SOLD FOR: $1255
Model: Custom AV
Serial Number: 811731
Year of Manufacture: 1987-2000s
Caliber: 7mm STW, Shooting Times Winchester
Action Type: Bolt Action Rifle with Hinged Floorplate Internal Magazine
Markings: The left side of the receiver is marked “SAKO AV 811731”. The left side of the chamber is marked “7MM STW”. There are no markings on the bolt.
Barrel Length: 26”, 29″ to Muzzle Brake
Sights/Optics: There are no provisions for iron sights on this rifle. The receiver has male dovetail mounts and is installed with a pair of rings installed with a Leupold VARI-X III3.5-10×50 scope. The scope has some scattered light handling marks. There are a couple little marks through the finish on the tube from the rings. The scope has a duplex reticle and the glass is clear. The scope rates in Fine Plus condition.
Stock Configuration and Condition: The stock is a one-piece checkered composite with a custom oak leaf cluster finish, pistol grip with right ah, fluted Monte Carlo comb with cheek-piece, and a black rubber buttpad. There are some scattered scuffs, light scratches, and a few little nicks. There are no chips or cracks. The checkering is sharp. The LOP measures 14” from the trigger to the buttpad. The pad has some light wear. Overall, the stock rates in about Fine condition.
Type of Finish: Blue & Stainless
Finish Originality: Original, the barrel is not original to the receiver.
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 94% of its metal finish. There are some scattered scuffs and rubs on the barrel that have caused smooth spots to the matte finsih. There are a few light rubs and handling marks on the receiver. The bolt handle has a few scuffs that have thinned the finish. The blued surfaces of the bolt have taken on a light plum hue. The screw heads show light use with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in about Fine condition as Customized.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this rifle. As with all previously owned firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork, and Accessories: The previously described scope is included.
Our Assessment: Sako first started making rifles with FN Mauser actions in 1946, and finally settled on 3 different length actions that changed designations over the years. The L61R long action was introduced in 1961 and was replaced in 1978 by the AIII then later changed to the AV. This rifle is an AV that has been installed with an aftermarket barrel chambered for 7mm STW. There are some manufacturers that come around every once in a while and stun with their build quality, Sako has always carried that distinction. The rifle comes with a Leupold scope and the stock is free of major damages. The 7mm STW will be great for long-range shooting and big game hunting. If you’re looking for a new rifle to shoot at long-distance targets, you can’t do much better than this. Please see our photos and good luck!