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Sako .22 Hornet
Old 02-11-2020, 05:45 PM
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Background: I've owned this rifle for a long time and thanks to gitano decided to "get with the program". This is the Sako P75 imported by Stoeger to the US in 1978. It is a bolt action clip fed, with a 22 1/2 inch barrel one in 16 twist and a .224 bore. The Old Sako Collectors club with data from the factory showed 2 crates of 100 each P75 rifles, all chambered in .22 Hornet, were ever shipped to the USA. It came to me with I suspect a Sako scope mount and I installed a Zeiss Terra 2x7x32 with I think Millet Rings. The stock is first rate European Walnut and the action and barrel are factory floated.
Functionality: The clip is designed to hold the top cartridge at a 20 degree angle which centers the round dead center to the chamber. The clip can be easily removed and inserted without looking. The bolt is smooth and cocks on closing. The trigger is interesting. You have to take up quite a bit of slack, however, there is no spring so it quickly contacts the sear. From there the trigger crisply snaps at about 4 pounds. No complaints here just different.
Accuracy: I started with 35 grain Hornady V Max and 13 grains of Lil' Gun resulting in a ragged 5 shot hole at average 3007'/sec. Then I tried the 40 grain Sierra Varmiteer HP and shot 2 pretty bad groups then noticed the scope had slid off the forward mount. Got to start all over with the 40 and 45 grain testing.
More: I also own a Winchester M 43 in 22 Hornet that I am working on now, stay tuned.



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