June 2000

.308 Bolt-Action Showdown: Weatherby Beats Sako, Browning

This cartridge, a hunting mainstay, finds an MOA host in the Mark V Sporter, a good-looking, slick product that we like better than a previously tested Sako and a new Browning Medallion.

[IMGCAP(1)] Some time back (April 1998) we tested a Sako Model 75 Hunter in .308, when it won a head-to-head hunting-rifle competition against a Browning A-Bolt II Eclipse and a Steyr SBS Forester. As such it garnered a hard-earned Buy recommendation, and in our view, it has been one of the strongest performers in its category—a king of the hill, if you will.

Thus, we wondered how that gun’s performance would hold up against new challengers, such as a $999 Weatherby Mark V and a $636 Browning A-Bolt II Medallion. At the time of that earlier test, the .308 Sako retailed for $1,055, but in the intervening years, new Sakos have gone up in price to $1,185. Since the Sakos are basically unchan...

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