I have been able to purchase a Sako 75 in .223 cal, the gun looks great but accuracy is not what it should be. I was aware of this however after a couple of misses whilst out shooting I've lost my confidence in the weapon. A local gunsmith, Neil McKillop has had a good look over it and it appears that although the gun looks mint on the outside due to neglect in cleaning, the barrel is pitted. He stated it's not terminal but the markings will not be helping the accuracy. As the gun does not owe me a great deal I am thinking of a re barrel however Neil does not have a barrel in stock and has not got any coming in anytime soon. He's been waiting several months for the last batch to arrive.
I am now thinking of looking for a decent barrel that has been removed from a weapon where the owner has gone for a calibre change! Neil stated that a .222 could be re chambered as long as it's the right profile.
I could possibly go for a a different calibre but that means going through the hassle of a variation again but my my local force is well behind and painfully slow in getting these completed in a satisfactory time scale.
Cost is is another factor but as the gun was bought for a decent price then thinking I should wait and save up! That would however be a pain as just been granted permission to shoot foxes on an new permission and would like to get started on them.
Any thoughts or suggestions on any of the above?