Sako P72 in .22 WMR

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  1. jaeger80

    jaeger80 Member

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    I bought this a while ago and I am just now getting around to posting it. I apologize for the poor pictures. I bought the gun without a magazine, but John Reed was able to make me one, which works very well. You can see it in the pictures. Anyways, these earlier Sako rimfires are built hearty and almost feel like you are shooting a centerfire rifle. All metal and walnut was put into this gun, which I appreciate. I haven't really got around the giving it a full cleaning and oiling, but the bluing is still in very nice shape and the wood only has a few minor dents. The trigger is fairly nice with very little to no creep. I'm not really a fan of the squared off bottom on the forend, but that is a minor concern. I actually purchased a Sako mountable aperture sight, hoping it would fit on the top rail, but alas it does not. I'm not sure what I'll do with it now, perhaps buy another Sako so it doesn't go to waste!

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    ricksengines Sako-addicted

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    Very nice. Thanks for posting the great pics.

    rick
     
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    susanna Well-Known Member

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    nice pics, thank you.
    dont see to many junior model sakos in either cal these days.
    the mag looks to be a work of art.
    susanna
     
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    stonecreek SCC Secretary Forum Owner SCC Board Member

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    I was just going to say, that one without any stock checkering was called the "Junior" model. I wasn't aware that any of the Junior models were imported to the U.S. Does yours have an import stamp on the underside of the barrel?

    I was lucky enough to acquire a P72 .22WMR a couple of years ago. It carries a lot more authority when exorcising turtles from my fishing pond than a regular .22 LR.
     
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    Now there’s something new, what fodder are you using for the turtles ?
    My own P72 likes the Hornady 30gn Vmax for best accuracy and performance on small game.
     
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    stonecreek SCC Secretary Forum Owner SCC Board Member

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    I have a small stock of Winchester 45 grain Dynapoints that I've been using for that purpose. They use hollow-pointed plated lead bullet at around 1600 fps. I don't think they've been in the Winchester ammunition line for several years. They were sold as "bargain" or promotional ammunition. I can't find any notation on the boxes, but I think the "Dynapoint" ammunition for .22 LR was manufactured for Win in Australia. Not sure about the WMR's.

    At any rate, they're not the most accurate .22 WMR ammunition I've tried, but like horseshoes and hand grenades, close does count on a swimming turtle -- the hydrostatic shock will sometimes turn the belly-up.o_O

    By far the most accurate .22 WMR ammunition I've ever used has been RWS in a green and black box. I've been hording a small batch of it for when I need real accuracy (and power -- it actually chrongraphs right at 2,000 fps with a 40 grain bullet). But it is pricey, even in the U.S., when you can find it. Plain old WW 40 grain JHP has proven more accurate in my .22 Magnums than any of the light-bullet/high velocity offerings, so that is what I mostly shoot.

    But by far the worst accuracy came from some 50 grain Federal ammunition I tried a few years back. My guns didn't care for it at all.
     
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    Hi Stonecreek, the old Dynapoints haven’t been available for years over here and by all accounts they weren’t particularly great performers. Maybe just the medicine for giving those pesky turtles a move along :D
     
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    Stonecreek, this is a Simpsons import and more than likely came from Sweden.

    I wish the peep sight I bought worked on this gun. I'm not a fan of the Williams sights...
     
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    Thanks Deersako... The problem with the Sako peep I have is that the dovetail seems to be just a bit too narrow for the sight. When I tighten down the tension screw, it runs out of thread before tightening to the rail.
     
  11. paulsonconstruction

    paulsonconstruction Sako-addicted

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    The dovetailed scope rail on the M78 is 11mm, which is close enough that most sights made to clamp on a standard 3/8" 22LR dovetail will or can be made to work. Check on Brownell's or Midway USA's websites for clamp on receiver sights for some options. The sight you have is probably the Sako peep made for the tapered centerfire dovetail & you will never be able to get it to work on your rimfire. Changing to a peep sight may require you to change the height of your front sight as well. You will have to shoot it to see. Conferring with a gunsmith would be a prudent choice, as he will be able to calculate your front sight height needs based on the peep you get. You can also remove the scope rail & drill & tap your receiver to accept all kinds of receiver sight options.
     
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    As Paulson has said -

    The correct Sako peep site will have an 11mm straight dovetail, this is what I believe Robin has on his rifle.
    They are out there, but will be a hard part to find.
     

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