Most Popular Sako Series/Models

Discussion in 'General Sako Discussions' started by South Pender, Jan 19, 2020.

  1. South Pender

    South Pender Well-Known Member

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    Given that we're in the dog days of winter and likely aren't doing much shooting, this may be a good time for a discussion re Sako rifles. I'm wondering what everyone thinks are the most popular, sought-after, Sako series or models in their bolt-action line (let's leave the Finnwolf out of this!). I'm not thinking cartridges here, but rather model or series more generally, like L61R, AIII, 75, 85, etc. When you're considering adding a Sako and are looking through used rifles, which ones appeal to you the most? Would you prefer an L61R over an AIII or AV, an AI over an L461, etc., etc.

     

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    kirkbridgershooters Well-Known Member

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    Pre-Garcia, Bofors L461 or L579. 222, 22-250, 220 swift, but primarily.223...
     
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    Don't have a Swift but still get the L 22 CF's out to shoot. My HB 22-250 and 243 are great shooters. While I still can, I get the big boys out too. The L61R's shoot so well it is just plain fun to keep seeing the results. The only one that gets shunned is my 7 RM Mannlicher simply because I haven't found a fast powder/bullet combo that it likes. Regular loads just bark and flash too much.....LOL While my eyes can still do their part, those oldies are still goodies---and fun.
     
  4. deersako

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    There’s not many that I don’t like, a few but not many.

    These are just a few of my favourites -

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    When I’m looking for older Sakos here in Australia, I look for the short cocking piece.
     
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  5. stonecreek

    stonecreek SCC Secretary Forum Owner SCC Board Member

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    It seems as if the L46 in the scarcer calibers (all those other than .222) is a highly sought-after item right now.

    My personal favorite as a shooter is a pre-1969 L461 in any caliber. I call the early L461 "The Royal Princess" of bolt actions.
     
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    If it's a Bofors marked Deluxe Sporter in new crisp original condition, it's my favorite regardless of action length.
     
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    Very nice Deersako, the older the better for me, as per most members here. I haven't secured any with the short Austrailian cocking variation as yet, but it has been top of my wish list for a while now.
    Btw what's that skin from? Looks like Reindeer?
     
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    The L461..........or AI...........

    When will it all end???!!.................
     
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    Seems like the little L46’s are in high favor and I get it for sure.

    My own personal, very simple ... Mint Standard Sporter L461 .223. Probably doesn’t seem so special, but I managed to buy it when times weren’t so easy. Unique type of appreciation.
     
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    Hi Sraaw, thanks. Yes that is a Reindeer pelt, not one that I took myself, though it is on my bucket list.
     
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    gowyo Sako Junkie

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    AI's, then AII's, but the A series in general.
     
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    L 46 Mannlichers, early L461 and L579 Mannlichers. And how about the rare L61r pre 72 magnum Mannlichers we don't hear much about?
     
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    I like the A series, the Hunter stock just fits me really well. I have an AII .243, AV's in .270 and 30-06. The '06 is the Classic stock. I also have an L579 Heavy Barrel .243

    Next is a .222 or .223, whichever I find first....
     
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    Well, my favorite caliber, since the late '60's has always been the .222. The L46 has always been at the top of the list. I have been instructed to leave my most favorite out of this for now. Why is that? o_O
     
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    left hand wing safety L46 are special, esp in 7x33. treasure the 2 i have. a well used sako top 7x33. ser no 128xx. now going through a mild renovation. will be my go to sako.
    then the ones we dont talk of, p46 22 single shots, dont see to many of those. wonder how ser no 785 landed here in beautiful aust.if only it could talk.
    short cocking bolts are thin on the ground in all action lengths. all have a hand stamped capital M after the ser no. love to know what it means.
    susanna
     
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    For me it's the Finnwolf then the Deluxe L461 and Deluxe L579
     
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    My first choice is always a Sako with a Mannlicher-style full stock, preferably one of the older models in the short or medium action (L46/L469/L461/L579). Next in line is an FN-Sako, especially if it is an unusual caliber. I have little interest in anything newer than an AV.
     
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    For me, the L461 is No. 1.
    Just read Susanna comments re the “M” on the L461 models ? I have one in rebarreled .17/222.
    This may have been beatin to death,,, but is there an answer what the “M” means?
    Jay
     

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