June 2009

Hunting Rifle Follow-Up: We’d Pass on Sako’s 75 Finnlight

This now-discontinued but still widely available bolt gun is too expensive for the job it does, we think. In another single-gun report on page 30, we recommend Springfield’s ported XD40.

Along with our 30-06s tested elsewhere in this issue, we also shot a hunting-appropriate bolt action, the Sako 75 Finnlight in 308 Win. The line was officially discontinued for the 2007 model year, being replaced by the 85 series, but there are plenty of the 75-series bolt rifles floating around the used and NIB market.

When we first thought about testing a Finnlight 75 in 2004, they listed for $1,267. We never tested the gun during its heyday, but we’re always on the lookout for good guns selling for lower prices, and we came across a sample and decided to put it through its paces.

A check of recent completed auctions on GunBroker.com showed that 75 Finnlights described as NIB or 95% or better condition sold for $900 to $1100—substantially more than the very good Savage 111 reviewed on page 15. We wondered, would the expensive name-brand bolt gun be as good as the Savage. Here’s what we found:

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