I have two friends who have the TRG in the Sako 338 Lapua and their only complaint is with accuracy.
They like the larger action but, either one of them maintain the accuracy that Sako has been known for. These are good shooters too.
If the one you are looking at does not have a muzzle brake
, it would be VERY advisable to put one on, unless of course, you are a 400 lb Oakland Raider Lineman.
Possibly a better bedding job may help the accuracy a bit? One of the two friends that have the TRG already rebarreled his. He is getting much better results now. He said that the actions are EXCELLENT and he is a gunsmith. He has rebarreled several of the TRGs for customers.
I almost forgot the scope. I think you will do fine with the mentioned Leupold scope. I like the 6 1/2 to 20X Leupold LR with the side wheel focus and also the 8 1/2 to 25X. The scope you have and with the shorter barrel TRG (26") will work out perfect.
I would advise working up a load with the 250 gr bullets instead of the 300 gr unless you go to a faster powder in the shorter 26" barrel. The shorter barrel won't allow the slower powder to burn completely before the bullet is out the end.
I use the 300 Gr (always) in my 338/416 Rigby Imp but, it has a 37" barrel and I am able to use a slow powder to make the bullet work better in the longer tube.
Good luck to you and that may just be a VERY good rifle for your Idaho elk hunt.
[ 10-19-2001: Message edited by: Darryl Cassel ]