Dovetail to Weaver Conversion

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing' started by Trstall, Jul 29, 2014.

  1. Trstall

    Trstall Member

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    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?
     
  2. Gene

    Gene Well-Known Member

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    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.
     

  3. Trstall

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    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.