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70’s L61R and the AIII

Discussion in 'Sako Long/Magnum Actions' started by Bob LaRue, Jan 19, 2022.

  1. Bob LaRue

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    Are there any differences in the physical size of a 70’s L61R as to an AIII
    Will one drop into a AIII stock without new bedding?

     

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    Thanks, I read that post and it identifies the diference in the short tang L61R and the AV
    Both my AIII’s have the short tang with the stock notched out for the bolt guide
    Hopefully the deference in the two are minor and just a little fine in letting will allow the L61R 25-06 to fit into the McMillan synthetic stock that the AIII .279 was glass bedded into!
     
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    I broke down and purchased a 1971 L61R in 25-06. This is now the only Non-A series SAKO I own.
    I received my gun Monday. I put the SAKO L61R 25-06 into the McMillan synthetic stock I took off my AIII .270, mounted a new 3.5 - 10 Leupold Vari X-III scope with new Leupold “Low” one piece dove tail rings, bore sighted it, checked the bullet seating depth, loaded up 10 rounds of Sierra 117 gr. Spitzer Boat Tail Bullets with 52 Grains of IMR 4831 Powder and Winchester 120 Large Rifle Primers Seated to 10 Thou from lands and went out to sight it in.
    The photo is a 3 shot group at 100 Yards off the back of my truck! Yes, there are 3 holes there somewhere!
    Looks like it’s going to be another SAKO Tack Driver!
     

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    paulsonconstruction Sako-addicted

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    I think that's called "stacking" bullets. Top one looks a little right, though!
     
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    picky.picky,picky
     
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    gowyo Sako Junkie

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    Your wiggle just happened to match the universes' wobble, or something like that. It happens to the best of us...
     

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    What astounds me is that a 1971 L61R 25-06 fits absolutely to perfection into a stock that was glass bedded and free floated for a 1981 AIII .270!
    The action squeezed into the stock like it was the AIII, even the barrel contour is exactly the same on both guns. I guess that is a testament to the quality of SAKO’s manufacturing process and how perfectly milled, cut and contoured SAKO rifles are!
     

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    I guess I’m going to have to be a little better with my trigger squeeze next time out!
    The fact that I bought a 50 year old used rifle that shoots 1/4” groups is my biggest thrill!
     
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    And the fact that you put a Deluxe rifle in a McM. stock is more to the point. At least it shoots.......
     
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    I too, am astounded.
     
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    I have yet to find a SAKO stock that I can shoot! They simply don’t fit me at all, the McM synthetic is a perfect fit, the only issue is it is not pretty wood and I like nice wood!
     
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    gowyo Sako Junkie

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    Oddly enough, that group above came out of a classic AV 7mm Rem Mag, nestled in a McMillan hunter stock. Unbedded.
     
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    Almost make one think that a SAKO nestled into a McMillan stock is a good combo. But I still like pretty wood the best
     
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    Plastic stocks are the rage & truly are superior in adverse weather conditions. But wood is genuine, beautiful, warm & wonderful to hold. Also for the fellow that wants to buy a Finwolf, There are 4 on the first page of Guns International. Good luck !! B/T

    Edit#1, Mr. Bob, I see by your pic. that you are a skeet shooter, I was a member of the Forest City Gun Club in Savannah GA for 41 years, perhaps you shot here when we hosted the World skeet shoots years ago ??
     
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    Sorry to have missed that one but I was shooting International Skeet back before they put the Worlds Permanantly in San Antonio.
    I have not shot skeet on the us east coast just the Canadian east,
    I used to do a lot of skeet in Arizona, Montana and Washington State but Covid shut that down the last few years.
    Was World AA HOA Champion in 2018 as well as World Senior HOA Champion
    COVID shut the worlds down for me the last 2 years as well.
     

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