Sako A7 in 416 Remingon?

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What are the thoughts on a Sako A7? Specifically, I'm looking hard for a 404J but, stumbled across a Sako A7 in 416 Remington. I'm not sure I would rebarrel it or try to convert it to 404J but, it looks like a nice rifle from the initial inspection. Cost-wise, initially, they are asking for a bit less than a new Win M70 in 375H&H and pretty close to the clean used M70's I'm looking at.

How does something like this rate against a CZ 550 or Win M70 or similar rifles in a big game caliber? Pro's and Con's? Good, Better, or Best or walk away and look for something else? An Interarms Whitworth looks to be similar money as well which I think would be an easy conversion to 404J.

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given that you are talking about a 40something, the winchester action is more suited to that sort of calibre, as is probably the whole rifle package.
as for the cartridge, the 416 rem mag bullets have better sectional density, and ammo and components are cheaper and more available.
no need to look further.
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For what it’s worth, I started out wanting a Sako, bought a Model 70 and am happy with that decision.
 

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jht,
i HAD sakos, and swapped over to m70 and never looked back.
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Why? What was better about the M70's versus the A7's?

I know older Sako rifles had an awesome reputation and carried a big premium over similar USA offerings back in my early adulthood.

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I like a two position safety and had a Sako 75 in .300 WSM that I loved so when I was steered toward a .416 Remington, I settled on Sako. I put some feelers out and found a beautiful 75 Sako on Gunbroker. The rifle was almost perfect for me but didn’t have open sights or a barrel band swivel.
Before the auction ended I had been made aware that a number of you recommended CRF over PF on DG. I had also caught wind of Sako ejectment issues on the newer 85’s. Even still, I was still determined to go with Sako as I was comfortable with them due to my experience with my earlier .300; however, when my PH recommended Winchester I began having doubts. I surmised that my PH would rather have a client with a rifle he could shoot the eye out of a bird flying regardless of the brand.
I was back and forth for a number of days but ultimately settled on the Winchester as I also have a Model 70 in .30-06 and although I’m not as comfortable with it as I was the Sako, I have 18 months make it an extension of myself.
Furthermore, when I opened the box on my new Model 70, I knew it was the right choice.
 

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What are the thoughts on a Sako A7? Specifically, I'm looking hard for a 404J but, stumbled across a Sako A7 in 416 Remington. I'm not sure I would rebarrel it or try to convert it to 404J but, it looks like a nice rifle from the initial inspection. Cost-wise, initially, they are asking for a bit less than a new Win M70 in 375H&H and pretty close to the clean used M70's I'm looking at.

How does something like this rate against a CZ 550 or Win M70 or similar rifles in a big game caliber? Pro's and Con's? Good, Better, or Best or walk away and look for something else? An Interarms Whitworth looks to be similar money as well which I think would be an easy conversion to 404J.

TIA,
Sid
Be aptient and wait for the right 404 Jeff...you want one now you wil always want one....the 416 Rem in Sako A7 is not the answer....
 

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Whether I get this one and try a 404J conversion or just load some stiff feral hog medicine, a 404J is going to join me at some point. The nice thing about this one is throwing it in the gun rack on the tractor or UTV won't be a problem considering its low relative cost.

I'm keeping an eye on older British rifles too so, this one would not stop that search either. If the Heym Express rifle I saw in 458 Lott was in 404J, I'd be searching the couch cushions for lost pocket change! It is about 8 times the cost of the Sako in question.
 

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Whether I get this one and try a 404J conversion or just load some stiff feral hog medicine, a 404J is going to join me at some point. The nice thing about this one is throwing it in the gun rack on the tractor or UTV won't be a problem considering its low relative cost.

I'm keeping an eye on older British rifles too so, this one would not stop that search either. If the Heym Express rifle I saw in 458 Lott was in 404J, I'd be searching the couch cushions for lost pocket change! It is about 8 times the cost of the Sako in question.
That 458 Heym you're speaking of is a great deal if it's the one on GunsInternational.com. I too have looked at that one before and it's a beautiful rifle. I had a Heym 404 this past year for awhile and you can't beat them for quality. It's just a lot of money to be banging around in the bushes.
 

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A Heym Express in 404J! :p:love::p

And yes, a ~$10K rifle is a bit hard for me to bang up with rough service but, you only live once and I'm not concerned about an inheritance to nieces and nephews or, my best friend who is doing well financially.

I actually was turned onto the Heym Express in my search for a 404J bolt action. The post I found might have been on this site and I immediately went to Heym's website to discover the cost was really out of my price range today. I may end up talking to Chris in Dallas though to see about swapping a couple of French doubles for a Heym Express.
 

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A Heym Express in 404J! :p:love::p

And yes, a ~$10K rifle is a bit hard for me to bang up with rough service but, you only live once and I'm not concerned about an inheritance to nieces and nephews or, my best friend who is doing well financially.

I actually was turned onto the Heym Express in my search for a 404J bolt action. The post I found might have been on this site and I immediately went to Heym's website to discover the cost was really out of my price range today. I may end up talking to Chris in Dallas though to see about swapping a couple of French doubles for a Heym Express.
Yes $10K will get you a PH grade with a somewhat plain stock. The one I had was $12K. I just couldn't bring myself to even want to put a scope on it and risk ruining the balance of the rifle, plus they are heavy as is, without a scope. Plus I would've cried if I scratched the stock....Lol!
 

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