New Sako 85

Discussion in 'General Sako Discussions' started by South Pender, Jul 19, 2019.

  1. South Pender

    South Pender Well-Known Member

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    I recently purchased this Sako 85 in 270 Win. It's the first Sako I've owned that is of newer manufacture than a number of L- and A-series guns I've owned over the years. I like 3-lug actions with their shorter bolt lift and have owned a few--Wichitas, Sauers, and a couple of Champlins, each with a 60° bolt lift. This Sako has a 70° bolt lift. The bolt tracks very smoothly back and forth with no binding. This rifle has the single-set trigger option that allows one to "set" the trigger for a light let-off of about 8 oz. The trigger permits quite a bit of adjustment over the unset range--from 2 to 4 lbs., weights appropriate for hunting applications. I have adjusted it to about 2.25 lbs. in unset mode.

    After taking it apart and checking everything, I agree with those who are less than enthusiastic about the recoil lug setup. I guess it works, but I don't understand why Sako didn't just retain the integral lug of earlier models. This rifle weighs 7 lbs. 4 oz. bare, and will go at about 8 lbs. 6 oz. with the scope and mounts I intend to use. It has a 22.5" barrel that tapers to a muzzle diameter of about .635". It seems to balance well.

    Aesthetically, I'm pleased with it. I could have done without the slight Monte Carlo rise in the buttstock, but thank goodness it's not roll-over style and it's not excessive. The quality of the wood is the best I've had in a Sako rifle. Most of the recent wood-stocked Sakos I've seen (like the Bavarians) have had European walnut, but this looks to me as if it might be Claro. It reminds me of the wood we used to see on some of the nicer old Browning FN- and Sako-actioned sporters of the 60s and early 70s. The checkering--which appears to be either 20 or 22 lpi--seems to be very nicely done in adequately large patterns, although I'd have liked wraparound patterns, particularly on the forend--like those early Brownings!

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  2. stonecreek

    stonecreek SCC Secretary Forum Owner SCC Board Member

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    Super wood! Thanks for your report, and let us know how it shoots.
     

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