I bought this rifle as a used 270 a couple of years ago, the intention was to rework the rifle and meld it into the lines of a classic stalking rifle along the lines of the Rigby, TT Proctor, and other bespoke English stalking rifles. The idea was placed in my head when I built a similar rifle for Tikka 260 using a Tikka 695 and Mcwoody stock - that turned out very well and I wanted to add my own twist to that idea if using a modern action as a donor to make a "true classic"
The basic rifle is a Sako AV Classic 270 some 30 years old...
The stock and rifle were totally original when I bought it and showed a few marks, scratches and dings associated with years of use.
The action, trigger and bolt have been totally stripped and overhauled.
The stock has been chopped and a ebony cap added.
The original pistol grip cap (wooden) has been replaced with a steel pistol grip cap.
I replaced the original barrel with a dimensionally exact copy from Lothar Walther in 7mm (9 twist) and chambered this in 275 Rigby HV
The barrelled action, once proved was sent to Mid Counties Blacking, where Darren (who I've commissioned before) did a truly excellent job of refinishing all metal parts.
While the blacking was being done, I refinished the stock using traditional oil finishing (Peter, thank you for your help with this and for completing the stock alterations to such a high standard)
The action is also pillar bedded,,,though thats invisible from the outside.
The rifle is now finished, it sports an original set of 30mm rings and a S&B 3-12 x 50 Klassic Scope.
A labour of love, but worth every minute.