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    Sako 85 or Sauer 202

    just inquiring opinions of experienced members which they would plump for given the choice of a new Sako 85 S/S or a 2nd hand Sauer 202 Synthetic/Blue? Both costing around 1450.

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    Being a real sauer fan and owning 2 202's I would be tempted to say buy the sauer. However as like you most likely feel I like the idea of owning something from new. I know how it has been treated it's whole life, and it's mine. Not something someone else has got rid of. My first sauer was 2nd hand and is a lovely rifle, which has never had any problems. However I do enjoy knowing my 2nd one has never been abused as I bought it new. I too looked at the sako and it was my 2nd choice. A little lighter than the sauer but that stock still doesn't feel just right to me. I'd say for the money try and find the extra 300 and buy a new sauer or I'd have the sako. Unless the sauer is mint with a know history and not abused. Out of interest what caliber you looking at?

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    HI woodmaster,

    It'll be in .243. Like you say I like the fact of having new. My .22 and .17 were both bought new but my son has a sauer 202 elegance and suggested I look at the 202. Have to make decision by weekend cause dealer is holding the Sako or me till then.

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    You say the sauer is blue! Is it blue (if so it's either fairly old or one of their real fancy jobs with a blued action as well) or is it finished in a black duracote type finish? As you obviously have access to a sauer and the sako which do you prefer the feel of? Which comes to your eye the best and puts your finger on the trigger nicely? Ask your self all these questions and make your mind up on what is going to work best in the field. They are both lovely pieces of engineering which will perform as good as one another. Just down to what's right for you. I wouldn't be rushed by the dealer, plenty rifles for sale out there.

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    Definitely the Sauer , I have 3 , just got a grs stick to put on either 3006 or my 6.5x55 , they are well made , very smooth bolt action , what more can I say

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    I have had a new Sako 85 stainless synthetic in 243 for about a year now and would highly recommend one, Its an excellent rifle and has the added benefit of increased weather resistance that a stainless synthetic combination provides. Personally I would take this over the 202.

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    Having had a 202, they are great rifles. Accurate, well made, high quality.

    But I'd pick the Sako in a heartbeat... I much prefer the Sako's classic lines, and the feel of its action.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paultap View Post
    I have had a new Sako 85 stainless synthetic in 243 for about a year now and would highly recommend one, Its an excellent rifle and has the added benefit of increased weather resistance that a stainless synthetic combination provides. Personally I would take this over the 202.
    I am a big Sako fan. I have two 85s, but I also have a Sauer 202 so I am in a position to make direct comparisons. Like most top end manufacturers, Sauer also produce synthetic models with coated actions (Ilaflon in the case of the 'Outback' model).

    I don't actually like the synthetic stock for the Sako as much as the Sauer one. The Sauer has a bit more heft - basically feels a bit more substantial. The Sauer action is smoother, due to the bolt being a finer fit and the bolt, again, is more substantial.

    I understand where Kano383 is coming from though. I love the lines, look and feel of the Sako. I also find that I shoot the Sako more accurately. Without checking, I think the Sako is about 1400 versus about 2400 for a similarly specced Sauer. I think value-for-money-wise, the Sako wins out. In the case of the OP, I would absolutely buy a new Sako in favour of a second-hand rifle as I like having things from new.

    regards


    Ian

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    I would opt for the sauer after ensuring the condition is good. the sauer is a fine rifle, I have one and am looking to but a second. also if you opt for the sauer and don't like it you will get your money back for it as its already depreciated in value from new, then you could get a 1 for 1 variation for free. if you take the new rifle and don't like it you will loose money on It.

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    Both are good rifles, but you are probably getting better value from the Sauer 202 at the price you are paying. It's the same choice as buying a new Volvo or nearly new Audi.

    Both will outshoot you, both will be reliable and it will come down to which feels better in your hand. The Sauer has it's safety release in the trigger guard, and has a three round clip that you load off the rifle. The sako has safety behind the bolt and a magazine that can load from both off the rifle and through the open bolt.

    Sauer is is more modular and can easily switch the barrel, but you would need to re zero. But for the cost of a new Sauer barrel, you can probably rebarrel the Sako - to my mind not really an issue in the UK given all the fun and games in getting a new rifle etc.

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