Discussion in 'Show us your Sako' started by Stephen Cea, Feb 26, 2020.
Sako Vixon .222 stock work done by one of the masters of his time Maurice Ottmar
That’s a stunner for sure!!
I always liked his work.
Outstanding, that’s the best I’ve seen in a while.
Magnificent! I especially like the way the checkering on the pistol grip extends up and forward by the tang. I may try to emulate that on my next stock.
That's truly a beauty. I knew Maurice Ottmar a little and visited him a few times at his home/shop in Coulee City, WA. Years ago I owned a Champlin rifle that Maurice had stocked for Champlin's owner, George Caswell, from whom I purchased it. Maurice was among the very top tier of stockmakers in his time.
Stephen's rifle by Ottmar reminds me somewhat of a really nice custom I lucked into a few months back. It is a 6x45 (6mm/.223) on an L461 action. The seller had no idea who did the work, but it is obviously excellent craftsmanship. It is a bit heavier (though not all that heavy) than I would prefer in a light caliber. But its beautiful wood grain and configuration as a "mini dangerous game rifle" complete with express sight and barrel band swivel give it a great deal of charm and appeal. I can't say that I've dreamed up a real use for it, other than impressing my friends.
My marginal photography doesn't start to do the little gun proper justice. UPDATE: Here are some better daylight photos that let you see more of the detail of this one.
I always admired this work and could not pass up on the opportunity to own one...Can't wait get loads made up for it and shoot it !!!
Stonecreek, well done !!
I had a VG condition set of Sako high rings and a B&L 4200 6x24-40 gloss sitting on the shelf looking for a home
You never know when you're going to be charged by a rabid marmot.
Stunning! We should talk about custom rifles one day
You've impressed me. I love "mini express rifles". Let's not forget the 3 rifle set of Safari Grade Super Deluxe bolt action rifles made by Sako. Rifle number 1 is a 222 Rem. that caught my eye. Rifle 2 and 3 are a 7mm Rem Mag and a 375 H&H Mag respectively. I saw the set of rifles at a gun show in Jackson Wyoming at, I believe, $40,000. However, he did tell me he was willing to break the set up. The set was also for sale in the big 1996 Rock Island auction of the huge Sako collection. They didn't sell in the auction either.
Here's a scan of the 3 rifle set of Sako Safari Super Deluxe rifles.
Opps forgot to attach scan.
Wow! What a treat. Those are beautiful. I guess they wanted them all to be similar in appearance--otherwise hard to explain a quarter rib and barrel-band sling swivel on a .222!
Nice, but a teensy tad bit out of my price range.
Or, when you need to dispatch those darn woodchucks - that won’t quit chuckin that wood...
Wow, 3 beauties !!! And a bit out of my reach as well$$$
I've uploaded some better photos of my "mini express rifle". I'm far from an expert at wood and have no information on the gun's maker, origin or other provenance, but the wood looks more like examples I've seen identified as English Walnut than to any of the American varieties. I'd like the opinion of some of you guys who know wood better than I do as to what variety it might be.
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