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L579 1968

Discussion in 'Sako Medium Actions' started by xb40, Jul 31, 2015.

  1. xb40

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    This L579 heavy barrel 243 is unfired and in excellent condition. The extractor is heavily pitted. No other pitting on the bolt or chamber. Long story short, will any extractor for a medium bolt fit this bolt, or would it have to be for a L597 Forestor?

     

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    paulsonconstruction Sako-addicted

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    Your L579 IS a medium action. The L series Sako, IIRC, had long & short extractors depending on when they were made. I'm not sure what extractor was used in 1968, but you should be able to tell by looking. The long extractor is quite long (around an inch) & will be obvious. Pitting shouldn't affect the extractors function. Curious how just the extractor is pitted on an "unfired" rifle.
     
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    I have no idea. The is in the box, hang tags, all docks, hang tags on the front swivel show inspected on 3/19/68, type Semitarget, 243. Chamber is spotless. It has been in the box since it was purchased new. Main concern was the chamber, and if the bolt had been installed over that period of time.
    But it doesn't appear that is the case. Gunsmith(friend of mine) says some type of fluid had to have caused it. Anyway, I want to replace the piece if I can.
     
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    stonecreek SCC Secretary SCC Board Member

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    Several companies make a kit for the Remington 700 bolt to rework it to use an extractor like the Sako. These extractors are available from Brownell's and a couple of other places. I bought one to replace a broken extractor and it fit my mid-60's L579 perfectly.

    BTW: I think only the short action (L461) ever used the "long" extractor and all L57/579/61R actions used the "short" extractor.
     
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    Thanks, I saw the Remington conversions but didn't know if they were sako, or a modification made especially for the for the 700's.
     
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    Removed the extractor, not much of a problem. The spring, pin and extractor
    were very rusty? They were not operable. Not sure of how this occurred. Disassbled the bolt and checked the firing pin and internals. No rust on any internal bolt parts. Bit of a puzzle. Replacement parts are available at pacific tool and gauge. $21.00. Other vendors want 70.00 for the same parts. Pacific says they are manufactured by Sako medium action, 223, 308. Thanks for the assistance.
     

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