Just got back from my FFL transfer dealer with an L461 carbine in .222 that I bought on Gunbroker. I don't think I've ever seen wood like this on a standard grade Sako. Not sure what kind of walnut it is, probably American black, but the grain is pretty nice. The swirl on the right side sort of reminds me of an octopus. Maybe this was a one-off for somebody with friends at the Sako works? Looks like it was probably refinished at some point, it really doesn't look like a Sako factory finish and the edge of the cheekpiece is a bit rounded off as if it were hand sanded. On the other hand, it looks like it's hardly ever been fired. It bears the sacred mark of Bofors - not that I care. There are small marks on the bridges from scope mounts with set screws - I wasn't able to capture the marks in the photos and I think I'll be able to render them almost invisible with a wire brush and cold blue. Set screw marks are normally a deal breaker for me but I wasn't going to let that piece of wood get away. I've been looking for an L461 carbine for the past few years and I think this one fills the hole in the collection quite nicely. I haven't decided what to do about a scope or sights yet. I have a Burris 3-9x compact that will do for test firing and look good on the gun. Burris used to make a 4-12x compact that was only a little bit bigger and makes an excellent complement to a .222 carbine. I'm going to a big gun show in Phoenix this weekend and if I see one at a good price I might just pick it up. On the other hand, I might just put an old-fashioned Sako peep sight on it, just for fun. The gun show means it will be at least a week before I can test fire it. Pictures!