Sako L57 Deluxe Forester .243
There were only about 10,000 Sako L57 actions made before the changeover to the L579, and almost half of those were sold to companies like Colt, Wards, and NAACO on which they built proprietary-branded rifles on the Sako actions. That means that the actual number of genuine Sako L57 Foresters is very limited -- and the number which were made into the Deluxe version like this one are extremely scarce. This rifle has its brilliant original bluing, stock finish, and sling swivels -- only the pad has been professionally replaced with a Pachmayr. It has all of the early, rare features, probably the most unique of which is the "Weatherby" rearward slant to the contrasting fore arm tip (Weatherby apparently accursed Sako of a patent or trademark violation and Sako has used the opposite slant ever since.) The floorplate engraving is also scarce: There were floorplates with 1, 2, and 3 "Deer in Woods", and this single "Deer in Woods" is perhaps the hardest to find. The 23" barrel has an excellent bore, and the magazine holds 5 rounds of .243 ammunition down. This fine rifle is as collectible as it is shootable.
Sorry for poor focus, photo shows "Bofors Steel" mark