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Sako AII

15 Mar 2017
@ 06:04 pm (GMT)

Peter Potroz

Hi All
I have a Sako AII 308 and it is around the late 1970's through to the early 1980's when I bought the rifle, age has fryed my brain on when I bought it. I want to know if anyone can tell me what the model number could be?
I know the AII is for the medium size action and I think it is possible to be a L57R is the Sako Forrester.

Any ideas will be great as I want to put a new stock on the rifle.


19 Mar 2017
@ 09:49 am (GMT)

Nathan Foster

Re: Sako AII
Hi Peter, yours may be an A series.

The original 1960's L series Forester in either .243 or .308 was the optimum model sought by north Island cullers as time and funds eventually allowed. The short .222 Vixen was popular with the meat hunters and used by our police. The South islander cullers had a tendency to opt for the Finnbear long action in .270 with some opting for .30-06. The Finnwolf was the lever action, not too many of these around now, just a few .243 and .308 rifles.

In 1980, the rifles were updated slightly. With these minor changes, the series was changed from the L designation to A. The basic footprint and action hole spacing remained the same. In the case of your rifle, the designation was changed from L57 to simply AII. I am not aware of any major / drastic changes.

Form memory, you can tell the models apart from a distance by looking at the forend design. The L series was quite angular (trapezium), the A series was rounder like a BDL.
20 Mar 2017
@ 10:29 am (GMT)

Peter Potroz

Re: Sako AII
Thanks Nathan


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