New Sako Special Order 85 XS1 223

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  1. kirkbridgershooters

    kirkbridgershooters Well-Known Member

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    I haven't ever been a fan of the newer Sako rifle configurations, but that changed with this rifle. While searching for 223's by Sako, I found this rifle that has exceptional wood. It is from a Sako premium dealer that said he had special ordered this gun a year ago. Evidently they have an opportunity to place ordrs a year in advance for rifles. This was obviously a wood upgrade and it does also have a single set trigger. I need to get it to the range, then to prairie dogs later...


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    I’ll be very interested to hear what you have to say about it Kirk, once you’ve given it a good work out.
    I’ve been thinking about an 85 for a while now.
    I know it is a weight reducing measure, but that scallop out of the side of the action hurts my eyes.
     
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    kirkbridgershooters Well-Known Member

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    Nothing is worse than the 75 and that ugly pin sticking out the end of the bolt...
     
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    kirk.
    nice to see the old style mounts on a new rifle .
    look like they have been mat blued ? very nice.
    had an old set of highs done a while back to match a semi custom L461 in 6.5 grendel.
    susanna
     
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    deersako Well-Known Member

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    Agreed, and I will admit to owning a 75.
    The first thing I did was get rid of the key concept.
     
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    Nice looking rig. What twist is it? Sako's site shows the 85 Varmint in 223 can be had in both 1-8 and 1-12.
     
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    ricksengines Sako-addicted

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    Really nice Kirk.

    rick
     
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    Beautiful rifle. It certainly hasn't brought down the average wood grading/rating for your collection.

    Marcus
     
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    Nice looking rifle!

    After a few boxes of shells through we want some photo's and a a review.
     
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    I’m not as optimistic as I was, I see the twist is 1:8, which is more for the losers that think a 223 is a long range elephant gun...
     
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    So I guess you can now shoot 55g bullets instead of your 40g Hornet pills.
     
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    I will start with the 40’s but I do have some 50 and 55 V-Max if the 40’s won’t work. Some of the elephant hunters say you can’t over spin a bullet, but if that was true, why wouldn’t they just fast twist all guns?

    Life was simpler before this 21st century of Creedmoor and fast twisters took over...
     
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    gowyo Sako Junkie

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    You should be okay as long as you stay away from those thin jacketed bullets like the Hornady SP's. I'm getting a new .223 as well. I bought Chris's AI. I should have it next week or two...
     
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    stonecreek SCC Secretary Forum Owner SCC Board Member

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    You can almost always tell a shooter's age, or at least when he took up rifle shooting, by those whose first question is almost always "What is the twist?" I've lectured the whipper-snappers over and over again about not letting twist rate be a boogyman and judge a rifle on how it shoots, not assume that "the twist is too slow so the bullets are just marginally stable". Lord save us from fads like fast twist and plastic guns.
     
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    The elephant hunters know that if you want to shoot the little pills the 14 twist 222 is still out there. And if you really want to sling them the 14 twist 22-250 is a back up. I would put the blame on the Valykre and the CM more than anything for the quick twist. But then AR's are down to seven twist now too.
     
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    If it doesn't like the lighter bullets, try the 77 grain Sierra Match King. I'm getting good results with them in an AR-15 I built with an 8" twist Faxon heavy fluted barrel. Note that I do NOT guarantee results on elephants. :D
     
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    paulsonconstruction Sako-addicted

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    I got a Savage varmint rifle back in the 90's when Savage was the first to offer a twist faster than 1-12" for the 223. It was a 9 twist & would stabilize bullets up to the Hornady 68 grain BTHP. IIRC, it left the barrel at 3000 fps. It shot very accurately & did extend the range that I could hit prairie dogs, with any confidence, by about 100 yards, especially in the wind. I just used it for the longer range PD's, but it shot the 40 grain V-Max & Nosler BT bullets just as well, so don't give up until you try. It did not, however, like any of the lighter old style cup & core SP or HP bullets I tried. I also found it's performance on elephants to be lacking.
     
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    Paulson, be honest. You never tried that Savage .223 on anything larger than Cape Buffalo.
     
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    No such problem with my 75 varmint ;)

    Great looking wood on your 85!
     
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    ricksengines Sako-addicted

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    I killed a killer mouse with my 17 once. It was a very close call. I pulled down on the thing as it charged. Got it right in the back of the neck at about 60 yards.
     

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