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    sako 85 varmint heavy barrel . 25.06

    hi All, and a Happy New Year to you.

    Are there any members out there who have a Sako 85 Varmint in 25.06. [heavy barrel] and using it for long range hunting,250yds plus.
    I would be grateful for any pro's and con's on it's performance.

    Regards Mick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carolgee56 View Post
    hi All, and a Happy New Year to you.

    Are there any members out there who have a Sako 85 Varmint in 25.06. [heavy barrel] and using it for long range hunting,250yds plus.
    I would be grateful for any pro's and con's on it's performance.

    Regards Mick.

    I can't comment on the Sako mate, but I own a 25-06 Tikka T3 Hunter........If you havt shot the 25-06 round before you wont be disapointed.........flat as a pancake with 100 grain B/Ts and hits hard upon impact. An underestimated round.

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    Im using a 25-06 tikka t3 lite, first season using the 25-06 have been hugely impressed by the calibre, im using 100 grain federal btips at the minute very accurate round, have also used the 85 grain btips again super flat and accurate in my gun.

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    not a sako but i have a 26" remmy 700 with kreiger barrel, blueprinted action, shillen trigger etc built and accurised by norman clark... shoots sub 1/2 MOA. 100gn bullet at 3340 fps and 85gn bullet at 3600 fps which is like a deer legal 22-250!! the 85gn bullet still has over 1500 ft lbs left in it at 250 and it hits them like the hammer of god. at 400y it shoots a 2" group which in reality (or fantasy) means you are never more than 1" away from your expected poi on a still day if you do your bit.
    Last edited by Offroad Gary; 05-01-2011 at 11:53.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Offroad Gary View Post
    not a sako but i have a 26" remmy 700 with kreiger barrel, blueprinted action, shillen trigger etc built and accurised by norman clark... shoots sub 1/2 MOA. 100gn bullet at 3340 fps and 85gn bullet at 3600 fps which is like a deer legal 22-250!! the 85gn bullet still has over 1700 ft lbs left in it at 250 and it hits them like the hammer of god. at 400y it shoots a 2" group which in reality (or fantasy) means you are never more than 1" away from your expected poi on a still day if you do your bit.
    Sweet sounding outfit OG!

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    Hi there,

    Many thanks for a fast response,you are right,the round is underestimated. I have been making custom loads for it for a while now. I will be in the market for a new rifle come the spring so was hoping to get some first hand info on the Sako.

    Regards Mick.

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    Hi there, thanks for that.

    I agree with your comments on this calibre,due to it's accuracy it is a very forgiving round especially if they are custom reloads.

    Regards Mick.

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    Hi there, " I always hunt with a dirty gun"

    Yes i agree, great calibre,and sounds like a great custon set up rifle. You re also correct regarding "doing your bit" If your kit is up to scratch,then the rest is down to human error.

    Regards "Dances with Deer"

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    my mate had one in 22-250 with a night force scope on it nice bit of kit ,the only thing is its just way to heavy for stalking, it great for everything else, if you want it for stalking go for the sako grey wolf atb steve

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    Thanks for that Steve,

    Weight is not a problem as all of my shooting is now done from my vehicle. My sauer 90 in 25.06 and new 8-32x56 Nightforce combo is heavy enough to not want to haul arround stalking. The barrel of the Sauer is now a tad tired, hence the search for info on the sako.

    Regards "Dances with Deer".

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