Sako rifles have always been known for their quality. Robin 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 Sako 90 now features:
- 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
- an adjustable trigger position, as you find on many modern shotguns
- the trigger weight can also be altered very easily, with a screw in the trigger guard.
- the barrel twist rates have changed slightly, to take account of non-toxic ammunition
- 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."