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    Finnlight or not?

    Thinking of changing my .308 for another .308

    Is the Finnlight worth the extra bit of cash, or should I just stick with a Stainless Synthetic?

    It will be fitted with a Mod

    I have been told that the 75's were slightily better, but they rarer than Albino Roe

    Anywone wth experience of both rifles (Finnlight and standard) care to comment?

    Cheers

    TJ

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    Finnlight

    I had a 75 stainless synthetic in 6.5 found it a good rifle, have now got a Finnlight in 308, personally id prefer the finnlight its that bit lighter and is a neater rifle, a couple of lads i know that use the finnlight swear by them and wouldnt change them.

    Id definately recomend getting a Finnlight.

    Wicklow202

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    I had a stainless synth .270 75 and have just sold my 6.5x55 75 finnlite.

    The standard stainless synth 75 is a great rifle and I wouldn't hesitate to buy another.

    The real advantage of the finnlite comes in if you have a lot of ground to cover on foot as you do notice the difference in weight.

    It's a 20" fluted barrel for a start, the bottom metal and mag are aluminium and the stock is lighter too.

    If you're yomping around on foot for many miles then the finnlite will prove invaluable over time, if that's not an issue go for the Stainless synth.
    If it's a shorter rifle you want have S/S cut down and screw cut and you'll still save money I suspect

    ATB
    Moses

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    Stu,

    i'd get something with a longer barrell - 20" is just too short

    about 23 3/4" is just about right

    Gary

    i was in sportsman the other day - looked at all the rifles there, the finlight is about the same quality as a T3, just with a metal mag (in my opinion). i'd buy a t3 over a finnlight, but you'd be better off getting something a little more german!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bucksden
    Stu,

    i'd get something with a longer barrell - 20" is just too short

    about 23 3/4" is just about right

    Gary
    Gary, come on, we men all know size isnt everything....

    My current .308 is 20", to be honest, for stalking it's plenty.

    Out of curiosity, what rifle would you suggest? Need I ask!!!! 8)

    TJ

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    Quote Originally Posted by tartinjock

    Out of curiosity, what rifle would you suggest? Need I ask!!!! 8)

    TJ
    i think you'll do fine with a tikka, something better would be wasted on you

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    Quote Originally Posted by bucksden
    i think you'll do fine with a tikka, something better would be wasted on you
    Cheeky Bugger

    Hope all is well Bud.

    TJ

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    I like my 6.5x55 Finnlight 75, which interestingly has a 20 7/8" barrel, compared to the 85 which has 22 7/16".
    In .308", both rifles have 20 1/4"

    In fact, having chrono'd the 75, I think the extra bit barrel is probably quite useful in 6.5x55. I noted that manufacturers' figures are often given using unexpectedly long barrels, and perhaps partly in consequence are on the generous side.

    Having said that, I rather like the rifle and calibre. I bought it as a short, light rifle in a long, light calibre; and that is what I've got.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tartinjock
    Quote Originally Posted by bucksden
    i think you'll do fine with a tikka, something better would be wasted on you
    Cheeky Bugger

    Hope all is well Bud.

    TJ
    all is well thanks - even enjoying my tikka T3 .223!!! although a lot of things around here are not enjoying it as much - craking piece of kit.. if i'd had the T3 as my first.243 instead of the prohunter i would probably still have it now, and not wasted all that money on those plastic takedown german things

    i was told by someone a little while ago that all discerning european hunters rate the sako rifles much lower than we do here.

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    Hi TJ,

    I've got a .308 Finnlight but the 85. Your right the 75 is a better rifle but In my opinion only because of the stock, the action in the 85 seams smoother and quieter as the bolt goes into the magazine to pick up a round instead of over the tops of it if that makes sense???

    I bought a 75 stock off a .243 on evilbay and fitted it to my 85, is now in my opinion perfect. spot on at 100 with clover leaf groups and 4 inches low at 200yrd again groups with rounds touching.

    The rifle itself is fitted with a mod and recoil wise I would say is smular to that of a unmoderated .223, because the rifle is so light by the time you put a moderator on it and scope it not overly heavy and suprisingly well balanced.

    It's not as difficult as people say it is to modify it to fit, the 85 actions slot's into the 75 stock, need a bit of file work and fabricate an L shaped bracket to fit the recoil lug into the front of the action and that is more or less all the work that is requires.

    I've also got a Tikka T3 with I guess is simlar ish to the standard and it not as compact as the Sako finnlight or as well balanced.

    Hope this helps.

    Jason

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