Not new to Sako ...too old to be new to much

Discussion in 'New members, please introduce yourselves here!' started by Old Hippie, May 7, 2021.

  1. Old Hippie

    Old Hippie Well-Known Member

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    Hello everyone! I have been around Sako Rifles for a long time. I've had many and have loved them all. Nothing compares to the feel, the fit, and finish of a vintage Sako rifle.

    Looking forward to this group,
    I am a Sakohaulic of the 1st degree...no 12 step plan will work. I procured my first Sako about 15 years ago and my shooting times have never been the same. Someone warned me then...that once I carried a Sako in the field,
    I would not feel right with any other gun...and he was absolutely right.
    Now...the safe is full...of Bofors Steel...French Walnut and Skipline checkering...and I search each day...for another.

    Hope to take part in conversation here, make some new friends, maybe find some old ones. We shall see...
    The Old Hippie

     
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    paulsonconstruction Sako-addicted

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    Pictures can help us cope!
     
  3. Bernie’s Dad

    Bernie’s Dad Well-Known Member

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    Which of your Sako is your favorite?


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    Old Hippie Well-Known Member

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    I can’t pick one as a favorite, as they all deserve my time and affection. I carry my hornet most of the time during this time of the year. Trips around the hill for yotes and crows. It’s light weight and low report make a great choice. Groundhogs or “dirtswine” at longer ranges need a little more so I’ll grab .222 or 22-250. I love the 46’s of any caliber, but I have a couple in .222.
    Then , as late fall brings brings the whitetail rut on , I open the season with .243’s and .308’s , usually my #1 deluxe in .308 if it’s not pouring rain. When the weather is nasty I grab my Grendel SRT 20.

    Is it socially acceptable yet to have multiple favorites? If not, then this is just another confession of a Sakohaulic!

    Hippie
     
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    stonecreek SCC Secretary Forum Owner SCC Board Member

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    That's like asking which one of your children is your favorite, but Old Hippie answered it diplomatically.

    Perhaps it's easier to answer "What is your favorite thing about each of your Sakos?"

    In that case I might answer (in ascending order of size and power)

    1. The joy of knocking off tiny targets with my P72 .22 LR and its rare glossy stock
    2. The pinpoint accuracy of all of my .222's
    3. The extraordinary fiddleback stock figuring of my .223 Deluxe
    4. The first shot from a cold barrel always being "right there" with my ancient .264
    5. The dependability as a deer slayer of my .270
    6. The inerrant accuracy of my .300 H&H and the memories of the elk it has slain
    7. The great performance of my .338 on many head of game in Africa

    I guess that each of my Sakos has something "special" about it. If it doesn't, it goes to a home where it will be better appreciated.
     
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    bigcountry4me Well-Known Member

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    Well stated, and to sort of parlay off your post, my favorite is the one I hold for the task most current at hand. Each and every one has a special place and memorable moments from days gone by, and hopefully many more to days come.
     
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    One of my .222 memories
    My sons and I got together at the range during a holiday weekend. We had a pile of guns to play with and ammo wasn’t as much a problem in those days.
    We had paper set up at all distances and some clays and some two liter bottles filled with water.
    We shot and out did each other for a couple hours , my oldest was shooting really well , smallest groups of the day.
    The clays and the bottles were placed here and there at 100 and 200 yards , we would just pick one out.
    I had one of my 46’s there set up with a peep , no one really seemed interested in shooting it, sticking to their favorites.
    My son said ,as he polished his nails on his t-shirt, he’d bet me a 5th of bourbon I couldn’t hit the last bottle at 200 with the old “peeper”. We shook hands and I grabbed the ol’46
    Had to tell both of them to shut up as they were now taunting me heavily. It got quiet, I drew down and fired....nothing....
    BLAAA Hahaha! “You missed! Hahaha!
    We then decided it was time to get back, plus I had to swing by the liquor store.
    Gathering up all our trash and target debris, my oldest was still polishing nails, but he was nice enough to take the walk out to 200 and pick up.
    He yelled at me “Hey Pops!”
    I looked as he held up the bottle I’d missed and squeezed it ..water squirting out both sides! I’d hit it about a 1/4” above the water line.
    BLAAA HAHAHA! (In the other direction)
    I got home first that day, happy that I didn’t have to stop at the liquor store no more.
    Good Times

    Hippie
     
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    stonecreek SCC Secretary Forum Owner SCC Board Member

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    Instead of 2-liter plastic bottles I like using old bowling pins out at 200, 300, & 400 yards. Spray paint them with loud colors and they make great substitutes for woodchucks/rockchucks/prairie dogs, etc. I've popped quite a few at 200 yards with my Sears Model 52 (L46) using the Sako detachable peep sight. I call it "Cow Pasture Bowling". And unlike a plastic bottle filled with water, you can knock them over but it takes many more than just one shot to "kill" them.
     
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    ricksengines Sako-addicted

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    All of my Sako rifles are my favorites. Adding more whenever an opportunity presents itself. 76 and counting!

    rick
     
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    Yep we do pins too. Mostly with the handguns as both my sons genetically have a thang for 1911’s.

    I enjoy the clays the best , the diameter is close to that of a deers heart. If you can bust one at any yardage, then you can do the same on “Ol Tanglehorn” , if you can keep your composure!

    Old Hippie
     

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