SAKO-Shilen,Fajen&Wolfe

Discussion in 'Other firearms built on Sako actions' started by Litetrigger1, Oct 18, 2017.

  1. Litetrigger1

    Litetrigger1 Active Member

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    Here are a few photos of a rather interesting SAKO based wildcat rifle built nearly a half century ago. It was a project of Dave Wolfe, at that time Publisher and owner of Wolfe Publications (Handloader and Rifle magazines), who was developing a .17 caliber cartridge based on the .223 Rem. case. Built on a Sako short and stiff single shot action (No magazine cut in receiver) it was chambered to Wolfe's specs and barreled by Ed Shilen and stocked by Reinhart Fajen with spectacular walnut/maple laminated woods. Scope is Vintage Lyman 10X All American scope in Sako extension rings. The single shot Sako actions were widely used by benchrest shooters back in those days because they were a solid foundation for a competition grade rifle. And yes, I still shoot this rifle from time to time and it shoots as good as it looks. DSC_0213.JPG DSC_0216.JPG DSC_0218.JPG DSC_0220.JPG

     

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    Branxhunter Well-Known Member

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    Hello Litetrigger. While the style of the stock is not really my cup of tea I can appreciate the thought, components and workmanship that has gone into it to ensure it shoots very small groups. What great history! Thanks for sharing.

    Marcus
     
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    deersako Well-Known Member

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    Interesting piece indeed Litetrigger1.
    I wonder, were the triggers standard in all the L46 rifles including the single shot actions, or, as they did in the later 'Target' models, were they something more refined ?
     
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    Litetrigger1 Active Member

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    Mr. Deersako, I'm only guessing, but perhaps you can call this a semi-educated guess. All of my L46 actions have the same trigger mechanism, so I'll say that the refined adjustable triggers were not developed and installed in rifles until long after the L46 era had passed.
     

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