Sold For: $3,682.79
Serial Number: C23684
Year of Manufacture: Modern, Post 2008 Beretta Import
Caliber: .338 Lapua Magnum
Action Type: Bolt Action, Removable Magazine Fed Rifle
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “CAL. 338 Lapua Mag. 10” MADE IN FINLAND” with a proof mark, the right is marked “WARNING: READ MANUAL FOR SAFE USE, FREE FROM / IMPORTER – BERETTA U.S.A. Corp., ACKK, MD 20607”. The left side of the receiver is marked “SAKO TRG-42”, the serial number and a proof mark. The underside of the bolt handle is marked “684”. The muzzle brake is marked “Roedale 1×18”. The receiver’s scope rail is marked “NEAR / WWW.NEARMFG.COM”. The wheeled hard case is marked “PELICAN / 1750 CASE / PELICAN PRODUCTS TORRANCE, CA.”
Barrel Length: The barrel is 27 1/8” long with a 1:10” twist, the barrel measures 29” long with the attached Roedale muzzle brake has two large ports on each flank, has 1×18” threading and is clamp-on. According to the manufacturer, one should expect a 50% reduction in recoil.
Sights / Optics: There are no provisions for iron sights. The drilled and tapped receiver has a 6 3/8” long Picatinny 1913 pattern by NEAR (WWW.NEARMFG.COM), 15-slot scope rail.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is a green high strength composite item with an 8” forend-mounted accessory rail, which currently has a removable sling swivel stud; another swivel stud plate is found on the forward left side of the forend and can be reversed for right side mounting, the butt stock has ambidextrous swivel stud mounts. The stock free floats the barrel all the way to the receiver, the action sits on an aluminum bedding block, which is finished in black. The forend has a wide, tapered profile, with a vertical pistol grip and thumb grooves on both sides. The comb is a removable insert which can be adjusted laterally for cast adjustment, the stock has a neutral cast as it sits. The underside of the butt stock has a hooked profile. The stock shows a few scattered scuff marks and infrequent scrapes on the underside areas, please see our pictures. There are no cracks or major damages. Measured off the top of the Picatinny rail, drop at comb is 1 7/8”, drop at heel is 1 5/16”, the recoil pad is slotted onto the rear of the receiver and is adjustable vertically; aftermarket spacers are available for adjustable LOP. The current LOP measures 13 ¾” from the front of the trigger to the back of the brown solid rubber recoil pad; the pad has but faint scuffs, in Excellent condition. The stock rates in about Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Cerakote Urban Grey by Eurooptic with Black Bedding Block, Scope Rail & Trigger / Guard, with Blued Bolt Body & Composite knob
Finish Originality: All Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 96% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows infrequent scuff marks, which have not penetrated the finish, on the barrel and receiver, however there is a few small scrapes on the underside of the barrel near the end of the stock. The muzzle brake has some edge wear as photographed. The top forward portion of the receiver shows a few light scrape marks and darkened finish. The bolt body and interior of the receiver show expected light wear from normal use. This rifle looks to have been used infrequently outside of the factory and was well taken care of in the interim. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are crisp. Overall, this rifle rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The receiver is cold hammer forged, the 3-lug, 60* throw bolt glides with absolute fluidity and locks up tight. The action is bedded to the stock with an aluminum plate. The safety is located inside of the trigger guard as God intended it, the magazine release resembles that of an M1A in design. The adjustable two-stage trigger currently breaks at 2lbs 13oz with seamless stage transition and a crisp break. The rifle weighs 11lbs 4oz without a magazine, as photographed. We have not fired this rifle. As with all previously owned firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: Included is a black Pelican Model 1750 rolling black plastic hard case with gray foam lining on the interior. The interior has some normal compression from storage, the exterior shows minor marks as photographed, rating in Excellent condition. Also included is a matching Sako bipod with a quick disconnect lever; the bipod legs have 7 adjustment points, measuring from 9” to 13 ½”; the wide-stance feet of the bipod are missing their rubber buffers (this should be an easy fix), with a small amount of adhesive remaining; there are scattered areas of light wear and small handling marks, the bipod is in about Fine Plus condition. Two 5-round box magazines are included, showing only faint wear marks, with strong springs and un-marred feed lips, both in Excellent condition.
Our Assessment: From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sako_TRG “The heart of the TRG system is a cold-hammer forged receiver and barrel. Both provide maximum strength for minimum weight as well as excellent resistance to wear. The “resistance free” bolt has three massive lugs and requires a 60-degree bolt rotation and a 98 mm (3.86 in) bolt throw for the short and 118 mm (4.65 in) bolt throw for the long bolt-action; these features should be appreciated by the shooter during multiple firings that require rapid projectile placement on the target. The bolt handle is the appropriate length and sports a large synthetic bulbous knob that provides a firm, positive grip. On top of the receiver a 17 mm (0.67 in) integral dovetail rail with shape connection drillings for one or more recoil lugs provides for fixing mounting components to accommodate different types of optical or electro-optical sights. Folding iron sights can be obtained for secondary or emergency use. The receiver’s large bedding surface is mated to an aluminium alloy-bedding block by three screws for maximum stability. This combination ensures an unusually high degree of stability.” This is a TRG-42 in .338 Lapua Magnum, a SERIOUS round for distance precision work, which was created by a fellow Finnish company, which seems to make sense with this platform! The round has a maximum effective range of almost 2,000 yards, with most commercial loads bearing a muzzle velocity just under 3,000 feet per second, which is impressive for a 250 grain projectile and more than enough to make anything down range “Lapua its pants”. This rifle comes with an adjustable factory bipod, two 5-round magazines and a Pelican 1750 wheeled hard case, making it a setup for the serious distance competitor and is surprisingly light weight for a beast of this nature. With the addition of your favorite optic, this rifle is sure to become a favorite in your collection. Please see our pictures and good luck.