L61r question

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  1. DartShark

    DartShark Member

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    Hi All,

    I'd like to know if anyone out there could help me with a question about what I believe is a 1976/77 L61r 375 Deluxe rifle Ser#523xx1

    If you look at the grip of the stock you can make out a round discoloration as if a hole had been drilled in the stock and then plugged.

    Any ideas what might have been done to this rifle?


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  2. gunner620

    gunner620 Well-Known Member

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    that is a factory reinforcement. We have seen that exact pin on other 375 Sako Deluxe rifles.
     
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    douglastwo Well-Known Member

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    I agree with gunner, all the 375 Deluxe L61R that I have seen, have the wooden dowel shown in your pictures. Definitely factory.
     
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  4. DartShark

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    Thanks for the info!
    So would this have been done when built or would a customer have returned it to the factory to have it done?
    Also, does it affect the value?
     
  5. DartShark

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    I'm going to be selling this for a friend and was trying to educate myself as I don't know much about Sako's.
    I'm not finding any 375 Deluxe L61R's for sale to compare it to.
    Was the muzzle brake offered from the factory?

    Wouldn't mind getting this one for myself but that would mean another safe and my wife would definitely have something to say about that :)
     
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    There is 375 Deluxe's on Gunbroker now and it has the wrist reinforcement. The brake was not a factory option.
     
  7. DartShark

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    Thanks CVCOBRA1,
    I've been watching lately and hadn't seen one.

    Love your avatar, have you ridden that?
     
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    It was built with the wooden dowel. I don't believe value is affected.
     
  9. stonecreek

    stonecreek SCC Secretary Forum Owner SCC Board Member

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    I can't recall seeing a .375 without the reinforcing dowel, but I think that some of the early ones did not have it. The factory probably learned from some split tangs and decided to use a preventative.
     
  10. paulsonconstruction

    paulsonconstruction Sako-addicted

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    My hunch is that it is not a wooden dowel but wooden plugs that cover the ends of some type of threaded metal reinforcing rod or bolt that has been glued/epoxied in. A wooden dowel alone would offer little reinforcement. This is the common way broken/split stocks are repaired, so Sako may have just used the same technique in a preventative manner. Like I said, just a hunch.
     
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  11. stonecreek

    stonecreek SCC Secretary Forum Owner SCC Board Member

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    That's an excellent observation. Probably the only non-destructive way to find out if there is actually a metal pin in there would be to put a stock under x-ray. Anyone know a friendly dentist? Or, you could try running a .375 H&H through the x-ray scanner for carry-on luggage at the airport, but that might result in complications.
     
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    The airport scanner would probably work, but the complications might involve handcuffs. I'll let one of our braver members volunteer for that test.
     
  13. paulsonconstruction

    paulsonconstruction Sako-addicted

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    Or a metal detector like you see people using at the beach!
     

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