Originally Posted by B-P-UU
How are you liking the .243? Does the varmint version have a heavier barrel or is it standard contour?
Am liking this lower-end Sako well so far; just wish I had more time. Bought it with the intent of reaming it to AI, or maybe an SLR, so haven't bought dies yet. Might just leave it alone now, as the factory ammo I've tried so far has done well: 3 shots with some of that new Winchester 58 gr. plastic-tipped stuff (might be V-max?) usually gets 2 almost touching and all in a perfect vertical string max at 3/4". The only issue - a weird one - is the ammo popping out of the magazine during hot weather; doesn't matter what brand and does it with the spare bought through Eurooptic. Probably the metal lips expanding in the warm plastic; I'll figure something out, even if it's simply putting an ice pack in the bottom of an ammo box.
Didn't look up a chart, but the fluted barrel contour is about on at the heaviest end of "medium" or maybe even a light-heavy (24"), IMO perfect for either a carry-able varmint rifle and maybe deer down the road. There really is a bedding block in the decent-quality B&C (?) stock, and the barrel is (just barely) floated. Trigger isn't single-set like the Euro model A7s, but has a nice feel and is easily adjustable through the mag well; I lowered my pull a half pound but not sure how low it'll go.
I would check with Cabela's on warranty work and get it in writing, as there may or may not be an issue there...
Those Cabela's Sakos are one sale again right now and I'm tempted to to get another Varmint in .22-250. If only they made it with a faster twist barrel in '250, or offered it in .204, it'd be a definite thing.