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SAKO A7 and range report

Post by SHV » 26 Jun 2016, 11:28 pm

SAKO A7 LPS special, nearly tikka's price, it's light enough for hunting and I need a light 308 so why not? :D

I know it is not a "real" sako but the trigger, bolt, magazine and stock all a little better than tikka, it's good enough for me as a hunting rifle



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Re: SAKO A7 and range report

Post by SHV » 26 Jun 2016, 11:41 pm

as an unexperienced shooter, when I squeeze the trigger, some gun fires early than I thought, some a little late, the result is ugly
Sako A7's trigger is really nice, when I squeeze it, it fires as I expected, not a little early, not a little late, so the result is not too bad
first time at St Mary's, clean the barrel, sigh in the scope and tried some 5 shot groups at 50 meters

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Re: SAKO A7 and range report

Post by SHV » 26 Jun 2016, 11:44 pm

this one done by my friend, he loves the trigger too

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Re: SAKO A7 and range report

Post by SHV » 26 Jun 2016, 11:48 pm

this one is mine, 4 shots are good but one fly :crazy:

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Post by SHV » 26 Jun 2016, 11:57 pm

looks like this rifle got potential and the 3-9x40 is not good enough for "target" shooting, so I bought a 3-12x50 for it, hopefully can see the target a little closer and more comfortable for long time shooting.

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Re: SAKO A7 and range report

Post by SHV » 27 Jun 2016, 12:01 am

looks good on the rifle, not too big as I thought before

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Post by SHV » 27 Jun 2016, 12:07 am

hopefully can get chance to try the new scope this week at range
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Re: SAKO A7 and range report

Post by Gamerancher » 27 Jun 2016, 9:59 am

I like my Sako's, I have 6 of them. Haven't really looked at the A7, I know they were built as a budget line to compete in that market in the U.S.
Looks like the result of letting a "daddy" Sako spend some time with a "mummy" Tikka and you get "junior" ;)
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Re: SAKO A7 and range report

Post by SHV » 27 Jun 2016, 12:03 pm

Gamerancher wrote:I like my Sako's, I have 6 of them. Haven't really looked at the A7, I know they were built as a budget line to compete in that market in the U.S.
Looks like the result of letting a "daddy" Sako spend some time with a "mummy" Tikka and you get "junior" ;)


6 Sako's? they must be very good :thumbsup:
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Post by Gamerancher » 27 Jun 2016, 5:29 pm

Yeah, I reckon they are. 4 are used for Silhouette shooting only. They feed like a dream, accurate as all get out, excellent triggers and they come standard with SAKO EXTRACTORS! :thumbsup: One has 4 different barrels and two stocks, one custom walnut hunter and a competittion off-hand, giving 8 different configurations on one action. Range or scrub she's a beaut! Another is a varmitter with 2 barrels. Actually I just remembered, its seven. There's another one I use around the property. :oops:
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Re: SAKO A7 and range report

Post by agentzero » 12 Jul 2016, 11:36 am

Fancy photos, looks like you're doing a Sako catalogue :lol:
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Re: SAKO A7 and range report

Post by bobnob » 23 Jul 2016, 11:29 am

Gday SHV, great minds think alike they say...

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Picked up the same in 308 Win two weeks ago.

Three different loads at 260y over my bench, using 168g Amax and R17...

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LOVE the trigger, stock suits me down to the ground and it's light without being so light it can't be held steady.

I can load ammo out 2.907" in the mag and the chamber / throat dimensions are SNUG which is never bad, and not common for a 308.
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Re: SAKO A7 and range report

Post by bobnob » 23 Jul 2016, 11:32 am

By the way I'll pull you up on one thing... the A7 is very much a REAL Sako, else I dunno what else it is!
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Re: SAKO A7 and range report

Post by SHV » 23 Jul 2016, 9:01 pm

bobnob wrote:Gday SHV, great minds think alike they say...

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Picked up the same in 308 Win two weeks ago.

Three different loads at 260y over my bench, using 168g Amax and R17...

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LOVE the trigger, stock suits me down to the ground and it's light without being so light it can't be held steady.

I can load ammo out 2.907" in the mag and the chamber / throat dimensions are SNUG which is never bad, and not common for a 308.


260 yard? that's amazing! middle one is A-max? 49 grain of what powder? and the total length around 2.9?
I use 8208 40 grain, 168 grain nosler custom competition for target shooting, haven't tried others yet
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Re: SAKO A7 and range report

Post by bobnob » 24 Jul 2016, 6:48 am

Yes mate all those groups are Amax and three different charges of Reloder 17. OAL is 2.898 which has the bullet kissing square on the lands. Not pushing in so far that it's jammed, just a good square kiss on all of the lands.

FC brass if you're wondering.

R17 can do amazing things with moderate to heavy bullets in the 308 Win if you can get enough into the case. 49g leaves about 3mm of room between the top of the powder and the case mouth and that's where I stopped because it was fast enough for me. 2800fps is not out of order though in the 22.5" bbl if one was inclined to lean on it, which isn't really my go.
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Re: SAKO A7 and range report

Post by SHV » 24 Jul 2016, 12:35 pm

bobnob wrote:Yes mate all those groups are Amax and three different charges of Reloder 17. OAL is 2.898 which has the bullet kissing square on the lands. Not pushing in so far that it's jammed, just a good square kiss on all of the lands.

FC brass if you're wondering.

R17 can do amazing things with moderate to heavy bullets in the 308 Win if you can get enough into the case. 49g leaves about 3mm of room between the top of the powder and the case mouth and that's where I stopped because it was fast enough for me. 2800fps is not out of order though in the 22.5" bbl if one was inclined to lean on it, which isn't really my go.


will try it if I can get the R17 at LGS :drinks:
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Re: SAKO A7 and range report

Post by SHV » 24 Jul 2016, 1:20 pm

Hi Bobnob, I wish I have a property like yours which I can shoot anytime and at any distance...

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Post by Rocker » 25 Jul 2016, 10:44 am

Pretty :mrgreen:
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