Sako 85
 
I’ve hunted with Sako rifles for more than 30 years. The company, now owned by Beretta and twinned with Tikka, makes a rifle that might be considered the equal of the Silver Pigeon shotgun. The model 85 replaced the 75 a while ago and is available in a wide variety of configurations. It retains a strong three-lug bolt, and the gun is now controlled feed of a sort with direct engage of the cartridge rim, and has a detachable box-type magazine which cannot be inadvertently released. It is a fine modern rifle, traditionally styled, and offering integrity of manufacture and quality of finish at a sensible price. There are no fewer than five action lengths available and all sorts of calibres. My recommendation would be a Finnlight stainless model with composite stock in light recoiling 6.5 x 55 or the .30-06 Bavarian (if you are not averse to the “hogsback” stock). Call GMK on 01489 579999.

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