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Thread: Sako L61R

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    Sako L61R

    Seen one of these for a very good price and was wondering how they stack up against a Sako 75 or a Tikka 595 / 695

    Dan

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    Should be a "Finnbear", excellent older rifle if in good nick.
    Brian.

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    It's probably a lot better than the new one. Of course that will depend on use and how it was kept. If maintained well and not abused a much better buy that the new jobbies. Have a couple of friends in the US who collect the older Sako's.

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    Very well made rifle, I used to have one in .270 which I should have kept!

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    I am fortunate in having retained mine! second choice would be an M595, (I also have one of these in .223)
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    Really an L61R or an AV?

    I've two AVs, one very early (early 80's) and one later (mid 90's) and I like them both... a lot. They were both sold to me as "L61R Finnbears", neither of them strictly is tho'.

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    Well this one is clearly marked:-




    On the left alongside my BSA CF2 in 7x57




    That one should give the game away. It belongs to a friend in the US and is a .300 Win mag.

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    Hi BH, certainly can't argue with yours, it looks like the original "square-section, forearm" stock too... and I always like to see an old CF2. My first deer rifle was an almost identical CF2, in .243win and it was a very stylish gun, for not much money, I recall. Do you think the original L61R is better than the AV's?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tamus View Post
    Really an L61R or an AV?

    I've two AVs, one very early (early 80's) and one later (mid 90's) and I like them both... a lot. They were both sold to me as "L61R Finnbears", neither of them strictly is tho'.
    During the 1980s (1987), Sako started using the AI/AII/AV designations (previously used for models imported to the US) for the three action lengths in Europe.
    The complete rifles were still designated L461/L579/L61.
    The bolt was given a slight cosmetic makeover, with the hammer covered by a conical shell
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    Quote Originally Posted by finnbear270 View Post
    During the 1980s (1987), Sako started using the AI/AII/AV designations (previously used for models imported to the US) for the three action lengths in Europe. The bolt was given a slight cosmetic makeover, with the hammer covered by a conical shell
    All this techno jargon... "hammer" is that the rear protrusion, from the bolt, of the firing pin assembly?

    Certainly, mine do have the shrouds.... and rounded fore-end treatment.

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