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Old 01-26-2004, 06:39 PM
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I'm a southpaw and torn between an Abolt stainless stalker and Sako 75 Hunter(only maple available for us lefties). I want a quality all weather gun. Will the Sako's maple stock handle wet weather w/o warping? Is it glass bedded? I know the Abolt SS can handle the weather but know it can not compare to the Sako in quality. Thanks for your feedback!
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Old 01-27-2004, 01:24 PM
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That's a tough one. I have experience with both rifles. I currently own two 75's (both with walnut stocks) and I have in the past owned 2 Browning A Bolts. As far as the barrelled action is concerned I prefer the Sako hands down. However, I'm not sure I'd want to sit out in a soaking rain with a walnut stocked rifle.

You could, of course, restock the Sako, but by doing so you'd add another $300 or more to the already substantial price. A McMillan stock would really be nice though.

Another option is a gun cover. There's a product call a Gun Coat or something like that that covers the gun and is intended for use in inclimate weather. I've got one, but so far I've never used it. I wish I could remember the correct name for it. I'll look it up and post it.
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Old 01-27-2004, 02:16 PM
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Thanks Solitary.
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Old 01-27-2004, 02:46 PM
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You're welcome and BTW, the Sako does not come bedded. However, the inletting on the 75's I've seen is very good, so bedding may not be necessary. I bedded both of my 75's myself because I just can't leave well enough alone and I like to tinker.
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Old 01-27-2004, 10:43 PM
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Default RE: Sako 75 Hunter woodstock vs A-Bolt SS

Both are good rifles, since you said you want an ALL WEATHER gun I'd say stick with the Synthetic Stock - Abolt in this case. I have one and it has been an excellent rifle. Only thing I did was take the trigger down to 3 lbs, other than that it shoots excellent and has stood up very well. If you really like the Sako, I have a number of walnut stocked rifles and while I prefer the synthetic they haven't caused me any concerns. However the only rain I usually see is Elk season in sept and maybe the odd shower in oct or november. I do see lots of snow and below freezing temperatures though, I just wipe them down with lightly oiled rag and keep a preservative on the wood. Of course the other choice with a sako is replace the stock, buy a rh action or get a custom built on a sako action.

Really depends on how much moisture you get during an average season to really see if it that big of a concern & your pocket book
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Old 01-27-2004, 11:08 PM
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I would go with the Sako. Good luck.
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Old 01-28-2004, 06:55 AM
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Here is what you do. Buy the sako with the stainless in the wood stock. I think they make that for lefties.
If not buy the sako and coat and put a mcmillan on it after you save up for it.
If you truly want 1 rifle, I think this is it.
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Old 01-28-2004, 08:08 AM
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could go with a weatherby mkv ultra lt.weight great gun
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Old 01-28-2004, 08:42 AM
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The product I was thinking about is called a Gunbrella. Here's a link to it at eders:

http://www.eders.com/catalog/showdet...59&CATID=14899

As I mentioned, I've got one, but so far I haven't hunted in weather so bad that I needed to use it.
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