I'll be, The "Sako 500 J" arrived!

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That's all i got? .. It was a one & a half year wait though...

Any owners experience always appreciated?
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Beautiful rifle. Like to see a few more pics of the wood.

If you decide to mount a scope...the Sako 85's have a tendency to have the ejected shell impact the scope turret and fall back into the loading gate causing a jam. I've heard of people who have turned their scopes 90 degrees counterclockwise to prevent this from happening. Although you will need a scope with no turret on the left side and a reticle that will look OK once rotated.

@TOBY458 had this issue and he rotated his scope. I do not have any personal experience with the Sako brand, but they look to be very nice rifles.

Let us know how it shoots.
 

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Any hunts planned for it or is it just one of those I had to have ones?

It is going to be a blast to shoot!

I considered a 505 Gibbs once, so glad I wasn't into the scotch at the time or I am sure it would be in my safe.

Awesome calibers. Into the scotch a bit now, so that's all I got.

Congratulations on your new rifle!!
 

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Let us know how it shoots! I almost bought one pre-COVID, but put it off too long. Now it sounds like they’re about impossible to get...
That's what I've heard if I understood correct, I literally just got the call today it was in. I was at an outfitters this past March who explained the Halt on Sako's 500 upon research, I thought it was a loss...
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@BeeMaa I've never had a problem with ejection on my Sako 85 300 wm or Sako AV 338 wm. Perhaps it is a problem with certain cartridges, but one should be careful about making generalizations, especially on a rifle you have no experience with.
 
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Beautiful rifle. Like to see a few more pics of the wood.

If you decide to mount a scope...the Sako 85's have a tendency to have the ejected shell impact the scope turret and fall back into the loading gate causing a jam. I've heard of people who have turned their scopes 90 degrees counterclockwise to prevent this from happening. Although you will need a scope with no turret on the left side and a reticle that will look OK once rotated.

@TOBY458 had this issue and he rotated his scope. I do not have any personal experience with the Sako brand, but they look to be very nice rifles.

Let us know how it shoots.


That was the @TOBY458 Buffalo rodeo ? It didn't sound like much fun. Made for a great story though!
 

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Why would someone make a video with a scope electric taped onto a rifle, with the extra high rings sitting on top of the scope bases? That is just a wee bit ridiculous.
To prove a point that the echo chamber of the internet is often ridiculous.
 

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From my time here I would respect the opinion of BeeMaa, before someone who makes a video of a scope electric taped onto a rifle ejecting cartridges that have not been fired. I fail to see he proved any point.
I fail to see the point of listening to a guy pontificate on a rifle he has never owned
 

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My rifle is a 375 H&H and it absolutely has the ejection problem that some speak of. The 30/06 size cases have never been the issue. It's mostly 375 H&H. Not sure how the 416 Rigby or 500 J would work out.
I had my 375 fail to eject on two separate buffalo hunts. Once in Australia and once in Africa. And I was working the action pretty fast on both occasions. Just make sure if you mount a scope, and plan to use the rifle on DG, to check out the feed and function before going on your hunt.
 

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It is a forum on Africa hunting, we come here to listen to people pontificate.

I love the original posters rifle, would love to try that caliber. I think most sakos are nice rifles. I just find taping a scope to a rifle quite funny.

I don't want to get into an internet pissing contest. I hope you found his video informative, I did not.
 

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I have a sako a7 never had any issues in ejecting rounds
Sako A7 is a push feed action with button ejector, so it doesn't have the same action as the 85. The 85 has a standing ejector in the 6 o'clock position, which sometimes ejects the rounds upward into the scope, rather than out the side as intended.
 

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Well my pontification on the sako 85 300WM Is that I actually own one and have taken it to Africa twice and have never had any issue with it .
Regarding the video , yes it kind of funny . That guy is a character . Peace brother . Goodnight
 

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That was the @TOBY458 Buffalo rodeo ? It didn't sound like much fun. Made for a great story though!
Funny thing is, I just got my trophies today. The hole in the Buffalo skull from the 470 is a reminder of this very same hunt we are discussing here.....
 

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