Sako Forester L579, Swedish forest workhorse!

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  1. Karmaba

    Karmaba Member

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    Hello from Sweden!
    My first post here.

    Sako Forester L579
    308 win


    Inherited this old workhorse from a relative a few years ago.
    It is my primary hunting rifle from fox to moose!

    Sako optilok QR mounts with 1.5-6x44 30mm scope tube perfect for swedish forest terrain.
    YES... the beartooth cheek cover is ugly but i dont want to scratch the stock with my hearing protection:)

    I really love shooting with open sights with it but i need a thinner front sight blade... the stock one is way to big for my kind of shooting.

    anyone knows where i can find a front sight blades that will fit? or something similar that i can modify.
    Just send me a message!:)


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  2. Bernie’s Dad

    Bernie’s Dad Well-Known Member

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    Looks like beautiful country. I love work horse rifles - and iron sights! I don’t know where to send you but I hope you find what you need. Rifles were built for iron sights. I think we should use them more. Good luck!

    BTW, how do you like that Hawke? I had one once and liked its quality. I though the set up was a bit unusual.


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  3. Karmaba

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    Hello!
    Indeed they are built to be used. Yeah I totally agree with that! I often take my Enfield no4 to the range aswell people look at me like I'm a weirdo because nobody uses iron sights here at all.

    The scope is a Hawke Endurance 30 WA 1.5-6x44 L4A Dot reticle
    I really like it! the image quality is really good for the price, it takes in enough light at dusk and dawn and with illuminated red dot and low power zoom it works great as close range sight, 6x zoom is more than enough to the places i hunt in:)
     
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    Hello Karmaba and Welcome!
    Very nice rifle indeed!
    The Foresters (L579 and L57) are my favorites, especially chambered in .308 win. Workhorse for sure with a huge helping of thoroughbred!
    To me the Forester is the ultimate carry rifle, light weight and quick to the shoulder. I’ve hunted with mine for many years, shooting 150 g hand loads ,it’s perfect for whitetail deer and upward with proper shot placement. Shot placement comes easy with the fine adjustable trigger. Yours should have the 12 groove bore , which I feel is of superior accuracy and quality.
    Looking forward to seeing your rifle leaning on or against a trophy harvest of your choice! Good luck in the field!
    Edit: you may have difficulty finding a suitable front blade to replace the original. The rear elevation sight is uncommon to most rifles imported to the US , where the Sako peep or aperture sight comes in handy. My suggestion is is to become better acquainted with your original set up. With the glass you are using, with out some harsh situations that would compromise accuracy, you will be super fine!

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  5. paulsonconstruction

    paulsonconstruction Sako-addicted

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    Have you thought about filing the front site thinner or filing the rear sight notch a little bigger to get the sight image you desire?
     
  6. Karmaba

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    Hello there! and thank you:)

    Yeah indeed the trigger is amazing and the gun itself is lightweight enough to carry all day in the woods.
    Hmm 12groove bore you say, i didnt know that.
    i dont know what year it was made but i think its a early 70's rifle...?

    i am actually looking for that Sako peep sight but they are pretty rare here in sweden emailed almost(seriously) every hunting rifle gunsmiths in sweden to find one... but got no luck yet.
    Thinking of modify front sight bead from a swedish M96 mauser i like the shape of them.
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  7. Karmaba

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    Hi!
    Yes i am thinking of that but i dont want to ruin the only front sight i got, really hard to find here everybody throws these kind of stuff away to never be found again:(
    if i get lucky i can modify the swedish mauser m96 front sight blade to fit.
     
  8. Old Hippie

    Old Hippie Formerly known as bloorooster

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    If yours is Bofors Stamped and numbered below 80000 , it should have 12 grooves. The checkering patterns on yours seem to show pre 70’ attributes.
    Does yours have a push button floor plate release or “S” type press lever?
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  9. Karmaba

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    Old Hippie Formerly known as bloorooster

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    Thanks for the photos
    It appears you possibly have pre 70’s gun…everything I see this far kinda says so but you never know…is there a stamping on the right side of the barrel..Bofors Steel..? I think it was eliminated around ‘68-69. Regardless..you have an awesome rifle. It will serve you well.

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  11. Karmaba

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    Thank you:) love it
    nope no stamping on the right
     

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