Value of 308 Forester, HB

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  1. Frank Jelenko

    Frank Jelenko Member

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    Hi!
    New to the forum. I tend to hang out over at US Rifle Team. I compete in NRA Highpower and hold a high master qualification in 'cross the course'.
    My first rifle, which I shot from a middle of the road benchrest set up, is a Sako Forester in 308. I haven't shot it in over 20 years. I have kept the bore clean and with a light coat of oil all the time. There's a light coat of oil on all the metal parts. It's been kept in a temperature and humidity controlled area.


    What would be it's estimated value? AII action [S/N 381182 - i.e., made between 1990 and 1991, I think].
    ~ 1000 rounds. Pillar bedded by Alex Sitman of Masterclass Stocks. Last 5 shot group at 100 yards was completely covered by a quarter. That was the first and last group I shot after it was pillar bedded.

    Light colored wood stock. No stock dings. Very little wear on the bluing.
    Includes rings.

    Thanks!
     

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  3. Frank Jelenko

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    Thanks.
    Interesting. So, the similar ones, but seem to be from the 60's and 70's, listed for $1300 are just really high? Or is there value in being older?
     
  4. stonecreek

    stonecreek SCC Secretary Forum Owner SCC Board Member

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    There is often a big difference in asking prices and actual prices received. For a more accurate picture check the prices of "sold" items on Gunbroker. This will reveal to you that the vast majority of listings there are above actual market and never sell.

    Kirkbridger's estimate isn't unreasonable, but it is impossible to accurately price a gun by description alone. Where it is marketed, how it is marketed, the time of the year, and about a hundred other variables can put it somewhat above or below the price he mentions.
     
  5. gowyo

    gowyo Sako Junkie

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    Pictures work best. Sako rings? BR trigger? Might be worth 950 to 1100. Sounds like an AII based on date of manufacture.
     
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    It's marked A II on the receiver.
     
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    Here's pics.
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  8. gowyo

    gowyo Sako Junkie

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    That's a beauty and it does have the benchrest trigger. That's got nicer wood than mine does. Those look like Leupold rings so no $$ there.

    $1100-1200.00, or you can deal with Webphut, he's been looking for this exact gun.

    Thanks for showing us the pics.

    Gary
     
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    Cool! Thanks!
    Being new to the forum, should I send a PM to Webphut?
     
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    gowyo Sako Junkie

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    That should work. If he passes or you can't make a deal, please let me know next.
     
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    stonecreek SCC Secretary Forum Owner SCC Board Member

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    The initial description left out the fact that it has the very scarce externally-adjustable factory trigger that is extremely rare on an A-II action. Some people might buy it just for that trigger, which likely enhances its market value significantly. As I said, "it is impossible to accurately price a gun by description alone".
     
  12. gowyo

    gowyo Sako Junkie

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    Hey Frank,

    Just curious, does this have an importer's mark on the underside of the barrel or anywhere? My AII .308 does not, it was a bring back.
     
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    It's stamped it was imported by Stoeger in NJ
     
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    gowyo Sako Junkie

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    So it is and if I cared to look at that Barrel picture just a little closer...
    Thanks Frank, Stone is correct, not many of those were brought in.
     
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    Very interesting.
    I just lucked out.
    It was the first gun I bought. All I knew was it should be accurate. Didn't adjust the trigger until after it was pillar bedded. If I had only known!
    Right now, it's about 10oz.

    PS. Does the fact that it's stamped with the Stoeger import make it any more valuable?
     
  16. stonecreek

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    Stoeger was the importer of all of the A-series Sakos, so no, any of them which were originally sold in the United States will have the Stoeger importer's mark.

    A very limited number of Sakos in the U. S. coming in after 1968 (the year that importers were first required by law to have their name and location on an imported gun) were like Gowyo's "bring back" -- meaning that they were imported by individuals, usually U.S. servicemen who were stationed in Europe. These would have no importer's mark.
     
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    Got it.
    Thanks!
     
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