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    Which Donor Action ?

    I have an authority to acquire a .260 Rem. and have been looking around for a Sako 75 action 111, at a reasonable price, without success.
    I want to have a lightweight stalking rifle built and have made enquires with James (JaegerSA) for fitting a barrel.
    I do not target shoot nor take long range shots and weight (the lack of it) is important.
    I currently use a Sako 75 Finnlight in .243 and value its lightness to carry.
    What other actions, similar to the Sako 75 should I consider buying and why would you recommend them ?
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    It has to be sako 75, i found mine at a dealer pal for £500 mint 22-250 now 6.5x47 Francis Lovel if you highlight the post the info will show up this is on his web site .
    how about Gun Details[This gun was for sale as of 08:29, 25 Oct 14]
    Sako .243 AII (Threaded With Mounts) Bolt Action second hand Rifle (R/H), £395 @ US$634
    Licence: Firearm


    Serial #: A11340123, Stock #: 140621/004he has others. ps sorry pix should be that big but go on his site
    Last edited by paul o'; 26-10-2014 at 08:42.

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    You think your having trouble I'm looking for the same for a 6.5/47 build but has to be left handed hens teeth is a under statement good luck right handers are out there

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    Stating the obvious here, but a Tikka M590/M595 is just as good a candidate .... and more plentiful secondhand.

    The action is slightly heavier, but there is nothing smoother........ .
    If I'm going to be accused of it then it's just as well I did it.

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    I alwasy read that the Howa action is an almost copy of the old, much valued, Sako action. So why not buy a Howa barreled action and just use the action. Use a PSE stock ( 700 grams) and you will have a very light rifle. Maybe you can even sell the barrel.
    It must be possible to build a rifle just below 3 kg. http://www.pse-composites.com/

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    a good thing about the sako is that it has a nice trigger already, whereas if you buy something else you may need to factor in the extra cost of an after market trigger unit for £200-300. The stocks are quite nice too...

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    What donor for a "47"?

    Any 22-250, 243, 7mm-08, 260, 308….

    Sako 85

    Sako M55

    Sako 591

    Tikka 590, 591 and T3

    Winchester Mod 70 (pre and post 64)

    Cz 550

    Howa….if you must

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    Quote Originally Posted by paul o' View Post
    It has to be sako 75, i found mine at a dealer pal for £500 mint 22-250 now 6.5x47 Francis Lovel if you highlight the post the info will show up this is on his web site .
    how about Gun Details[This gun was for sale as of 08:29, 25 Oct 14]
    Sako .243 AII (Threaded With Mounts) Bolt Action second hand Rifle (R/H), £395 @ US$634
    Licence: Firearm


    Serial #: A11340123, Stock #: 140621/004he has others. ps sorry pix should be that big but go on his site
    Paul
    Not a 75... Floor plate not magazine.

    Uncle Norm
    75s are like rocking horse p**, so grab what you can in Action III:
    http://www.guntrader.co.uk/Guns-For-...41006170129001 would be a good bet, and at £695 it's the cheapest on guntrader by £100

    There hasn't been a stainless action for months now, but James can always cerakote the action & barrel so they match.

    I'm saving hard to do the same as Paul - stainless .22-250 to 6.5x47 with a Laminated Varmint stock.
    Sako 75 6.5x55mm-Z6i 3-18x50. MauserM12 .308-SIII 6-24x50. Beretta 690 III Field 12b.
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    I have even been thinking about the old 'Hunter era' 1950s-60s BSAs. I have got a .22Hornet 1954 vintage in this short action, so possibly its larger brother may suit ?
    I recall that BSA made a lightweight rifle with that muzzle brake, which I think mainly went for export to NZ and/or OZ. You couldn't give those rifles away a few years ago but still a very good action.
    Its a pity that our Brithunter got banned because he would no doubt had some pearls of wisdom to contribute.
    A pessimist is an optimist with experience.

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    yer i know its not a 75 but finding a 75 cheap for a build is pure luck under £700 also remember the 22-250 mag lips needs to be adjusted to feed the 6.5x47 an easy job with a file but the .243 will work without any adjustment. but this is for a 260 so not as fussy if a floor plate is ok still a cheap action .


    Quote Originally Posted by I. Farticus View Post
    Paul
    Not a 75... Floor plate not magazine.

    Uncle Norm
    75s are like rocking horse p**, so grab what you can in Action III:
    http://www.guntrader.co.uk/Guns-For-...41006170129001 would be a good bet, and at £695 it's the cheapest on guntrader by £100

    There hasn't been a stainless action for months now, but James can always cerakote the action & barrel so they match.

    I'm saving hard to do the same as Paul - stainless .22-250 to 6.5x47 with a Laminated Varmint stock.

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