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Sako A7 long range?

 
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Old 02-04-2014, 01:40 AM
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Re: Sako A7 long range?

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What I'm trying to figure out is whether the lack of reviews is because of the exclusivity of the product being available only through Cabelas or if they're just not that great...
Sako is supposedly excellent quality.
Not looking real good for us A7 Sako owners, at least according to postings in the A7 section over on Sako Collectors Club. Seems like these Cabela's specials were the result of a direct deal between Beretta and Cabela's and the normal Sako factory warranty might not apply to these rifles, but I have not yet checked into this. Not a whole lot of love out there for Beretta from Sako owners since that company took over.
Also appears to be some snobbery directed at the "low end" A7 from owners of other Sako models.
I'm fairly pleased with mine so far, although it's not perfect (Sakos are not without their problems, I'm finding out). A stiff bolt lift, wimpy ejection of cases, and accuracy that can't quite match the other "5-shots-touching" Cabela's "reviews" yet are the extent of my issues so far.
These rifles may end up being a debacle for seller and buyers alike; they might just as easily turn out to be fine and/or be in demand in a few years. Just have to wait and see.
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Old 02-28-2014, 08:12 PM
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Re: Sako A7 long range?

Any updates on this rifle from all you new owners? Cabelas is having a sale and the 7mm is calling my name!
Is this a good rifle to purchase of similar quality to a Sendero? I'm just waiting to hear a resounding yes from current owners before joining the club.
HELP?!
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Old 03-17-2014, 12:15 PM
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Re: Sako A7 long range?

I bought one of the 7mmRM versions a while back. If the base and rings arrive this week I'll take it out this saturday.
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Old 03-17-2014, 12:42 PM
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Re: Sako A7 long range?

After heading in and checking them out, I decided I didn't like it enough to take the chance. Checked out the Tikka T3 Superlite too but the plasticy feel of it wasn't my thing.

Hopefully yours runs well once you things dialed in.

I ended up going with a Howa 1500 stainless I found at Sportsman's Warehouse and dropped it in a B&C Medalist stock, green with black webbing. Will be putting 24'', #4 contour, 280 Ackley barrel on it after having everything trued/squared up. Looking forward to the finished product =) After all the work is completed, I'll still have less money invested into this gun than I would have paid for the Sako!
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Old 04-02-2014, 06:36 PM
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Re: Sako A7 long range?

I purchased one of the sako lrh from cabelas in 7mmRM. I took it home and mounted it with a talley 20 moa base, warne rings, and a vortex viper pst (6-24 ffp).

My first trip to the range i ran a variety of factory loads through it to sight in and determine its accuracy potential. I fired 3, 5 shot groups with the factory loads to put the 5 shot MOA gaurantee to the test at 100yds. It delivered on all 3 tests. largest group came in at .877" with the smallest at .426"(federal 160 gr power lokt deer thug...LOL).

Filled with confidence as to the potential, I began developing loads for the 168 VLD's in this rifle. Loaded to magazine length , or anywhere near it, it sprays rounds like 12 guage. I did persist and find a load that shot well with the vld's but it was too long. so long in fact that a live round could not be ejected.

My second bullet attempt appears to be a keeper. Berger 168gr classic hunters, seated .015 off the lands not only fit in the magazine with room to spare, but produce itty-bitty groups(5 shot groups consistently at or under .5 moa)

testing so far has been at 100 yds but longer distances are soon to come. ill repost results when I have them.
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