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Sako Model 85 Stainless Synthetic .338 Federal

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The bare rifle weighs 6.5 pounds, which with a light hunting scope will get you a package about 1.5 pounds over the Kimber's weight. We didn't like the styling, but you might. We did like the accuracy. The trigger was good, but not quite as good as the Kimber's, and this rifle cost a lot more.

Sako Model 85 Stainless Synthetic .338 Federal

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Those inserts are soft rubber, and add lots of traction. Sako didn't provide scope rings, so we used Warne's, from Brownells. The Sako had clean lines and decent workmanship, except for the large stock gap around the barrel.
Bolt lift was about 75 degrees, thanks to a three-lug design. Sako called it controlled feed, but it wasn't. The clever safety lets you cycle rounds out with the safety on, through a pushbutton unlocking feature.
The arrows point to the curved lines of the recoil pad. If you want to change the pad, you'll have to cut the stock in front of the left arrow, and find some way to extend the stock to the original dimensions. The pad looks soft, but wasn’t. The Sako provided the greatest felt recoil despite its heavy test weight.

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