Some Early Sako Hand Loading Kits

Discussion in 'Handloads for all Sako models' started by L-46, Feb 17, 2014.

  1. L-46

    L-46 Well-Known Member

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    Sako 'Hand charging kits' for the L46 rifle.
    Some of you may not have seen these before, so i thought i might share some photos.
    This is some of the ones i have collected over the Years.
    The early ones in 7x33 date back to the '50, and do not have a de-priming rod, but a pick to remove the Berdan primer from a twin flash hole case. They are also colour case hardened!
    The later ones in 22 hornet and 22 veirling are mid '60's. They come with a rod to punch out the primer. They also have instructions dated 1964, and are printed in Finnish!
    One thing which is interesting is that the projectile seating rod, is numbered to the 'code' of the projectile. So when changing projectile type, you would change the rod, to match the ogive. I have one kit in 30-06 which comes with three different ogive matched rods.

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    pakula Well-Known Member

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    Never new they existed .Thanks for sharing. Look better quality than a lee hand loader!
     
  3. Bowne1

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    They are Awesome. Never have seen or heard of them
     
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    Seen one in 7x33mm very cool.
     
  5. Rick Omohundro

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    I have never seen these before. Something else to put on my “watch for” list.
     
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    I never had the least idea that Sako ever made reloading kits. Knowing what Finland was like in the immediate postwar era, though, it makes sense. Money was scarce and a lot of Finns still lived a good ways from anywhere they could buy ammo (if they could afford it). So, it would make a lot of sense for a guy who lived out in the boonies to buy a reloading kit, some bullets and primers, and a jug of powder and load his own. This was to put meat on the table, and maybe kill some of the crows that ate your crops.
     

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