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Old 11-06-2013, 07:08 PM   #1
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This is a pre-Garcia Sako Finnbear Deluxe L61R in 300 Winchester Mag. It was manufactured in the 1960's and is in new unfired condition. The scope is a vintage 3x9 Redfield. I have shot a couple of other Sakos and loved them, but never got around to shooting this one.

I can't say for sure if I've been around any other unfired Sakos that are 50 years old, but I'd prefer leaving this one alone along with a few other safe queens I have. It is tempting though. I have a few old Redfields and feel that they are some of the best scopes ever made and I've used them on my other hunting rifles and love them. I know they are currently manufacturing them again, but have no idea how good they are.

Sakos have a great reputation and the Fins have made a hell of a fine gun over the years. I really like the 300wm and have a lot of respect for that round. There's no game in North America that it can't take down, especially when fired in a Sako.







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Garcia took over export of Sako products in 1970. Garcia rifles were not stamped "Garcia" until post 1972. I own both Pre and Post and I can not see any difference of any importance. However for value purpose you add 25% for a Pre-Garcia.
The Sako is the best rifles out of the box I have ever owned.
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Garcia took over export of Sako products in 1970. Garcia rifles were not stamped "Garcia" until post 1972. I own both Pre and Post and I can not see any difference of any importance. However for value purpose you add 25% for a Pre-Garcia.
The Sako is the best rifles out of the box I have ever owned.
I agree 100%. I'm very surprised how so very few hunters that I've known over many years have owned a Sako. All you have to do is pick one up and while holding it in your hands it's so very obvious how much the quality oozes from it. Buying one I believe has never been overly costly for most people I've known, especially since they come in many models, but they aren't cheap guns either.
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It may be where you live. Here in the Rocky Mtns they have been popular for years. The SAKO firearms are certainly a premium product.
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Gunsmoke,That is a fine looking rifle. And yes,Sako's are an excellent rifle.

I don't think I could keep from sending a few rounds down range with that rifle. They're made to shoot,not look at,but I have a few safe queens myself!
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I have a 25.06 and a 222 Remington Sako. If I could afford another I'd have one made in 35 Whelen or so.

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Btw, nice Gun Smoke11
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Anna and Op: Those are beautiful rifles.
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Gunsmoke!

That is one "BEAUUUUUUTIFUL!" Rifle! I once had a Sako Vixen in 223 Remington and could K my A** for ever parting with it. It was one of the most accurate spoting rifles I ever had. My good friend has a Sako in 308 who hunts with me in Texas each year. And it too holds up to the Sako's reputation. It is of high quality and I have seen him make some pretty fantastic long distance shots with it on Deer. Someday I am hoping to buy or trade for another SAKO. Anna thanks for your pics also!
Thanks for the pics !!!!!!!

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My problem is having perhaps too many guns to shoot. I tend to stick something into the back of one of my safes and there it sits forgotten for too long. But I do have others that have never been shot as well and never feel I haven't enough to shoot. I do have my favorites that I had shot many times. I even recently shot for the first time an Italian Vetterli-Vitali 10.35x47R mfg in 1875, which I had for 58 years & posted it on the forum. That proves I might eventually get to shoot almost everything.

The most common rifles used in the NE for hunting would be '94 Win 30-30's, .35 Remingtons, 700 Remingtons usually 30-06 & .270, as well as Winchester model 70's using same calibers. These are what I've mostly seen being used. I'm a little different and over the years used a G&H .270, vintage '94 Win 38-55, Steyr Mannlicher 7x57 & Custom Mauser .375H&H for bear, but never seen one while hunting. Many years ago I did use a vintage Win Mod 1895 30-06 carbine, but unfortunately I sold it for something more collectable.

I also have an unfired German Weatherby MarkV 270WM with hang tags that I had planned to take hunting, but back surgery has left me almost unable to walk, so future hunts might be over for me. I always liked that Weatherby a lot.

Anna_Purna, I can look at your Sako photos all day long.
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I will give you 12 golden teddy bears for that rifle!! It's beautiful, I must have it!!!!!
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