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    Steyr Mannlicher Pro Hunter - Advice

    Dear All,

    I am in the process of choosing my first rifle for deer. I had pretty much settled on a Sako 85 Stainless Synthetic (thank you for your answers to my last thread)

    However, this weekend I read an advert from one of the big retailers in Shooting Times. They were selling the Steyr Mannlicher Pro Hunter in the calibre I am after. I rang the shop up to find out a bit more.

    The bloke from the shop was pushing me very stongly towards the Steyr. He was (kind of) rubbishing Sako and Tikka rifles in the process. I appreciate that everyone has their own preferences but most of the people I’ve spoken to have said that I won’t go far wrong with a Sako.

    I eventually got a quote of 1060 for a Pro Hunter with synthetic stock and plastic coating on the metal parts, Wildcat mod and Warne rings and mounts. The price includes postage to my local RFD. It is quite a bit less than the cheapest Sako package I've seen.

    My question is, personal preferences aside, how does the Steyr compare with a Sako 85 in terms of build quality, reliability, longevity, accuracy etc. If there is not much between them on these things then the Steyr at the price quoted looks like good value.

    As ever, I am grateful for your help with this.

    Cheers,

    Dovebob
    Last edited by Dovebob; 01-03-2010 at 20:59. Reason: error

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    I assumw this is the Sportsman?

    I own a 243 Pro Hunter and have done so for a couple of years and find it a very capable rifle. At first I struggled to find a decent factory round that it liked to give me a 1" group at 100m but it likes Federal Powershock 100gr and is very accurate.

    I then started developing some home loads for foxing and run a 75gr Vmax which is extremely accurate, happy to target foxes over 250 yards.

    Back to the rifle, build quality of the rifles is good, the bolt is excellent and very smooth, not sloppy at all.

    Safty system is good, three position.
    1 Bolt locked down and safe
    2 Bolt raised and safe
    3 Ready to fire

    Magazine has a 2 position attachment, in position 1 the bolt can be moved but it wont feed a round into the chamber, click mag into position two and working the bolt will load a round.

    Trigger, can be adjusted slightly but also has a set trigger, move safety to position 2, push the blade of the trigger forward, move safety to position 3 and there is a very clean/light trigger to fire.

    Finish, not sure what you mean by a plastic finish to the metal parts, mine has a mat bluing that they describe as extremly tough, it is not. When I had a T8 mod on it the bush at the rear must have rubbed a little on the barrel and it is slightly marked. Not a huge deal but the finish is not as tough as they say.

    Stock, the early Mk1 has a bit of an issue with the fore end flexing, MK2 are better and stiffer. With a mod on the barrel is free floating shooting of a bipod or sticks, no isues for me.

    I compared against a Tikka at the time, the steyr felt better built.

    I suspect the Sako is a better rifle all round but the steyr does have some great points and I have been very happy with mine, it is accurate, well built and will last me well.
    Last edited by sandersj89; 02-03-2010 at 11:14.

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    Agree with sandersj89 comments although I have no experience with the others two, I have the MK2 rifle in 25-06 synthetic, I did change the moderator to a Ase ultra which balances better.
    Really impressed with the 3 stage safety and two stage magazine, makes everything a bit safer.
    I am running 117g sierras through it for all deer with sucess - nothing has run so far.
    Extremely accurate and I have 100% confidence in the weapon.
    Tonyc

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    i had one the biggest heap of **** i have ever owned if the stock had been much more flexible it would have moved in the wind . I had it glass beded and the honey comb filled in with resin but with a moderator on and a bypod most things in front of the barrel were quite safe even the hills in argyll . No moderator and bypod one hole groups at 100 yds no bother with them on no chance maybe i was unlucky but i soon got rid and then got an old SAKO to go with my other 4 and never looked back . If i won a manlicker in a raffle i would give it away unless it was a wooden one . I would look for a good seconhand sako or tika howwa seem to have a good write up as well there are plenty of good offers out there just shop around even on this sight there are some good deals from menbers , Just dont rush out and bye have a look at whats out there

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    Mechanically the prohunter is excellent. Great safety, accurate barrels, good trigger. Not everyone is happy with the plastic stock - the vast majority of criticism I hear relates to the forend being too flexible, but this is a common complaint on nearly all factory synthetics. Aftermarket replacement stocks are rare, though you can get a mcmillan.

    I personally love the timber stocked versions, and would have one ahead of a Tikka any day. At 2/3 the price of a sako 85, thay are good value. Don't think I could live with a plastic one long term.
    Brian.

    Just because you are paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't out to get you......

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    hi i have a sako 75 finnlight and a sako 85 hunter i am pleased with both i guess you gets what you pay for and one purchase would last a lifetime of hunting. i particularly like the optilock scope mount for the sako hold zero and doesnt mark the scope, excellent trigger and build quality very good in my opinion. regards ian

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    My advice is stick with your'e original choice mate,i was told by no doubt the same numpty you spoke to that the sako looked like it had been put together by a child compared to the styer,thats before he quoted me more than they were advertising them for,the sako in my opinion is the better of the two and at least you could rebarrel it if you ever had to,you'd have to just throw the styer away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dovebob View Post
    Dear All,

    I am in the process of choosing my first rifle for deer. I had pretty much settled on a Sako 85 Stainless Synthetic (thank you for your answers to my last thread)

    However, this weekend I read an advert from one of the big retailers in Shooting Times. They were selling the Steyr Mannlicher Pro Hunter in the calibre I am after. I rang the shop up to find out a bit more.

    The bloke from the shop was pushing me very stongly towards the Steyr. He was (kind of) rubbishing Sako and Tikka rifles in the process. I appreciate that everyone has their own preferences but most of the people I’ve spoken to have said that I won’t go far wrong with a Sako.

    I eventually got a quote of 1060 for a Pro Hunter with synthetic stock and plastic coating on the metal parts, Wildcat mod and Warne rings and mounts. The price includes postage to my local RFD. It is quite a bit less than the cheapest Sako package I've seen.

    My question is, personal preferences aside, how does the Steyr compare with a Sako 85 in terms of build quality, reliability, longevity, accuracy etc. If there is not much between them on these things then the Steyr at the price quoted looks like good value.

    As ever, I am grateful for your help with this.

    Cheers,

    Dovebob

    The metal finish will be a phosphate or Parkerising of some sort, not the toughest im afraid, the plastic coating could be ilaflon (Basically Teflon) or Duracoat, or AN-other surface coating. I use a few metal coatings and they can shift if you give them enough welly, well all those except Cerakote, which is pretty much the market leader.

    The Steyr I would say is disposable, before you make up your mind look long and hard at what there is, if it was me, I would look at the new Browning X-Bolt, bl**dy superb cant fault it, sell quite a few.
    Get what you want not what a shop wants to sell you.

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    The Pro Hunter is a very good rifle, very robust, well made and accurate. I have not owned this rifle but used the Pro Hunter in .243 many times and every time had great results and an all round good feeling about the rifle.

    However I Have chosen Sako 85 Hunter Laminate as I do feel pound for pound the Sako is superior.

    ATB Colin.

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    I have no idea where the bad feelings comes from regarding Steyr Mannlicher rifles? Admittedly there was a flexing issue with the mk1 pro-hunter stock which only caused a problem if shot from a bipod and that was rapidly fixed. I have never owned a pro-hunter but do own two Scout rifles which are superb, I personally would not go back to a conventional design. S/M have been making quality rifles for a very long time and thier barrel quality and trigger are second to no-one. Maybe it is more the personality of the individuals dealing and selling this line of rifles which is causing bad feeling?

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