This rifle has a 1:8 Twist Rate.
This Sako rifle is a real weatherproof tack-driver, designed to deliver the .223 bullet with pinpoint accuracy over distance. Fitted with a heavy weight, free-floating barrel, the varmint model is best used from a rest or bipod with a large objective, higher magnification scope and high quality moderator. The already crisp Sako 85 trigger is enhanced with a 'set' function in this model to provide real-world target performance in a hunting package. The Sako 85 Varmint rifle is a firm favourite with Allcocks staff who use it in both .204 and .223 calibres.
Since the 1920's, Finnish manufacturer Sako have gained an enviable reputation for designing and building rock-solid, reliable rifles with a Nordic eye for clean lines and ease of use. The flagship Sako 85 centrefire range boast the world's most advanced turnbolt action in 6 different action sizes, each tailored to the calibre, while the A7 series gives hunters access to medium priced Sako quality by optimising available action sizes and parts.
The Sako 85 Varmint rifle is a long-range rifle, built to deliver pinpoint accuracy for hunting and target shooting. The heavy, free-floating barrel diminishes vibration and recoil, making it easier to stay on target after a shot. The Varmint rifle stock is made of walnut, enhancing both comfort and accuracy. In addition, it features an extra wide, flat-base and a more pronounced pistol grip for a better grip and comfortability.
Sako 85 rifles are built with demanding design criteria, based on tradition and innovation, allowing you to choose between different models for the given hunting or training purpose. The Sako 85 series offers several stock styles and barrel options. These options, combined with a comprehensive calibre selection, will give you the ultimate bolt-action rifle. When you buy a Sako, you’re buying a high-quality rifle that has undergone thorough quality assessments that ensure its lasting value from father to son..
A heavy barrel and a wide flat bottom fore-end enable steady shooting on sandbags.
Sako 85 actions come in six different sizes (CSA), providing reliable functioning for each calibre. All Sako 85 models feature controlled cartridge feed (RCS) to eliminate double feed or cartridge jams. The turn-bolt handle places the hand in a natural position during bolt operation, which allows for rapid repeated firing.
Sako 85 barrels are manufactured with a passion for craftsmanship and the very best knowledge of Sako. Barrel blanks are drilled, honed, cold- hammer forged, finished and finally individually inspected by an optical fine-tuning instrument: the human eye. Twist rates are chosen for each calibre to optimize accuracy and bullet performance. Sako 85 barrels, blued or stainless, have a non-reflecting, satin-like surface – with the exception of the Sako 85 Deluxe and Safari models that have a highly polished finish.
The staggered, two-row magazine of the Sako 85 is made of stainless steel. The detachable magazine can also be loaded through the ejection port. The Total Control Latch (patent pending) of the Sako 85 prevents accidental magazine release.
The special two-way Sako safety locks both the trigger and the bolt handle. The unique bolt release button of the Sako Safety System allows you to load or remove a cartridge from the chamber while the safety is engaged.
Most of the Sako 85 models with a blued finish on the barrel are available with either standard or optional adjustable iron sights. The front bead is adjustable in elevation and the rear blade in windage.
The ergonomics of Sako 85’s walnut and synthetic stocks are built for an optimal shooting posture. The excellent balance and smooth bolt operation of Sako 85 rifles enable fast, straight and accurate operation.
The weight of pull of the single- stage Sako 85 trigger unit is adjustable from 1 to 2 kg (2–4 lbs). An optional single-set trigger is available for most Sako 85 models. All Sako 85 rifles have an extremely durable, all-steel trigger guard that protects the trigger. An exception to this are the Finnlight and Carbonlight models, which have a lightweight hard-anodized aluminium trigger guard.