Can someone recommend a base for me to use on a Sako TRG. I am using a Leupold 6.5-20X50 mkIV m5 and plan on shooting at least to 1000 yards. I will keep this scope and decide if I like it or not before making the purchase. I am currently looking at the Sphur mounts but I am thinking that may be too high. What are the opinions of everyone here?
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October 11, 2012, 09:39 PM
October 12, 2012, 11:50 AM
7 years ago I went with a Warne base on my 338LM initially as it was inexpensive and available locally with intentions of upgrading in the future. Well it's still on it and has held up as good as any so I see no need in switching. I have 2 Near's on other rifles and they are fine products too but pricey.
I currently run the Spuhr mount, ST-4701 which is the lower of the two 34mm bases at 1.38" height with 7mil/24moa of cant. I like it because it eliminates mounting rings on a base, then mounting the base on a receiver and goes directly with a one-piece ring system that mounts to the receiver. It's currently holding a Hensoldt 4-16x56mm and the objective has about .100" of clearance above the TRG-22 factory barrel. Scope centerline over bore is about 2" at the occular. I have the adjustable factory stock so a couple clicks up on the cheekpad gives me the proper cheekweld. I know Sako charges a buttload for spacers but at this level of rifle, it's not much more painful to pick up a couple nickel and dime spacers if you feel a one-piece is the solution for you.
Is this a 22 or 42? If you're sticking with bases, I second Near. Lots of people run Near bases. I believe US Optics also makes one but not many folks seem to use that one.
That is a sweet setup there Celsium! I think I am going to go with a Sphur mount. I have both a TRG 22 and a 42 that are new. I was not crazy about he last set up I had which the local shop put together and I want to ^^^do these right. Is there anything else you can recommend for this? ^^^do you have a sling for it? If so, can you tak pics of the locations of the attachment points on the rifle? I know there is supposed to be one at the forend and the. At the back but mine seems to be missing. So I am trying to see where these are supposed to go. If I look in the manual I ^^^do not seem to have anything to attach to where they say I should! One more thing, ^^^do u know where I can get a sphur mount stateside?
October 13, 2012, 04:22 AM
There are two Spuhr dealers in the USA. Tactical Night Vision Company and Mile High Shooting Accessories. I've purchased from both companies before and they're top notch. One offers a 5% discount for SH members (can't recall which)
There are four mounting points on the Sako TRGs with the folding stock option. One is underneath the fore end rail, at the very front. One is off to the left (or right I suppose, if you flipped the bracket) of the barrel up at the front of the fore end. I removed it because it's not very useful with the TRG bipod stowed with the feet pointing towards the receiver. The other two...one at the rear of the stock, accessible from either side, and one on the left just behind the bolt. This mounting point can also be flipped for right-hand use. This particular mounting point can be seen clearly in the initial photo I posted above.
They're all visible in the photo below. It's wearing a biathlon sling attached underneath the rifle and at the rear sling point. You can see the sling bracket at the fore end just behind the left bipod leg, and you can see the protruding offset sling mount just above the pistol-style grip.
If there was a recommendation, I would consider the Kinetic Research Group's ambi-extended mag release. The factory mag release is kind of small. The extended mag release makes it easier to drop the mag with either hand and installs a horizontal paddle accessible to either side of the trigger guard. The only problem I had was a small burr at the edge that catches the mag so it wore the finish off my mags. After taking a fine Arkansas stone to give it a <.003" radius or so and rebluing the mag, it appears the problem went away because there was no more wear. It was a 5 minute job. Drift out old pin (don't lose the spring!), insert new assembly, drift pin back in. I also dropped in a grind-to-fit recoil pad to make it a little friendlier. 308 isn't a punishing round, but I'll take any advantage I can get. Lastly, if you're going to use a sling, I'd recommend experimenting a lot if you're also running the factory bipod. It's a fantastic field bipod but it's very unforgiving against human flesh because the feet are very stabby. If you decide to stow the bipod on the rifle, as designed, you'll have to experiment with the sling so you don't draw blood when carrying the rifle around.