View Full Version : anyone have a sako 85 bavarian ?

07-10-2016, 08:21 PM
i am trying to find an accurate factory load for my new sako......anybody have one that shoots factory ammo accurately.....so far mine wont group better than 1.5 moa.....i was expecting under 1 moa.....if you have one what factory ammo are you using ?.....i have tried several different ammo brands and different bullet weights....please help me before i spend a fortune experimenting......thank you

Rory McCanuck
07-10-2016, 09:10 PM
Each rifle is an individual, not all rifles will shoot the same ammo as well as others.
What's it chambered in?

07-11-2016, 05:40 AM
Each rifle is an individual, not all rifles will shoot the same ammo as well as others.
What's it chambered in?

its a .308

Rory McCanuck
07-11-2016, 10:13 AM
Hmm, you'd think some sort of Match ammo would shoot decently at least.
Not that 1.5" is horrible, but I'd hope for better.

07-11-2016, 10:38 AM
A Sako 85 Bavarian is a hunting rifle. Not a Match rifle. Most hunting rifles just don't shoot like bench rest rifles. 1.5" is fine for hunting. Assuming it's consistent.
Most hunters would cry out for a rifle that shoots factory ammo into 1.5". Reloading might do better but you really don't need better.

07-11-2016, 12:07 PM
yes I agree that are rifles are individuals and I agree that 1.5 isn,t bad for a hunting rifle......but I also own 4 tikka t3,s that shoot under an inch with the right factory ammo...I thought a premium rifle from the same factory that makes tikka,s would shoot as good or better considering the sako costs 3x,s as much.....I wonder what they use at the factory to guarentee a 5 shot 1 inch group.......hmmm....c,mon sako owners would love to hear what you use in your sako 308

07-12-2016, 01:34 PM
a buddy is shooting 180 fusions in his and is getting between 3/4-1 inch at 150 yards, lower the number is more on his shooting that particular day., his is a 300 winmag, but he went through the same process of finding a factory load, he spent more on ammo then most spend on a rifle.lol, then after all that he switched to rolling his own,
winchester black box in 168 or the hornaday whitetail in the same weight would be a good round if your rifle liked them, ive yet to find a 308 that wouldnt shoot either of those to an average of 1 inch in sub optimal conditions

Two For Sure
07-12-2016, 03:25 PM
Every Sako I've owned seemed to prefer Federal Power-Shok and heavier bullets. If you haven't tried it I'd suggest a box in 180 grain.

07-14-2016, 10:13 AM
federal fusion 180 and winchester black box 168 are two i haven't tried yet ..........thanks folks !