New to me M78

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  1. Paul7

    Paul7 Well-Known Member

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    Just wanted to share a photo of my new M78 in .22 LR, an amazing gun. Really smooth bolt and great trigger. Anyone else have one of these?

    Leupold rimfire 3x9 mounted.

     
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    deergoose Sako-addicted

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    oh, yes. Awesome little .22s. Don't lose the magazine, they can be tough to find. Keep shooting them, the more you do the better it gets!

    DeerGoose
     
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    Yes, I've heard that about the magazines. I plan on shooting it a lot, you can't really wear out a .22.
     
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    Hi Paul, Looks like a nice 78. I like your choice in scopes, it fits the proportions of the rifle. Many folks, myself included, throw huge scopes on little rifles. I just picked up a 78 Finnscout and I do believe that I will follow in your foot steps. I'm going to leave the front sight attached in a nod to its uniqueness and as a tribute to my failing eye sight. Best of luck. Steve
     
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    Steve, if you can let's see a picture of yours. I originally had a smaller Leupold 2x7 on it (pic below) and it just looked too small. That scope would look good on a Ruger 10/22 for example.
    Sako M78 Leupold.JPG
     
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    I agree, the 3x9 looks better. I don't actually have the scope yet, but go to Gunbroker and you will see my new purchase. It would seem that we value a 78 equally.
     
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    I'm sure in ten years they will be worth more than we paid for them.
     
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    Most certainly, I can give you some numbers. 33 years ago I purchased a 78HB NIB for somewhere around $350, it is not for sale, but put your own price on it. I think that Sako lacked (lacks) exposure. The market is in Anschutz and that is where the price appreciation will be. I bought a Colt Python 5 years ago, I can probably sell it for double the price I paid for it. The valuation of things is an interesting business.
     
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    I would put a Sako head to head with an Anchutz any day as far as accuracy.
     
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    When you get in that area of quality it gets tough to tell. Each has its own nuances and I have tried to remedy the situation by buying them all.
     
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    For your amusement. Petersen 1978. The interesting thing here is that Beretta lists the first 78 as being produced in June of 1979, there was a bit of a delay.
     
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    Wow, the M78 magazines alone are worth $250 today. My inflation calculator says the one I just bought cost only a bit more than these prices.
     

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