The Sako 85 Kodiak is a bolt-action hunting rifle chambered in .338 Win. Mag. and .375 H&H Mag. 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. Each “Bear” model (Brown Bear, Black Bear and Kodiak) has distinct features.
Features unique to the Kodiak include a wood laminate stock with checkering on the pistol grip and fore-end, and a recoil pad on the butt. The Kodiak uses a detachable magazine, but it can also be loaded through the ejection port. The Kodiak is equipped with adjustable sights. Lastly, it has a stainless steel fluted bull barrel. Bull-style barrels use minimal or no tapering, allowing them to withstand the firing of successive high powered loads.
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 Kodiak is available with Sako size L action.
All 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 engaged.
As the name suggests, Sako recommends the Kodiak for hunting Kodiak bears.
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