Maddco trigger for L-series Sakos

Discussion in 'Tips and Tricks for gunsmithing your own Sako' started by Branxhunter, Dec 10, 2017.

  1. Branxhunter

    Branxhunter Well-Known Member

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    Just fitted up a new Maddco trigger (made here in Australia) for my L461 .20-222. These 3 lever style triggers will fit all L-series Sakos and Mauser actions, and as I understand it were well regarded in the early days of the Australian benchrest scene. They are externally adjustable with a pull weight range of 6oz - 3.5lbs.

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    First three shots after fitting the new trigger:

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    Got to give a shout out on the quality of the pillar bedding job by Jerome Ziersch (Ziersch Custom Rifles, Auburn South Aust) as well - since the rifle was last zeroed the action had been out of the stock 3 times before this photo was taken - no need to re-zero this baby!


    Marcus
     
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    Got to be happy with that Marcus,crackin looking gun that shoots bug holes ...well done great build....local redcoats are in big trouble
    Cheers Mark
     
  3. Mongo44

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    Beautiful rifle! She's a real Lightswitch judging by that grouping! What weight did you set your trigger to?

    Just out of curiosity, is 6oz a common trigger pull range? I know people set their triggers to a pound or a little more, but have never heard of such a light trigger. Makes me wonder, though. I have a couple of Steyr Mannlicher Shoenauers (.243 & .22-250) with double set triggers. When using the set trigger on either one, the gun goes "BOOM" when you merely look at the trigger! Crazy light pull! Need to get a gauge to see what the weight is.
     
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    Branxhunter Well-Known Member

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    In benchrest or F-open rifles a 6oz trigger is fairly common, but not common at all on a hunting rifle for good reason. Also very very uncommon to have trigger pulls this light on an older Sako as the plunging sear design of the factory trigger does not lend itself to safely producing such pull weights. I definitely have set the pull weight on this trigger up a bit higher - 6oz might be ok for punching paper but too light for a spotlighting/field rifle.

    Marcus
     
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    Interesting! Just never heard of such a light pull. Sound like it could be fun!
     
  6. stonecreek

    stonecreek SCC Secretary Forum Owner SCC Board Member

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    Good double set triggers are the cat's whiskers! I just wish there was a good one available for Sakos, but since the USA is the big market for rifles and Americans are somehow largely ignorant and seemingly fearful of double set triggers I don't look for such a product anytime soon.

    I took my 12 year-old grandson prairie dog hunting for the first time this summer. I had him shooting a custom .221 Fireball with an excellent Sako trigger set about 2.5 pounds. When ammunition ran low for the Fireball I tried him on a Krico .222 Magnum with its set triggers. I carefully explained how to use the set trigger to him, then lined him up on a dog about 250 yards away. At the shot the dog exploded and the grandson grinned from ear-to-ear -- not at the successful shot, but at the joy of touching off a shot with almost nothing other than brain waves. He insisted on shooting the Krico the rest of the day and proclaimed his love of set triggers.
     
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    Man, you ain't kiddin'!! Those triggers are insanely light. Last time I was at the range I had to curse myself for accidentally sending the mail downrange prematurely! I was on the rifle, on the target, moved my finger into the guard, set the trigger, and when I moved my gorilla digit to get ready to fire, I accidentally touched one off. After laughing and shaking my head, I had to "...carefully explain how to use the set trigger to myself!" I'd never done that before with either one, so I forced myself to give myself a "hall pass" on that one!

    I have a 1951 vintage Winchester Model 70 .270 that's had a great deal of work done to it. It nearly compares to the Steyrs, but is just a wee bit more stubborn. The Sakos are also outstanding in the pull department and are very crisp, particularly the Deluxes and the Riihimaki (they have had some smith work as well). The Finnbear and the Vixen leave nothing to be desired, as well, but are slightly heavier than the rest (although very crisp with zero takeup/overtravel, as well).
     
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    Yeah, been there myself with the set trigger on a friends .22h Brno Fox about 25 years ago - I got the tin can, but a little earlier than intended....

    Marcus
     
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    Target triggers for L and A series Sako actions, are hard to come by.

    I put a Canjar single-set trigger on a factory L461 single-shot action, that I used to build a 17-222 PD rifle.

    The picture below is of a factory Sako Target Trigger, that I plan to use on a factory AI single-shot action rifle build. I've been able to adjust it down to 6 ounces.......plus it has a safety.
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  11. stonecreek

    stonecreek SCC Secretary Forum Owner SCC Board Member

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    The Canjar (may it Rest in Peace:() and the Sako factory target trigger are great for bench shooting, but the advantage of the double set trigger is that it is equally adaptable to hunting.

    Unfortunately, none of the above are readily available.
     
  12. 6x47l

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    I have been waiting for you to share our good fortune Branxhunter
    I was lucky enough to get a Madco trigger as well and have fitted it to a Sako L579 single shot action chambered in 20 Br.
    Compared to the Canjar I have fitted to my A1 in 20 PPC and the Timney sportsmen the Madco is streets ahead there is just no comparison.The word superb comes to mind
    I have used a Sako target trigger on a mates A1 6PPC that was very nice but.........
     
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    Stone.....

    Remember that the Canjar Single-Set trigger acts as a "normal" weight hunting trigger pull......until you push the trigger shoe forward, to "set" the light pull function.

    Too bad they're not made anymore......but they do pop-up once in awhile.

    Here's a pic of the 17-222, showing the Sako Target trigger that I had originally installed on the action. I've since replaced it with a Canjar Single-Set.
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    Marcus:

    Do you know if Maddco are still making these triggers, and if so, where they can be obtained?
     
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    They are still available but the wait can be a while- they are made by Neville Madden of Maddco barrels.

    Marcus
     
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    Marcus: Thanks for the info, and for your speedy reply. Much appreciated.

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