M78 22LR authenticity?

Discussion in 'Sako Rimfires and Small Action Rifles' started by 49er, Jul 10, 2018.

  1. 49er

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    I own a lovely M78 22LR which has a nicely chequered stock, serial 716xxx.
    I have been offered another but I have a little doubt about its originality. The barrel has been threaded, and fitted with a knurled thread protector.
    Did Sako produce the M78 in this configuration or is it a post manufacture modification for the fitting of a sound moderator? If so, was the barrel length the same as others?
    Thanks to you all who can advise.

    49er

     

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    Welcome to the forum, 49er.

    The M78's threaded barrel is likely an aftermarket modification. I've "never" seen a factory threaded barrel on an M78, but due to Sako's tendency to build a few oddballs now and the, we "never say 'never' with Sako".
     
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    Thanks for that info'. I do like the M78 and thought another would be nice.
    The doubt about the originality might be a small lever to negotiate the price, unless of course the vendor has proof of authenticity.

    By way of introduction, I'm not a serious collector of Sako rifles but I also have an L461 and AI both in 222Rem and I've just taken delivery of a TRG42 300WM with Nightforce 5.5-22 x50. Hope to be doing some sight zeroing this coming weekend.
    So, only four so far, but might soon be five.
     

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