SOLD FOR: $1150
Make: Sako, Finland; Imported by Stoeger
Serial Number: 719428
Year of Manufacture: 1979-1986
Caliber: .22 Hornet
Action Type: Bolt Action Rifle w/ Detachable Magazine
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “MADE IN FINLAND”. The top of the shank is marked “SAKO .22 HORNET”. The left side of the receiver is marked “M78 HORNET 719428” next to two factory markings. The bottom of the bolt handle is hand-scribed “428”. The buttplate is marked “FINLAND SAKO”. The bottom of the barrel is marked “IMP’D BY STOEGER INC N.J.”.
Barrel Length: 22 1/2”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a hooded blade dovetailed atop a ramped riser. The rear of the barrel has a drilled, tapped, and filled hole for a rear sight. The top of the receiver is equipped with two Leupold rings for mounting an optic (none included).
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is one-piece checkered wood with a pistol grips, fluted monte carlo comb, cheek piece, sling stud front and rear, and a black hard rubber buttplate. The stock shows just a few scattered minor compressions and faint scratches. The checkering is sharp and there are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 13 3/8” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate, which shows hardly any wear. The stock rates in about Fine-Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 98% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows extremely faint thinning at the muzzle. The bolt handle shows oxidation. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are crisp. Overall, this rifle rates in about Fine-Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This rifle comes with one magazine that shows some very faint operational wear and has faint oxidation on the follower, rating in about Fine condition.
Our Assessment: This is a Model 78 from Sako that was manufactured between the years 1979 and 1986. This rifle has obviously spent most of its life in clean storage because it looks as though it was manufactured within the last five years. This would make a terrific varmint gun with the addition of an appropriate scope. Please see our photos and good luck!