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Sako High-Power Mauser Sporting Rifle

That name is a mouthful for one rifle, isn't it? I knew nothing about this particular rifle, until seeing one on a seller's table while strolling around a gun show in a small near-by Kentucky town. It had a light colored stock, blonde is what I term a stock like that. I picked it up and worked the bolt and I was an immediate fan.

I checked the chambering and when it said simply .270, I knew I had to have it. I traded a very nice pre '64 Featherweight in .243 for it, straight up. I got a killer deal on the .243 and ultimately, I do feel this very rare Sako will be worth even more than the Winchester in the future. Doesn't really matter though, as I like it much better than that .243.

Made from about 1950-1957, this rifle is pretty much a clone of the later Browning bolt action rifles, which were made by...drum roll here..... Sako. Yup, that's right! Sako made both the short and medium action Browning bolt action rifles from 1963-1974 after stopping production of their own (this) rifle.

This one has not disappinted me shooting very consistent 1.5-2" groups with most any ammo, and I find that more than acceptable for a 50+ year old rifle! A picture can be found here, if you're interested.

http://www.biggamehunt.net/galleries/tndeerhunter/classic-rifles

 

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Nice looking rifle. I assume

Nice looking rifle. I assume it is pre L61R action Sakos? Looks like the same front sight though. Never did figure out how to get that thing off. Does it have the dovetail reviever for scope mounting and mounting the rear peep sight? I loved my Sako's but I don;t believe they were quite as smooth as the old split bridge manchlicher rifles.

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action type

As best I know, the old 1950s Sakos were manufactured on the very fine FN Mauser actions. The Brownings they made from 1963-1974 were also produced on this exact same action type.

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Thats alot of guns

Dang, quite the collection you got there.  How much do those older rifles usually go for?

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As I recall the Browning was

As I recall the Browning was called the "Safri". I speld that wrong huh? About the best looking Browning's I ever saw.

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yup

Yes, the Safari model is what it was called. There were also two higher grades available (Browning style) and they were known as the Medallion and Olympian grades. These rifles are VERY valuable today and much sought after collectibles.

The biggest differences between the Sako and Browning rifles were that the Sako had 24" barrels and the Browning had 22" (standard chamberings). And the Browning left the entire bolt in the white, unblued. The Brownings are very, very fine rifles IMHO. 

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