Sako 90 vs 85: what’s the difference?

Sako rifles have always been known for their quality. Robin Shedden of Cluny Country Guns fondly remembers his Sako 75, which would put bullets into a thumbnail sized group at 180 yards every time. “That’s what you’re getting with Sako: quality,” he says.

Since then we’ve seen the Sako 85 and now the 90, so what has changed? Robin says it’s not about reinventing the wheel, it’s a steady evolution. “With the 85 they made various changes, doing away with the locking bolt and locking the magazine in. From the 85 to the 90 it’s the same idea.”

The rifles now have names – the Finnlight 85 has become the Adventure 90, but there are significant improvements. “The 90 has a permanent Picatinny rail with a combination 17mm rail; I think that’s brilliant,” says Robin. “The magazine still locks in so you can’t push it out accidentally, which is a good feature.”

The trigger position is now adjustable, just as you find on many modern shotguns. “That’s not something I’ve ever wanted, but there’s plenty of people that do,” Robin says. “The other big thing is you can alter the trigger weight very easily, with a screw in the trigger guard.”

The barrel twist rates have changed slightly, to take account of non-toxic ammunition, and there are other small improvements such as a plunger assist and a double pin ejector.

“Other than that, you’re buying the same top Sako quality. They are top quality rifles in all their guises.” Robin is a big fan of the carbon stocked version. “It’s a beautiful material and super light weight with no big recoil, but it comes at a price.

This film appeared in Fieldsports Britain, episode 724.

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