Souvenir from Germany assignment Sako .308

Discussion in 'Show us all your beautiful Sakos!' started by Kwills, Oct 11, 2018.

  1. Kwills

    Kwills Member

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    I brought this Finnish Beauty home with me. Bought it at the Patch Barracks Rod and Gun or Hook and Bottle just after the Wall fell. Never fired. She's been locked up in a hard case all this time. Some tools are art. Looks like a little dusting is in order.

     

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    stonecreek SCC Secretary Forum Owner SCC Board Member

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    So this would be a 1990-ish Sako? Is it a M-591? I've don't recall ever seeing the Finnish Lion stamped on the bolt handle. Was this a common feature during this period?
     
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    My receipt is from 1992. No telling how long they had it on the shelf.
    I am certainly not a provenance expert on Sakos. I bought it to hunt Mule deer and Antelope in Central Oregon, but never made it back to Oregon. A little too much reach for Florida.

    I went to Octoberfest in New Braunfels in 95 or 96. Nice area! A little smaller than Munich’s shindig.
     
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    gowyo Sako Junkie

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    Looks like a beauty! I would sure like to see some full size shots of both sides. I have two bring backs, sans importer marks. I didn't have to enlist to get mine though, thank you for your service.

    Judging by that rear sight, I'm guessing that was a late 80s AII model not an M591.

    Gary
     
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    It does have AII just p
     
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    Digging thru my files and found the info sheet. It is a Sako L 579 De Luxe A II 369xxx

    The plastic envelope also included a little brown post card inviting me to join the S.C.A. Courtesy of Mims Reed of Texas and Jim Lutes of Kansas.
     
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    Hi Gary,
    I added some full length shots as requested. Is this Sako porn? Not sure if that is allowed on the site?
     
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    gowyo Sako Junkie

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    Wow! Drop dead gorgeous. Put me first in line if you ever lose your mind and want to sell it. (Or if it's just short term temporary insanity!) I'm a sucker for Iron sighted A-series guns. This might be the first Deluxe I've ever seen with some. I have a NIB AV .338 that has similar wood, Dark on top, lighter on bottom, might be from the same tree! Thanks for the Sakoporn!
     
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    She's a beauty...still needs some glass. I've ordered the details from the Fellows who run the Sako database. I know when I bought it, but I'd like to know the year it was made.
     
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    gowyo Sako Junkie

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    I'll say 1988. For period correct glass, I'd look for Leupold 3.5×10 AO Vari-X III set in OEM medium rings. If you can't find those, optilocks w/ lo rings.
     
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    My choice would be either a Leupold 2.5x8 or even a 1.75x6 - you don't need 10x for anything big enough to need a .308 to kill it, 2.5x at the short end is quicker for finding your target, and the smaller scope would be more in proportion to the styling of that rifle. A 3x9 compact might also fill the bill. I like the 3.5-10x but I prefer to put it on long range magnums or varmint rifles. Here's what the 2.5x8 looks like mounted on a medium action Tikka Deluxe.

    Tikka 222-1.JPG
     
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    Nice. Love when a tool is art or is it art is a tool. Leaning Leupold being a Native Oregonian and their high quality. A lot of European goods have the false cost of Value Added Taxes and high labor (gold plated benefits) built in to production and/or sales. I skipped the taxes on mine buying it on a US installation.
     
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    Didn't read close enough on the Factory records site. They don't have data on my Forester.

    But another look at the Sako.fi site reveals this manufacturing data:
    https://www.sako.fi/sites/default/files/SakoOldmodelsNumbering.pdf

    Model: L579
    Change: Action manufactured by CNC-machines
    First Manufacture date: 22.05.1985
    Serial numbers between 360001-372629
    Last Manufacture date: 27.06.1989

    So mid to late 1980s was a pretty good guess. The owner's manual is also online at Sako.fi and the sketch of the Deluxe has the vertical seem at the barrel end of the stock.
    Owner's Manual: https://www.sako.fi/sites/default/files/Forester.pdf
     
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    Part with my Sako? Well everything has it's price. I have looked all over and haven't found a mint .308 AII Deluxe for sale. Also I know it has not been fired unless the factory did because I bought it new. What do you reckon she's worth?
     
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    gowyo Sako Junkie

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    Ooo, probably more than I can swing right now. Probably in the 1800-2000 dollar range. Maybe even more. Some may not appreciate the Iron sights, I do.

    There's always gunbroker, start at 1800 and see where it goes.

    Gary
     

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