Sako full wood just sold - but is it an L46 or L461?

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  1. Branxhunter

    Branxhunter Well-Known Member

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    This .222 just sold here in Australia for $AU1600:

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    The advert states that it has a 4x MSW Wetzlar scope. It also says that it is an L46. The shape of the butt/cheekpiece looks more like an L461, but I know that there is some cross-over as I have seen an late L46 sporter .222 with this shaped butt in a local LGS:


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    From these photos you can see that it is not always obvious from side-on photos whether the rifle has an L461 floor plate or an L46 detachable mag. What I think I can see in the photo of the full wood is the red paint on the bolt shroud which indicate it is an L46. Also I wouldn't expect the advertiser (Graeme Spraggon) to make a mistake in identifying the model.

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  2. gowyo

    gowyo Sako Junkie

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    Not my forte, but this looks like an old Rhiimaki long-barreled FS. Which makes me think L46.
     
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    Rifle is a later L46, from my poor memory, serial in the mid 50,s seller has had it at a few gun shows , last at maitland here in nsw.
     
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    stonecreek SCC Secretary Forum Owner SCC Board Member

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    Yes, the stock configuration (Monte Carlo) was the same on the late L46's and successor L461's. I'm sure they were not exactly simultaneous, but the stock update, change to forged bottom metal, advent of Bofors Steel mark, and offering of the Deluxe version L46 all occurred around the same time.
     
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    topgear Sako-addicted

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    If only it were the carbine length fullwood it would have sold ages ago. It’s been for sale on usedguns once before a while back.
    Spraggon gets a few good ones. He had an anniversary fullwood .30-06 a while back for sale. Some photos of it here on SCC I posted up somewhere.
     
  6. kirkbridgershooters

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    I see fewer rifle full stocks than carbines. I have a L-461 Carbine in 222 Mag. Are the rifles or carbines worth more?

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    deergoose Sako-addicted

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    Depends. Just my opinion, but I'd pay more for an L46 Carbine than a rifle full stock, and pay more for an L461 rifle full stock than a carbine. Assuming same caliber and condition. Anything L57 in clean condition is coming home to Virginia if I'm lucky enough to get it.

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    The guy that sold me the L57 244 Remington said he had another one, if you are interested...
     
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    topgear Sako-addicted

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    Agree. The carbines in the L46 are much more rare and vs versa in the L461 in my experience. The carbines make nice hunting rifles when paired with short cases like the .222 and .308.
     
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    deergoose Sako-addicted

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    PM sent.

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    Definitely a L46
     

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    The easiest distinguishing characteristic from the side view is the magazine release being visible in the trigger guard...
     
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    Around 1956-1957, Sako built an investment casting foundry and utilized lost wax technique.

    I am not sure if they used Swedish Bofors steel for other parts than the barrels but it is possible at least.

    Maybe the Finnish steel they used before wasn’t up to par for the investment casting? It came from the Lokomo foundry which is still operating today.

    I also read somewhere that they tried to use investment casting for receivers but it didn’t turn out well.

    I have a source who might be able to shed some light to this and more and I will get back to you guys when I know more.

    Jim
     
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