Early L46 showdown

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  1. stonecreek

    stonecreek SCC Secretary Forum Owner SCC Board Member

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    Dhunter: I just turned three shades of green when you listed not one, but two .25-20's among your collection! The .25-20 seems so rare in the U.S. that question has been raised as to whether it was ever commercially imported or whether all of the specimens in the U.S. were imported by individuals. Do you know?

    Of course the same can be said of the rarity of the 7x33 (which I'm sure was never commercially imported), but since I have one of those my envy meter isn't pegged out quite so radically.

     

  2. misako50

    misako50 Sako-addicted

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    Stonecreek- Funny you should say that. You were the first person I thought of when I saw those listed. I can understand why those "plunk" your heartstrings. I don't think I have ever seen one other than the bolts DHUNTER put up.-Misako
     
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    Stonecreek,
    Thanks for the kind words. The previous owners of these rifles informed me that neither example was commercially imported. It is my understanding that for some unknown reason the .25-20 was never commercially imported into the U.S. I also agree with your statement that the 7x33 was never commercially imported to the U.S.

    Over the years I have heard reports of estimated production numbers for the .25x20 that vary widely. Based on the number of examples that I have seen I would guess that the total production was somewhat fewer than the .218 Bee, .22 Hornet, or 7x33. It would be great to see some accurate production numbers if they are out there.

    I find it interesting that Sako choose to mark rifles in both 6.3x33 R and .25-20. This would seem to indicate that they may have been intended for different markets. The barrels on these two examples have a significantly different barrel contour near the receiver as well, but this could be due to one being of slightly later production.

    In my experience the .25-20 seems harder to find than the 7x33. Assuming neither were commercially imported, this is a mystery to me. It would seem that the .25-20 would be a more popular "American” caliber thus making it more attractive to bring back to the states if one had the opportunity.

    Misako, I attached a couple of photos for you.
     

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  4. misako50

    misako50 Sako-addicted

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    Don't mean to sound like Randy Jackson but, "WOW" just "WOW". I wasn't expecting beautiful. :clap2::faint3:-Misako
     
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    This is advertised as a L46 I dont think it is an L46 wat do you guys think, the stock looks wrong but where there any later models that took this appearance? 2223193_01.jpg 2223193_05.jpg
     
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    misako50 Sako-addicted

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    That is an L46 Deluxe, Ed-Misako
     
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    I guess WOW!

    Dhunter, those are some rare and beautiful guns!!! And they appear to be in excellent condition.

    Thanks for sharing the photo's.
     
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    Dhunter...Wow is almost an understatement! Owning two L46's in 25-20 is an outstanding accomplishment, Congratulations! The Mannlicher or Fullstock rifle is Awesome is every sense of the word. I take my hat off...and my shoes!

    Edd...the rifle in your pictures is most certainly a L46 De Luxe, and it looks to be in fine condition. Judging by the looks of things it will probably be a later example of one of the finest rifles known to man! Good Luck if you seek to acquire it!-Bloorooster
     
  9. JIA's Dad

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    dhunter,

    Nice, very NICE!!! :bowdown:
     
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    What calibre Ed ?
    Going by the shape of the trigger guard I'd like to have a guess at it being a late model L469 ?
     
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    Deersako it is in 222 cal and isnt very expensive I might have a dig at it ?
     
  12. stonecreek

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    Dhunter: Fantastic .25-20's! I don't suppose you'd want to trade one for a Mossberg 12-gauge bolt action with C-Lectachoke and a Savage .22 automatic with very little rust?
     
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    Stonecreek,

    Thanks for the generous offer. Your bolt action Mossberg with the C-Lectachoke sounds very interesting. By any chance does it have a slip-on recoil pad.
     
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    No, no slip on pad, but it does have custom pocket knife-carving on the left side of the stock depicting something that looks like either a whooping crane or the Virgin Mary, depending on how the light shines on it -- and a rear sight salvaged from a .22 soldered onto the barrel in case you want to shoot slugs at deer. The slight dent in the barrel about six inches back from the muzzle doesn't seem to have any effect on the patterns -- they center up
     
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    Whooping Crane / Virgin Mary

    :pound::giggle::laugh:-Bloo
     
  16. L61R

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    Guys!

    I have had a time-out of sorts but thought it be a good time to up this thread.

    But first I would like to thank all of you guys who have posted here!!:urock: Very pleasing posts for sore eyes!

    But there´s got to be more L46´s out there!? Keep `em coming!

    I hope to be able to post more pics of some new L46´s in a while!:tape:

    Jim
     
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    Yes Edd, original safety of the early L46's.
    Nice looking example that rifle, original one piece Sako rings also - (ocular lense has to come off scope to remove/replace)
    What chambering ?
     
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    edd! Check the first post in this thread and you'll see the two types of early lefty safeties. The one you posted about earlier is a kind of transitional safety and is only found on a few rifles. It was, most likely, a means to allow for scopes to be mounted low which is close to impossible with the first version.

    I have only ever seen this on rifles sold in the US and in US catalogs. I have a hunch this was a feature that FI came up with like so many other things during that timespan.

    Please let us know if any if you guys own or see one in aby market other than the US.

    Jim
     
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    Thanks L61r and deersako the information has clarified some confussion now I can go own with other sako ideas I am thinking about. I was begging to get sako withdrawal symptoms so I bought five more and maybe another on the way. This is getting ridiculous but as long as my therapist doesnt know I can live with it. I just hope piper chris doesnt do the family savings on his addiction soon.
    Anyway the L46 is killing me with its slender lines and smouth finish I am only concerned with its trigger, does anyone else think the trigger movement isnt as smooth as it could be. should one interfer with it and improve ins functionality? - *******
     
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    Edd!

    It´s about time you put your money where your mouth is, and show us all your goodies!:beerchug:

    We love to see what´s available in Oz!

    Jim
     

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