Hi guys, I'm new to the forum and after
reading old posts on and off for a while now I've decided to join up.




At the moment I'm based in the U.K in
the midlands but soon plan to leave for sunny NZ and start a new life over
there. I love Sako rifles, new and old (not so much the very new ones! =p) and
have a few myself including: Sako 75 .223, Sako 75 .270,
Sako L691 9,3 x 62 (I did have a Sako 85 Bavarian in a .243, but sold it
because of a horrible T8 sound mod on the end of it) as well as a custom Heym SR20
in .300WM and last of all a Sako L691 Magnum bolt-face action (Stoeger Import),
brand new and in the white which I managed to pick up early last year as a bit
of an opportunist buy knowing how good they are. All my rifles have original
iron sights fitted as well as my old man's collection, mainly for aesthetic reasons
on most of them, a lot of which had to be special orders to get hold of them
here in the U.K. To accompany my 691 action, I now also have a brand new Sako
L691 walnut stock with a fitted cross screw (not bolt). I picked it up about 6
months later on eBay from the States, It's a lovely piece of wood and the
action fits beautifully into it, again an opportunist buy to go with the
action, with no real calibre yet in mind at that point in time.




I recently had and sold a BRNO 602 ZKK
Customised in a .375H&H which weighed in at 8.5lbs. Nice handy thing to
carry and had a nice functional solid control fed Mauser action; but when
pushing 300gr slugs, it just dam hurt. Now, i couldn't justify spending the
money on putting a break on that rifle and thought it better I sold it and
moved on to a bigger beast; and with this 691 action sitting in my cupboard I
thought I would like to explore the possibilities of making something out of
it, again in a .375H&H




I' m not a small bloke at 6'4' but I
want to make the rifle at least a 9.5lb (bare) with a barrel banded swivel
along with front and back banded safari sights to make a real nice working
setup. The only reason for making it heavy is to simply absorb some of that
recoil, which I would consider aiding with a muzzle break; something I would only
consider as a last resort having built the rifle and tried it, still to find
the recoil unmanageable when zeroing (the time when you actually feel the recoil,
some people seem to forget that you have to zero the thing before you can kill
anything with it!)




Now as you 691 owners out there will
know, there's next to no room for manoeuvre in the barrel channel on these
rifles if you want to beef up the barrel somewhat from what Sako were
installing in the factory originals to let's say more of a magnum contour. So
basically, what I' m looking for is an off the shelf stock to fit my action with
a big enough barrel channel to accommodate a large sized magnum contour barrel,
to get some weight back into the rifle, with more weight added in the butt to
balance the gun if necessary. The only two Stocks that I have identified on the
market of which the action will fit and I like the looks of are the H-S
Precision
PSS056 stock
http://www.hsprecision.com/shop/stocks/pss056.html [FONT="times new roman" ]that was used in Magnum Research's Mountain Eagle
rifle. [/FONT]

Then there's the McMillan Sako Classic
stock
http://www.mcmfamily.com/mcmillan-st...ubnav=branch2f.
Now, I know the McMillan will accommodate up to a Douglas #5 contour according
to their website and the H-S Precision will take up to a Shilen
#4
magnum sporter weight barrel, neither of which a quite large enough for what
I'm after, ideally with a Douglas #5A being perfect (based upon barrel weight
calculators, knowing my action weighs 3lb2oz and the stock will weigh 2.25lb's).
I would look at making the barrel length around 24 or 25'. The ideal stock
would be McMillan's Sako Safari stock which will carry up to a Douglas #5A
barrel but is only inletted for a 75 action so is a no go unfortunately.




Could the barrel channels of these
stocks be shaved out a little to carry these barrels with float?? I have no experience with any of the stocks
mentioned and as of today all of my guns have walnut stocks so I really have no
idea. Is there anyone who has these stocks with a 691 action in them, do they
handle well, and what are they like? Or maybe you have one on a different
action?




I've added some photo's of a rifle
I've found on the net which is basically exactly what I'm looking for in theory
as it weighs in at 9.9lb's also with a Sako L691 action but a left hooker and
in a McMillan Sako Classic stock and 26' barrel. Based upon barrel weight
calculations that I've done, and from the looks of it in the photos it must be
something like a Douglas #5A barrel thus he must have shaved out the barrel
channel to take it or if not its the #5 barrel but he's heavily loaded the
stock with lead. Who knows, I can't contact the guy at source. But it gives you
an idea of what I'm after.




Ignoring my specific needs, which are
the better of the two stocks in general terms, the H-S precision or the McMillan?




I really have a lot of questions
before I can progress with the project, the problem being that both stocks are
basically special orders or made to order so I can't just ' try' one
out and have a good look at them before buying.




Do you guys have any other suggestions
of other stocks or ideas? Please let me know your thoughts and give your
feedback.






ATB, James