Sako 85 Grizzly - Pretty Sweet!

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  1. Greebe

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    Randomly I ran across this Sako and it just speaks to me. I love the lines, the stock, the heavier barrel that is fluted, the open sights, and the barrel band sling mount. It reminds me of a Ruger No.1 Tropical but in a bolt gun. Only thing I wish is that there were more calibers and it didn't cost two to three grand. Anyways here it is.

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    Wow just Wow!
     
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    .308 and .30-06 about covers it for me. :) Very nice rifle, thanks for sharing.
     
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    if you want it buy it ! 308 :)
     
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    Beautiful Piece, I think I drooled little on the keyboard!!
     
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    Wow. That is what a rifle should be..... get rid of the front sling mount on the barrel though. :)
     
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    That's a beautiful rifle. I like the open sights too. But I'm a sissy so I would need to put a decent recoil pad on it.
     
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    Groovy!
     
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    Beautiful rifle!
     
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    That would be amazing in 35 whelen
     
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    That's a killer nice rifle, I been owning Sakos since the 60s and you just cant ask for better in my opinion, still have one in 7 rem mag and a 6mm-284 sold by browning but made by Sako.
     
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    I wish they had it in a 6.5x55 Swedish. That is a great cartridge and would fit the Sako nicely.

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    Interesting point, and quite surprising they don't given their Nordic locale and the popularity of that round in Scandinavia.
     
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    That is what I was thinking. The 6.5x55 is very popular in Europe, so it is interesting that they did not chamber the Sako 85 in that. I bet it would be a good seller.
     
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    Sploosh. That is a beautiful rifle.
     
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    Wow, I have not lusted after rifle in years but this is hitting all the buttons. Sweet!
     
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    Oh thats pretty!
     
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    Yeah this rifle just seems right in about every way. That is even coming from someone who is not big into bolt guns. Most bolt guns make me feel just like, meh, but this one does something for me.
     
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    Holy Shi'ite! That's a beauty! The side view reminds me of an M1 Garand for some reason. I love it.

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    Nice gun!!

    I hope the comb height is correct for iron sights!

    A poor mans version could be the Husqvarna 1640. They go for $300-$500. They were made Sweden in the 50’s and 60’s. Excellent hunting rifles!! You can still order them used from Simpson’s Ltd.
     
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    image.jpeg Very nice.

    It's not exactly the same but a close analog that's much less expensive is the discontinued Ruger Hawkeye compact magnum rifle. They made these for a while in 300 RCM, 338 RCM, and 308 Win.

    Here's one in a pic with a Ruger No. 1 S and a Sako Forester full length stock on top. The middle one is the Ruger compact magnum model.
     
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    I, too, have the Ruger Hawkeye in .338 RCM! I love it for similar reasons, light, sleek, handy, it spoke to me. I then bought a Ruger GSR in .308 Win. for the same reasons plus the DBM and aperature sights.
     
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    How’s the accuracy on your Ruger No 1?
     
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    I'm not certain about this one because I just picked it up. I have an 300 win and 416 No.1 rifles and they shoot quite well.

    I'm hoping to use this one on a goat hunt some day.
     
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    Easily one of the most gorgeous bolt guns I've had the pleasure to gaze upon. That my friend is absolute perfection. Congratulations.
     
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    yup, put some quick detach rings on her and that would be just about perfect. Id love one in 338-06, id gladly trade in my sauer 80 for one of those.
     
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    I have a 50's vintage SAKO, in .222. Checkered French walnut stock. I do need to shoot it more. I have some loads that duplicate a hornet with 45gr bullets. Wish it was legal for turkey here.
     
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    Oh they do, it's called the Sako 85 Bavarian.
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    This is the bavarian I have. It's a WIP, as it is getting a custom stock carved for it in an American classic pattern. In its native stock it was a monster with 140gr bullets at 2700fps. I love this rifle, and can't wait to finish carving it out so I can shoot it again.
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    @americanstrat98 , thanks for sharing. Beautiful rifle and it looks like you've done a first rate job inletting the stock. I hope you'll post a pic or two when you're done.
     
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    @americanstrat98 I have never seen that style of integral tapered bases before. Interesting.
     
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    @x39 will do. I intend on installing a barrel band swivel on this rifle to mimick the Safari guns. Will also install a wrap around front sight post eventually. Gotta keep it classy:)

    @Greebe, when you approach scope mounting from a mechanical standpoint it makes perfect sense in a centerfire bolt action or single shot. Under recoil the action moves rearward while the scope and mounts move forward. I have warmed up to it, and kind of like it now that I've shot it a bunch and have found my scope no worse from wear.

    What I don't like about it is that it's hard to install a rail atop The action without making it ugly. I'm a big fan of bridging the gap between front and rear rings when mounting a scope on a rifle with an open top ejection port. This way you reduce the recoil forces put into the scope by the weakness in the action. I guess folks rather have pretty than strong, can't argue with that, since there is a compromise involved in either direction.

    I think Tikka does something similar, but without the taper.
     
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    @americanstrat98 I have had rifles that had the rail built in, just never seen one that is taper. Kind of a cool concept, but I have never hard a scope work loose. I would guess the downside would be that your rings can only be mounted in just on place, versus moved a little like on a parallel setup.
     
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    @Greebe . Likewise, my scopes have always stayed put. It's a good concept though. You are correct about eye releif being rather limited. I feel this may only affect someone that would want to use a vintage scope, or high magnification version with limited relief. Some cases of body make up like having a thick chest and short neck could also cause issues, but LOP could be adjusted in those situations. Newly manufactured European optics tend to have good eye relief , so I could see where the Europeans are going with it. My CZ also has an index notch for repeatable zero, and just like the Sako I'm using optics with good eye relief.

    My absolute favorite thing about the CZ and Sako that I have is that I can shoot military ammo with irons for fun, then put my optic back on with very little fuss. After install my zero has only been off an average of 2" at 100 yards on both rifles.

    The Sako 85's come with a very well made wrench that can torque the action screws and rings without the need for additional tools so long as you purchase Sako rings. This isn't a compromise as some would think due to the quality of their ring setup.
     
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    Forgot to mention that inletting this action was more delicate than other rifles I've made. The flat sides of the receiver offer little forgiveness when inletting. A high pucker factor to say the least. Lol
     
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