Less is more?

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  1. waterwolf

    waterwolf Well-Known Member

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    I have never wanted a lot of rifles, just the right ones. The longer I collected Sako the fewer I seemed to have. To begin with I reduced the collection down to fullstocks only. Then I gradually lost interest in everything but the L46s. And here I am now with only a few Sako rifles left.

     
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    Quality over quantity is a good way to go.
    All the antique collectors I know say "buy what you like ".
    I try to be happy with what I do have as opposed to being unhappy with what I do not have.;)
     
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    I really did lose interest in Sakos made after the mid-70s, or whenever the exact date was, when they went to the bulky squarish stocks and heavier barrels...then I whittled down my L46s to only the very best ones (even sold my only 7x33), got rid of a few rare rifles (e.g. fullstock .222 Mag.) just because I didn't like the wood, sold all my "other brand" Sakos (Naaco and Browning) and also got rid of a few calibres for which I have no real use and/or don't enjoy shooting (.243 and 375 H&H). I ended up with a lean high quality group of Sako keepers (sharing a safe with other lightweight fullstock carbines like the Mauser Model S, Brno Model 22, M-S Model 1903, HVA 456, etc.) ...so it comes as a bit of a relief to have just bought a nice condition early L579 Mannlicher in .308. I still believe that "less is more," but now and again it feels good to buy a new gun.
     
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    I agree with unclekax - and if you decided to sell off certain pieces, then you’ve given someone else a great opportunity to own a fine rifle. You’ve most likely made people’s day by making these available. Some of the specimens you’ve posted are stunning.

    Sometimes I look at my meager collection (compared to others here) and wonder when I’ll be able to actually use them all. I try, but there seems to be never enough time. As I get a little older I’ve considered the very same strategy, but it’s also sometimes difficult to let go.
     
  5. gowyo

    gowyo Sako Junkie

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    I think you're right WW. Let me know when the burden of owning that M78 Kokotukki becomes unbearable.

    Gary
     
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    Will do. The M78 fullstock is the only later production (circa 1980?) Sako that I now have, but so far its a keeper...

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    The best I can recall, the only two P72/M78 Mannlichers we've seen have been owned by Canadian members. I wonder if any were imported to the U.S., or anywhere else for that matter?
     
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    two?..any documentation on the other one?
     
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    Pardon my mistake.:confused: I was remembering your post from some time back about your M78 full stock, but didn't realize it was the same rifle. So, dial that back to just one, so far. Still, "all" of them are in Canada;).
     
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