Any other SAKO fans here at THR?

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I have been shooting a long time and enjoy all kind of shooting. My rifles have include Winchesters, models 94 (.32 special) & 70 (Swede), Marlin 336 (.30-30) & 1895 in (444), S&W model 1500 (.243) (now Howa), and SAKO's.

I have come to regard the SAKO's as a superior choice. Some of the other's have been great as well.

To me, the Finnlight represents the ideal deer rifle. I have two SAKO's in 6.5 X 55.

I was just wondering if there were any other SAKO fans here at THR?
 
Sako .308 with full length Manlicher stock. :)

Sako .222 Mag Heavy barrel. :D

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In 1985 I was able to pick up a 30-06 SAKO A3 (Finnbear) rifle at a local gunstore. It did not have any importer markings so it was likely brought back from Europe by a service man. There is a military base nearby.

Even though that was one of my first good rifles, it still is an excellent choice. The iron sights on the rifle are simple, sturdy and of excellent design. It is the only commercial rifle that I have ever seen with a nice square post on the front, instead of some tiny round pinprick. And the rear is a nice square rear. Almost Bomar in appearance.

I love the flatbottomed forend. It is easy to orient, even when wearing gloves.

The bolt moves butter smooth in its track and has minimal wobble. Checkering is deep and precise. Everything lines up, everything works. Perfect wood to metal fit, and yet, the rifle is very understated, very business like; just meat and potatoes. Overall the rifle shows a minimalist approach with outstanding workmanship.

I was able to adjust the trigger easily to a crisp 3.5 pounds. I think hair triggers on hunting rifles are dangerous. When I am cold, I can stick my fingers in my eyes and all I can feel is hurt eyes. I am not sticking those popsicles near a hair trigger!

I scoped the thing and shot it in a Highpower Silhouette match. Won one with it, hitting barely 50% of the targets! Those were the good old days. :D But more importantly, this out of the box rifle was fully capable of competing accuracy wise with match built rifles. That says something about the quality of these things.

I recently took the scope off and put on one of those SAKO rear aperture sights. Doing this really dropped the weight of the rifle. And made if very handy, about the same class as a lever 30-30, but with much more effective round. Without a scope bell in the way, with snappy bolt manipulation, I can really make that brass fly. There is something to be said about a handy highpower rifle, and there something to be said about practicing bolt manipulation from the shoulder.

Overall, the Finns put a lot of thought into the design and manufacture of their SAKO’s.
 
SlamFire1 - I guess that just reinforces the practice not to put a finger on the trigger until actually ready to shoot. Thanks for the great detailed post!
 
I think he means Sako sporters, not Mosins. I was on the Beretta website today checking them out. I'm sort of interested in finding a nice bolt gun in either 6.5X55 or 7mm-08.
 
I think he means Sako sporters, not Mosins. I was on the Beretta website today checking them out. I'm sort of interested in finding a nice bolt gun in either 6.5X55 or 7mm-08.

The Mosin-Nagant that went through Sako is just as much as a Sako that started off in the same factory.
 
one nice thing about sako is they really tailor the rifle to the cartridge size .. at last count, i think they had 5 different action lengths.
combined with the wonderful fit between bolt and action, it makes for a very satisfying experience.
 
I like my 1942 Sako on a Russian hex receiver.

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Sako Too

Sako fan here too!

Few years back, I was looking for that "classic" look hunting rifle. I was mostly in the market for a .308 tho. I found a Sako, in 30-06 that was absolutely beautiful. Didn't buy it - looked for another four months or so, for most anything in .308 and realized I wasn't going to do better than the one I had seen. Went back for the Sako & she was still there.
So I'm the proud owner of a Sako Finnbear AIII, in 30-06. She has no markings on the barrel either so this probably means she was also bought originally in Europe and not imported into the US.
I've shot her with the iron sights and was pleased with the results but, I went ahead and scoped her with a Nikon Monarch 4-12AO . She's incredibly accurate, wonderful trigger, & smooth as silk. Now I'm looking for one in .243.

Bruce
 
Sako or not Sako

Mosin Nagant Krha is not Sako. "S" means civil guardian gun garage (Suojeluskuntain asekorjaamo). It was later Sako. Only stocks, sights and barrels was made in Finland. Sako 85 also is no more Sako. It is "three shots"- Beretta-design very excpensive ......... rifle.
 
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mr SLZY

Finnwolf or..Finn Wolf was failed development for USA market. Collectors favorite only.
 
Count me in the Sako fan club.

Sako has always built damned good rifles even back in 1944 when Russia threatened to overwhelm Finland the Sako factory continued to turn out top quality rifles for the men at the front each rifle having to pass strict quality standards before being sent out.
In reworking the old Russian Mosin Nagants they took a mediocre rifle and made a tack driver, Finnish model 28-30s and M-39s rebuilt by Sako and Valmet are some of THE best of the Mosin Nagants made.

Compare a 1944 Dated Sako built Mosin Nagant M-39 to a last ditch Arisaka or a German Mauser built in the final months before Germany surrendered or even some of the 1903A3 Springfields we threw together and issued.

As for new Sako rifles what's not to like?

Great modern designed actions with properly spaced action lengths for different cartrdige lengths a fast lock time a shorter bolt throw a great extraction system with great balance handling and accuracy.

The Sako actions are used on many custom rifles and for many people it is THE pinnacle rifle to own along with maybe a Weatherby.

About all I hear in the way of complaints is that they are expensive and once in a while not accurate to which I reply try different brands and bullet weights of ammunition and quality doesn't usually come cheap, you get what you pay for and often less.
 
Compare a 1944 Dated Sako built Mosin Nagant M-39 to a last ditch Arisaka or a German Mauser built in the final months before Germany surrendered or even some of the 1903A3 Springfields we threw together and issued.

While you can make the case that late-war builds of Arisaka's and Mauser's were "thrown together", such was never the case with either the Remington or Smith-Corona built 1903A3 rifles.

Don
 
I wanted to like the Finnlight, but the stock on the gun feels so cheap and hollow. Why anyone would put a $20 stock on a $1,300 gun is beyond me.

It's looking like I will end up with another brand and just end up spending more money on optics.
 
No Sako for me, please.

I have Anschutz .22LR. Ihave no Sako-guns, because I am reloader. "Sako" makes too big C.I.P.-chambers.
 
I picked up a Sako 75 Hunter LH .30-06 a few months ago and love it. I took it to the range a few weeks ago and shot 30+ rounds. The gun performed great and was a pleasure to shoot. Smooth action and nice groups at 100 yards. No complaints here.
 
Hey Walkalong, where'd you get the 308? I bought one 25 years or so ago while I was stationed in Germany - only in 300WM. My god, it was a beast to shoot. I think I put about 20 rounds total through it and sold it. While I wasn't sorry to see the 300wm go, I was terribly sorry I sold such a beautiful rifle. Looked for one ever since.
 
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