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I came into a Sako Finnbear L61R in .270 said to be 35 or more years old.
I like the fit and workmanship that was put into the gun. At first I thought it had a 98 style bolt, but that is not the case.
The crown of the barrel is flat not what I thought it would be.
 
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My opinion is that they were one of the best production guns of their day.

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I still have two, one in .338 and another in .375 H&H. I like them because the fit me so well, they’re light, and they shoot exceptionally well.

SAKO’s in general are still well regarded, but I think the L61s were the best of the lot. I recall seeing old pictures of them hammer forging the barrels, lathing them round again, and a guy standing at a press, straightening them by eye prior to installing them. The pride those old boys took in their craftsmanship back then doesn’t seem as common nowadays.
 
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I have the same gun also in .270 Win. The first rifle I ever bought. Purchased back in 1969. The barrel is labeled "Bofors steel". Still shoots great.


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I'm new to the Sako game myself, having just purchased my first one. My experiences are in line with those here. The AV is about 30 years old, exquisitely made, very accurate, and attractive. I'm quite certain it won't be my last!

I also agree on the muzzle crown. It's essentially totally flat and is a little bit odd at first. More of an observation than anything else. I mean, it's not as if having a target crown means you can drag the rifle muzzle first through the woods. Big Grin
 
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The flat muzzle is just how they made them back in the day. It's a shame that Sako/Beretta moved on from the L61 action.


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I have several L461, L579 and L61 Sako rifles. They're fine rifles and more than a couple are custom stocked.

Zeke
 
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"Borfus steel"

Bofors steel, their most famous product are 40mm naval and tank cannon.
 
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"Borfus steel"


I fixed it. Should have pulled the gun out of the safe to check before posting.


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