I fail to understand your "Sako is the parent of Tikka" comment ? Sako and Tikka were not associated with one another in any way until Beretta USA bought them, Sako first - The meticulous crafting and uncanny accuracy of the Tikkas led the "head shed" to call Sako's managers to the table and get to the bottom of WHY the Tikka had so much better a reputation - Nowadays, although it is not worded as such, I believe the older Tikka gunsmiths are teaching the metal benders at Sako the finer points of old school rifle building, as time passes they'll both become more alike, let's just hope that the "Tikka seed" sprouts deeper roots !
I had a Sako Forrester in 22-250. Plain Jane version and it was still nicer than 90% of the rifles you see on the rack these days. I bought it in 1979 in Germany and imported it to the US while in the military. I traded it in 83 or so. Wish I still had it. I should have bought it in .270 or 30-06. If I did, I never would have let it go. The Kimber is also a fine rifle, so I hear. If I had the money, I would consider another Sako someday. I can attect to the accuracy claims. It was very accurate, had a beautiful walnut stock, deep blueing and a really nice trigger.
PS, they were really inexpensive when bought through the military rod and gun club. I paid $220. It was going for $600-700 in the US then.
The wood is exceptional on most models, the triggers excellent, and accuracy is superb. Kimber makes a great gun, don't get me wrong, but I have noticed that fit and finish, while very good, is not quite up to the same spec as Sako. Plus Sako guarantees accuracy, Kimber does not. Whether the several hundred dollars extra is worth it is a personal decision, in my opinion it is. In most instances you will not go wrong with either manufacture.
I don't put Tikka in the same class as Kimber/Sako.
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