Sako 25-20 box date


#1

I just got this box amongst a few sako boxes - part of the beginnings of a sako ammo specialisation.

The rest of the label is missing but a tiny amount of printing is visible along the torn section. Can this box be fixed down to a certain date or date range?
Some of the other boxes have date codes but I havent had a look at them in detail yet. I might put up another topic about the Sako date codes once I get some scans done.


#2

Any ideas on the era?
The guy I got it off commented that he got it over 30 years ago and it was ‘old’ then.

There seems to be a lack of info on anything involving Sako Ammunition. I looked up the IAA Journal index and found a single entry that was a Winchester Australia sticker on Sako boxes in the 80s. I know that was because Winchester imported the components and loaded them here in Aus for a short time around 1988 or so.
I did not even find the 7x33 Sako listed in the list of calibres featured in journals.
I might have to start translating some Finnish language web pages.


#3

I can help a bit. This pkt style is different than most of the SAKO pkts that I have seen. However it more closely resembles the ones from the 1930’s and 40’s such as those for the 7x50SR Finnish and 7x54 Finnish.

SAKO didn’t produce much in the way of sporting ammo until after WW2. The 25-20 was shown in SAKO catalogs from 1946-1971. If I had to guess I would say mid-to-late 1940’s, possibly into the 1950’s. Certainly by the late 1950’s the packet style had changed.

Good luck with your SAKO specialisation…


#4

Outside the US I wouldn’t have thought there would have been much market for .25-20 for a northern european manufacturer by that time. Strange what you learn


#5

Sako manufactured 25-20 bolt action rifles during that era. I am not sure of the main market for such a rifle but I assume it was to be used in europe as a small game rifle (maybe for francolin (spelling?) a game bird or roe deer). Some of these rifles made their way to Australia to be used on kangaroos, feral pigs, feral goats and other small/medium game. During those years after the second world war sporting rifles and ammo were not readily available apart from the old SMLE 303 and smaller wildcat versions in 22, 243, 25 and 270. There would have been quite a few winchester levers around too. Apart from the mentioned rifles, Sako bolt action rifles were among the first sporting rifles to be imported and I guess some ammo came along as well to supplement any shortage of US or British made cartridges.
On a slightly off topic area - the first sako rifles obviously impressed the Australian shooting public and they have been much admired, sought after and appreciated ever since.


#6

At the latest State meeting of the ACCA I saw a box the same as this one with date stamp 16 8 51 so I guess that WBD was quite correct in suggesting the early 50s.