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#5958670 - 12/24/11 09:50 AM Re: Sako 85 Finnlight 30-06 [Re: M12]
Spotshooter Offline
Campfire 'Bwana

Registered: 05/10/03
Posts: 11405
Originally Posted By: 340Wby
I think I will probably finish my hunting with an 30-06 & 9.3x62. ....The 06 is just sooooo balanced!


That's exactly what I did 85's in 06, and 9.3x62, with McMillan stocks - hard to beat.
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#5958720 - 12/24/11 10:02 AM Re: Sako 85 Finnlight 30-06 [Re: Spotshooter]
JRS3 Offline
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Registered: 09/13/08
Posts: 375
Loc: Florida
What do the Finnlights weigh?

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#5958869 - 12/24/11 10:36 AM Re: Sako 85 Finnlight 30-06 [Re: JRS3]
Oaktona Online   content
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Registered: 01/13/08
Posts: 487
Loc: Minnesota
Originally Posted By: JRS3
What do the Finnlights weigh?


S actions 6 3/16 lbs., SM/M actions 6 3/8 lbs., L actions 6 13/16 lbs.

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#5959009 - 12/24/11 11:10 AM Re: Sako 85 Finnlight 30-06 [Re: Spotshooter]
zxc Offline
Campfire Ranger

Registered: 07/03/06
Posts: 2324
Loc: Central British Columbia
Originally Posted By: Spotshooter
Originally Posted By: 340Wby
I think I will probably finish my hunting with an 30-06 & 9.3x62. ....The 06 is just sooooo balanced!


That's exactly what I did 85's in 06, and 9.3x62, with McMillan stocks - hard to beat.



me too, except i went 9.3x66

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#5959512 - 12/24/11 01:50 PM Re: Sako 85 Finnlight 30-06 [Re: zxc]
highridge1 Offline
Campfire Tracker

Registered: 06/19/06
Posts: 5467
Loc: NW Montana
I really like how on the sako's and tikka's you don't need a base. It's 4 less screws that can come loose and eliminates a part.That is a bonus to me.
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#5959534 - 12/24/11 01:53 PM Re: Sako 85 Finnlight 30-06 [Re: highridge1]
highridge1 Offline
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Registered: 06/19/06
Posts: 5467
Loc: NW Montana
What's wrong with Leupolds ring for sako's ? They seem fine to me.With the design of the taper of the groove, the ring can only get tighter.
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#5959975 - 12/24/11 04:05 PM Re: Sako 85 Finnlight 30-06 [Re: zxc]
atomchaser Offline
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Registered: 11/10/07
Posts: 437
Originally Posted By: Furprick
The dovetail arrangement for scope mounting needs a bit of thought before it is dismissed as inferior. During the machining operation of the action a jig is used with an automated drilling process to put 4 holes in the action. Are these holes in direct alignment with the bore, are the chamfered holes in the mounts centered or are they a bit sloppy from tooling wear?
The dove tails are cut in one operation and are parallel to each other, even if they are slightly off square with the bore it is the same amount off square, scope adjustment will make up for this. scope rings have best chance for perfect alignment with this system. Less variables the better and the 4 screws introduce variables. Never had a problem with the dove tail arrangement on sakos or cz's


The problem I have with them is the lack of flexibility in moving the position of the bases/rings. Someone should market some sort of self-centering adjustable dovetail base. You could then take advantage the entire length of the dovetail.

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#5961047 - 12/24/11 11:17 PM Re: Sako 85 Finnlight 30-06 [Re: atomchaser]
VaHillbilly Offline
Campfire Guide

Registered: 02/05/07
Posts: 3735
Loc: BSG Virginia
I have owned more than a few Sako rifles and also have never had any trouble with their clamp-on scope mounting system but I can't imagine this system being nearly as secure as one that is actually screwed to the receiver, I have read a few Sako horror stories on the campfire that related instances of scopes sliding off Sako rifles rings bases and all, an African PH wrote that he had seen more than one Sako rifle loose it's scope while standing up in a truck rack. I can see how this might happen to a scoped Sako rifle, or the guy who related the story where he was on a horseback hunting trip and was sliding his rifle back in it's scabbard only to watch in horror as his Swarovski scope went careening down a rocky slope, whether these stories are true or not I don't know but I can see how it would be possible for this to happen with this design, I also noticed that Sako didn't go with this system when they designed the new A7 rifle, I know Tikka uses a similar tip-off type system but I have no experience with Tikka rifles, Tikkas by most accounts are very accurate but they still reek of cheapness in my book, too much plasteek for me..................Hb

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#5961065 - 12/24/11 11:36 PM Re: Sako 85 Finnlight 30-06 [Re: highridge1]
VaHillbilly Offline
Campfire Guide

Registered: 02/05/07
Posts: 3735
Loc: BSG Virginia
Originally Posted By: highridge1
What's wrong with Leupolds ring for sako's ? They seem fine to me.With the design of the taper of the groove, the ring can only get tighter.
Under recoil I agree but if the scope takes a wrap from the front it could pop right off, this system doesn't seem very secure in my eyes. The reason I don't like the Leupold ringmounts is a little experiment I made with them several years ago, I mounted these rings on a Sako mod 75 with a 1" dowel instead of a real scope to test for frontal impact as I had my doubts about this system, I tightened the clamp on rings to 40 inch pounds of torque and it only took one decent rap from a 16 oz hammer too the front of the dowel and they flew right off, this was an experiment I came up with to see how the system would react to a hit from the front, as I said in an earlier post I never had any trouble at the range or in the field with the Sako or the Talley base ring set up but I also never tried this same experiment with ether of these, I only did it the one time as I was afraid of scratching the receiver of my rifle, I don't think one decent rap to the front of a dowel mounted in screw on ringmounts would have any effect though I have never tried...............Hb

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#5961216 - 12/25/11 04:45 AM Re: Sako 85 Finnlight 30-06 [Re: VaHillbilly]
GaryVA Offline
Campfire Ranger

Registered: 03/07/05
Posts: 2270
Loc: The Backcountry Mountains
Currently my favorite version of the Finnlight, the new Black Bear. Basically a black Finnlight chambered in 9.3x62 with Recknagel Sights and barrel band swivel mount, weighs 6 1/2 pounds.



Recknagel sights which are fully adjustable for both windage and elevation.






My favorite ringmounts are the new 1-pc Sako Optilock Ringmounts. If they fit your needed ring spacing, they are outstanding. Simple, uncluttered, good height for natural cheekweld and eye alignment, solid clamping, and a repeatable fit where the scope goes on and off the receiver like it were on a precision ball bearing rail.



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