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Sako 22ppc Benchrester/Varminter in need of a home

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by krs, Mar 3, 2009.

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  1. krs

    krs Member

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    I have a beautiful rifle, but I can't or don't have use for it anymore.

    I'd like to sell it but I don't have a clue about how to price it. It's serial number A545 in 22ppc, a single shot bolt action and is in as new or near new condition and when I was shooting it it makes easy 3/8" honest five shot groups all the time. It's got a trigger that's right around 2 ounce letoff and it was a cataloged model for a while. I have hand dies for it and a lot of brass.

    I bought the rifle with a composition stock for about a grand some ten years ago and not long after I bought a Sako wooden stock for it that cost $350.

    I know it's not a mainstream caliber (except in Finland) but I don't want to give it away. It ought to go to someone who knows loading and wants a really fine good shooting rifle.

    Does anyone know of a place where something like this might find an appreciative audience and maybe a buyer?

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  2. kingpin008

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    As the saying goes, it's worth what someone is willing to pay.

    The best advice I can give ya, post an ad and offer it for a price you're willing to get for it. If it sells, it sells. If not, you might have to do some re-evaluating.
     
  3. Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow

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    Well, let's start at the beginning - What country are you in? Next, you just have to come up with SOME reasonable asking price - when in doubt, err on the side of HIGHER at first, then let people whittle you down if necessary. Also, do the rings come with it?

    Lastly, beautiful rifle; if you're in the USA, I'm interested. :)
     
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    If you have a price in my range (read: $10:D) then i am intrested. I have been looking for a nice rifle on any of the PPC calibers (project rifle), and this one....drool drool BEAUTIFUL.
     
  5. krs

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    Well, at least it's not completely unheard of...this is what bothers me - Sako rifle prices, asking prices, are all over the board. The second of these auctions is nearly the identical rifle except in 6ppc (It's even within 100 of the serial #.. BTW 22ppc uses a .223 bullet, 6ppc is .243, and both have been topnotch benchrest rifle calibers with the 6ppc used more often for it's heavier bullet weights. Benchrest matches seem to always be held in places with at least a ten knot breeze blowing right across the range :)

    http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.asp?Item=124060859

    http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.asp?Item=123945824

    Yeah.....I'm in the United States.......or anyway, in Washington state.
     
  6. krs

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    I didn't want to start a selling listing here and didn't think it's appropriate in a talk forum to be raising a price. Besides, the pricing on such things is what I'm wanting to figure out.

    Not to say that I wouldn't sell it to you, Dr. Winslow. :)

    Oh. Yes, the rings are Sako rings for their proprietary mountings. It's an interesting and effective design that is trapezoidal (if I remember all that correctly), slanting wider from front to back to prevent movement under recoil.
     
  7. proplinker

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    I think you have the Vixen action the bolt diameter is .556" if so, it is worth more than you payed. Older the better but that action is sought after, by varmint hunters. I was offered $1200. for mine. Hold out!!
     
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    Thanks Proplinker, that's the kind of thing I don't know much about. I've heard of Vixen, but I thought that when they were naming their actions the Vixen was sized a little bigger? 22ppc has a rim diameter of .4470" or right within a bit more or less, and the rifle was called a "Benchrester". I think, but couldn't back it up, that the difference between a "Benchrester" and a "Varminter" is the single shot to magazine fed 5 shot.

    I bought the rifle when I first got interested in superaccurate rifle shooting. I didn't know at the time that I was headed toward the Benchrest game and in less than a year wasn't satisfied with the best I could get from this rifle. It really will shoot into a dime regularly, and I won't even qualify this by saying the usual "with the right ammo" type of copout. (of course it needs the right ammo - you can't get the bolt to close on a .308 :) ). But I got hooked up with an old guy who knew the benchrest game and he set me straight in that for what he called "real accuracy" I'd need to move into the custom actions because they're built to be stiffer - no matter how ugly stiffer meant. ( Ever see a "Panda" action? Yuch! But boy can they be made to shoot! )

    I went from this one into three like this one: bluhallMedium-1.gif

    But you're right - it would make a fine prairie pup or other varmint gun because it'll run H322 and a 52 gr HP at 3400 fps using book loads, like straight out of a Speers manual. Lots of folks gas 'em up beyond that and it's a fine tough little Mauser action. Slickest and most finely made storebought action I've ever owned. It's just nice to work the bolt because it's so smooth, and you'd swear it had a Jewell trigger the way it breaks like a Wheat Thins cracker.
     
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