Short Actions L46 7x33

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  1. hohlweglauerer

    hohlweglauerer Active Member

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    At an auction in Vienna, Austria, I bought a Sako rifle.

    It is stamped "L46 No 81049" on the left side of the action..... and finish proof marks.

    On barrel, in front of the action, it is stamped "7x33".... and finish proof marks.

    On barrel left side, it is stamped "VIXEN MADE IN FINLAND".

    On barrel right side, it is stamped "BoforsSteel".....

    The rifle obviously has seen heavy use.

    The front sight is completely gone, the rear sight misses parts, and the bluing is worn.

    The stock was broken once and repaired quite unprofessional, strewn with dents and scratches.

    Small parts ar broken of.

    The original magazine is substituted by a .222 Remington magazine, fits the rifle, but does not work with 7x33 cartridges.

    But the action accepts 7x33 cartridges and the rifle can fire it.

    The action is longer than my other two "early" 7x33 L46 rifles.

    It definitely is a factory installed 7x33 barrel.


    The barrel inside is ok, and there is nothing that can`t be repaired or fixed.....long 7x33 magazines and other missing parts are welcome!

    I have never heard about a 7x33 rifle with a serial number that high.

    May be, it is one of the latest made?

    The action is stamped L46,...not L461!

    What do I have???.....when was it made.....was it custom order or a regular offer?

    Some pictures....

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  2. deersako

    deersako Well-Known Member

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    A late production L46, nice pick up.
    The long action/magazine version allows for a few more options, bullet wise, for the handloader.

    Maybe the .222 magazine can be ‘manipulated’ to work ?
     
  3. hohlweglauerer

    hohlweglauerer Active Member

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    What makes me wonder is, the serial numbers of L46 rifles ended wit 57000.

    81049 is clearly in the L461 numbers.

    The rifle is stamped L46.

    Anyways, I will restore it and try a load with the Sierra 100 gr and the Speer 110 gr.

    Because I do not see any chance to find a propper 7x33 magazine, I will try to make the .222 Remington magazine running.

    HWL
     
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    Hello Hohlweglauerer,
    I think what you have is a hybrid of a L46 and L461 Sako 7 X 33. I must admit that I have never seen a hybrid Sako ever and in 7 X 33 Calibre WOW.
    Blackjack
     
  5. kirkbridgershooters

    kirkbridgershooters Well-Known Member

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    Don't give up. My 218 Bee and 7X33 magazines are dimensionally the same. You may be able to find a magazine that will still work. The Hornet mag is longer and may still work. Here are the 3 of them...

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  6. stonecreek

    stonecreek SCC Secretary Forum Owner SCC Board Member

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    There was a "second run" of L46's in 1964-65 which were numbered in the 80,000's. The Club has the factory records on these. If you wish to find your rifle's inspection date and when and where it was originally shipped from the factory go here and request Level 2 information: http://sakocollectors.com/store/

    These "second run" L46's all used the longer (.222 length) magazines. Shorter cartridges used the magazine block like kirkbridger's photo shows. By simply bending the magazine lips slightly wider you should be able to use the .222 magazine successfully for the 7x33.

    We have no information as to why Sako made this second run of L46's several years after the L461 was introduced. However, we know from experience that Sako never discarded any usable parts, even if they had been superseded by a later design, so we have to assume that they had an inventory of left-over L46 actions which they decided to build into finished rifles.
     
  7. hohlweglauerer

    hohlweglauerer Active Member

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    Thank you for this information,..... so everything is ok with my rifle.

    Do you know, how many 7x33 rifles were made in the second run?

    HWL
     
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    Stone is correct. I have a 222 l46 magazine that works for my 7x33. Keep after it.
     
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    stonecreek SCC Secretary Forum Owner SCC Board Member

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    I should have also mentioned that this longer magazine allows you to use longer bullets than the rarely available 78 grain Sako factory bullet. Several makers offer 100 grain 7mm bullets (ordinarily the lightest weight available in 7mm) which will work in your rifle. They will be .284" diameter rather than the .285-6" of the Sako bullets, but they seem to shoot accurately enough in 7x33 barrels.
     
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    Agree with stone again on the bullets. Sierra 100 gr hp
     
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    My L46 7x33 has a 25/20 magazine
     
  12. stonecreek

    stonecreek SCC Secretary Forum Owner SCC Board Member

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    And I was able to adapt one of the same after-market magazines that works with my 7x33 to my .25-20. But these are the "short" magazines, while hohlweglauerer's rifle uses the "long" magazine. But there should be little difficulty in making a long magazine for the 222 work just fine with the 7x33.
     
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    I guess, your 7x33 is a short action/magazine first run.... .25/20 Winchester was not made with a long action/magazine.

    HWL
     
  14. hohlweglauerer

    hohlweglauerer Active Member

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    .... what I fear is, to damage the magazine.....

    HWL
     
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    There was an L46 .222 with the later L461 style stock for sale at a shop near here a few years ago. Serial number was in the 52000's. Looks to be in very nice condition but some bubba had ground the top of the barrel to provide relief for the scope objective.

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    Marcus
     
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    :mad::eek:
    That's one I'd never have thought of.
     
  17. stonecreek

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    If you are unsure about doing it yourself then take it to a gunsmith. Bending the magazine feed lips very slightly outward takes no special tools and is not difficult to do. Simply do it a little at a time and test the modification as you go by feeding a round through the rifle. Actually, I'm surprised that the 7x33 cartridges won't feed through the .222 magazine without modification. The base of the 7x33 is .390" and the base of the .222 is .375", so there is very little difference.
     
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    hohlweglauerer Active Member

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    The dull head of the bullet does not run over the feed ramp...

    HWL
     
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    Just take an ordinary pair of pliers and bend the forward feed lips very slightly outward (still leave them a bit narrower than the magazine box itself). You may also have to slightly bend the forward portion of the retaining lips very slightly outward. This should allow the fatter bullet of the 7x33 to point more upward and slide onto the feed ramp.
     
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    refer back to the gun& game magazine article, one of the rifles in that used the 222r mag perfectly. susanna
     

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