Originally Posted by Loper
I just left Cabelas. I've been interested in info on the Sako Long range rifle, green webbed stock and black fluted barrel, for some time. They also have the A7 Big Game black webbed stock with stainless fluted barrel, both come in 300 wml. I also am looking for any information on both models, counter guy wasn't any help.
That similar model in 300 win mag is in a green w/black webbing, B&C M-40 stock and has two sling studs up front and a good recoil pad in back. It is well balanced and very comfortable. It comes with Sako mounts which are just fine. The magazine holds 3 and requires the user to press the front of the mag as the release lever is depressed, to remove. It seems a little cumbersome at first but you won't loose the mag in the field and will get used to it soon enough. Due to the short magazine length, COAL is limited to about 3.325" which is a little shorter the the book max length of 3.340". You can't reach the rifling with your handloads and still load in the magazine. This rifle will not accommodate long bullets but 185 gr. Berger's fit fine. The 26" barrel is fluted and in a varmint type contour. Twist is 11:1 which is in keeping with the short mag length and is designed for bullets in the 180 grain range. Barrel/Receiver are blue and appear to have some kind of black coating which is applied perfectly. The adjustable trigger is very good and feels like it breaks clean at about 3.5 lbs. I'll adjust it down a little soon. Action is butter smooth. I've noted that the occasional bullet will hang up a little when feeding. This may be due to the shape of the bullet nose or possibly I may need to work it a little faster or slower. Extracted cases are thrown a little high and tend to hit the long windage turret of the scope which impedes extraction a little. Initially, the occasional case would fall back into the loading port. Working the bolt slower seems to have resolved that problem.
I had a few old 300 WM cases laying around so I loaded them up. Pockets were a little to loose so I got about 5 shots off and went home. The barrel cleaned up fast with very little copper fouling. I got some new Norma brass, a very old can of H-1000, some Berger 185 Classic Hunter and GM 215 primers and worked a few loads up in .5 gr. increments starting at 76.5 and ending at 78.0 gr. At 100 yards, everything was about 1 inch and at 78.0 gr., it shrank down to about .7" cluster for 5 shots (most shots touching). I'm sure a little more load development will bring the groups right down and since I'm a pretty average shooter, I'm sure there's plenty more accuracy to be had from this rifle. Chrono broke so no speeds. New one on order. 18 shots and virtually no copper fouling. Recoil wasn't bad at all and at distance you should be able to spot your shot if the load isn't to hot. I think these stocks come with a Decelerator Pad and it does it's job very well. I don't know the weight but all up, it feels like about 9 lbs. I'd hunt with it.
This rifle has seen limited use but it's clear to me that it's going to live up to Sako's reputation of fine workmanship, reliability and accuracy.