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#5683373 - 04/03/15 07:13 PM Sako 85
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Am I really that limited to options for Sako 85 Finnlight scope mounts? (Wished I had done more home work on that deal)

Any help or suggestions appreciated!

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#5683460 - 04/03/15 08:02 PM Re: Sako 85 [Re: turbotj]
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I pretty sure Warne, Talley, Optilok, and Leupold, all all make rings that work with the Sako integral base.
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#5683580 - 04/03/15 09:20 PM Re: Sako 85 [Re: turbotj]
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I thought the same thing when I bought my finnlight but decided to just go with the optilock one piece ring mounts. They look good and have worked well.

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#5683581 - 04/03/15 09:21 PM Re: Sako 85 [Re: turbotj]
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Good question.

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#5683912 - 04/04/15 08:15 AM Re: Sako 85 [Re: turbotj]
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Is it different from a Tikka?
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#5684027 - 04/04/15 10:14 AM Re: Sako 85 [Re: FiremanJG]
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Originally Posted By: FiremanJG
Is it different from a Tikka?

Optilock shows different part numbers for Tikka and Sako bases so they must be different. It also appers that the 75/85 models are different from the A7.


Edited by nsmike (04/04/15 10:15 AM)
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#5684036 - 04/04/15 10:19 AM Re: Sako 85 [Re: turbotj]
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Way different from Tikka, the 85 has a tapered dove tail type mounting system and the receiver is not drilled and tapped like an A7. I guess I will bite the bullet and go with the optilock one piece ring mounts as BWH did, if I can find them in something other than blue.

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#5685224 - 04/05/15 12:47 PM Re: Sako 85 [Re: turbotj]
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I went with the 2 piece optilocks. Great mounts.
The 1 piece were hard to find in stainless.
Some people use the warne rings.

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#5686765 - 04/06/15 02:05 PM Re: Sako 85 [Re: turbotj]
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1" or 30mm?
I may have some extras laying around for a Sako dual dovtail you can have.
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#5686917 - 04/06/15 03:08 PM Re: Sako 85 [Re: turbotj]
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Originally Posted By: turbotj
Way different from Tikka, the 85 has a tapered dove tail type mounting system and the receiver is not drilled and tapped like an A7. I guess I will bite the bullet and go with the optilock one piece ring mounts as BWH did, if I can find them in something other than blue.


That's what I did. I couldn't find anything but blue in that mount though. Looked pretty hard. Some sites will give stainless as an option but they never actually had them. Maybe you will find them.

Word to the wise: those mounts are built high so get one size lower than you would in Leupold and like mounts. Pretty sure I got X-tra low for a 40mm bell and they were just right. Going from memory.


Edited by Nogalus Prairie (04/06/15 07:59 PM)
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#5687064 - 04/06/15 04:38 PM Re: Sako 85 [Re: turbotj]
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I would agree, a set of Warne Mediums worked fine for a 50mm objective
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#5688692 - 04/07/15 02:11 PM Re: Sako 85 [Re: ccoker]
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Does Warne still offer mounts for Sako 75/85? I thought they discontinued them a few years ago, but maybe things have changed since then.

I don't personally like the Optilok mounts at all, as they are WAY too high, and I don't like the really thick base the 2-piece design uses. To me, if you have dovetail grooves already integral with the receiver, THAT should be your base! I've found they use pretty soft screws too. On top of that, they are expensive! I used the "lows" on my 75 Varmint, and even they were tall enough for a 50mm objective scope, with room to spare!

I do like the Optilok "Ringmount" version that eliminates the chunky "base" and mounts directly to the dovetail grooves, though. I do like the fact the OLs have the self-aligning inserts like Burris Signature rings have. The only bad thing about them is they seem to be really hard to find.

Of the available mounts for Sakos, my favorite so far is Talley. They do use a separate base, to which any of their fixed, vertically split mounts adapt, but at least the base is very low profile.
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#5688707 - 04/07/15 02:16 PM Re: Sako 85 [Re: turbotj]
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I'm going from memory but I think I went with the OL "Ringmounts" too. I just remember doing a lot of reading and research and at the time that seemed to be the best option.
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#5692280 - 04/09/15 01:53 PM Re: Sako 85 [Re: turbotj]
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scope mounting options for Sako are pretty gay. I spent a small fortune for a setup for my 85 from Talley, and they were awful. Ended up going with the factory rings. worked alright, but I won't buy another Sako for just that reason. Loved the rifle, hated trying to put a scope on it. As an interesting side note, I heard a rumor that Euro Optic was theoretically going to have a one-piece base available for Sako 85's, but it wasn't ready to go when I was trying to outfit mine. I'll spend my $2k on another kind of rifle next time.

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#5692334 - 04/09/15 02:23 PM Re: Sako 85 [Re: Crews]
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Originally Posted By: Crews
scope mounting options for Sako are pretty gay. I spent a small fortune for a setup for my 85 from Talley, and they were awful. Ended up going with the factory rings. worked alright, but I won't buy another Sako for just that reason. Loved the rifle, hated trying to put a scope on it. As an interesting side note, I heard a rumor that Euro Optic was theoretically going to have a one-piece base available for Sako 85's, but it wasn't ready to go when I was trying to outfit mine. I'll spend my $2k on another kind of rifle next time.

I think that Sako is moving away from integral base rifles as evidenced by the A7. The M85 is still Sako's top of the line but I wouldn't be surprised if the next generation is simply drilled and tapped.
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