So . . . who on this site owns a 218 BEE?

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  1. enotstehw

    enotstehw Banned

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    So . . . gentlemen . . . lets hear from the 218 BEE owners.
    How many do your own?
    And are you looking for more BEE's to purchase?

     

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    ricksengines Sako-addicted

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    I'm looking for a Bee and a Hornet. I almost had a 7x33 but it was really looking poorly so I passed when the price got unreasonably high. Ditto for the 218 Bee Mashburn that sold a short while back and there was one other that I can't recall. But a really nice Bee would definitely get my attention. Anyone having one to sell can PM me with pics and a price.

    rick
     
  3. enotstehw

    enotstehw Banned

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    We know Rocky has a Bee and so does Kirk. I picked up one a couple of months ago. There has to be more owners out there.
     
  4. stonecreek

    stonecreek SCC Secretary Forum Owner SCC Board Member

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    I have a .218 Bee. Unfortunately, it is a Winchester 43 and not a Sako.:(
     
  5. bsmith

    bsmith Well-Known Member

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    Had mine for quite some time - I remember it from the late 1950's, and claimed it for my own when my grandfather passed away about 45 years ago. Taken a number of coyotes with it plus a couple of bobcats and even a whitetail, not to mention countless jackrabbits. It could be Kirkbridershooters' twin with its left wing safety, walnut stock and close serial number, but has a bit more "character" as might be expected from use by youngsters on a brush country ranch in South Texas. Discovering what a special rifle I had when I found this site several years ago got me started on acquiring Sako's, especially the L46's. I've got two others with left wing safeties - an early 7X33 and a .222, but have just about given up in finding a Hornet of that vintage.
     
  6. ricksengines

    ricksengines Sako-addicted

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    I have three of them but unfortunately none are Sako:

    218 Bee Kimber M-82 Custom Classic NIB
    218 Bee Winchester M-65 Deluxe Rifle LNIB
    218 Bee Ruger No. 1 - S Medium Sporter LNIB

    rick
     
  7. Rocky

    Rocky Well-Known Member

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    Yep Rick I have a 218 Bee. Actually I'm lucky enough to have two of them.

    I haven't shot them though. I haven't shot any of my older Sako's. Only the new models I shoot.
     
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    ricksengines Sako-addicted

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    Hi Rocky

    You sure are lucky to have two of them. I wish I would have stuck with the bidding on the Mashburn a while back. That rifle was interesting. I quit because I didn't think it was worth paying over $2500. Like you I have not fired any of my 218's. They are worth a lot and so they are safe queens for the time being. No time for shooting now. My latest project a a 14 Walker Hornet. Base rifle is a Ruger 77/22 Hornet SS All Weather. I have a Pac Nor barrel and am currently waiting for Pacific to send up the chambering reamer. When it arrives I'm going to fire up the 13" SBL and thread and chamber the barrel to fit the Ruger receiver. If everything goes as planned I won't have to headspace the rifle. Since it is a 22 Hornet going to 14 Hornet if I machine the new barrel so it threads into the Ruger receiver to the same depth things should be good to go. Right now I'm having problems finding mouse droppings small enough to handload.

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  9. blackjack

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    Hi Sako Lovers,

    I once had a chance to buy a single shot B.S.A. " Hunter " Bolt Action rifle, that was originally a .22 Hornet that had been re - barreled for the .218 Bee. The rifle was in very bad shape, so I passed on It. To find an L46 .218 Bee in the UK would be next to impossible! I'm 67 now and have never seen one!

    Blackjack
     
  10. tripledeuce

    tripledeuce Well-Known Member

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    I have a Winchester 43 deluxe in 218 bee. Shoots better than my M78 in .22 Hornet:cool:
     
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    I have looked for one for many years and been close on a few. I would pay good money if I could find one in good shape. I have a 7x33 and a hornet.
     
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    Hello Sako Folk,

    Does any one know approx how many L46's were exported to the UK? We hear alot about how many L46's went to Austrailia, New Zealand, Sweden and of coarse the USA, but very little is known about Sako exporting to the UK!

    Blackjack
     
  13. deergoose

    deergoose Sako-addicted

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    Yeah, I'm missing a Bee as well. Would love to add one to the Sako collection one day. They are scarce !

    DeerGoose
     
  14. kirkbridgershooters

    kirkbridgershooters Well-Known Member

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    Might as well post a picture or 2. Out at the range...



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  15. stonecreek

    stonecreek SCC Secretary Forum Owner SCC Board Member

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    You might be inciting larceny by putting a photo of that Bee on the internet. Nefarious Sako addicts can find out where you live, after all.:D
     
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    iwanna Well-Known Member

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    Ditto, but I'm not sure I'd say unfortunately.
     
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    cl_leg Well-Known Member

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    My 218 Bee
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  18. dfehrenb

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    I have a 218 bee, but it’s a cooper model 38 heavy barrel. It is quite accurate.
     

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