sako 85

krake22

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im looking into buy a new rifle here soon im thinking of getting the sako 85 in a 270 wsm or 300wsm im looking for a rifles that may need to shot out to 5-600 yards is this rifle a good pick if i practice all the time. i will be hunting elk,deer,bear with it. if u have anyother rifle to look at please let me know my cash lilmit is 1400 i think might go up to 2000 i need to.lol
 

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MontanaRifleman

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I have a Sako 85 Finnlight 300 WSM and I will never buy another one. It shoots anywhere from about 2-4 MOA. Have sent it back to tfactory 2 times now with no satisfaction and told by Beretta that it's fine and the next time I send it back they will charge me. It id almost impossible to find after markets parts and accessoires for them and IMO they have poor recoil lug design/system. if you get a good one, it will shoot well, but if you get a bad one you're stuck unless you sell it and if you're honest about it, good luck getting a good price.

I've read some things about the Savages, but my first choice in a factory rifle for a WSM cartridge would be a Sub MOA Vanguard. The actions are made by Howa and they come with excellent, solid, pillar bedded stocks. They come with a factory shot target with real bullet holes and should easily make 600 yd plus rifles. A SS goes for about $830 on gunbroker.

Good shooting,

Mark
 

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what kinda glass do you have on your rifle? what kinda ammo do you use factory? and you have not done anything to your rifle
 

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Krake22, if you're asking me, I had a NF NSX on my Sako. I shot 3 different types of factory ammo through it and numerous combinations of handloads. Nothing worked. I have had nothing done to it because I didn't want to void the warrantee. My guess is that it is either the recoil lug/system or the barrel. Dont really have a clue. I didn't pay $1400 for mine but I did get it new and a $1400 rifle should do much better, especially when it's "guaranteed" to shoot 1 MOA. But you will find that guarantee is empty if you have an accurcy problem with it.
 

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that suck for a sako you should get better service then that. did you like your night force i been hearing good thing. im just tryn to put together a nice long range elk and deer gun and some bear. i hunt on the oregon coast alot of short shots but i seat on the clear cuts alot and have alot of long shots also. i got a tikka t3 270wsm for the timber and for shots to 450yards looking for the next toy now for longer sange. i seen a christensen arms in 300wsm and 300 ultra mag at the local sportmans warehouse for 2000 are they great rifles for that price
 

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Yup, Beretta customer service is terrible. I wont buy another Sako/Tikka/Beretta product again because of my experience with them. If you got a good shooting Tikka, that's great, I would hold on to it and take care of it. I would never buy a Christensen either because of the things I've read about them.

If you're not shooting any farther than 600 yds then you dont need a 300 RUM. The only reason I have a RUM is for 1K shooting. A 300 WSM uses a lot less powder, barrel will last a lot longer and it has a lot less kick than the RUM and it will get you to 700 yds with most loads at sea level and with a good load it will get you to 900 yds. If you want more, than go with a RUM and if you go with a RUM, get a Sendero hands down. My first choice for the 300 WSM is the Sub MOA Vanguard. Next choice would be a Savage. You might get a good Sako 85, A7 or Tikka but for me it's too risky and I wont go that route again.

I love my NF scope. For LR hunting, it's the best way to go IMO. There are some other good ones, but for the money, nothing comes close.
 
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Mine is all stock (Mod 12VLP). The only improvement is a muzzle break. I am not a big fan of recoil. I use 208 Hornady A-Max in my handloads. I couldn't tell you how it does with factory ammo.

I am a builder on a budget. So I use a Nikon Buckmaster 6-18x40SF w/ Target Dot. Its no NF, but it gets the job done. I pegged a ground hog at 605 yards in the head. I was impressed with myself needless to say. Can't complain with my set up. Works well for a stock rifle.

Tank
 

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montanarifleman i have heard the sendero are really good how are the 7mm ultra in that rifle. or eevn the 300 win what kinda of a range am i looking at for factory ammo the is still good shooting
 

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The Senderos are good shooters in any cartridge. The 7mm RUM is a very flat shooter but it's a barrel burner too. The 300 WM has very little if anything over the 300 WSM and I would go with the WSM over the WM, but the Sendero doesn't come in a WSM. If you want to get the most out of a Sendero, then you should handload but they will shoot factroy ammo well, especially the Rem Sciroccos. But the factory ammo might not be very consistant at long range.
 

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I'm sorry to say that my experience with the 85 Finnlight mirrors that of MontanaRifleman. I purchased a new 270wsm. Sweet action but I could not get it to shoot to my liking. They have recently re-designed the stock. Not sure if the lug/bedding area was changed though.
 

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