Yes, I have only ever seen one HMR and it was the 24" heavy barrel version so not much help.This is what I might be looking at in the future but I would have to see one in the flesh and I would need a shorter barrel but not sure if we would be allowed to have it cut(employers restrictions)
you can buy a five round mag for around £30 I have both , and on my CTR I have a 10 round magMy tikka mag i press the release so it frees and moves out a touch, open bolt drop another in lock bolt and then click the mag again takes a couple of seconds,usually do this when i have time on the shot so i still have three in the mag.
EdiI don't think Sako did themselves a favour with the development of the 85, certainly a step backwards from the 75. The bedding of an 85 is one of the worst solutions I have seen and we have turned them down several times for bedding jobs. The Sako tech guys I know over the years have their heads screwed on right, got the T3 to T3x change right and I think they would do well with letting these guys come up with a new Sako base model. Then again they might be stuck on capacity issues anyway with the success of the T3 and T1X.
When it comes to stocks, even if the Sako stock seems nicer than a T3 stock it is not going to shoot better. In the end you pay more for a rubber inlay or bit nicer surface of a similar plastic stock. If you want a real improvement one would need to go to a good composite stock with proper bedding. In a dry climate a good walnut stock with proper pillar bedding can serve well too. So for me the extra's you get on a Sako 85 over a T3 will not make it shoot better and the same upgrades would be needed to improve things.
Also an issue on the "old" T3 with larger casesI far prefer Sako, but one thing to be aware of is that some people have had problems with ejecting cases hitting the scope - and even falling back into the receiver - on the model 85s, especially in the longer actions.
It seems to only ever have occurred on a very few rifles, and Sako might have resolved this issue by now, I don't know (?).
Yes but you know the barrel life...Nope, it is a badge, like so many other aspects of stalking.
You'll also get a hardly used secondhand Sako 75 for half the cost of an 85, or an even older model in similar condition because they often change hands when a new model comes out as it is the 'latest'.
Personally, after several custom built rifles including Borden, Sako, Tikka and Remington as well as several factory standard rifles I will now always look for a good secondhand rifle. Because I would rather have the £700 saved in my pocket because in the 'real world' it isn't buying me £700 worth of extra performance or accuracy....
For me the above is a really important point.Great if you only want to reload a single round, but if you are making the rifle safe in the Sako you can extract the round from the chamber then you can push it down in to the magazine. With the Tikka you have to remove the magazine (and not drop it), extract the round (and not drop it), fiddle around and slide the round into the magazine, close the bolt, reattach the magazine. Not sure whether this justifies a sako over a tikka but it's a difference for consideration.