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Dovetail to Weaver Conversion

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Old 07-29-2014, 07:34 PM
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Dovetail to Weaver Conversion

I have a SAKO L61R in .338 Win Mag that I got for some Long Range shooting.
HOWEVER-- THe SAKO has the Dovetail integral bases and the L/R scope, 6 x 25 has big tube 35mm Weaver type rings. I need to get a weaver or Picatinny rail mounted on the Dovetails. Gunsmith here says he won't drill the Dovetails to install the rail, says its too thin?
ANy ideas?
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Old 07-30-2014, 04:43 AM
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Re: Dovetail to Weaver Conversion

Do not drill ther dovetails unless you want to decrease the value of gun about 50%.

Leupold makes a Sako super high dovetail ringmount that may clear the scope objective.
I would check it out. Measure from half the objecxtive lens to top of barrel and compare with the Leupold chart.
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Old 07-30-2014, 02:27 PM
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Re: Dovetail to Weaver Conversion

Thanks for the input. My problem has been that I have a 35mm tube and no one makes the rings to fit the Dovetail so I have to go the other way and get the Dovetails to Weaver or Picatinny.
After a week of seaerching every conceivable shearch string I FOUND IT!!
I spoke to the owner today and they are on their way.
SAKO Tactical 1913 Picatinny Bases

IF anyone needs to convert a Dovetail to aomething that will take a Weaver,this is is.
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