Sako L57 Forester Sporter, 243 Win, Bausch & Lomb
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Item 669790006
Location Houston, TX 77065
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This is a lightly used Sako Model L57 in .243 Winchester caliber. This rifle is in excellent condition. The barrel is 23" long. The bore is excellent, bright and shiny. This rifle package includes a 2.5-8X Balvar scope with original leather scope covers. The gun is in 100% original configuration and nearly original condition too! There is a trigger shoe. There is a front sight. These models were not drilled for a rear sight. A peep sight was the option in those days from Sako (scope option was selected by the original purchaser). This gun was made in the late 1950s (“pre-1972” – yes a truly vintage Sako). The rear mount is a Leupold early patent. The rear base has a wheel adjustment for elevation and a small knob on it to adjust the windage. The rifle comes with a very nice leather sling “nicely broken in” to look the part (could be original to the rifle, perhaps). Finnish gunmaker Sako has gained a reputation for making some of the finest bolt action hunting rifles in the world (quality, beauty, accuracy, dependability, ruggedness), and this is one of their finest, their L57 Forester model. Condition is about 9.9 out of 10 – hard to find any blemishes in metal or wood. This rifle was manufactured in the late 1950s or very early 1960s. It appears to have been used very little, if any. As always see the detailed photos for best description. Rifle comes as pictured with the wonderful old classic era-perfect Bausch & Lomb Balvar scope.

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.

Special Note: All reasonable offers will be considered. Feel free to suggest a sales price via the Gunbroker email system. If we agree on a price, DO NOT BID until I change the auction to have a BUY NOW amount equal to the agreed amount. Shipping is additional to the agree BUY NOW amount. Important: (1) All sales must be completed through Gunbroker. (2) Gunbroker richly deserves its fee for the very fine service they provide us all. (3) Do not ask to finish the transaction outside of Gunbroker. If you want to negotiate a Sale Price, do not bid on the item. Rather, contact me using the Gunbroker message (email) system. After we agree to a price, we will coordinate a BUY NOW at the agreed price. (Shipping/insurance cost will be additional to the Sale Price.)

General information about Sako the company and its rifles follows, including some specific information about this rifle being auctioned, the Forester. 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 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 and .243 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.

More details on the development of this model L57 Forester rifle by Sako follows. Sako L57/579 Rifles, Early Development. Sako is a relatively new name in the firearms field, especially in America, but it has become highly respected since the introduction of Sako rifles in the United States. The Sako firm was first known as Oy Sako AB, and later changed to Sako, Ltd. The company is located in Riihimaki, Finland. Sako’s earliest entry into the American market was a miniature Mauser-type bolt action repeater known as the Sako L46, introduced late in 1949, imported into the USA by Firearms International Corp. (FIC). The L46 rifle was originally chambered for 22 Hornet and 218 Bee cartridges only, thus the “miniature” designation.

Sako made some changes to the L46 action to better satisfy American tastes. Other changes were made from time to time, and additional actions and rifles were introduced to handle a wider variety of cartridges. The end result is the modern Sako action, which has no peer. The Sako action is synonymous with high-quality material and workmanship. The L46 Vixen was the Sako “short” action. Later, in 1957, the L57 Forester would be designed as the “medium” action, to handle the new Winchester .243 and .308 cartridges, which were selling like hotcakes. And still a little later, in 1961, the L61 Finnbear was designed as the “long” action for the longer magnum cartridges. Minor changes in the L46, L57, and L61 over time resulted in new rifles with designations L461, L579, and L61R. All of these early Sako rifles were configured basically 3 ways: Sporter rifle, Mannlicher stock carbine, and heavy barrel Varmint rifle. Deluxe and Super Deluxe upgrades were also available.

In 1955 Winchester and Remington had each introduced new combination varmint/deer cartridges which were to be heralded, praised, and accepted by riflemen the world over. Remington’s new cartridge was the .244, while Winchester called theirs the .243. There was great interest in these cartridges from the beginning, and in 1958 Sako offered a new rifle to handle this genre of cartridge. This was the L57 Forester, the action made just long enough to handle these medium-length (up to 2.80”) cartridges. The L57 receiver and bolt were essentially the same as the L46 action but longer. The L57 also had a different trigger mechanism. Small quantities of the L57 were made commercially from 1957-59.

In 1960 Sako discontinued the L57 action, introducing a modified version of it they called the L579. The major change was in the bolt sleeve, because Sako had adapted this action to accept the Sako No. 4 trigger mechanism with its built-in sliding safety. When first introduced, the L579 barreled actions and rifles were made in Winchester .243, and .308 calibers, and also the .244 Remington, another popular varmint/deer cartridge introduced in 1955 and selling well. The .244 caliber was soon dropped. Later on, the L579 Sako became available in 22-250 cartridge, and in the same three styles: Sporter, Mannlicher carbine, and heavy-barreled Varminter. Since the introduction of these three original Sako rifles dating back to the late 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s, the model names have changed, but many of today’s contemporary Sako rifles trace their basic designs back to the L46 Vixen, L57 Forester, and L61 Finnbear.

(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.

The L57 is one of the early, very finest Sako bolt action rifles ever made. It was specifically design at the time (mid to late1950s) to handle the new .243 Winchester round. Sako manufactures a world class gun that some claim is among the very best stock mass-produced bolt action rifles. You will treasure this masterpiece rifle forever!! The .243 Winchester is one of the most prized rounds in America today – readily available and affordable compared to many other magnum rounds. It packs an unbelievable punch considering its amazingly mild recoil. See the many photos to truly appreciate this rifle’s beauty!! The Bausch & Lomb scope tops this package off with a classic old but still revered scope from the golden days of the 1950s. This rifle is ready to hunt right out of the shipping box (but check the scope center). Display this beautiful 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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L57 Forester
.243 Win.
Barrel Length
23 inch
Mfg Part Number
11.00 Pounds