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Sako Bought at pawn shop caliber????

Discussion in 'General Sako Discussions' started by DL Hudson Jr., Feb 22, 2022.

  1. DL Hudson Jr.

    DL Hudson Jr. Member

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    I bought a Sako rifle at the local pawn shop. The tag said it was 300 win mag. The rifle is stamped 300 MAGNUM. It is NOT 300 Win Mag. The serial number is 108124. I have tried looking up that number with no luck. Any body have any idea how to verify the caliber?

     

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    .300 H&H ?
     
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    icebear Sako-addicted

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    That appears to be a customized Sako High Power, built in the 1950's on an FN Mauser type action. Sako got the actions from FN and added the stock and barrel.

    What markings are on the left side of the receiver? It should say Fabrique National Herstal or something like that. It was built as a .300 H&H. Sako was building rifles in that caliber before the .300 WinMag became availble, so there was no need for any marking other than .300 Magnum.

    That said, there is always a risk that someone has rechambered the rifle for another cartridge, usually the .300 Weatherby Magnum. I see your rifle is a custom - the stock is not original Sako. This adds to the possibility that it's been rechambered. Some people rechambered these rifles without bothering to stamp the barrel when they were finished. The way to be absolutely sure is to have a gunsmith cast the chamber. However, that's probably unnecessary.

    The good news is, it's perfectly safe to shoot a .300 H&H round in a .300 Weatherby chamber. The brass will fireform to the chamber. In fact, that's how guys got brass for reloading when they didn't want to pay Weatherby's prices. I'd fire one round of .300 H&H in it and inspect the brass. If it comes out wider at the shoulder than the factory rounds, it's been rechambered. But it probably hasn't, and what you probably have is a .300 H&H FN-Sako with a custom stock.
     
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    misako50 Sako-addicted

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    Does look like a nice custom Sako that is about to lose a very nice Sako front sight hood.
     
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    Thanks for the info, I will try that.
     
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    What Icebear said. Can't add much to that. If you can come by a factory .300 Weatherby shell you might see if it will chamber. If not then the rifle is almost certainly a .300 H&H.
     
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    Thank for the advice.
     

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