Discussion in 'Show us your Sako' started by rugerbob, Mar 11, 2013.
A real nice early Sako large game hunting rifle, post war.
This one has the early rear sight, the later ones had a different barrel profile and normal sako rear sight.
It would also have the early type L46 grip cap.
A great example in Super shape!
Thanks for sharing
Finding ammo could be interesting, would love to take it moose hunting.
Anyone know the history behind this rifle?
bob, the 9.3 caught my eye, as I have a 9.3x 62 I'm going to try on elk. I googled your 9.3x53r and found someintersting info on another forum-- nitroexpress.com illustrating sako ammo for this and comparing w/ a similar russian cartridge. maybe of some help?
Wow, I own 3 M39's and have never seen a 9.3 version. Is it basically the 7.62x54 just necked up?
These Sako hunting rifles were made from surplus military rifles directly after the war, sako rebarreled and restocked them, to make them saleable on the domestic market. This was the biggest of the cartidges with 8.2x53r, 7.62x53r and 6.3x53r also available.
This is a real nice example. These were built just before the start of the L46 rifle.
Dragging an old thread back to life,
I bought this rifle a few years ago, and after a long search was able to locate 4 boxes of Sako ammo for it. (Sako # 102D) I have continued searching for more ammo and have yet to locate anymore. Who knows, maybe I found the only 4 boxes in Canada. I have shot one box thru the rifle, and enjoy shooting it, and would like to use it for a hunting rifle, for no more of a reason then, just saying I did.
I have 2 questions, if someone could possible help me out. One, the rifle shoots quite high, the rear sight is adjustable range, but all ranges are high, so getting a front sight that is higher may be my only option. Does anyone know if there is a place to purchase such a thing?
Second, I have just purchased dies, so I can reload for the rifle, which will make these 80 cartridges last much longer. I cannot find load data for this cartridge anywhere. Any tips?
Time to learn finnish.
A page from "the best" finnish reloading manual "Reloading brass cased centerfire cartridges" (ISBN 978-952-93-4574-8). As far as I know there's no version in english, sorry.
Dragging your old post,... have you had any success with your efforts?
I am just beginning to reload this cartridge, and look for an appropriat bullet.
Weights ranging from 232 grain to 320 grain,.... what to choose that it comes close to the sight?
A dream came true....
100 factury new cases 9,3x53R Finnish
Now I will give new life to the old lady....!!!
Nice pickup, are you shooting it in a Sako/Mosin ?
Primers are set already,..... now I am looking for an appropriate bullet.
Keep us posted please HWL.
The rifle is not in original conditions.
Ventilated recoil pad is not original, bolt handle is bent, and the handle knob is plastics.
Do I damage a collectors item by monting a scope?
Sorry, I haven't been on this site in a long time. I just answered your private message hohlweglaurer. I'll share some of the info for the others interested in this cartridge. I have never been lucky enough to find factory Sako brass, other than the 4 boxes of Sako ammo I found a few years ago. 7.62x53r Lapua brass works very well for reloading though, giving you more opportunity to shoot these old rifles.
I have been using 250 gr Matrix bullets. (made in Canada, but the company sold and I'm not sure they make these bullets anymore)
They shoot quite well out of it.
I am looking for a front sight blade for this rifle, I would also be interested in the front sight hood if anyone out there knew where I could find such a thing, and knew if I could get it to Canada.
I don’t think any value will be lost, or gained,
by modifying to suit your needs HWL.
Can not imagine, that there are original spare parts anywhere.
To go to a good gunsmith seems to be the only way.
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