Bought a Sako Kodiak!!!!!

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I don't think any production rifle has every detail right as you can't please everyone.
But there is probably no production rifle that comes flawless with a the best trigger,. Unfailing stock, sight/ mount option, Smooth feeding extreme accuracy all-rounder that infallible off the shelf with no lemons or Friday builds that suit every occassion.
We all have preferences and opinions so we won't find a perfect rifle.
 

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chris,
tikkas are now a vastly superior firearm to sakos all things considered.
and keep that cz.
bruce.
 

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I also have a CZ550 in addition to the Sako on order. Love the CZ...great gun for the money. Is your Winchester a post 91 CRF model?
 

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Please explain? How I action size is superior.
 
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Traded for a Sako Kodiak 375 then sold it to a friend. I never fired it until he bought it as I am a lefty. Various feed issues with the magazines. He tweaked on the lips until he got it functioning at 98%. Clear coat was peeling off the stock. Also ran into the spent case running into the scope, Sako sent him a new set of high rings free of charge as their fix. That was nice of them but I agree with Bruce in that this should not be a problem to start with and suggesting the scope be clocked 90 degrees works but is a ridiculous thing to have to do on a $1500 rifle. It looks idiotic with the bell of the scope 3/4 above the barrel and mounting the thing to your shoulder is really unnatural with the comb hight. I think he’s shooting it with irons. On a positive note it is very accurate. I would not want it for DG unless someone who really knows them had a go at it.

I still feel bad about the deal. My friend is OK and isn’t holding a grudge.
 

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you just described a product not fit for purpose.
it should just do more than go bang to be fit for purpose.
whoever is in charge of sako obviously knows nothing about use of the product they sell, and should be replaced by people that do.
bruce.
 

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you just described a product not fit for purpose.
it should just do more than go bang to be fit for purpose.
whoever is in charge of sako obviously knows nothing about use of the product they sell, and should be replaced by people that do.
bruce.
What was your experience with Sako to be so against them? My Kodiak has been very reliable, aside from turning the scope 90 degrees. There is no commercial rifle manufacturer I can’t point out several faults with.
 

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they are not what they are promoted as, which is a rolls royce experience.
i have had 2, and they were certainly not rolls royce in any way shape or form.
you had to turn your scope sideways - what a basic design flaw.
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they are not what they are promoted as, which is a rolls royce experience.
i have had 2, and they were certainly not rolls royce in any way shape or form.
you had to turn your scope sideways - what a basic design flaw.
bruce.
Not sure where you’re located? But I really don’t see them advertised in USA, particularly not as a top of the line “rolls Royce” rifle. I wouldn’t put it in that class, but I would put it above Winchester, Remington, Ruger, etc. The requirement to turn the scope 90 degrees (in 375 only) I will agree is unfortunate and even more unfortunate that it hasn’t been corrected. However I’ve never accidentally realeased a magazine like with Tikka, I’ve never had a hinged floor plate release during recoil like with model 70, I’ve never had an issue reloading for a second or third rapid shot every time like with savage, I haven’t dented any plastic or aluminum parts. My Sakos with fast Barnes bullets are absolutely my most accurate rifles and have quality triggers. For a commercial rifle, they are much more solidly made than many others available. I’m quite willing to accept turning the scope 90 degrees and taken mine on a lot of successful hunts.
 

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Seriously RR blows. They are more like a Ford Raptor. the same hole every time.
 

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Traded for a Sako Kodiak 375 then sold it to a friend. I never fired it until he bought it as I am a lefty. Various feed issues with the magazines. He tweaked on the lips until he got it functioning at 98%. Clear coat was peeling off the stock. Also ran into the spent case running into the scope, Sako sent him a new set of high rings free of charge as their fix. That was nice of them but I agree with Bruce in that this should not be a problem to start with and suggesting the scope be clocked 90 degrees works but is a ridiculous thing to have to do on a $1500 rifle. It looks idiotic with the bell of the scope 3/4 above the barrel and mounting the thing to your shoulder is really unnatural with the comb hight. I think he’s shooting it with irons. On a positive note it is very accurate. I would not want it for DG unless someone who really knows them had a go at it.

I still feel bad about the deal. My friend is OK and isn’t holding a grudge.
If you're clocking a scope 90 degrees instead of looking for a scope that doesn't have the azimuth adjuster interfering with the casing ejection, I would agree it's ridiculous. I also hear so many "I have a friend" stories...that's why I specifically asked for first hand experience.
 
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If you're clocking a scope 90 degrees instead of looking for a scope that doesn't have the azimuth adjuster interfering with the casing ejection, I would agree it's ridiculous. I also hear so many "I have a friend" stories...that's why I specifically asked for first hand experience.

Well I don’t know where to get a scope without the windage adjustment on the right side but maybe you can help with that. My experience is first hand, I was there for the whole process. Isn’t like the dude lives 1000 miles away. We shoot together frequently. Jeez.
 

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I think it's the extent the windage adjuster extends/protrudes. Higher power scopes and certain brands have a large dial and, while I agree it should not be an issue given the expense of the rifle, can interfere. I do know, from personal experience, that Sako will help you determine the best scope for the rifle, understanding that case ejection can be an issue with some scopes. I have a Leupold 3-9x50 that has a very low profile windage adjustment dial. What brand/size are you using that's creating the issue?
 
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I think it's the extent the windage adjuster extends/protrudes. Higher power scopes and certain brands have a large dial and, while I agree it should not be an issue given the expense of the rifle, can interfere. I do know, from personal experience, that Sako will help you determine the best scope for the rifle, understanding that case ejection can be an issue with some scopes. I have a Leupold 3-9x50 that has a very low profile windage adjustment dial. What brand/size are you using that's creating the issue?

2-8 Leupold. Short caps.
 

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I think it's the extent the windage adjuster extends/protrudes. Higher power scopes and certain brands have a large dial and, while I agree it should not be an issue given the expense of the rifle, can interfere. I do know, from personal experience, that Sako will help you determine the best scope for the rifle, understanding that case ejection can be an issue with some scopes. I have a Leupold 3-9x50 that has a very low profile windage adjustment dial. What brand/size are you using that's creating the issue?
I use a Leupold 2-7×33 on mine, with the smallest turret that I know of in any scope. It still hits it. But I agree, the the further out the turret is, the more pronounced the problem.
 

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ok...that's good info and helps me moving forward, so thank you. I agree with all the folks who have commented ... that's really not acceptable. I can't imagine a gun having a problem with that scope...yikes. And I don't think you should have to go with high mounts, making your shots more difficult. So given your first-hand experience, I'm sold on the issue. So much so, I'm going to consider cancelling my Sako order and moving over to a Rigby...I didn't want to spend that kind of money, so this sucks.
 

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ok...that's good info and helps me moving forward, so thank you. I agree with all the folks who have commented ... that's really not acceptable. I can't imagine a gun having a problem with that scope...yikes. And I don't think you should have to go with high mounts, making your shots more difficult. So given your first-hand experience, I'm sold on the issue. So much so, I'm going to consider cancelling my Sako order and moving over to a Rigby...I didn't want to spend that kind of money, so this sucks.
What scope were you planning on putting on rifle? I have a 1.5-5 vx3 and had to turn it 90 degrees cause brass hitting (I luckily discovered at range), but I really don’t see any disadvantage to having it turned? It’s a 375 so I don’t see need for more than a duplex, I shoot to 300 yards regularly with it.

EDIT: I just read 3-9x50. Do you see any disadvantage to turning that scope 90 degrees?
 

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What scope were you planning on putting on rifle? I have a 1.5-5 vx3 and had to turn it 90 degrees cause brass hitting (I luckily discovered at range), but I really don’t see any disadvantage to having it turned? It’s a 375 so I don’t see need for more than a duplex, I shoot to 300 yards regularly with it.

EDIT: I just read 3-9x50. Do you see any disadvantage to turning that scope 90 degrees?
When you turned that scope 90°, did you not have problems with the adjustment ring hitting the scope base? I use low optilock rings on mine, and the VX3 scope can't be turned 90° because when you adjust the power the knob that sticks up on the adjustment ring hits the base and can't be turned the full range of motion.
What scope base and rings are you using?
 

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