Sako finnwolf mannlicher .270 value?

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  1. Dutchmanaz

    Dutchmanaz Member

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    I'm interesting in buying this gun, it's new in box, never fired, and was purchased originally in 1981. I'm not sure if it is actually a finnwolf model, or a finnbear model, but I'm brand new to the Sako game. Would appreciate anyone's thoughts.
    Thanks!

     

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    welcome aboard - the Finnwolf is a lever action rifle and never configured in mannlicher configuration Never saw any factory guns other than 243 and 308 Finnwolfs.

    Sounds like the gun you are speaking of would be a L61R Finnbear bolt action rifle.
     
  3. Dutchmanaz

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    It’s definitely a bolt action. I know the guy I’m hoping to buy it from. He’s getting up there in age and things slip a bit at times. Just want to make sure I’m offering a fair price.
    Thank you
     
  4. L61R

    L61R SCC President Forum Owner SCC Board Member

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    marlin, you are right about the calibers but in true Sako style, the very first Finnwolf was chambered in .30-06.

    Apparently it dissappeared when Sako shipped it to the U.S.

    Will try to find where I have this story hidden.

    And then there are prototypes etc.

    Jim
     
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    marlin92 Well-Known Member

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    Jim I know there have been rumors of an 06 and that is why I said I have never seen anything other than the 243 and 308. Until I see proof to me it is a rumor and it may or may not exist.
     
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    paulsonconstruction Sako-addicted

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    Definitely not a Finnwolf. Finnbear is the term used for any of the various long action Sako bolt action rifles. The actual model/action stamping will be on the left side of the receiver before the serial number. Based on the purchase date, your's should be stamped either AIII (A-Roman numeral 3) or AV (A5) with a serial number in the 500,000 range. Standard AIII's or AV's aren't highly sought after "collector" type rifles, but one NIB with hang tag would definitely garner attention should it come on the market. Check the online gun auction/sale sites for "selling" prices, not "asking" prices to get an idea of market value for one in good condition. Being it's NIB, etc could add possibly 10-15%. Just saw a NIB AIII sell at auction about two weeks ago for $900.
     
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    Hello Jim and Marlin.
    I don't want to add to the mystery but I do have among the 155 pictured and described number of oddball, presentation, collectors and custom Sako rifles a picture of a VL63, described as follows-
    "Sako VL63 Finnwolf Lever Action Sporting Rifle- 08 Win Cal. serial no 1900 23 inch round bbl, blued finish, walnut stock. Ambidextrous stock."
    This one is evidently also floating around some where in the USA. Sakojim.
     
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    Just sounds like a typo that somebody was trying to write .308 Winchester, a standard Finnwolf chambering.
     
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    Thanks for all the input. It's appreciated.
     

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