By Dan Kidder
A satin smooth trigger and an action so slick you think it was lubed with butter are the hallmarks of a Sako rifle. The A7 continues that tradition with the addition of an amazingly unique synthetic stock that reduces weight and adds an aggressive gripping surface.
The Roughtech stock is made from an aluminum reinforced frame covered with a high tech polymer interlaced with a subdued spider web pattern for positive grip in all kinds of environments. This design makes it very light and abundantly strong to avoid potentially accuracy-impeding flex of the stock.
A high recoil dissipation butt pad comes standard with two butt pad spacers to adjust overall length of pull.
The single-stage trigger on the A7 is user adjustable from 2-4 pounds of pull. It is finely machined and has nearly zero perceptible creep. Each press of the trigger is crisp with just enough over-travel to provide sufficient follow through for an accurate shot.
The cold hammer forged fluted stainless steel barrel reduces the overall weight of the gun and minimizes vibration for more accurate shooting and consistent groupings. It is free-floated and tapped with A5-style Weaver bases already installed to the receiver.
The 70-degree rotation bolt provides faster cycling of the action, and is also as smooth as can be for minimal drag. The bolt features dual locking lugs and a plunger style ejector for reliable functioning with each cycling of the bolt.
Our test model is a 7MM Remington Magnum with a 1 in 9.5-inch rate of twist. Recoil on this heavy hitter was very manageable, thanks in part to the butt pad.
This gun is more than capable of sub-MOA groups and consistently reaching out to distances in excess of 1,700 yards is well within its range given the use of proper optics and ammo.
The A7 comes with a three–round (3+1) detachable polymer box magazine designed to prevent accidental dislodgment.
For years, the fine craftsmanship of Finland’s Sako Rifles has been the go-to choice of professional shooters intent on performance, and the A7 Roughtech Big Game continues that reliability and delivers consistent accuracy shot after shot.