Sako SAKO IV Model 75 Hunter ?

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  1. CHAUCER

    CHAUCER Active Member

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    I have beside me on the desk as I type this, the original sales page that came with all of the 500 GO Wholesale rifles produced in .280 Remington. The header on that full color page reads: "World CLASS RIFLES brought to you from GO WHOLESALE Billings, MT. Meridian, ID" Beneath a color picture of the rifle (with cartridges), it reads: "Includes 80 rounds of Federal Premium 150 gr. Nosler 280 Nickle Plated Ammo" and "Limited Edition Sako" "Only 500 Available". (The serial numbers were 001-500.) The remainder of the page prints the rifle's specifications, and a comparison of the .280 and the .270 (with a comparative ballistics chart).

    Each of the GI Joe's stores in the NW received 5 of the rifles, and in two of those stores I talked to managers who both said that GO Wholesale was disposing of the remainder of the special-order rifles. I visited 5 of those stores on one day (320 miles on the odometer) and looked at every one of 25 rifles. I bought the one with the best wood in a store south of Portland, and returned to Eugene to call a friend who went to the Eugene store and purchased the rifle I had laid away. I presume that wildcountry4me purchased one of the remaining 4 rifles in Eugene. I still have the rifle, and the 80 rounds of ammo which came with it. I believe this special run of rifles pre-dated the appearance of the AV Hunters and influenced the features of those rifles, though, as stonecreek says, the shorter barrels of the AV may not be as desirable for the shooter concerned with ballistic performance.

     
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    As an addendum to my post above. The 500 rifle order was produced in a short time period. Serial #GO 001 was produced on April 12, 1988. Serial #GO 500 was produced on May 26, 1988.
     
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    bigcountry4me Well-Known Member

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    Fantastic Chaucer,

    I’m impressed, and of course I know you’re vastly knowledgeable and keep excellent records. Not sure whether I ended up with your original laid away rifle, or a different one. The friend we have in common at Mazama’s says hello. Hope you are well. Sean
     
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    Wow Chaucer! You have scraped the cobwebs away from my memory banks! My wife and I traveled from Central Oregon to the coast to buy ours from a member of the original Sako Collectors group. He was generous enough to give me a large part of his literature from that group which included much information about the travels of club members to the Sako factory. The information includes news letters and correspondence between members and the factory personnel including the arrangement for Club members to order from the factory Custom Shop. I still have all this buried some where in my files. We cannot remember which town on the coast that it was. It would have been Newport, Waldport or Florence. So many years ago, but most likely Florence. Old age getting to me. Wish I knew the where the gentleman purchased it. I also purchased a second Sako keeper from him. These were the last two rifles from his Sako collection and he was selling because of ill health. Still have it but cannot remember which one it is. You are very knowledgeable of Sako old history, thank you for sharing. Sakojim.
     
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    Chaucer: Thanks for that definitive information! It is more than we've cobbled together the entire time we've discussed the GO rifles.

    Could you perhaps scan (or photograph) that sales sheet and post it here on the forum?
     
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    With the help of a technically-competent wife, I sent this through as a pdf file (look above). It comes through clear on my computor. Hope it works for you.
     
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    I have one of the AV variety and it is a tack driver with nicely figured wood, sharp checkering, and the 588mm barrel. I didn't know about the GO Wholesale guns. This was the only .280 Remington A series that I have seen.
     
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    Very nice looking AV. I cannot say how many AV’s were produced in .280 Remington but believe strongly the numbers were low. I’ve only seen maybe 2-3 in person. In my opinion that’s a gem. To add: the GO rifles were also on AV actions
     
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