Discussion in 'Show us your Sako' started by Billy, Feb 20, 2021.
Good day. Can you guys please help me with info on this sako .270 please
You have an absolutely stunning example of a Sako High Power, aka FN-Sako or Sako-Mauser. In the 1950's, before Sako started making the L61R Finnbear, it built rifles on Mauser-type actions acquired from Fabrique Nationale in Belgium. Yours appears to be a very early gun, as it has the original Mauser type safety on the bolt and the stock has a straight comb and the same style checkering as an L46. Later rifles had Sako trigger packs with a built-in trigger safety. Later stocks had a raised Monte Carlo cheekpiece and a different style of checkering.
The FN-Sako rifles are most commonly seen in .30-06, .270, and .300 H&H. Some were also made in 8x60, 8x60S, .375 H&H, 7x57, and possibly others in very small numbers. I own two of them, an all-original .30-06 and a custom .300 H&H. I am posting photos so you can see the differences between your rifle and a later version.
Your rifle appears to be completely original and in beautiful condition. It's the best example of an early FN-Sako that I've ever seen. I am envious. Congratulations!
The lower rifle is an original FN-Sako in .30-06; the upper is a custom in .300 H&H. The .30-06 has the later style stock with raised Monte Carlo cheekpiece and the checkering is different from the earliest guns. It retains the Mauser-type bolt safety, marking it as likely from the mid-50's. It also has screw-on Sako dovetail bases, which were available from Sako.
There are at least two 8x57’s made.
I was late on an ad for one many years ago and I know of a guy who owns one too.
I’ve heard of one in 9,3x62 but not sure it exists.
BTW, nice pics icebear!!
Thank you icebear. I impulsively bought this rifle a few weeks back and it is very difficult to identify on the internet. I am satisfied with my purchase after your post.
You have very nice rifles. Thanks for the pictures. Regards
The FN-Sakos are interesting rifles. I have a .30-06 in Deluxe configuration (skipline checkering and engraved floorplate just like the L-series Sakos) and a .270 Mannlicher with a full length barrel. Each is the only one I've ever seen in its respective configuration.
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