Hello Everyone, About 2 weeks ago I purchased a Sako Mannlicher L61R AV in 375 H&H and I wanted to share my experience shooting this rifle. This rifle marked a lot of firsts for me: first Sako, first bolt action ever owned, and first 375H&H. I am left eye dominant and own lever-actions, single-shots, and I have two double-rifles, but never a bolt until now. My largest caliber until now was the 405 winchester - a round I really like. AMMO: I couldn't find 375 ammo in the Savannah area as I elephant population is very low. So I mailed ordered some that arrived this past Tuesday. I selected Nosler Trophy Grade AccuBond 300gr as I have had good results with Nosler ammo in past rifles. Per the label, at the muzzle it is at 2400 fps and 3836 ft-lbs, 50yd 2313 fps and 3563 ft-lbs, and 100yd at 2228 fps and 3306 ft-lbs. I believe this is based on a 24 inch barrel and I have a 19 inch barrel that will cause the fps to drop 150 to 175. SCOPE: I had a Nikon Prostaff 2-7x32mm with 1-inch tube lying around so I mounted it and the bolt just cleared but it worked. With the rifle fully set-up it weighed 8lbs 14oz. TEMP: March 15th was the worse day we have had this winter. The temp at range time was 37f, humidity was 51% and the wind was 25mph. I was the only one at the range except the two range officers. Far from ideal weather but the day worked into my schedule so I went. RECOIL PAD: The factory red Sako recoil pad has become extremely hard almost brittle like. I plan on carefully removing it and keeping it with the gun, but adding a new pad. The current pad is rock hard. FIRING IMPRESSIONS: I fired a total of 10 shots before I called it quits. It was not as bad as I thought it would be but the recoil was stout. It felt like thunder in a little stick! I've had a cervical (neck) operation and a lumbar and my overall spine is in bad shape, and after 10 shots my neck was bothering me and not really my shoulder, although I could feel it with every shot. I'm 6ft 3in and 180 lbs and a senior, so I'm definitely no stud out there at the firing line. SHOT RESULTS: I first placed the target at 25 yards and was dancing around the bullseye within 5 inches. I think this was a combo of a little jitters and dialing in the scope. I had 5 shots at 25 yards before moving to 80 yards. Why 80 yards? The range max is 100 yards and it rained a day or two prior and the 90-100 yard section was muddy, so I opted for 80 yards. My last 4 shots touched each other about 1-2 inches right of the bullseye. At that point I had enough fun and it would have to wait until another day. Also of surprise was the lack of barrel heat. Granted it was a cold windy day but with such a light rifle I was expecting a light barrel prone to heat. I have a Browning BLR Stainless in 243 that I shoot more than all my other rifles. Great little gun, surprising accuracy for a lever, but that barrel will heat of quick even with 1 to 2 minutes between shots. The Sako barrel never got warm, but I'll evaluate that further on a 70f day. FUTURE TEST: My next visit the target will be at 100yards. I'm also leaning towards buying a Burris MTAC 1.5-6x42mm but this scope has a 30mm body and I will need 30mm High rings to accomodate and I suspect bolt clearance will be ok. I've had good luck with higher power Burris MTAC scopes previously. OVERALL IMPRESSION: I'm glad I bought this Sako. It is a sleek little gun running on high octane. I did slip my ear muffs off for one shot and the 375 with that short barrel definitely cracks but I expected as much. I doubt I'll ever make it to the dark continent but if I did I would want to walk around with this lightweight Sako, it has great balance, a joy to carry, and has authority in the chambering. I'd welcome any info on the 375 H&H, I'm totally new to the caliber. Also, if anyone knows of a good book or chapter of a book that covers Sako's please let me know. I'd like to learn more. Thanks!