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Thread: Custom long range stalker - Sako?

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    Custom long range stalker - Sako?

    Hi all,

    I've been looking for something of a hybrid between a stalker and an occasional medium/long range target rifle after spending an all too brief day at Bisley in November. I'd like something moderated in 0.308 in which I can have complete confidence (sub 1/2 MOA assuming consistent ammo, etc, etc.) for five rounds in swift succession out to at least 600m but that isn't too GI Joe to pull out on the hill. I love Sakos as out of the box rifles and would be very happy with a varmint or similar. I am happy to lug a bit of extra weight within reason but would also love a wooden stock. This might be the rub as I'll be using a bipod for most shots! From those with experience, what I would really like to know is would a Sako Varmint do the job or do I need to think about something a bit more specialised? How much does blueprinting really help? Does anyone know of any wooden stocked wolves in sheep's clothing that could be a good platform on which to base a custom long range rifle?

    While we're on it, any advice on a lightweight, cleanable mod that can cope with a bit of rapid fire? I've been very careful with my A-Tec Maxim to date as I hear that you can get baffle burn very easily.

    Any advice much appreciated as always!

    All the best,

    Z.

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    My all range hunter/light target rifle. Weighs 4.2 kg 9.24lb including 6.5-20x50 zeiss.
    Sako L579, 22" Lothar Walther match barrel in 308. Profile 1450 which is just right for this type.
    No problem firing 20 rounds at a comp, POI doesn't change.

    Taken deer from 4m to over 400m and rabbits over 600m.
    I am just working on a project based on a remington with fluted 20" varmint barrel and ultra light tactical stock
    which will be of similar weight also in 308.
    edi


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    Sako 75 or 85 stainless laminated varmint. Ticks all the boxes. I think Jamross had one for sale a while ago?

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    Not aware of anyone "Blueprinting" a Sako, unless they were charging for work not needed.
    (The Unspeakable In Pursuit Of The Uneatable.) " If I can help, I will help!." Former S.A.C.S. member!

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    Quote Originally Posted by finnbear270 View Post
    Not aware of anyone "Blueprinting" a Sako, unless they were charging for work not needed.
    steve bowers will blueprint a sako. this includes sleeving the bolt on a sako 75.

    my own sako 75 (6.5x47l) built by redmist was not blueprinted, and it shoots ok. shot it aginst a couple of other 47l's built by top rifle builders the other day and my groups were definately no worse.

    heres a link, weighs 12lb all up, scope, mod, bipod and ammo - its a fairly heavy barrel fitted into a mcmillan sako 75 stock, not the varmint. i'm using it for everything at the moment, foxing, stalking and plinking. furthest kills are not reportable on the open forum....

    http://www.thestalkingdirectory.co.u...=fallow+basher
    Last edited by Offroad Gary; 18-02-2013 at 08:36.

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    read the the book mentioned above it describes well the pitfalls of the 85 cheapened action

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    Quote Originally Posted by jungle_re View Post
    read the the book mentioned above it describes well the pitfalls of the 85 cheapened action
    Buy my Sako M591 Varmint in .308. Shoots 1/2moa easy, 1000 yds, and takes roe. Nice walnut stock, good solid action, great trigger, light enough for a half fit skinny guy to stalk with and heavy enough to be a pleasure on the range. Last time I used it at bisley at 600, I was hitting v-bulls 8/10 with a 6x scope and GGG surplus ammo, I have witnesses to this too if you need it backing up. And I'm only 40 miles away if you want to try it

    Pete

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    Thank you all. I've ordered the book and have been dipping into the e-book version today in the office in weak moments. Cracking read! Strongly recommended for anyone with an interest in well put together rifles!

    I've read similar threads on the difference in quality between 85s and 75s and earlier versions. Tramp, we've pm'd - nice to know that it can be achieved with a wooden stock!

    Any info out there on mods that are modular for cleaning, light for stalking and don't suffer from baffle burn on the range?

    Any thoughts on RPA from someone who's actually handled one? Couldn't get near one at the shot show.

    Z.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeissman View Post
    Thank you all. I've ordered the book and have been dipping into the e-book version today in the office in weak moments. Cracking read! Strongly recommended for anyone with an interest in well put together rifles!

    I've read similar threads on the difference in quality between 85s and 75s and earlier versions. Tramp, we've pm'd - nice to know that it can be achieved with a wooden stock!

    Any info out there on mods that are modular for cleaning, light for stalking and don't suffer from baffle burn on the range?

    Any thoughts on RPA from someone who's actually handled one? Couldn't get near one at the shot show.

    Z.
    Mine is running a northstar. It was on my .223 before the .308 and gets used on the .243 too, it's had in excess of 3000 rounds through it, and all it needs is a squirt of WD40 now and then, ok, it's not the lightest, but it's good, but you'll find out soon enough. As for gas cutting on the baffles, have a look, none to speak of. It may go with the gun for the right price

    Pete

    ps, rpa, I'll tell you more privately

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