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Short Actions L461 223 Bofors

Discussion in 'Sako Short Actions' started by stikshooter, Mar 14, 2022.

  1. stikshooter

    stikshooter Member

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    I picked up a L461 in 223 marked Bofors Steel a couple years ago, and was wondering how much are these worth over a non Bofors marked L461 in 223.
    Any idea of the numbers made?

    Thanks
    Eric

     

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    deergoose Sako-addicted

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    very few made. Finding any L461 in .223 can be a challenge, and then finding an early one pre-Garcia / Pre-1972 is even harder. Finding one that's marked Bofors is even harder than that....you get the idea. I'm still looking for a Bofors .223 full stock. there is a premium difference between the configs, but I'm not sure what the market will bring now. glad you got yours, now go ahead and find the heavy barrel model and full stock ! :)

    DeerGoose
     
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    stonecreek SCC Secretary SCC Board Member

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    I would agree that a Bofors-marked .223 should bring some kind of premium, but just how much that might be on average is impossible to say. If you should come across a dedicated collector who is desperately looking for a Bofors-marked .223 who has just won the lottery and his wife is away visiting her sister, then it could be substantial. But it would need to be in excellent-to-mint condition, as with almost any "collectible" firearm. A highly-desirable but well-used rifle brings comments lamenting its condition, not cash offers.
     
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    Thanks for the comments.
    I wasn’t thinking of selling it. The metal is perfect but the stock has some of the finish showing age. I knew it was not a every day find when I bought it, but didn’t know is was that rare.

    Thanks again
    Eric
     
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    Spaher Well-Known Member

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    Go shoot it & enjoy it.
     
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    Not the best pictures of my 223, but best I had on my phone
     
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    Any idea on year of manufacture?
     
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    stonecreek SCC Secretary SCC Board Member

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    I deleted bumppo's post since it contained a link to an old and misleading set of serial numbers compiled by the old Sako Collectors Association. The SCA was unaware of how Sako serial numbering skipped around when they compiled the list from owner's hang tags. This erroneous list has generated dozens of instances of misinformation and downright hostility between buyers and sellers since people assume if the serial number on their rifle falls between two serial numbers on the list that its date of production must fall in between them, also. NOT TRUE. We've found consecutive serial numbers on rifles built as much as 10 years apart. And sometimes, Sako inadvertently used the same serial number on two different rifles made several years apart.

    If someone wants (or perhaps needs for C&R license purposes) the date of their Sako and it was produced prior to approximately 1972 then they can get it for ten bucks by clicking on the Factory Records Service link at the top of this page. If we don't have or for some reason can't find the inspection date for a particular rifle we'll refund your money.
     
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    thanks, i stand corrected and better informed.
     
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    Thank you sir for the info. I will do that
     
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    Old Hippie Formerly known as bloorooster

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    Lol!
    One of the things I hate about shooting close up photos…shows me how dirty my guns are!:rolleyes:bloo
     

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