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Old 10-13-2012, 12:03 PM
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sako conversion to 6.5 x 284?

ok, this may sound absolutly ludicrous to you guys, but I love the sako 85 action, and I love the 6.5 x 284 cartridge! unfortunately, sako does not make the finnlight in that caliber.

what are your thoughts if I were to buy a sako 85 chambered in 308 and swap with another barrel??

would also like your feedback on barrel manufacturer and gunsmith for this kinda work

thanks guys!!
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Old 10-13-2012, 04:18 PM
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Re: sako conversion to 6.5 x 284?

I do not know a lot about the Sako actions. DO NOT BUY A SHORT ACTION TO BUILD A 6.5X284.

Let me tell you about one of the most expensive mistakes I ever made and it was a hard lesson on the wallet.

I was referred to a SAKO store where the owner is all about Sako. I took his advice and had a 6.5x284 built on a sako short action M591. This was a horrible mistake on my part for not learning more about the 6.5x284. With all due respect to the person who owns this store and made the recommendation, he was misleading to me, and after the fact I felt like he just wanted to make a sale because I shoot left handed and he had a LH action in stock.

The project turned out to be a disaster as the 140 and 130 bullets I tried were stuffed so deep into the case that even the minimum charge of powder was over max and velocity SUCKED.

So, if your action is a long action, you'll be fine. If it is a short action, FORGET THE THOUGHT OF CONVERTING IT TO A 6.5X284.

Of interest, my Sako M591 action was converted to a 308 within 2 months after I received it as a new 6.5x284. Very hard lesson learned on my part.

Thank me later.
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Old 10-14-2012, 05:48 PM
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Re: sako conversion to 6.5 x 284?

I face the same dilemma. I have been shooting a Sako 6.5 x 55 for years (lots of white tails). In September I used it to drop a calf elk at about 250 meters using a reload with a 160 gr Woodleigh PP SP. I want something with a little more mv/case capacity and since Sako doesn't make a 6.5x284 I have decided to buy a Cooper M52 Classic. It has everything you need (24 in barrel 1:8 twist) to push 6.5s at good velocity. You might want take a look at them; price here in Canada is bit higher than the Sako 85.

I am a nut case for 6.5 bullets/ballistics

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Old 01-15-2013, 03:13 PM
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Re: sako conversion to 6.5 x 284?

I have a Sako 75 Finnlight chambered in 6.5 x 284 and LOVE it. A good action to use is a Sako 75 111 or 1V.Regards
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Old 01-15-2013, 10:16 PM
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Re: sako conversion to 6.5 x 284?

I have a M85 Finnlight in 300 WSM. I love the action but I can't hit a barn door with it. If you have ever removed an action from the stock, you will see it has a pathetic recoil lug system. Now a lot of Sakos do shoot well but I have found a number of owners with problems like mine. Bottom line, if I ever built on a M85, it would be a smaller cartridge with little recoil. Too bad, such a sweet action otherwise! Could also be the tupperware stock or combo of reasons.
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Old 01-16-2013, 09:31 AM
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Re: sako conversion to 6.5 x 284?

Jims- you do not say where you are. i use krieger barrels . excellent. if you wnat a repeater you should start with a long action. not a 308.
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Old 01-16-2013, 09:34 AM
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Re: sako conversion to 6.5 x 284?

Jims- the 6.5-284 is a fat round . in my 700 remingtons they hold less rounds than a standard size cartridge. you could rebarrel a 25-06 or 270 to 6.5-284 or 6.5-06.
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