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Thread: WTB Barrel for Sako 85 Black bear

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    Cool WTB Barrel for Sako 85 Black bear

    HI Guys
    Just picked up a 308 sako 85 black big with toasted barrel
    Any ideas on where to get a good barrel at right price ??

    Or change to different cal ideas GO

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    Hmmm - of all the modern Sako's I really like the Black Bear. How is the barrel "toast" - have you shot it? I know its not nice to think that the interior is not pristine and shiny, but ask anyone who has played with old Mausers and Lee's and they tell you that even the most horrible looking barrel will often shoot ok, or even better than ok! I have a sewer pipe 6.5 that will go under an inch consistently.

    There is a lot you can usually try with a barrel before replacing it.
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    You could go 30/284 or 284 or 6.5/284 if you wanted a bit more grunt than the 308 case can supply.

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    About a inch of barrel half way down rusted very heavy. Will get it this week and put rounds down but don't think it will hold it own.

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    I've got an 85 Black Bear and it's the most accurate rifle, apart from a 6PPC, I've ever owned. It will easily put 5 shots under .5 MOA so even though your one has the rust spot it may surprise you.

    As tentman says, "there is a lot you can usually try with a barrel before replacing it". If the throat and muzzle end are in good condition, you might still have a shooter. A really good clean with solvent and a bronze brush would be a start and then some JB compound etc.
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    Yep going to give that a lash first.
    Picked rifle with optilocks for $1500
    Nothing to lose on the one

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    What ammo are you running it it if you dont mind ??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beanie View Post
    What ammo are you running it it if you dont mind ??
    150gr and 165gr Hornady Flat Base Interlocks. Lapua brass, 45gr AR 2206H (for the 150), 46gr AR 2208 (for the 165) Federal Match primers.

    Haven't used a factory round in any centrefire since 1974, so can't help you there.

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    Thanks Load anyway so that will give me a start. Hows the balance with the can on it ??

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    A little front heavy, which I don't mind. Barrel was chopped from 20" to 18". Only canned it because I'm trying to preserve what little hearing I have left.

    I've used Hornady 150gr SST's, very accurate but too explosive up close, actually blew most of the head off a 6 point red, Lapua Mega 150gr, Barnes TTSX 130gr, Speer 130gr HP, etc. For me, I've never been let down by Hornady Interlock flat base (spire point) bullets in .30 and 7mm calibre.
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