Worth? 1976 l461 .223 vixen

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  1. Casey Robertson

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    Im looking for the value of this gun. Any help would be appreciated. Its a sako vixen .223. It has a 26” barrel. Heres some pics too.

     

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    This model of Sako sporter should have a 23.6" barrel, not a 26" barrel (unless someone has hung some kind of accessory on the end of the barrel).

    The .223 chambering is in good demand in a Sako. Your photos don't show enough to accurately judge the condition, however, and condition is everything in a used gun. Some buyers would give a premium for the vintage Lyman scope while others wouldn't pay any more for it than for the bare gun.

    Prices (in the U.S.) for this kind of Sako of this vintage start around $700 for average condition and go up from there depending on a number of factors.
     
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    Hmm, what pictures would you need to do more condition value? What other factors might help?

    How much "premium" would someone pay for the lyman scope?
     
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    Are you looking for a value for resale or for insurance purposes? Either way a lot of detailed pics are the only way anyone can get you a close value.
     
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    Or simply look at gunbroker etc...
     
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    Only if you look at the ones that actually sell. There are quite a few on there that have been there for months and will never move. Hundreds of dollars way over priced. Same with Guns International except they are not listed for that length of time.
     
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    That’s right, with a bit of research, which is at most everyone’s fingertips, a value is easy to find. Casey has come here, which is fair enough, but without any details about the overall condition of the rifle and three pics.
    Doesn’t give a potential buyer much to go off.
     
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    Is the import acid etching label on top of the barrel.......or am I missing something?

    Just curious.....
     
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    Heres a full array of pictures.
     

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    Not sure what you mean.
     
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    Sorry.......it was my optical delusion.
     
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    What happens often, is people cruise the Internet looking for values of their Sako rifle. It also appears that there is no interest in a Sako as a rifle, but as an object. Then they land here looking for a value and no interest in Sakos other than a value for this object.

    This is what this appears to me, so I will give my evaluation:

    You have nothing special. It is a desirable caliber in a desirable gun, but the scope and rings do little for the value. The condition of the gun detracts from the value as it has been used fairly hard with considerable wear on both the bluing and the stock.

    Bare rifle is worth $600.00 - $750.00
     
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    Hello Steve { Stonecreek },

    I must disagree with you regarding the length of Sako barrels. During 1976 a Gun & Rifle dealer friend of mine, who is still in business - John March Firearms, West Street, Wimbourne, Dorset, England., ordered a Sako L579 " Forester " in .22 - 250 Rem. Calibre from the Importers La - Personel who were in London. What was stated in the order was that the rifle was made with a 26 inch barrel. The rifle duley arrived with a 26 inch barrel with front iron sight. I do know this as years ago I shot the rifle several times. I also know that the rifle was sold to a farmer called " Bronk " many years later. What happened to the rifle after " Bronk " passed away I do not know.

    Best Wishes

    Blackjack
     
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    BJ: I suppose that various barrel lengths might have been made on special order, but no Vixens that were not special order were ever made with a 26" barrel. A few early Finnbears did have 26" barrels although the standard barrel was 24.4".
     
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    I'd have to agree with Kirk. I'm not a good judge of the value of vintage scopes, but the Lyman's do have a following. It would probably attract a number of bidders on some place like ebay, but showing some cosmetic issues it wouldn't bring top price.

    There are plenty of would-be sellers who would put a Sako like this on Gunbroker with a starting bid $1,500 and let it recycle week after week for months. Just why they do this has always been a mystery that escapes my powers of reason.
     
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    Hello Steve,
    Yes of coarse the L579 .22 - 250 Rem. with 26 inch barrel was a special order.
    Stay Safe
    Blackjack
     
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    To add to the $700 dollar value you should consider that the $700 for this is way better than a newer gun that costs $700.
     
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    hah you guys are funny.. You know how much a sako viken l461 with a 26" barrel is worth? ALOT more then you guys are telling me it is. I found this whole thing super funny. Thanks for the laughs.
     
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    If you do find a Vixen with an OEM 26" barrel you'd better buy it ASAP. Finding a L61R with a 26 is hard enough.
     
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    I have just been schooled on this rare gun, it is worth over $5,000.00...
     
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