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Offline JamesCC

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Hunting rifle feedback
« on: January 27, 2021, 12:46:45 PM »
Hey gents- I was doing some research on a new hunting rifle and found an article that said the number one grab was the new Sako S20. Not sure if $1600 is worth it or if anyone has heard good things? Any suggestions on a new setup would be aprecited thanks in advance.

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Re: Hunting rifle feedback
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2021, 11:09:31 PM »
What are you hunting?
It's not saving any water if you have to flush it over and over....

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Re: Hunting rifle feedback
« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2021, 12:52:16 PM »
Can't help with that model.......
but I love my 7mm Mag Finnbear Deluxe

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Re: Hunting rifle feedback
« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2021, 03:01:00 PM »
Please do not get me wrong.  The Sako is a nice rifle and will shoot accurately, but spending $1,600 on a bolt-action rifle that still needs to be scoped, it is a bit overpriced.  Unless you are going to use it in matches as well there are better alternatives at lower cost.  Admittedly I have a very utilitarian view on hunting rifles, my go-tos are a Win 88 in 308 and a CZ 527 in 6.5 Grendel, if the 308 is too much.  If I need something bigger then the rifled 870 12ga mag gets the call.

On the other hand it looks really cool. Just would never take it hunting.

Best wishes on your decision and future hunts.

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Re: Hunting rifle feedback
« Reply #4 on: February 02, 2021, 08:18:32 PM »
 Yes, start with intended critters, location some & then type of hunting. Take deer for example, some hunters may never hunt outside a comfortable blind, others never go near a blind.

  Deer in MS average in the small side, some places further North, #210 dressed isn’t uncommon.

  In general I prefer lighter, shorter guns in modest chamberings, hardly ever feel a need to go larger than a 308. The 243, 6.5 Swede, 284 Win & similar are what I use.

  Then if you’re talking coyotes or prairie dogs, there are other considerations.

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Re: Hunting rifle feedback
« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2021, 08:03:28 PM »
Thanks for the comments gents- I thought it was steep but others say it’s not. I’m
Torn still.

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Re: Hunting rifle feedback
« Reply #6 on: December 19, 2021, 09:45:16 PM »
Did you go for it?  Whatever floats your boat!  Personally, for hunting, I gravitated from relatively heavy, 24" barreled rifles to a lighter, more maneuverable, 20" barreled Savage LW Hunter.  No problems ringing the bell consistently at 350 yards, so definitely no problem shooting whitetails at 200 yards or so.

For $1600 I'd expect to have a very fine walnut stock!  Otherwise, maybe a synthetic stocked, heavy 24+ barreled shooter might make sense for long range competitive shooting, but realistically, there are MANY good ~ $500 guns that can outshoot most trigger pullers in that role as well.  Spend the extra money on a expensive scope instead.

I doubt that the SAKO is much if at all more capable than their less expensive TIKA line or Weatherby Vanguard Series (a winner in my book).