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Thread: Sako 85 varmint laminate - opinions please

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    Sako 85 varmint laminate - opinions please

    Hi everyone

    have any of you any first hand experience of the Sako 85 varmint laminate stainless. One of my god sons took a liking to one with a 20inch barrel and a 1 in 10 twist. Will be used for foxing with occasional deer. No hard earned has been shelled out so far as a variation is needed but would appreciate the collective wisdom of the group. Looking like it may be scoped with a 4.5-14 Leupold VXIII LR scope

    cheers

    S

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    Cracking rifles you won't be disappointed

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    I have one in 22.250, had a Tikka before, nothing wrong with the Tikka, but the build quality of the Sako is superior to the Tikka.lovely smooth action, he will not be dissapointed, cheers

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    Had one in 223 for a few years superb rifle your pretty close to me and welcome to come have a try before you decide

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    Quote Originally Posted by srvet View Post
    Hi everyone

    have any of you any first hand experience of the Sako 85 varmint laminate stainless. One of my god sons took a liking to one with a 20inch barrel and a 1 in 10 twist. Will be used for foxing with occasional deer. No hard earned has been shelled out so far as a variation is needed but would appreciate the collective wisdom of the group. Looking like it may be scoped with a 4.5-14 Leupold VXIII LR scope

    cheers

    S
    Calibre?

    Both the Sako and Tikka actions have certain nuances between the calibres. In general the Tikka T3 action will be smoother on extraction and chambering.

    The Sako is free of plastic, but no better engineered or built than a Tikka. The plastic on a Tikka becomes a craftsmanship issue and unduly influences the customers perception of quality.

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    Simple one to answer.

    Its the best factory rifle available today.

    I had one in .243 as my estate rifle for about six years, I shot about 2500 deer with it plus plenty of range use and guest use. It was as accurate the day I handed back as the day I got it. I am kicking myself that I didn't negotiate to keep it as part of my redundancy package.

    I also had a Leupold 4.5-14x50 on it.

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    Thanks for the replies so far, they are really helpful. The chosen calibre is 243 Win to be deer legal though we did start out with a 22/250 variation. I agree about the plastic on Tikkas, has always been a bugbear of mine despite having two Tikkas in the cabinet at this moment. What are the nuances between calibres?? What did surprise me was that the synthetic stock T3 seemed more rigid than the equivalent Sako stock, hence going to laminate.
    Keep the replies coming.
    Griff- thanks for the kind offer, may take you up on that if time permits

    cheers

    S

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    Sako 85

    Without wishing to start a mass debate, have you considered getting it in .308?

    Although I've been a big .243 fan for many years I do have concerns that the non-lead issue may rear its head in the coming years?

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    Hi Glyn, to answer your question, yes it has been considered and it is a very valid point. The way I perceived it was that the rifle will be used for foxing / vermin the vast majority of the time and stalking a little of the time. It is also my godsons first fullbore rifle. If the lead free situation arises then the rifle would still be able to fulfill it's primary purpose and if stalking had taken over then the rifle could be readily rebarreled or a second rifle obtained. Re chambering the existing barrel to an Ackley may also be feasible and may potentially enable the 243 to remain legal (I don't know this to be the case before anyone flames me!). I too have always been a 308 fan but the situation here is a little different
    cheers
    Simon

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    Ive got a laminate varmint stainless 85 loves PPU sp's

    its a bit heavy tho for long stalks with a mod on

    it depends how youll be using it if its for hi seat use then it shouldn't be a problem but if you are walking miles and miles regular then i dont think its going to be the best for you


    Ive ce got a boxed s/h leupold vx 56mm with the cut out for sale if your interested

    hope this helps

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