Looking for that hard to find SAKO

Discussion in 'Other firearms built on Sako actions' started by Guest, Feb 7, 2003.

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    Dear SAKO Members,

    I first want to thank you for letting me join your Club. I have owned SAKO Rifles for over 20 years and I am still looking for the perfect pack gun. A few years ago I ran across a model that has intriged me and I have decided to breakdown and find one, but most of the guys at the gun shows we have been going to don't even know what I am talking about much less give me the time of day when I mention SAKO. What I am looking for is a SAKO that was imported/sold as a Browning in the mid to late 60's. The caliber I want is a .284 Win with a pencil-barrel. This model, caliber and barrel are few and far between but if anybody knows of one or has one for sell please drop me a line.

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    Jim
     

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    This is called the Browning Safari rifle. You are correctthis early rifles had Sako actions and barrels. I have seen them around. Yourbest bet is to checkout Gunbroker.com, Auctionarms.com or Gunsamerica.com.

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    That rifle was WAY ahead of its time. Think about what is happening today with the short magnums. Shooters want large case capacity in a rifle with reasonable weight. The .284 round has the same case capacity as the 06' BUT will fit into a .308 or mid length action.

    Your best bet if you want one is not try and find an old Browning, but to simply re barrel a Sako with an A2 or 579 action. You then get a new barrel to boot. I have a NIB A2 action and that's what I will likely do with it.
     
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    I have seen one in 284, and it wasn't cheap. Try Scheels All Sports, they have an ad in Gunlist. They also have a fine gun room like some of the Cabelas stores.

    Most dealers won't discuss Sako because they don't know much about them. They don't have the collector following like Pre-64s, and don't sell as fast as a $400 Ruger or Remington. Most younger guys only know Sakos as expensive guns, if they have heard of them at all. We all need to do a better job of educating young people as to why Sakos are priced as they are, a custom quality rifle, with fantastic triggers, and unmatched out-of-the-box accuracy. I stopped collecting Winchesters after I bought my first Sako, and my Sakos will be the last ones given up when its time to quit.
     
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    dear paklanjk;
    I too became intrigued by the concept of a sako in .284. I solved the problem by having an L57 forester in .243 rechambered and re-bored to .284. I also stretched the action to almost 3 inches and modified the magazine and floorplate to match.
    This gun instantly became my favorite and I have killed several sheep with it as well as other big game with it. Please no comments about what I did to a beautiful old forester.
    If this was't enough I started watching for another L57 forester in .308 to convert into the wildcat .30/.284 which is a short action 30-06. When I found an old colt huntsman in .308 on the L57 action I bought it and had it rechambered to .30/.284 but I have not had time yet to stretch the action but it does just fine with lighter bullets like 150 grain which I can drive to 30-06 velocities and more.
    I prefer the L57 action because it has the safety on the bolt which is about the only thing Weatherby does right anymore.

    best regards and happy hunting,
    Paavo
     

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