ordered fifteen in 222 and one in 243. I have no idea if that is the correct number Sako produced for Gander.
     
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    deergoose Sako-addicted

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    They also made them in .308Win, Rocky.
    Gander Mountain had a special production run on them, and so did Marshall Fields Department store in Chicago. I read somewhere that the MF gun department was on the 6th floor. They made 18 of them in .243Win and 18 of them in .308Win. I've got two of them in .243, one each in L57 and L579 actions. Are mine 2 of the 18 from MF's ? probably not, but who knows? Are the Gander guns and the MF guns the only ones made? probably not, but who knows?

    here's what the records service revealed on the two that I own (I posted this in the records service findings thread):
    6) L579 HB Mannlicher in .243Win, #11468: Inspected on 5/14/60, shipped the same day and was one of nineteen (19) .243 rifles in that shipment to Firearms International.

    7) L57 HB Mannlicher in .243Win, #8668: Inspected on 8/26/59, shipped the same day and was one of nine (9) .243 rifles in that shipment to FI.

    this is cool stuff, and my bet is that less than 50 total rifles were made in .222, .243 and .308 combined. I'd love to post some pics, and will try to do so, but finding the time to do anything has been a real challenge of late !

    thanks for the Sako porn! fantastic pics!!
    DeerGoose
     
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    Thanks for the kind replies. And thanks goose for that information. Great reading, I didn't know all of that, and I didn't know that they made them in 308.

    When you find the time to take some photo's and post them here, I'd like to see those 243's.
     
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    Love the .222!
     
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    Fascinating combination - heavy barrel, Mannlicher style stock, and no front sight. Very rare indeed. Also interesting that Gander Mountain listed the B&L externally adjustable scope and Kuharsky mount as an option. I have exactly that setup on my Sako .308 Mannlicher-style long rifle. And finally, note the poor proofreading on the Gander Mountain ad - "Varmiter Special"(????). What kind of varmits can you shoot with it? I used to have a .243 Sako sporter that came out of Gander Mountain. It was a good shooter but I sold it a long time ago.

    I'd love to find one of those HB Mannlicher-style rifles in .222, but that's pretty unlikely as Arizona is not only a desert, it's a Sako desert.
     
  9. stonecreek

    stonecreek SCC Secretary Forum Owner SCC Board Member

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    Rocky, that very rare rifle looks in outstanding shape.

    The Gander Mountain HB Mannlicher is one of the very few Sakos ever custom-built for an American distributor. Perhaps the community can think of more, but here are the ones I'm aware of offhand (not in chronological order):

    GO Wholesale A-V in .280 Rem
    NRA Rifle of the Year
    Cabela's retro Finnbear (Model 85)
    King Ranch Edition
    Sako Collectors Association Finnwolf

    What am I missing?

    Of course, there are numerous other proprietary Sakos like the Brownings, Colts, Wards, etc., but I'm talking about special editions which were sold under the Sako name.
     
  10. deergoose

    deergoose Sako-addicted

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    ok, here are some pics of my HB fullstocks! Photography is not up to par with Rocky's, but it will do for now. Check out how these rifles are marked......Outside pics tonight were out of the question, as we are getting dumped on by Tropical System Michael. My prayers go out to those on the FL Panhandle! (and the Carolinas for that matter). Enjoy!

    DeerGoose
     

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    stonecreek SCC Secretary Forum Owner SCC Board Member

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    One of them has the mysterious "N"-marked barrel. Beautiful rifles.
     
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    deergoose Sako-addicted

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    Yep !! that's the L57.....And nowhere on the rifle is it stamped "Made in Finland". Go figure.

    DeerGoose
     
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    My word, two of them!

    You know that you have two of the same caliber. I think that my lone 222 would love to have some company so they could become a matched set. What do you think????

    BTW, thank for the photo's, very nice rifles!
     
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