April 1998

Sako Model 75 Hunter Tops Steyr, Browning .308 Win. Rifles

We preferred the Sako, though it wasn’t as accurate as the Browning A-Bolt II Eclipse. The Steyr SBS Forester wasn’t worth the money.

Many sportsmen who have tired of hunting whitetail deer with over-the-counter assembly-line rifles are increasing turning to small-volume, high-end firearms in search of better craftsmanship, accuracy, performance and beauty. However, for the well-heeled sportsmen, there is a distinct downside to making this move: Will they wind up paying too much for such rifles?

We recently undertook to answer that question in a comparison three high-end bolt action rifles from Sako, Steyr and Browning, all of which list for over $900. Our test guns were the Sako Model 75 Hunter, the Steyr SBS Forester and the Browning A-Bolt II Eclipse.

Naturally, we were curious about how well this grade of rifle...

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