Sold For: $1,176.00
Model: L579 Forester
Serial Number: 84725
Year of Manufacture: 1969
Caliber: .243 Winchester
Action Type: Bolt Action Rifle with Hinged Floorplate Magazine
Markings: The left of the barrel is marked “FORESTER MADE IN FINLAND”, the top is marked “SAKO / Cal..243”. The left of the receiver is marked “L579 No. 84725” and with two proof/inspection marks. The bottom of the bolt handle is hand-scribed “725”. The bottom of the barrel is import-marked “FIREARMS INT’L CORP., WASH., D.C.”.
Barrel Length: 24?
Sights / Optics: There are no provisions for iron sights. The top of the receiver is equipped with a two-piece rail system for mourning an optic (not included).
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is one-piece checkered walnut with pistol grip, beavertail forend, monte carlo comb with cheekpiece, serrated black Sako buttplate and sling studs front and rear. The left side of the buttstock has a few shallow compressions and a scratch on the cheekpiece. The checkering is sharp. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 13 3/4? from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has light wear, mostly at the heel. Overall, the stock is in about Fine-Plus 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. There is some faint thinning around the muzzle. There are some light marks on the lower metal. The screw heads range from sharp to tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle is in about Fine-Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this rifle. There is a bolt release on the left side of the receiver and a safety on the right side the locks the bolt handle as well as the trigger. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This rifle comes with the installed rail as described.
Our Assessment: Sako first started making rifles with FN Mauser actions in 1951. By 1961 they had settled on 3 different length actions. The medium action designation, L579, was changed to AII around 1978. This is an L579 chambered for .243 Winchester. The rifle is in about Fine-Excellent condition with 98% of its blue finish remaining and light wear in its stock. The bore is bright with sharp rifling and no erosion. The .243 Winchester is a popular sporting rifle cartridge. Developed as a versatile short action cartridge to hunt both medium game and small game alike, it “took whitetail hunting by storm” when introduced in 1955, and remains one of the most popular whitetail deer cartridges. This rifle ought to make for a great hunting rifle for the lucky winner and won’t do too bad on the target range, either. Please see our photos and good luck!