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L579 forester varmint

Discussion in 'Sako Medium Actions' started by bumppo, Jul 1, 2022.

  1. bumppo

    bumppo Well-Known Member

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    recently acquired this L579 forester varmint in .243 win. with beavertail forend, serial no. 13870.
    comments welcome.

     

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    paulsonconstruction Sako-addicted

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    Very nice! I don't recall seeing a L579 with a stock that color, usually they are dark & ugly. Yours is very pleasing to the eye. Front sight, Bofors barrel & multi-groove rifling would put it fairly early in L579 production. Did you request a Factory Records Search?
     
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    I'll post the factory records search results when I receive them.
    could the stock be maple?
    the format of the serial number on the receiver seems unusual.
     

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    Hi Mr. bumppo,
    Your rifle looks new except for the butt plate, Beautiful. I have a Sako .243 & it shoots better than I can hold it. You are a lucky man I know you will enjoy shooting it. I have had good results with Nosler Bal. Tips (95 Gr.) with IMR 4350 powder and hope you find a loading that you like!! All the best!! B/T
     

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    Old Hippie Formerly known as bloorooster

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    Very cool !
    You have one of the few early “Flat-bolt” Foresters. Your rifles cocking piece may also show liniar grooves on the top…as opposed to the cross-hatch milling seen on later models. These are some of the first L 579’s produced!
    Sweet rifle, the blonde stock is walnut without the dark, muddy stain used on most Sako rifles up to the 1970’s…I’ll guess yours is from ‘59-60
     
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    this new acquisition sako with the light coloured stock is my second forester in .243.
    the first one was made probably about 6 years later (serial number 61xxx). it isn't a varmint heavy barrel and it's relatively banged up, but it shoots fine (photo).
    I haven't fired this new one yet as it just arrived yesterday so I'll wait for the vintage gloss sako 26 mm rings I ordered for it a week ago from Custom Shop, Inc. in Montana.
     

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    the cocking piece has crosshatch milling on top.
     

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    Great shooting!! your target shows your skills & the rifles accuracy & quality. The pic. with my Forester & deer, is a hunt with my oldest son & his Sako 06,
    (he killed all the deer) a management hunt on our farm. We have too many does, several groups of 6-8 & their fawns. Our neighbors shoot only bucks, any age class even buttons??? such is life!!
     
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    Bumppo
    Be on the watch for contact between the bolt and the scopes ocular bell. The flat bolt is rather short and tighter in comparison to the later improved bolt design (lengthened considerably to eliminate contact). Medium and high rings will help somewhat with your 26mm choices
     
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    factory records search results:

    "Sako L579 serial number 13870 was inspected 20 July 1960 and is in caliber .243. It was booked for shipping to Firearms international in shipping lot 4995 on 15 Aug 1960 as one of 80 similar rifles in that shipment."
     
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