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I bought a Sako m995 30-06 and have been trying to find some info about it. I've looked all over the web but have only found 3 posts that mention it at all. I was wondering if anyone had any info about my rifle.
Sako, the Finnish manufacturer of fine sporting rifles and some military guns, began importing the M995 into the US in the early nineties. The gun is actually a variation of the TRG-21 which is a tactical or sniper rifle. The 995 is sometimes referred to as the TRG/S. It is available is two action lengths to accomodate cartridges from .243 to .338 Lapua. I have never owned this model but have two friends who have possessed and shot theirs for years. One is a 7 mm STW which is a wonderful long range round except my friend is not much of a shot and does not practice enough to ever be. The other guy has a .338 Lapua which is exactly what it was developed for, a super duper long range cartridge. This guy can shoot and is extraordinarily accurate out to 1000 yards or more every shot. A gallon water jug at that range is busted every time as is a bull elk. The M995 stock has a reputation in Alaska as being brittle and prone to break. I have never witnessed this situation and don't know who actually manufactured the ergonomic factory stock. In case of the need for a replacement McMillan can supply a superior stock. The only thing I don't like about the M995 is the clip. You should buy an extra as only one is bound to be forgotten or get lost on a hunt of a lifetime. They are about $70.00 from several sources. The short bolt throw is nice if you are used to it for fast repeat shots. This is the rifle in .30-.378 Weatherby that I once saw new laying on my gunsmith's workbench. When I examined the attached work order tag the owner had written "Install best recoil pad and muzzlebrake". I chuckled as apparently he has never shot a big gun before.
Enjoy your 995, it is a great rifle even if most folks have never heard of it.
I know Sako rifles are AWSOME! I have a Tikka T3 270 win which is made by Sako and my only complaint with it is that I didn't buy it sooner! Great action, ligh weight and a real tack driver. Your Sako is a fantastic built rifle. Enjoy!
I have a couple of them. I did break the stock on the 30-378, (fixed with super glue) but the 7.21 Lazzeroni Firebird is still perfect. Both rifles seem to not care load or bullet and make quarter sized patterns @ 300 yards. The 30-378 has taken many deer over 400 yards. 3 head shots, because that is all I could see, and the rest were all heart shots. 4 years ago I had 11 loaded shells for it and I now have 1 left but 9 deer DRT. I got buck fever on a 150 class running at me and shot him first in the rear then a second shot in the chest.
The factory stock does a great job of taming recoil. I added a HiVis Xcoil recoil pad and they are not bad to shoot. My savage 110 in 30-06 and my other one in 7mm RUM are way more painful to shoot, as is my buddies 700 Rem in 300 Weatherby. I love my M995 TRGS's. But if someone has an extra stock, I could use one.
I agree 100% with IanS. I recently bought a .30-06 Tikka T3 Lite Stainless and it is a real tack driver right out of the box. I put a Leupold VX1 4-12 x 40 on it and I can put some NASTY groups together at 100 yards! Less than a dime. Very similar to your Sako, but a few bucks less!
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