Pre-Garcia Sako Forester L579 .308 Winchester Bolt Action Rifle, 1967 C&R

SOLD FOR: $1,309.00

WOA#: WY240408JT006

Make: Sako

Model: Forester L579

Serial Number: 58010

Year of Manufacture: Ca. 1967

Caliber: .308 Winchester

Action Type: Bolt Action Rifle with Hinged Floorplate Internal Magazine

Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “FORESTER” and “MADE IN FINLAND”. The top of the barrel is marked “SAKO / Cal..308” along with two finnish proof marks. The right of the barrel is marked “Bofors Steel” with a “B” and arrow logo to each side. The left side of the receiver is marked “L579”, with the serial number, “No. 58010” and with two proof markings. The bottom of the bolt handle is hand scribed “58010”.

Barrel Length: 22 1/2”

Sights/Optics: The front sight is a blade dovetailed to a hooded, textured, ramped base fixed to the front of the barrel. The top of the receiver has integral bases for mounting a rear sight or optic. An aperture sight is installed on the rear base, adjustable for windage and elevation. The installed aperture assembly can be rotated to two different positions, marked “100” and “200”, presumably in meters.

Stock Configuration and Condition: The stock is one-piece checkered walnut with capped pistol grip, monte carlo comb with cheekpiece, serrated black plastic Sako buttplate, and sling studs front and rear. The stock has a few scattered light nicks and scratches, most notable is a nick in the left of the comb near the front. There are no chips or cracks. The checkering is well defined. The LOP measures 13 3/4″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has minor wear with well defined serrations. Overall, the stock is in Fine condition.

Type of Finish: Blue

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore is mostly bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore, but there is some stubborn fouling. In this writer’s opinion, the bore rates 9 out of 10.

Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 97% of its metal finish. There are a few scattered light marks, most notable on the floorplate. The action shows minor operational wear. The screw heads range from sharp to lightly tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in Fine-plus condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this rifle. As with all previously owned firearms, thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.

Box, Paperwork, and Accessories: None.

Our Assessment: The Forester L579, was in production from 1958 to 1992 and this is a nice example from 1967. Sako Forester rifles are of quite high quality, known for their fit, finish, and accuracy. This Pre-Garcia Forester is a beautiful hunting rifle that can be passed down from generation to generation, chambered for the versatile .308 Winchester cartridge that has been taking game in America for more than 70 years. This example is in Fine condition with a strong bore and signs of limited use. As great a hunting rifle as this may be, it is also likely to interest the Sako collectors. Please see our photos and good luck!

Please forgive any typos, I was educated in California. -Bud

Pre-Garcia Sako Forester L579 .308 Winchester Bolt Action Rifle, 1967 C&R
Pre-Garcia Sako Forester L579 .308 Winchester Bolt Action Rifle, 1967 C&R