P72 Bases

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  1. deersako

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    I have just picked up a P72 in .22 Magnum and would like to know what scope mount bases will fit the receiver ? Were these rifles supplied with factory bases? The rifle is in good original condition but something I find unusual is that the barrel has been drilled and taped for front and rear sights, instead of grub screws the holes have been plugged (no slot). These plugs are flush and well finnished, there is no change in the colour of the bluing. Is this common to these rifles, perhaps done at the factory?

     

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    Scope bases are imossible to find for these rifles and since you don't have accessable screw holes for open sights your gun is usless. I am, however, willing to help out by sending you an FFL and allowing you to ship the worthless gun to me for disposal[​IMG]

    In all seriousness, the .22 Magnum seems to be the rarest chambering in the P-series (the P-72, P-75, and M-78). You have a great find. I would love to have one to go with my .22LR and Hornet.

    The P-series rifles usually came with tip-off bases. However, I have one which has had the tip off base replaced with Weaver-style cross slot bases. I would provide you the numbers of the bases, but they are not visible when mounted on the gun. It is simple enough to take your gun to a gun shop that has a full slection of Weaver bases and find the right bases for it. I'm using Burris Zee Rings on mine, but the cross-slot rings of your choice will work fine.

    I can't help you with your filled screw holes. I would guess that it was done by a previous owner (and obviously a good job), but it is possible (anything seems possible with Sako) that it is a factory job.
     
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    Thanks for the info and the offer Stonecreek, when I found this rifle it was'nt on my shopping list but......
    I guess these rifles did come out of the factory with open sights but I can't say that I've ever seen one in this configuration. I have been told that that the thread size for the bases was an odd size, this would just be metric right?
    On another subject could you please enlighten me on what sizes the original Sako (not optilock) rings were available in, low, medium, high, 1", 26mm, 30mm? Was there only one style (shape) ? Thanks
    P.S If anyone has any original P72 bases spare I would be interested in their purchase.
     
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    I'm not sure of the screw size for the base mounting holes, but whether metric or English, screws shouldn't be too hard to locate. My gun came with proper screws, but I do recall that I didn't care for where the rear base placed the ring, so I located another base of the correct height to match the front, but which placed the cross slot either more forward or aft than the base which came with the gun. It's really not too difficult to find bases that will fit. You could probably even find Redfield-style bases if you favored those. For that matter, it is easy enough to take plain tip-off base stock and drill holes in it to match the receiver of the gun.

    The original Sako factory ringmounts came in low, med, and high (the high can be identified by a "see through" hole in its base which was for the purpose of lightening weight, not peeping at iron sights.) They were made in both 25.4mm (1-inch) and 26mm. None were made in 30mm to my knowledge as that tube size came along a generation later (Viagra syndrome, you know). In between the "original" ringmounts and the (obnoxiously heavy, tall, and expensive) Optilocks, Sako made a ringmount that was split slightly below center so that the ring cap was a kind of horseshoe. These may have been available in 30mm, but I'm not certain of that.
     

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