Sako Riihamaki in .222 with a 4 digit SN

Discussion in 'Sako' started by Dutch, Apr 24, 2019.

  1. Dutch

    Dutch G&G Evangelist

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    I need someone with more Sako knowledge than myself to help me out here.

    I have a nice Sako Riihamaki in .222 with a 4 digit SN, 7304. I want to know what I actually have here.

    I bought this originally thinking it was an L461 Vixen. The serial number range doesn't bear that out though. The L461's started their numbers at 57001. The L46 and the L469 have the lower number range.

    Model Change First date First number Last number Last date
    L46 ja L469 25.09.1946 1 57000 25.09.1962
    L461 26.09.1962 57001 134252 27.12.1973

    Pics to follow, I need to switch devices to upload them.

    Is this actually an L46?
     
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  2. Dutch

    Dutch G&G Evangelist

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    The rifle shoots extremely tight. 100 yard 3 shot groups with a peep site.

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  3. sakorick

    sakorick G&G Regular

    Your rifle must be a L-46. It is the first Sako small Mauser action, and most were made in 222 Rem until they were discontinued when the L-461 replaced it in 1961. You own a rare classic.
     
  4. Dutch

    Dutch G&G Evangelist

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    Sako Rick. Sounds like I'm talking to the right person! Thanks for the reply, I'll update my notes on it.
     
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  5. sakorick

    sakorick G&G Regular

    According to my SN list on the L-46, your rifle was manufactured in 1951. SN 7939 hang tag reported a date of 11-29-51. The oldest rifle ever reported was 4621 with a hang tag of 8-13-49.
     
  6. ChaZam

    ChaZam G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor

    Wow, just seeing your post Dutch.
    Nice little rifle sir...
    Glad sakorick has some history info for it too.
     
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  7. animalspooker

    animalspooker G&G Evangelist

    You don't want a rifle like that Dutch! Send it over here and let me take care of it for you. :)
     
  8. sakorick

    sakorick G&G Regular

    I've been told that our Biathlon Olympic team used the Sako L-46 for several years. Dutch, could you please take a good photo of the Butt Plate?
     
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  9. Dutch

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    Excellent data. Thanks a lot!

    I'll get one tonight after work.
    If you want any other pics let me know. The pictures in the original post were just opportunistic shots at the range.
     
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  10. Dutch

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    It's been a few days since I promised a picture, but here are a few.

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  11. sakorick

    sakorick G&G Regular

    I have never seen one even close to that nice. It's a rare treasure!
     
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  12. FortyXDM

    FortyXDM G&G Evangelist Staff Member

    Yes, send it quick......Spooker adress is @ of Tk in Gladstone, Mo. Thanks
    :) :)
     
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  13. FortyXDM

    FortyXDM G&G Evangelist Staff Member

    My first (of 2) Sako's was a Forrester .243 bought in Pittsburgh Pa in 1973. It shot as good as I can shoot. (I in. groups from either 100 gr Remington or Winchester) This from a lousy bench @ 100 yds. It is one of only two guns I regret having sold. My current Sako is a 308
    from 1997. The following year Sako made perhaps their only folly by coming out with the key lock.....jeez. Like having a safe with a 60 figure combination. I have often wondered who the first guy was to drive a long distance to his hunting are and not have his key, and exactly what he said when he realized it. They are all accurate rifles and someone should think twice before dealing them off.
     
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  14. cjleete

    cjleete G&G Evangelist

    I had to "un" like it so I could like it all over again.
     
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