Sako Safari's

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  1. Spaher

    Spaher Member

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    Sharing photos of a set of Sako Safari's, .338 Win Mag; .300 Win Mag; .375 H&H Magnum, and 2 .458 Win Magnum Barreled Actions in custom Arizona mesquite stocks (right 2 rifles). Sako safari.jpg

     
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    Welcome and thanks for posting pictures, that always gets our attention. Love that Mesquite wood. A friend built a lake house and trimmed it out in Mesquite including a large stairway to the second floor kitchen with a 4' x 15' custom made mesquite dining table. Are my eyes fooling me, or is the barrel contour on the 300 and 375 the same? And the 338 barrel appears heavier. All are beautiful. Are the 300, 338, and 375 actions stamped AIV and what is the serial number range (55xxxx ?). I always wanted an early one in 300 Win Mag, but they're like hens teeth. I've seen one 300 many years ago at Collectors Firearms in Houston, but like a dummy, I didn't buy it.
     
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    Sako safaris. Wow.
     
  4. icebear

    icebear Sako-addicted

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    Spectacular. Love the mesquite. I've got some mesquite drying from having my trees trimmed, but nothing big enough to make a stock. Pistol grips, maybe.
     
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    Douglastwo, excuse the delay in reponse the actions and serial no's as follows:
    .338 A IV 5689_ _
    .300 A IV 5615 _ _
    .375 A IV5692 _ _
    .458 L61R 7586 _
    .458 L61R 7706 _.

    I do not recall the year I bought the .458 barreled actions, but they were from a wholesaler out of Pennsylvania and discounted to $200 each, as well as a couple of plain actions for future builds. I had 2 Arizona mesquite blanks at the time and had them built as above, one ended up without a barrel swivel band. The .375 is one of my favorites being quite comfortable to shoot and has taken quite a few animals with open sight configuration. I had a .416 Rigby Sako custom build from a PH back in 1990's and as usual, regret selling it.
     
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    Thanks for sharing the additional info.
     
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    This made my week, beautiful rifles and excellent photos. Thanks, Wayne
     
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    Beautiful rifles !
    I love wood stocks. On my mothers side of the family I learned her mothers family made furniture. This was a revelation to me as I didn't know why figured wood grain was so appealing to me. God makes simple things beautiful. While in Argentina I discovered "Calden" wood. It is in the same family of trees as the Acacia & Mesquite trees they use it for fence posts!! I wonder if it could be used for rifle stocks as well ?
     
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    Great group of Safaris that you have, thanks for showing them.
     
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    I am happy to share photos and stories with any reasonable relationship, although I tend to stray from the topic at hand. The Acacia's in Africa look identical to the Mesquite found in North and Central America less the thorns, an evolutionary thing I suppose.
    In South Texas and Mexico there are mesquite fenceposts that are pushing 100 years old and still sturdy and not susceptible to termites, the reason given by the ranch old-timer hands is that the posts came from mesquites that were deliberately felled during a full moon that made them "sappy" and then submersed for long periods of time in water/ponds to prevent the wood borers from burrowing in the fresh cut wood. The cuts being at an angle or pointed to minimize rain absorption and resulting decay rather than a flat cut or perpendicular to the upright post.
    A solution to worm hole or damage on a potential high figured piece of mesquite wood for a stock is black colored epoxy that further strengthens that area so as not to be discouraged if one runs across a good one.
     
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    Many like photos so, here goes of 2 Sako Safari's at work on safari. Sako Safari .375 H&H Magnum on Tanzanian Lion, circa 1992; Sako .416 Rigby on South African White Rhino, circa 1998. (.416 Rigby was acquired as a rechambered magnum) Safari circa 1992.jpg Safari 1998.jpg
     
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    OK, this has convinced me if I can ever figure out a "reason" (of some sort) for buying an over-.40... it'll be an AIV.

    :)

    I did at one time wonder a little about converting my .25-'06 AV to a .416 of one flavor or another... but folks here kindly convinced me it'd be easier/better/possibly less expensive to just sell the AV and get an AIV. So far, I'm only halfway along that plan...

    -Chris
     

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