Sako 222 magnum on a L57 action, long two piece forend with an engraved floorplate?

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  1. Cary Welch

    Cary Welch Member

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    Hi, I was told that this was a European model , it has a L57 action with stock and two different pieces that make forend. It has a hand engraved floorplate. Four digit serial number 57xx. Any body have a similar rifle?

     

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    well that one is really very unusual - any chance of more pics of the action - and the bolt face - 222 Mag usually not on the L57 or the later L579 action as its a smaller rim size. L57 was 243/308/6mm Rem bolt face as far as I know or understand. But also one wonders if its a custom job esp. the add-on stock piece. Where did you get it?
     
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    paulsonconstruction Sako-addicted

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    I believe your rifle is a factory production as Sako did make a very few 222 Rem Mags on the L57 action. I have also seen that "two" piece full stock before & the floorplate was an option & was marketed as "French" engraving. Very unusual, interesting & rare rifle, IMHO. Thanks for sharing the pics.
     
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    stonecreek SCC Secretary Forum Owner SCC Board Member

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    I think that the factory stock has been modified from a regular sporter to a Mannlicher by the addition of a fore piece. However, the original chambering of .222 Magnum is likely correct. Sako made a very few of these on the L57 action before introducing the "stretched" version of the L46, the L469. If you'll post your serial number I'll be glad to check it against the records to assure that it is in the original chambering. Quite a find, even if modified!
     
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    deergoose Sako-addicted

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    I believe all factory. Looks like my L57 Mannlicher Deluxe in .243 (except mine's got a plate vice a recoil pad). That is special order plate #B9555 (tree rat, FI catalog pics attached).

    congrats on a great find !!
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    deergoose Sako-addicted

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    Here are some (crappy) pics of mine......L57 deluxe fullstock in .243. Fishgods plate.

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    Nice looking 243! Thanks for info, Cary
     
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    paulsonconstruction Sako-addicted

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    Cary's & deergoose's rifles are about the 4th & 5th ones I've seen or seen pics of that have the Mannlincher stock with the contrasting wood forend extension. They all look exactly alike, which reinforces that they are indeed factory produced & not a one off custom stock. These have to be some of the rarest of L57's or Sakos in general for that matter. I've never seen a fullstock with the French engraved floorplate before. Deergoose, is your floorplate engraving called the "Fish God"?
     
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    Wow, I find out something new almost every time I surf our message boards. Who knew they made mannlicher deluxe models with engraved floorplates?!? :cool:
     
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    Fantastic piece. Thanks for posting the photos and info.
     
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    deergoose Sako-addicted

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    yes sir.

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    deergoose Sako-addicted

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    Tell me about.....neither have I. Mr. Welch's rifle has to be the closest thing to a Sako Holy Grail rifle that I've seen!! L57 Mannlicher Deluxe rifle, super rare .222Magnum chambering, and a special order French engraved floorplate assembly!!! Holy smoke, that is just fantastic.

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    stonecreek SCC Secretary Forum Owner SCC Board Member

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    I have a custom on an L57 which has one of the French-engraved floorplates. It's the only one I've ever seen in person, and exquisitely engraved with great detail.

    Thanks for the info on the factory Mannlichers with the fore end-added piece. I didn't know they existed.
     
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    Is it possible that these rifles could have been custom ordered from the Sako Custom Shop service by the some of SCA members? Wonder if the dating of these rifles might coincide with that time period. Sakojim.
     
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    Your welcome, have a great day!
     
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    No. They pre-date the old SCA by a number of years.

    The French-engraved bottom metal was an aftermarket addition available through Firearms International, not a factory option. It is certainly possible that some rifles came from the factory with the engraved floorplates since Sako would often do an odd set of features on a rifle, but the way you normally obtained the French-engraved floorplate was to order it from FI and install it yourself in the place of the regular bottom metal.

    I have only ever seen the French-engraved floorplates offered for the L57. Since the L57 had such a short run of production (late 1957 through 1959 -- except for some "stragglers" made from parts) and numbered only around 10,000 actions (many of them used for proprietary rifles like Colts and Wards), the offer of the French-engraved bottom metal was probably for only a very brief period.
     
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    If you look close at those pictures, you can see that both rifles have a third piece of wood as a spacer between the main stock and the forend...
     
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    Stone. Thank you very much for that information. It verifies that these are probably some of the rarest of the rare Sako variations. Wonder how many are still unknown and hiding from us. Would also be interesting to know if any ever found their way to owners located other than the USA. Sakojim.
     

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