Is the L61R Left Hand the same as the AV Left Hand?

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  1. EVR

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    As far as I knew, the L61R was NOT made in a Left Hand action. So in searching for stocks, this question arises...

     

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    The lefthanded Sakos were introduced in 1986 and at that time the receivers were marked AV. They are similar to the receivers marked L61R but has a longer tang as an example. You could re-work an ordinary L61R stock to fit an AV but it would still be RH and you would have to cut away some wood.

    Here’s a link to LH info frommy catalog collection:

    http://sakoparaphernalia.com/Sako_Paraphernalia/Sako/Sidor/Catalogues_issued_by_Sako.html#33

    However, there are original LH stocks for righthanded L61R’s. I see them ever so often over here in Scandinavia.

    Our own @stonecreek can show you pics of those since I got him one some years ago. He is right-handed but shoots from the left shoulder so that combo suits him well!

    Jim
     
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    stonecreek SCC Secretary Forum Owner SCC Board Member

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    Not only did Jim find a LH stock for an L61R for me, he also found an incredibly rare LH stock for an L46!

    I put the L61R stock on a .25-06 three-lug barreled action that I bought from Rodger at SakoSource. The rifle shoots "lights out" with a 115 Nosler Ballistic Tip powered by a charge of IMR 7828SSC and I've taken javelinas, hogs, and whitetails with it. Note that this .25-06 has the "old style" s-shaped magazine release, which seems very incongruous since Sako didn't start chambering the .25-06 until well after the changeover to the plunger-style release. Never say "never" when it comes to Sakos.

    I put the L46 stock on a virtually unfired 7x33 with left hand safety and sent its original stock to an SCC friend in Australia. My goal is to take a turkey with the 7x33 (the closest thing we have to a capercallae around here, which is what the 7x33 was built for.) Notice that the L46 stock, which is birch, is checkered only on the grip. Lots of Sako stocks of this era were like this.

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