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Rifles With Sako-Dovetail Mounting Surface

Since World War II, Sako has produced numerous hunting rifles featuring a unique tapered dovetail mounting surface. This system, with the wide part at the front and the narrow part at the back, also includes a recoil notch in the rear. This design has become a hallmark of Sako rifles, providing consistency across models produced over different decades.

This mounting surface ensures that scope mounts are interchangeable between many older and newer Sako rifles. Moreover, Sako has also separated their action lengths for individual caliber groups, marking their actions as XL, L, M, SM, S, and XS. Some models of Sako rifles are also drilled and tapped and do not feature the classic Sako-style dovetail. This article, though, will only focus on the unique Sako mounting surface with dovetail.

Sako Dovetail Mounting Surface on Sako 75

Rifles With Sako Mounting Surface That Have Two-Piece Scope Mounts Interchangeable

The rifles listed below all feature the Sako-style dovetail mounting surface. Given that Sako separates their rifles based on action length, the scope mounts must fit within a certain category to be interchangeable. For two-piece scope mounts, the middle distance does not play a role, making these mounts interchangeable between models with the Sako dovetail.

Two-Piece Scope Mounting System

Below is a list of rifles that have interchangeable two-piece scope mounts.

Mounting Standards With Interchangeable One-Piece Scope Mounts

The rifles listed below all feature the Sako-style dovetail mounting surface. Sako separates their rifles based on action length, the one-piece scope mounts must fit within a certain category to be interchangeable. This is because shorter actions and longer actions have different distances between the front and rear ends of the dovetail mounting surface, as well as different distances to the recoil notch.

One-Piece Scope Mounting System

Below, we list each individual group of Sako rifles that should have one-piece scope mounts interchangeable between themselves.

Sako 85 XS

The Sako 85 is a bolt-action rifles that was unveiled in 2006 when the Sako company celebrated its 85th anniversary. The XS is the shortest of the actions Sako offers in the series. The rifles listed below will have interchangeable one-piece scope mounts with 85 XS but will have two-piece mounts interchangeable with all rifles featuring a Sako-dovetail surface, regardless of the length.

Sako 85 S

The Sako 85 S (short) is the second shortest of the actions Sako offers in the series. The rifles listed below will have interchangeable one-piece scope mounts with 85 S but will have two-piece mounts interchangeable with all rifles featuring a Sako-dovetail surface, regardless of the length.

Sako 85 SM


The Sako 85 is a bolt-action rifle presented in 2006 when the Sako company celebrated its 85th anniversary. The SM (short magnum) is the third shortest of the actions Sako offers in the series. It is chambered for .270 WSM and .300 WSM. The rifles listed below will have interchangeable one-piece scope mounts with 85 SM but will have two-piece mounts interchangeable with all rifles featuring a Sako-dovetail surface, regardless of the length.

Sako 85 M

The Sako 85 M (medium) is chambered for .22-250 Rem., .243 Win., .260 Rem., 7mm-08 Rem., .308 Win., 6.5 Creedmoor, and 6.5 PRC. The rifles listed below will have interchangeable one-piece scope mounts with the 85 M but will have two-piece mounts interchangeable with all rifles featuring a Sako-dovetail surface, regardless of the length.

Sako 85 L

The Sako model 85 L (long) is chambered for 6.5×55 SE, .270 Win., .30-06 Spr., 8×57 JS, and 9.3×62. The rifles listed below will have interchangeable one-piece scope mounts with the 85 L but will have two-piece mounts interchangeable with all rifles featuring a Sako-dovetail surface, regardless of the length.

Sako 85 XL

The Sako 85 XL (extra long) is the largest of the actions Sako offers in the series. It is chambered for .338 Lapua Mag., .416 Rigby, .450 Rigby, and .500 Jeffrey. The rifles listed below will have interchangeable one-piece scope mounts with the 85 XL but will have two-piece mounts interchangeable with all rifles featuring a Sako-dovetail surface, regardless of the length.

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Rifles With Sako-Dovetail Mounting Surface
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Rifles With Sako-Dovetail Mounting Surface
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This article lists rifles in specific sub-groups under the Sako Dovetail mounting surface with interchangeable scope mounts.
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