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  1. deersako

    deersako Well-Known Member

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    We don’t see a lot of early Deluxe’s over here so have not been able to compare many.
    I believe that the L57’s in .308 did not have the crossbolt, so at what point were they introduced in the early L579’s ?

     
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    Old Hippie Formerly known as bloorooster

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    Strange to think that the Land Down Under would be short in DeLux rifles but seems to yield a abundance of 7x33’s, Hornets and Bee’s! I’d swap one of my .308’s for a comparable 7x33! If you ever come up here to the states bring one and look me up!:)
    I have a L57 DeLux .308 , a later Bofors stamped example that does not have a cross bolt. All my L579’s in .308 have them. It’s my belief that when Sako introduced the L61R long action the recoil cross bolt came with it. Higher recoiling long action calibers required something more to reduce the stress at the front lug. I think Sako decided to use it as precautionary efforts to protect the L579’s chambered in the heavy hitting .308 win , which can be loaded with 165-200 grain pills. It my opinion that the recoil cross bolt was introduced in ‘61 in Foresters chambered in .308Win along with the new long action L61R.

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    Likewise Bloo.
     
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    I think you're right on regarding the recoil lug. The first catalog to mention the recoil lug is the mid 1962 catalog. I've attached a scan of a page from the 62 catalog touting the recoil lug in the 308. The 61 catalog introducing the L579 does not mention the lug nor do the Foresters pictured in the 61 show the lug. The mid 62 catalog mentions the lug, but the pictures of the Foresters in the 62 do not show an example of a 308 with lug, probably because the pictures in the 62 are the same pictures used in the 1961 catalog.

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    Old Hippie Formerly known as bloorooster

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    Very interesting..no mention of a .22-250 yet.
    It seems the Vixen was Sako’s flagship rifle during the early 60’s, as they refer to or compare the new Forester to it. The L461 was gaining popularity across Europe and America.
    I loved those old FI catalogs , Grand dad had a few , along with some even more interesting magazines underneath that grandma wasn’t very happy with.
    No wonder I name all my Sako’s after women…:D

    edit: The 22-250 was commercially introduced around ‘65 .

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    Wait, you have names for your rifles? Like “Martha” or “Janet?” Or are they Finnish names?


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    Old Hippie Formerly known as bloorooster

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    Ironically, Sako was building .22-250's on their L579 for Browning when the cartridge was still a wildcat -- one of the few factory chamberings for a wildcat cartridge by a major manufacturer. This was several years before they finally built one of their own as a Forester.
     

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