SOLD FOR: $2126.01
Make: Sako, Imported by Stoeger
Model: AI Vixen Deluxe
Serial Number: 159264
Year of Manufacture: 1979-1982
Caliber: .223 Remington
Action Type: Bolt Action Rifle w/ Hinged Floorplate Internal Magazine
Markings: The bottom of the barrel is marked “IMPORTED BY STOEGER”. The left side of the barrel is marked “MADE IN FINLAND”, the top is marked “SAKO / .223”. The left side of the receiver is marked “AI 159264” next to Finnish proof marks. The bottom of the bolt handle is marked “164”.
Barrel Length: 23.5”
Sights / Optics: There are no provisions for iron sights. The top of the receiver is grooved for mounting an optic (not included).
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock skip-line checkered wood with a rosewood capped forend and pistol grip, raised Monte Carlo comb with a cheekpiece, sling stud front and rear, and an orange Sako recoil pad. The grip cap has a white fox head inlay. The wood shows light residue build up from sitting in storage. There are a few white marks on the belly and right side of the forend. The checkering is very sharp. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 13 3/4” from the front of the trigger to the back of the orange rubber buttpad. The pad has hardened with age. The stock rates in about Fine0-Plus overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is well defined. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 99% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows little to no wear. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in about 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 in its original matching box with a manual.
Our Assessment: On display is an AI Vixen Deluxe from Sako chambered for .223 Remington. The .223 Remington has become one of the most popular cartridges and is currently used in a wide range of semi automatic and manual-action rifles and even handguns, such as the Colt AR-15, Ruger Mini-14, Remington Model 700, Remington XP-100, etc. The popularity of .223 Remington is so great, that in the US it virtually eliminated all other similar .22 caliber center-fire varmint rifle cartridges. This rifle is in terrific condition and doesn’t seem to have seen much use, if any, over the years. The skip-line checkered wood has been beautifully preserved. Please see our photos and good luck!