SOLD FOR: $1105
Model: Cecil Tucker Custom AV
Serial Number: 803677
Year of Manufacture: 1987-2000s
Caliber: .280 Ackley
Action Type: Bolt Action Rifle with Hinged Floorplate Internal Magazine
Markings: The left side of the receiver is marked “SAKO AV 803677”. The left side of the barrel is marked “280 ACKLEY / CECIL TUCKER”. There are no markings on the bolt.
Barrel Length: 22”, 24″ 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.
Stock Configuration and Condition: The stock is a one-piece checkered black composite with a pistol grip, straight comb, cheekpiece, and black rubber buttpad. There are some scattered scuffs and light scratches, some of the most noticeable are on the bottom of the forend and right side of the buttstock. The checkering is mostly strong with some light handling marks. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 13 1/2” from the trigger to the buttpad. The pad has some light wear. Overall, the stock rates in about Fine condition.
Type of Finish: Nickel with Stainless Barrel
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 that have caused smooth spots to the matte finish, mostly on the barrel. There are a few little nicks and marks. There is some dark discoloration from previous oxidation on the trigger. 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 safety is a bit loose and does not positively lock into place but does function correctly. 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: None.
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 .280 Ackley. 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 280 AI gives you heavier bullet options than the .270 Win. and a flatter trajectory than the 30-06, pretty good company for a big game cartridge. The rifle comes with a pair of rings installed and the stock is free of major damages. 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!