Sako 85 quality

Discussion in 'Sako 75, 85 and A7' started by mike_boehm, Jul 1, 2021.

  1. mike_boehm

    mike_boehm Active Member

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    Well I've always been a Sako rifle fan, Since I can remember because my grandfather loved them but but I purchased not long ago a Sako 85 carbonlight 7 Mag And it had just about the worst ejection ever stoeger canada Pretty much just told me to mount the scope higher which did not work even with the high rings not what I'm expecting for a $4000 rifle sako did not even respond what terrible customer service they have since then I have gone from 11 sako rifles down to one and I will not be supporting this company again. I recently picked up 2 kimbers and they outshoot any of my Is sako rifles. Is best part 0 ejection issues I've been hearing more and more and more about this issue and they've been around Almost 15 years this model and they havent even tried to correct it

     

  2. paulsonconstruction

    paulsonconstruction Sako-addicted

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    Sako is not going to respond because Beretta is the importer for & owner of Sako. Beretta is who you need to contact. The ejection issue only shows up with certain caliber/scope combinations. The spent case hits the scope turret under "certain" conditions. It's a very well know problem with the Model 85, but Beretta refuses to help people that have this problem or correct the issue with a design change. The Model 85 doesn't have much of a following here on the forum & if you had read the many threads here about this issue first to learn BEFORE you buy, you wouldn't be suffering this problem. Beretta is a disaster & it won't do you any good to complain or vow to not support them. Turn the scope 90 degrees so the windage is elevation & elevation is windage & your rifle will function. Not ideal, but it works! Or, better yet, sell the 85 & get a REAL Sako from before the Beretta purchase. Sorry, but that's just the ugly truth.
     
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    mike_boehm Active Member

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    Yup I know because of this issue that they cannot correct I'm not standing behind this company anymore I will look for the older models but I will not buy any of their new junk I'm just laughing at their new S20 model line fugly as hell So many better manufacturers of ray falls out there at better cost
     
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    Nope I sold all my sako rifles except my sako AIII 270 win which is Sentimental I will not be purchasing Is any new sako rifles again.
     
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    Hello Paul
    Are there any good videos that show this problem?
     
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    I recall a section in either a factory tour video or the Sako Documentary where they talk about a bolt change to 60° Lift. Is this where the problem is? Why in hell would they NOT correct this? How in the world did they sell over a million rifles? Is this a flaw in their CAD program? This defect in functionality is actually one of the benefits of CAD. This problem should have been discovered and corrected in R&D. This is not an attitude displayed by any of the leaders of either Sako or Beretta in any of the films they have appeared
     
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    Quite a good overview of the issue from USOG from 03:21
     
  8. paulsonconstruction

    paulsonconstruction Sako-addicted

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    The problem is the location of the manual ejector & the ejector slot in the bolt body. It is located at the bottom of the bolt when the bolt is in it's fully opened position. The older L & A series rifles had the ejector on the side of the bolt. This bottom location of the ejector causes the case to be thrown out in a more vertical direction. Whether this was caused by the different arrangement of the 3 forward lugs I can't say. I have heard the ejection "problem" is limited to the long & magnum actions & even then can be dependent on the location & size of the scope turrets, which is probably why Beretta doesn't bother fixing it. They just say get a different scope & ignore the issue. Bottom line is avoid the long & magnum actions & big bulbous scopes with large turrets if you insist on getting a Model 85. The Model 75 has displayed this ejection malady, as well. Better yet, just get an older Sako for half the price & not have any issues.
     
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    I found these. Ah he took it seriously, because he made three videos





    I don’t know what is up with the age restriction vid.
    Oh, and Paulson thank you for the detailed response, I hope you like these.
    The age restricted video is the same as tilleyman’s posted #7
     
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    I am putting this one in because it shows the build process in the parent language too! It was on auto play.
     
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    Old Hippie Well-Known Member

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    No wonder !
    Is that a Ferris wheel? Lol! Side mounted drone?

    Hippie
     
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    I had a very ergonomic Sako 85 Blackbear 30-o6 with a low mounted Swarovski 4X. I never had any ejection problems, ever. I hunted (successfully) with it, but sold it because I just couldn't live with that soft finish stock. Never had any other problems. It was an accurate rifle.
     
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    Yes, "well, some of them work" has been Beretta's response, so they see no need to do anything about those which don't.

    Beretta's big profits come from weapons of war sold to the military market, so they have little interest in weapons of peace sold to the civilian market.
     

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