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    Finnbear L61R

    I recently purchased a Sako Rifle Model L61R No. 55822. in 30-06 Caliber. Could you please tell me the date of manufacture and approximate worth of the rifle.

    Additionally, can modern factory ammunition be fired in this rifle ? If so what type (Rem, Win, Federal, etc), what bullet weight and type (nosler, balistic tip, light magnum etc.)

    I would appreciate any information of history on this model of rifle.


    Thanks


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    I love L61R Finnbears. You got a good one, it may be a "standard sporter" with plain wood or the "deluxe sporter" with fancy engraving on the floorplate, rosewood caps and high polished blueing ????. Your gun was made in about 1971 or so. It may be marked "Firearms International" on the underside of the barrel at the forestock. It should have the third locking lug on bolt near the bolt handle. Your gun was one of the guns that Sako earned their reputation on and should be a "pre-Garcia" or pre-'72" model.

    I have a couple of these .30-06s both of them love Remington factory 165gr softpoints. I can get about 1-1/2" groups with this ammo, which ain't too bad for old hunting rifles. Have fun shooting your Sako.

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    I'm sorry, but I made a mistake on the SN which should be 55852 and not 55822. Would that make any differance? Additionallly, the rifle does have a 3rd locking rear lug, but is not marked firearms international. It does have 2 strange looking markings on the action and the top of the barrel near the caliber markings. One looks like some sort of head with a crown on it and the other looks like a lighting bolt or a script mv.

    Thanks for the information

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    those are Finnish proof marks, although I'm not sure if they were done at the Sako factory in Riihimaki or in some Finnish proof house somewhere else (???). Sounds as if you have a .30-06 standard sporter, pre-Garcia, with pre-'72 three locking lug L61R action (the best). Have fun with it.

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    What does Bofor mean on the side of a Sako rifle barrel. My Finnbear 30-06 is not marked Bofor. Does that make any difference in the collect ability of the rifle? Is the L61R still manufactured, if not, when was it discontinued. Whay is meant by pre-Garcia and of what is its signifigance. What are the differences between the L61R and the currently manufactured Sako rifles?

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    I've hunted with a Sako .30-06 for 25 years and shot elk, musk ox, antelope, etc. I settled on one load for everything and have no complaints about results, especially with our Rocky Mt. elk here in Oregon. A 180 grain Nosler partition spire point bullet in any factory load will work with one shot kills. I personally use Federal safari grade factory ammo for hunts outside the USA for reliability and not wanting to disturb the sensibilities of any customs official with handloads.

    Good luck!

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    I bought a Sako L61R for myself as a Christmas present, last year. It's a standard grade "pre-Garcia" in the low 28,000 serial # range. Those poor ignorant Finn gunmakers didn't even realize that skinny barreled sporters, in outdated calibers--like .30-06--aren't supposed to be accurate. The thing shoots like a laser cannon! She doesn't turn up her nose at cheap ammo, either.

    Maybe I just got really lucky but this rifle is gonna be in the box with me when they put me under the ground.

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    Hi guys I hope you can help me . A friend of mine just saw a Finnbear and was checking it out for me He said it was in great shape and relayed to me the serial # 563xx. I asked him if the # on the bolt matched and he said the bolt was un numbered. Am I wrong in assuming that the bolt #should match the rifle# ? My other sakos match and could someone tell me the approximate date it was manufactured . I would appreciate any input on this matter, Thanks in advance Joe

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    JoJo- This is not a perfect world and as we all well know, Sako was not exempted from minor imperfections. Some of the bolts missed being numbered and some are replacements. Hard to know without being the original owner. It is also hard to tell the date of birth without a cartridge being known as the numbers are cal. sensitive.(somewhere in the 1970 to 1972 range) -Misako
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    Misako Thank You for your input. The rifle is a 3006 and is said to be in 95% finish both stock and bluing. I believe I`m gonna get to see her this afternoon and I didnt want to go in knowing that the bolt was not original. You put my mind at ease telling me it could have come from the factory that way. I guess i`ll have to see the condition of the rifle and how the bolt slides before I pull the trigger(no pun intended) I`ll let you know how I make out Thank You Very Much Joe

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