Sako Is this legit?

Discussion in 'Sako Long/Magnum Actions' started by Bernie’s Dad, Jun 11, 2021.

  1. northernlights

    northernlights Well-Known Member

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    Nice...nice...nice rifle!!! Definitely worth the wait. Congrats!

     

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    Thank you. She is special. Here she is wearing a nice Leupold from the same era. [​IMG]


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    Bernie’s Dad Well-Known Member

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    I am far from experienced but even I can feel that this 1979 rifle is made better than my 2020 Model 85 Bavarian.


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    [​IMG]


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  5. Bernie’s Dad

    Bernie’s Dad Well-Known Member

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    And a single set trigger!


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    [​IMG]


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    Sweet rifle Bernie’s Dad :)
     
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    Thanks! I am kinda falling in love if that’s a thing.


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  9. Old Hippie

    Old Hippie Formerly known as bloorooster

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    If you spend the evenings with a Sako, beside your favorite chair, watching TV with it in your lap…you could be a Sakohaulic.
    If you tend to come home from work and go straight to the gun safe, reaching for that same rifle to carry back to your chair, but can’t find the remote…you may be a Sakohaulic.
    If you wait till the Mrs is asleep, and drag out two or more additional Sako rifles to sit beside each other on the couch, taking turns with one of those in your lap, and you no longer even know what TV show is playing, you are definitely a Sakohaulic.
    If you have a new Sako that you just met, you will experience episodes of love and even devotion, but you soon are distracted by another Sako Rifle that you find attractive…you are certifiably a Sakohaulic!
    Sakohaulism is a disease, not an addiction.
    I have had this disease for 20 years, there is no cure. But we have this forum and it’s members to help us cope…a place to help one another to find peace and learn to function with this affliction.

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    icebear Sako-addicted

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    Very nice indeed. I am still puzzled by the lack of a crossbolt. Perhaps there's a bedding block embedded in the stock.

    Could you post a photo of the left side? I'm curious to see what the cheekpiece looks like.
     
  11. Bernie’s Dad

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    [​IMG]


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  12. Bernie’s Dad

    Bernie’s Dad Well-Known Member

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    I noticed that the recoil pad does not say SAKO.


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  13. Bernie’s Dad

    Bernie’s Dad Well-Known Member

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    Here are the guts

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    Old Hippie Formerly known as bloorooster

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    Wow!
    Hidden recoil block! Good call Icebear!
    She is definitely a good looking rifle!

    If my memory serves me right, I recall the Classic models all had straight combed stocks , reminiscent of the early Sako L46, with solid red pads. There was also the Fiberclass models with straight combed McMillan stocks with solid black pads, all of which had the four little letters (actually the letters are much larger)
    Now..the Euro-Classic is rather new to me, but looks almost exactly like the Bavarian which came out later. Your pad is odd but I must never say never!

    still, you got a sweet looking gun!

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    icebear Sako-addicted

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    Interesting that this rifle not only has an embedded recoil block, but steel tubing reinforcements in the stock for the action screws (i.e. pillar bedding). I don't recall seeing either of those features on an AV before. In any case, you've got yourself quite a rarity, and I expect it will shoot well. When you go to shoot it, I'd advise starting heavier rather than lighter - i.e. around 170 grain bullets rather than 150. My 7x64 Sako shoots much better with the heavier bullets. So far the Sellier & Bellot have worked well, and they are relatively inexpensive (if you can find them in the current market).
     
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    I don’t know. I saw it only after it was sold.


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    No cross bolt on that one either.


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    Thanks. I’ll do that. I tried to measure the twist rate and came up with 1/9 or 1/9.5 (the cleaning rod didn’t turn consistently during my test). Sound right?


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