SOLD FOR: $2575
Make: Sako, Imported by Stoeger
Model: AV L61R Right Handed
Serial Number: GO 147
Year of Manufacture: 1988
Caliber: .280 Remington
Action Type: Bolt Action Rifle with Hinged Floorplate Internal Magazine
Markings: The underside of the barrel is marked “IMP’D BY STOEGER INC. N.J.”. The right side of the barrel is marked “SAKO CAL. .280 REM.” and “MADE IN FINLAND” along with a Finnish proof mark. The right side of the receiver is marked “SAKO AV RH”, with the serial number, “GO 147” and with a Finnish proof mark. The bottom of the bolt handle is hand scribed “147”.
Barrel Length: 24.5”
Sights/Optics: There are no provisions for iron sights on this rifle. The receiver is equipped with two Sako rings supporting a Bushnell Banner Lite-Site with a Duplex reticle and 3-9x magnification. The switch does not turn on the crosshair LED, likely due to dead batteries. The lenses are clear and the external surfaces show light wear. The scope rates in about Fine condition.
Stock Configuration and Condition: The stock is a one-piece checkered wood with pistol grip that has a slight palm swell, fluted Monte Carlo comb with cheek-piece, and an orange rubber Sako buttpad. There is a sling stud front and rear. There are a few light nicks on the right side grip checkering. There are a few faint marks on the right side of the buttstock and two small compressions on the belly. There are no chips or cracks. The checkering is sharp. The LOP measures 14” from the trigger to the buttpad. The recoil pad is still soft. Overall, the stock rates 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 are a few scattered faint marks throughout the metal. There is faint operational wear. The screw heads show light use with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in Fine-Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this rifle. As with all previously owned firearms, thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork, and Accessories: The previously mentioned installed scope and a factory Sako box with paperwork including the manual.
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 a Stoeger import L61R AV Left Handed action simply marked AV in .270 Winchester. There are some manufacturers that come around every once in a while and stun with their build quality, Sako has always carried that distinction. If you’re looking for a new hunting rifle, you can’t do much better than this. Please see our photos and good luck!