So for christmas I thought id treat my self to a left handed stock for my Right handed Sako 75. After much anxt trying to get GRS to build one for me (they do LH and they do Sako 75 III but they wouldn't put the two together????) l ended up geting a Joe West Thumb Hole Tactical stock:
Joe West Riflestocks | Tactical Rifle Stocks
When it first arrived I had a bit of a disapointment in that the adjustable stock prevented the bolt coming back far enough to eject the cartridge it also needed removing in order to remove the bolt
Joe was on it in a flash and offered to make me a new stock from scratch with the cheekpiece moved back to allow full movement of the bolt. Aparently the stock didnt take into acount Sakos Key Lock bolt system which extends the back of the bolt slightly.
I felt this was a bit of an unnessary waste and offered to just have a slot macheened in the cheekpiece with the caviet that if it looked awfull I'd then go for the new stock. I offered to cover postage for this option but Joe would have none of it and said if I didn't like it he would make a new one and cover all costs.
Then last week it turned up. JUST in time for my stalk on Saturday. Please excuse the slipers in the pictures. Fortunatly I was smoking the pipe
I was perfictly happy with the result and I can now get the bolt in and out without removing the cheekpiece as well, which is great.
Sadly Saturday didnt give me much to shoot at but I did manage to do a check zero shot and was pleased to note it was still spot on.
The adjustable cheek piece is fantastic. It brings my eye to the scope so quickly and gives a very solid feel when ready to shoot. The Thumb Hole is comfortable with bare hands and still feels good even with my Seeland Keeper gloves on which I was a tad concerned about. The combination realy inspiers confidance
So much so I thought id have a quick couple of rounds at 200m to see what I could do.
Realy happy with the result (ignore 200m HMR attempts)
All in all I am over the moon with my new stock. Only down side is its heavy in comparison to the standard Sako Synthetic stock but If your a leftie like me and have had to put up with shooting a RH Sako stock you will know how frustrating it can be to have such an amazing rifel feel awkward on set up.
I have decided to leave my 308 Tika LH Stainless Synthetic and use that as my walk and stalk rifel. The 308 is slightly shorter much lighter and if I am off sticks I prefer the 308 for less than perfict heart shots
But 90%+ of my shooting is high seat and for that the only choice for me from now on is my Joe West Sako 75