Short Actions L46 22 Hornet - Original?

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  1. 22hipower

    22hipower Member

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    Acquired what I think is a fairly early L46 in 22 Hornet today (SN 4568) in the standard sporter configuration. Looks original to me, front sight with hood, "wing" safety on left side, standard butt plate, swivels. What I know about Sakos fills a fairly small page but nothing jumps out at me as incorrect. I was concerned that the receiver might have been drilled as it didn't have standard Sako rings but the bases are Weaver 66/67s and the receiver has not been drilled. I've had a number of Sakos in various calibers over the years but this is the first one in 22 Hornet and probably the oldest one. It needs to be cleaned up a bit but stock has only minor handling marks. Bluing is good with some small spots, initially thought there was some corrosion on the top of the barrel but that turned out to be surface crud and came right off. Came with a throwaway scope but that is easily replaced. Here are pictures (of the left side anyway) and I can take more tomorrow if needed. Any thoughts on issues I should have noticed but didn't? I know we get tired of the "what's it worth" question but I am curious. Over on the S&W collectors forum I usually tell folks "its worth what you paid for it." That said, I paid $700 and figured it had to be worth that, especially if it shoots minute of coyote/turkey. Thanks for any comments and assistance.

     

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  2. kirkbridgershooters

    kirkbridgershooters Well-Known Member

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    Good for you. That is a great looking gun. You got a nice looking stock on that gun, there were so many that have that blonde wood with no grain.
     
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  3. deergoose

    deergoose Sako-addicted

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    you done REAL GOOD ! Enjoy.

    DeerGoose
     
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  4. tripledeuce

    tripledeuce Well-Known Member

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    You are making many of us green with envy, great find.:D Your Hornet is highly sought after and appears to be all original and in great shape. I would have paid that price in a heartbeat, can fetch 2-3 times that. The left wing safety is from the early 50's as well as the four digit serial number.
     
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  5. Unclekax

    Unclekax Well-Known Member

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    A beauty for sure.
    Color me green.
     
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    Great pick up !
     
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  7. Jeffy1

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    Sleep well. You stole it.
     
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    I have no idea what it’s worth to someone else, but I know what I’d pay you for it. And that’s considerably more than you bought it for. In my none professional opinion you got one hell of a buy. Congratulations
     
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  9. ricksengines

    ricksengines Sako-addicted

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    I hope you kissed the guy you got it from.
     
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    What a steal! I'm quite sure there are many guys on this forum (myself included) who would willingly pay two or three times that!
     
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  11. Rocky

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    What a great acquisition Hipower!

    I see that nobody took a stab at what your rifle is worth so I'll give it a shot.

    From what I can see of your photo's, and after a good cleaning, if you put this rifle up on auction it would go North of $3000.00.

    You made a great buy at $700!
     
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  12. L61R

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    I second all the above! A great find!

    Jim
     

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