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Sako M995 (TRG-S) .338 Lapua Mag

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Unread 04-10-2008, 02:25 PM
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Sako M995 (TRG-S) .338 Lapua Mag


I'm new to this site but find it full of great information!

Was wondering if anyone has experience with the Sako M995 rifle,
especially in .338 Lapua, and would like to share those experiences

I am looking for a rifle chambered for this round, but am unfamiliar with
Sako (always owned Winchester M70 and Remington M700's). Want to keep the cost reasonable (no Armalite AR 30 or Sako TRG-42) - to save
cash for the ammo! (will be reloading).

Thank you!
- Walt
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Unread 04-11-2008, 12:24 AM
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I have one, shoots pretty good which equates to sub moa most of the time out to 600yds but at 1K usually around 1-1.5 moa.
I think for a factory 338 LM it's really a pretty good rifle for the money.
It will be reworked into a carbon wrapped custom in the very near future.
Wayne aka WAMBO
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Unread 04-23-2008, 01:34 PM
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Thanks for the info, WAMBO.

Any ideas on what a used Sako M995 (TRG-S) in .338 Lapua Magum should cost?
It's blue, synthetic... as far as I can tell, purely in 'as issued' condition (except for the 50 rounds being shot through it).
No scratches, marks, clean bore, etc.


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Unread 04-23-2008, 01:46 PM
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Might want to check this out its in the guns for sale section dont know if its sold or not though.
Sako TRG-S 30-378Wby w/new .338 Lapua barrel
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Unread 04-23-2008, 10:18 PM
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I paid around $700 for mine quite a few years ago.
I've seen them go for up to $1000 but I think that's too high but they don't make them any more so I guess it would depend on how bad you want it.
If I could find one around $700 again I think I'd buy another.
Wayne aka WAMBO
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Unread 04-24-2008, 09:33 AM
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Wambo, did you do any bedding work with that action to get it to shoot well. I bought two of those rifles when they first came out and had a booger of a time trying to design and build a action lug and bedding platform to get them to shoot better. They sure shaved a lot of weight off that action and it is about bare minimum with what steel they left on it. I like them because they are very light compared to the power of the cartridge.

Make sure that rifle has a muzzle brake on it or just figure that into the cost. Also they have a 1-12 twist for shooting lighter bullets and will not shoot the 300 matchking very well. Somebody on here said not long ago that they changed the rifling to 1-10 later on but I wouldn't know. Mine are definitely 1-12 and shoot the 200 grain ballistic tip very well at 3350 fps. That rifle has some issues you may want to consider before you buy. Overall I like mine after I worked a bit on them. As far as sako rifles go they are top quality and a step above the winchesters and remingtons. Sako actions were premium actions to build on for many years and I currently own probably 60-70 rifles built on sako actions. The triggers are very good for hunting without the added expense of a custom trigger.
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Unread 04-24-2008, 09:33 PM
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My rifle was factory stock with the exception of a small muzzle brake being installed, no bedding work done.
I also shot the 200gr BT and they were going around 3570 fps.
The 250 Scenars shot pretty good at just over 3000 fps.
The 300 gr SMK shot ok but the recoil was pretty fierce even with the wimpy little muzzle brake.
I can hardly wait for the custom work to be done by APS, Manners T4 with an ABS/Rock 30" carbon wrapped barrel wearing a custom SSG titanium muzzle brake.

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