Discussion in 'Sako Rimfires and Small Action Rifles' started by sakop94, Dec 18, 2009.
does anybody have one of these would love to see a picture
is sako still making a biathlon rifle
I'd love to get one here's a pic found some time ago
As I understand it, Biathlon rules require that the rifle be manually operated. But modern Biathlon rifles have been highly refined to use a "flick bolt", a sort of straight pull bolt action which can be operated much more rapidly than a turnbolt like the Sako Model 78. Also, the "flick bolt's" operation doesn't require it be moved from the aimed position, thus making succeeding shots much more rapid than with a turn bolt. Thus, fine rifle that it is, the Sako 78 Biathlon is hopelessly obsolete as a Biathlon competition rifle.
To my knowledge, Sako isn't trying to make a Biathlon rifle presently. There is a Russian-made model which dominates the field.
Biathlon used to be shot with turnbolt centerfire rifles. Sako made a centerfire biathlon rifle in .243. The Finnish military also built biathlon rifles out of military Mosin Nagant actions. These rifles resemble the m/28-76 target rifles that were imported a few years ago. I have a photo of a.243 Sako biathlon rifle in one of my reference books; I'll scan it and post it if I can find it. The Finnish word for biathlon is "ampumahiihto," literally "shooting-skiing."
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