Sako L46 Riihimaki, .222 Rem, Varmints Beware!
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Rare! Sako L46 action, Pre-1972, Pre-Garcia importation. Made in Riihimaki, Finland. Serial number 40836. Chambered in .222 Remington. The original Sako brilliant, high luster bluing is near perfect with very few light handling marks. There are some very light handling marks on the stock (Can you find them? Not easy!!). Has Original Sako butt plate. The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. The front sight blade was removed to accommodate scope installation, easy to replace (not provided). The action and bolt face are extremely clean. This L46 Riihimaki features Sako Factory roll marked “Bofors Steel”, 24” barrel, and original Sako 1” detachable scope rings/mounts. This Pre-Vixen, L46 model features also include European hardwood Monte Carlo stock with hand cut skip-line checkering, White Line pistol grip cap and butt plate, Sako high gloss bluing. Sako original detachable 4 + 1 round magazine, and factory sling swivels. These early model Sako L46 actions with “Bofors Steel” barrels are very well known for extreme performance and accuracy. The .222 Remington is well known for its high velocity, accuracy, and performance. The Bofors Steel high quality barrel, stock hand cut checkering, and the rifle’s Superb fit and finish are all great examples of Old World Craftsmanship. Overall, a Gorgeous, rarely found, Sako L46 Riihimaki, Pre-1972/Garcia importation, in .222 Remington, that will make a great addition to any fine firearms collection.

Layaway 25% down and 15% per month until paid in full. If Buyer remains in good standing at all times during the layaway period, Seller will refund half of all payments made at any time if Buyer changes mind. Or suggest layaway terms to better suit your needs.

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The .222 Remington, which is also known as the Triple Deuce/Triple Two/Treble Two is a centerfire rifle cartridge. Introduced in 1950, it was the first commercial rimless .22 cartridge made in the United States. As such, it was an entirely new design, without a parent case. The .222 Remington was a popular target cartridge from its introduction until the mid-1970s and still enjoys a reputation for inherent accuracy. It remains a popular varmint cartridge at short and medium ranges with preferred bullet weights of 40-55 grains and muzzle velocities from 3000-3500 fps. Factory rifles often produce groups of one minute of arc or less with no tuning. The accuracy and flat trajectory of the cartridge resulted in the adoption of the round for varmint and benchrest rifles. While the larger and faster .220 Swift and .22-250 Remington cartridges provided more reach and power than the .222 Remington, but also more muzzle blast and barrel erosion.

When the US military was looking for a new smallbore rifle cartridge, Remington started with the .222 Remington, and stretched it to increase powder capacity by about 20% in 1958 to make the .222 Remington Magnum. The greater powder capacity put the velocities between the standard .222 Remington and the .22-250. The cartridge was not accepted by the military, but it was introduced commercially. In 1963, the 5.56×45mm NATO, also based on a stretched .222 case, was adopted along with the new M16 rifle. The NATO cartridge had a capacity only 5% less than the Magnum. The new 5.56×45mm cartridge was commercialized by Remington as the .223 Remington.

The .222 Remington derivative cartridges are among the most popular in the world. In addition to the .222 Magnum and .223 Remington, the .222 has also served as the parent case for the .221 Fireball, the fastest production handgun cartridge. The .222 Remington also remains fairly popular in Europe, where producers like Sako, Tikka, and Sauer chamber rifles for this caliber. Firearms that are usually chambered for the .223 Remington/5.56×45mm NATO caliber are often rechambered for the .222 Remington for sale in countries where regulations restrict or forbid civilian ownership of "military calibers." Examples of countries with such legislation include France and Spain.

General information about Sako the company and its rifles follows, including some specific information about this rifle being auctioned, the L46 action. SAKO, Limited is a Finnish firearm manufacturer located in Riihimäki. It is now owned by the Italian firearms holding company Beretta Holding. In 1919, two years after Finland declared independence from the Russian Empire, the Suojeluskuntain Yliesikunnan Asepaja (Civil Guard Supreme Staff Gun Works) opened in a former Helsinki brewery to repair private arms and recondition Russian military rifles for Finnish service. The rifle repair shop became financially independent of the civil guard in 1921. The Suojeluskuntain Yliesikunnan Asepaja moved from Helsinki to an ammunition factory in Riihimäki on 1 June 1927 and reorganized as SAKO in the 1930s. Sako started exporting pistol cartridges to Sweden in the 1930s and continued manufacturing submachinegun cartridges through World War II.

The firearms manufacturer Tikkakoski, which owned the Tikka brand, was merged into SAKO in 1983. The Valtion Kivääritehdas (VKT) opened at Tourula, Jyväskylä in 1925 had become a part of Valmet in the 1950s and in 1987, the state-owned Valmet and SAKO fused into SAKO-VALMET, with ownership split evenly between Nokia and Valmet. After several organizational shifts in state ownership, the SAKO name remained for the privately owned gun- and cartridge-producing company located in the cities of Riihimäki and Jyväskylä (former Valmet factory in Tourula, which was later closed). The company now is owned by Beretta Holdings.

Post-World War II production: The first civilian rifle bearing the Sako name was the L42 (Luodikko [rifle] model 1942) chambered for the 7×33mm Sako cartridge, prototyped in 1942, and commercial production started after World War II. Sako developed the 7×33mm cartridge based on the 9×19mm Parabellum pistol cartridge, by making a longer case and "necking" the case down to 7 mm caliber (7.21 mm bullet diameter). This cartridge was designed for and well suited to capercaille and black grouse hunting, a popular sport in Finland, Sweden, and Norway. The L46 (this rifle you are considering bidding on) was later denoted L461 "Vixen." The L461 has been very popular in Finland and Sweden, especially chambered for the .222 Remington cartridge and has an almost-mythical status among aficionados.

In 1957, Sako launched a longer action, the L57, subsequently renamed L579 "Forester." This is a "medium action" intended for the .308 Winchester and similar cartridges. In 1961, Sako introduced the L61R "Finnbear" for the long cartridges like the .30-06, 6.5×55mm and similar. For a short while, between 1959 and 1974, Sako produced a lever-action gun, the Sako Finnwolf, in .243 Winchester and .308 Winchester. Sako has also produced a number of rimfire rifles, among those are the P72 Finnscout, the M78, the Finnfire, and the Quad. The M78 was also chambered for the .22 Hornet and the .22 WMR in addition to the .22 LR.

During the 1980s (1987), Sako started using the AI/AII/AV designations (previously used for models imported to the US) for the three action lengths in Europe. The complete rifles were still designated L461/L579/L61. The bolt was given a slight cosmetic makeover, with the hammer covered by a conical shell. This visual design was also used on the later models (M4/5/691, M75, M85).

The L579 could be delivered with detachable magazine although the default was a hinged floorplate. From 1987 to 1992 a version of the short (Vixen) action was produced for the .22 PPC and 6mm PPC cartridges, when Sako introduced these former wildcat cartridges as commercial cartridges, denoted ".22 PPC USA" and "6mm PPC USA" to avoid confusion with the specialized bench rest cartridges which required a "tight neck" chamber. These actions are the same external dimensions, and have the same bolt diameter as the 222 Remington, 222 Rem. Magnum, 223 Rem. cartridge actions. Only the bolt face recess was enlarged to suit the PPC case.

In 1992, the first of the "newer" Sakos, the 591, was introduced as a replacement for the L579. Shortly after, the 491 and the 691 were launched. These rifles (491/591/691) are not as highly regarded as the L461/L579/L61R and according to folklore, the quality of the workmanship is slightly inferior for the 491/591/691. They featured a separate recoil lug, also found on the 75, and a Tikka trigger assembly. However, these rifles were available in left-hand configuration both as a medium action (591) and long action (691).

In 1997, Sako launched the M75, named for Sako's 75th anniversary. The 75 was externally similar to previous Sako models, but the construction was radically different featuring three symmetrical locking lugs and a detachable magazine. Before the 75, Sako hunting rifles (except the L46 and the L579) did not have detachable magazines, but a hinged floorplate with the lock placed on the front of the trigger guard. Sako's latest (and current) model, the M85, was introduced in 2006.

(There are many other fine Sako bolt action rifles available from this Seller. Do an Advanced Search for Seller using “mljackso” as the Seller ID.)

Additional $45.00 Shipping is to pay for fully insured (insurance is a big part of the cost) FedEx shipping to all states except California, Alaska, Maryland, New Jersey, and Hawaii. In those states add $25. Shipping will be fully insured, and packaged securely to protect your investment. More photos to you by email upon request. Good luck bidding! Please call me, Mike Jackson, phone 346-666-4372 cell “24/7,” if you have any questions.

This is one of the very early, very finest Sako bolt action rifles ever made: the Model L46. It’s a rare rifle in a very fast caliber, .222 Rem, perfect for varmint hunting and target shooting. Sako bolt actions are world class guns that some claim are among the very best stock mass-produced bolt action rifles ever made. You will treasure this masterpiece rifle forever!! See the many photos to truly appreciate its beauty!! Display this rifle proudly in your gunroom!! Don't forget: Layaway is available for your use! Get your bids in early and often!!

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L46 Riihimaki
.222 Rem.
Barrel Length
24 inch
Mfg Part Number
10.00 Pounds