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    Sako 85 Classic Delux

    Evening all - I am considering ordering one of these in 30-06 - anyone have one, handled one, know of one in stock (other than SGC) and any experience with them? Ta
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    I have only handled both of them, the Classic Deluxe in .270 and .30-06, and one Bavarian in 7mm-08.
    All of them fit and handled really well, great balance and open sights.
    The Classics had darker walnut and gloss blue. The Bavarian had a blond walnut with chocolate figure in it, and matte blue. I am very partial to these sorts of traditional hunting rifles, so my subjective opinion is quite biased.

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    I have got one in 30-06 and it is beauty, trouble is I never the it out of the safe because I don't want to scratch it! Always grab the synthetic stainless 6.5x55 instead.

    Must take it out more this season...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Southern View Post
    .......I am very partial to these sorts of traditional hunting rifles, so my subjective opinion is quite biased.
    No problem with bias - I am becoming more partial too and like the Rigby-esque classic style this model offers without the Rigby price tag! I'm liking the sound of the gloss blue and darker walnut too - my Anschutz is of the blonde & matt variety so this would make a nice addition. Are the open sights the driven (fibre optic luminescent) type or classic post and ring? I do quite like the idea of stalking in close and shooting open sights up to say, 80 yards or so....
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    Whoops sorry mine is just the deluxe, not the classic

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    Quote Originally Posted by PointBlank View Post
    I have got one in 30-06 and it is beauty, trouble is I never the it out of the safe because I don't want to scratch it! Always grab the synthetic stainless 6.5x55 instead.

    Must take it out more this season...
    I know what you mean, however I'm at that stage now where I want something a bit different and special - but yes, also in two minds as other options were rough tech pro or hanging on for the new Mauser next year....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hereford View Post
    Are the open sights the driven (fibre optic luminescent) type or classic post and ring? I do quite like the idea of stalking in close and shooting open sights up to say, 80 yards or so....
    They are sturdy, windage adjustable shallow V with a rounded bottom set in a short express base (Recknaler, same as on the Steyr Classic ). The front is a Recknaler, also, a sharp square blade which can be quickly adjusted for elevation.

    I have these on a Steyr 7x64, on a Sauer .308, and the rear sight was on a .375 H&H Model 70 Express which had a different front sight ( ivory bead in a hood ). I put this rear sight on my vintage 8x60S Mauser. They are very fast to line up, yet offer enough precision to shoot MOA or better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Southern View Post
    They are sturdy, windage adjustable shallow V with a rounded bottom set in a short express base (Recknaler, same as on the Steyr Classic ). The front is a Recknaler, also, a sharp square blade which can be quickly adjusted for elevation.

    I have these on a Steyr 7x64, on a Sauer .308, and the rear sight was on a .375 H&H Model 70 Express which had a different front sight ( ivory bead in a hood ). I put this rear sight on my vintage 8x60S Mauser. They are very fast to line up, yet offer enough precision to shoot MOA or better.
    Good enough for Fallow @ 80-100yds then (if I can get close enough) - it's kinda my next personal challenge - first deer over open sights with classic rifle t'boot - feather in the cap territory....
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    Piece of cake! I have mine set to hit about 1/2 inch above the top of the square blade at 100 yards. That way, I can practice offhand and small targets ( 3/4 inch to 2 inches ) by having them sit just on top of the blade. It builds concentration, hold, breath and trigger control for me better than just shooting bulleyes. In the field, it is a dead on hold to 150 yards.

    Go fondle these Sakos and see how they fit YOU.

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