Hunter Stainless

The Sako 85 Hunter Stainless is a bolt-action hunting rifle chambered in 23
different cartridges. Sako is a Finnish gun manufacturer formed in 1927,
and headquartered in Riihimaki, Finland. However, since 2000 the company
has been owned and operated by Beretta. The Sako 85 is an upgraded Sako
75 with the major difference being the 85 has a straight comb. The Sako
85, like the 75, was designed with big game hunting in mind.

The Hunter Stainless is identical to the Sako 85 Hunter except for, of course, its stainless steel barrel. Otherwise features
unique to the rifle include an oil-finished Monte Carlo walnut stock
with a palm swell, hand cut checkering and a recoil pad. It also has a
decorative brass inlay on the pistol grip. The Hunter Stainless uses a detachable
magazine, but it can also be loaded through the ejection port. Lastly,
the Hunter Stainless is equipped with open sights that are adjustable for windage
and elevation.

The Sako 85 uses a controlled feeding action,
meaning the bolt face actually grabs the rim of the cartridge from the
magazine. Controlled feeding prevents the round from falling out of the
chamber during cycling. The bolt itself has three locking lugs and they,
in turn, provide the user with a 70-degree lift. The action is made
from heat treated steel, a process that leaves the steel hard and
durable. Sako categorizes their actions by size such as extra small
(XS), small (S), medium (M), large (L), et cetera, and the Hunter Stainless is
available with Sako size XS, S, SM, M and L actions.

As with most Sako 85s, barrel length, overall length, weight, and magazine capacity vary depending upon action size.

Sako 85 rifles share a number of features such as free-floating,
cold-hammer forged barrels. Free-floating barrels do not come in direct
contact with the stock, meaning stock components do not absorb post-shot
recoil. Hammer forging is a process whereby a mandrel is carefully
passed through the bore in order to carve the rifled grooves. This
process is known for achieving superior durability and precision. It has
a single-stage trigger set at a two- to four-pound pull. Also, its
safety locks both the trigger and the bolt handle. In addition, a bolt
release button allows cartridge loading and removal while the safety is

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