Custom Sako Model AIII Action .308 Norma Magnum Bolt Action Rifle

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Location (State):
California (CA)

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13 Years 2 Months
WINNER: v*******t
HIGH BID: $551.24
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Auction: 12173210

Manufacturer:   Custom Sako Model AIII Action
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Auction Start:
(June 27, 2013 18:05:00 PT)
Auction Ended:
(July 11, 2013 18:15:54 PT)

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Seller's Description

Guns For Sale - Custom Sako Model AIII Action -- .308 Norma Magnum Bolt Action Rifle

LSB#: 130429CB02

Make: Sako

Model: Customized with AIII Action

Serial Number: 531727

Year of Manufacture: 1978-1982

Caliber: .308 Norma Magnum

Action Type: Bolt Action with Hinged Floorplate Magazine

Markings: The left side of the receiver is marked “SAKO AIII”, “531727”, with a logo and “RV”. The left side of the barrel is marked “308 Norma”. The bottom of the floorplate is engraved with a picture of an eland.

Barrel Length: 26”

Sights / Optics: The receiver has integral bases. There are no provisions for iron sights.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is a one piece hardwood (maple?) with a beautiful fiddleback pattern. Please see our pictures!!! The buttstock has a Monte Carlo comb with raised cheekpiece, a pistol grip that flares at the bottom, and a vented reddish brown rubber recoil pad marked “Pachmayr”. The stock shows light handling marks, with small compression marks at the heel of the butt and on the right side of the stock behind the grip. There is also a small chip in the finish on the left side of the stock at the heel. The cheekpiece has several spots of discoloration where something caustic dripped on the cheekpiece. The LOP measures 14” from the front of the trigger to the back of the recoil pad, which is soft. The stock rates in about Fine overall condition.

Type of Finish: The barrel and receiver are blued, with an in-the-white bolt and bolt handle. The trigger guard and magazine floorplate are engraved.

Finish Originality: The barrel is not original to the rifle. The receiver finish appears to be original.

Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is deep with light wear. There is no erosion. Our bore gauge measured a ME of about 1.5.

Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 98% of its current metal finish. The barrel and receiver show light handling marks. There are spots of discoloration in the checkering at the back of the bolt, on the bolt handle, the body of the bolt and the extractor. The tang screws are disfigured. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in about Excellent condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this rifle.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None

Our Assessment: Sako first started making rifles with FN Mauser actions in 1951. By 1961 they had settled on 3 different length actions. The long action designation, L61R, was changed to AIII around 1978. The Sako action on this rifle was re-barreled to .308 Norma Mag. and restocked with a beautiful fiddleback patterned wood. The belted .308 Norma Magnum was first brought out in 1960, but lost popularity when the .300 Win. Mag. came out in 1963. If you can’t find ammo in this caliber, you can always make your own by resizing .300 Win. Mag. brass. While it isn’t quite as powerful as the .300 Win. Mag., the Norma round still offers 2950 fps. performance with a 180 grain bullet, out-classing the .30-06 Springfield at 2700 fps. This is a beautiful looking engraved rifle in great condition and will make someone a nice rifle for elk and for long range shots on deer and antelope.

CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This rifle can be transferred in California.

Payment and Shipping Instructions:

UPS Insured shipping will cost $40. To reduce the likelihood of damage during shipping, we may disassemble long guns by removing stocks on especially long pieces or taking down takedowns. All parts will be individually wrapped. If you would prefer to not have your item disassembled, please include a note with payment or email instructions to

Your item will be shipped within 1 week of receipt of good funds, usually the next day. You will receive an automatic notification with a tracking number upon shipment, to let you know that we have received funds. (Please obtain a tracking number from your carrier for immediate delivery confirmation of payment). If you are in Southern California, you are welcome to pick your item up and complete the transfer at our shop in Simi Valley (M-F, 8-4 and Saturday By Appointment).

This gun can only be shipped to an FFL, and it will be shipped from an FFL. It is your responsibility to ensure that the gun is legal to own and receive in your area. Please include a copy of your dealer’s license with payment. We will need CFLC numbers for CA FFL’s to ship a firearm within California. We are FFL dealers and comply with all Federal, State and Local laws.

We always combine on shipping to save you as much as we can. You can generally assume it will be full shipping charge on the first item, 1/2 on the second, 1/3 on the third, etc. Exceptions only arise when the items are going to different locations (different licenses), or when they are exceptionally large, heavy or valuable and cannot be combined.


Full payment on non-layaway items is required within 14 days. We accept Cashier's Checks, Money Orders, Cash, Personal Checks and Cards. Personal Checks are held a full week for clearance. All paper forms of payment already reflect a 3% cash discount. To pay online, please use the item number form the auction site, add 3% to the ‘Total’ above and use the following link: To call and pay by phone, please wait until the Monday after the sale. To help us properly apply your payment, please indicate what item you have purchased when your payment and/or FFL are sent. If you would like to be notified when we receive your payment, please obtain a tracking number from your carrier.

CA Sales tax applies to CA buyers (7.5%).

Layaways are offered on all items, requiring a 20% non refundable down payment within 7 days of the auction’s close and the balance within 60 days. We do not require prior notice to place an item on the layaway. No returns are accepted on layaway items and the item will be considered abandoned after 60 days.

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No gun or ammunition should be fired without being examined by a competent gunsmith.

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