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    Sako small actions

    If given a choice between a Sako Vixen, A1 or 75 in .222, what would the wise and experienced choose?

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    The A1 - assuming you are talking a factory rifle. I have an S491. It is a fabulous rifle. The stocks in particular are much better on the A1's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Claret_Dabbler View Post
    The A1 - assuming you are talking a factory rifle. I have an S491. It is a fabulous rifle. The stocks in particular are much better on the A1's.
    I'm a little confused - is the S491 the same as the A1? I thought the A1 was the predecessor to the 491.

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    Although neither the A1 or the Vixen are particularly "pretty" actions compared to the 75, in a .222 or similar small cartridge I personally would choose the A1

    The extra bolt ridge makes for very smooth solid feeling bolt cycling

    The 75 would be my action of choice for a larger or long action cartridge

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    I believe the key difference is in which stock do you prefer.
    There are minor difference in the actions, but not really noticeable. The 75s lower bolt lift is noticeable when swapping between that and an A1.
    But stock fit is key.

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    The 'vixen' isn't an action as such, rather a generic name to describe all A1 and L461 actioned rifles. The 'forester' name is similarly applied to A2, L579 and L57 actioned rifles and the name 'Finnbear' to the longer actioned Sakos of the same periods.

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    Sako L461 "Vixen" in .222 (I believe it is sometimes also referred to as "L1")





    Sako A1 in .222




    they certainly look different
    bolt especially

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    I had a 75 in .223 and have sold it to a friend. Shot 1/4" groups all day and he only has it on the understanding that if he ever sells it then it comes back to me.

    I have used a .222 Vixen and it's an excellent rifle but the 75 is better.
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    I have a Sako 75 that was a 222 and is now a 17 Rem. I believe that the 75 's positives extends to a few more mm c.o.l length in the mag and that it is detachable. I love mine.

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