Sako S20: First True Hybrid Bolt-Action Rifle?

Sako S20: First True Hybrid Bolt-Action Rifle?
The new Sako S20 bolt-action rifle, is built on the Sako 85 action. You can swap stock styles, pictured here is the thumbhole version for hunting.


The Sako S20 accepts one of two available stocks — one for hunting, the other a tactical-precision style.

Sako (pronounced “Sock-o”) — now owned by Beretta — has long been a leader in high-end European bolt guns. Discerning hunters favoring the Sako 85 action don't blink when paying north of $2,000 for a factory rifle. And now the firm's newest offerring, the Sako S20, doesn't dissappoint those expecting exclusive product from the Finnish maker.

The Sako S20 tactical stock configuration.
The Sako S20 tactical stock configuration.

As the video below shows, the most notable thing about the Sako S20 is its unique interchangeable chassis-stock system. You can use the thumbhole version for hunting, or swap it out for a sniper-precision stock, ideal for precision match use. 

Sako can serve two masters. It's possible thanks to Sako's legendary from-the-box accuracy (including a 5-shot sub-MOA guarantee). 

But rather than tell you all about the Sako S20, watch the recent Launch Event and see for yourself:

Sako S20 Press Release:

Sako Unveils the First True Hybrid Rifle, the Sako S20

(Accokeek, MD) February 23, 2020 Beretta and Sako are pleased to announce the launch of a new category of bolt-action rifles by introducing the Sako S20, the first true hybrid rifle. Designed with today’s diverse range of shooting styles in mind, the new S20 rifle features a takedown stock interface and adjustable ergonomics presented in an unprecedented design that delivers unique modularity, exceptional durability, and unparalleled SUB MOA accuracy.

The unique modularity of the highly configurable stock allows the shooter to adapt their rifle to their preferences with different rear stocks and forends. Along with the launch of the S20 rifle, Sako offers separately for aftermarket purchase both a tactical precision stock and an ergonomic hunting stock and corresponding forends.

The new tactical precision rear stock combines great modularity with unparalleled ergonomics for the most demanding precision shooters. The forend of the precision stock was crafted specifically for precision shooting with a flat bottom that helps balance the rifle when you’re shooting without a bipod.

The S20 hunter rear stock was designed with ultimate shooting comfort and ergonomics in mind with an ergonomic grip that improves shot accuracy without compromising comfort. The hunter stock’s forend is designed to handle versatile hunting environments with its integrated, soft “leather-like” grip surface made from high-quality synthetic materials and provides an optimal grip in any weather condition.

The user will be able to switch between the stocks and forends quickly and easily and can change the rifle from a tactical to a hunting rifle or vice versa in a matter of minutes with no need to re-zero optics after assembly. The stocks can be taken down easily by loosening up two screws between the rear stock and forend.

Inside the S20 stock is an aircraft-grade aluminum chassis that carries all the recoil forces. The durable structure of the frame has been carefully designed for maximum stiffness to increase accuracy and robustness. Additionally, the S20 utilizes strong H.I.R (high impact resistant) material over the chassis to give a professional grade performance with a high level of comfort and adaptability.

Overall, the adjustable ergonomics are a big part of the S20 design. The multi-adjustable trigger (available as both single-stage and two-stage variants) can be moved backwards or forwards to better fit different hand sizes, and a quickly adjustable cheek piece and spacer help to find the best possible shooting position. Combined with a wide selection of M-LOK and QD compatible accessory options, S20 adapts to all body sizes and shooting situations.

The cold hammer-forged barrel combined with the whole-length aluminum V-Bedding system increases the repeatable accuracy of the S20. The receiver of the rifle has been engineered with rigidity in mind and has an integrated Picatinny rail that is machined directly into the steel receiver. The bolt of the S20 is manufactured from high-grade stainless steel for better weather resistance. To increase safety and performance, the S20 has a firing pin safety and a very high locking lug surface area and this feature combined with the three locking lug design enables a smooth, safe, and precise operation of the rifle.

The Cartridge Plus magazine is made from glass-reinforced composite and is designed to support reloaders with longer maximum cartridge length. Due to the unique structure of the magazine, cartridges are supported from the shoulder to prevent bullet damage from recoil. The S20 comes with a 5 round (3 Magnum) magazine, and a 10 round (7 Magnum) magazine is available as an accessory. At launch, the S20 comes in 243 Win, 308 Win, 6.5 CM, 270 Win, 30-06 Sprg, 7mm Rem Mag, 300 Win Mag, and 6.5 PRC calibers.

The new Sako S20 rifle will be officially unveiled at the upcoming 2020 IWA Outdoor Classics Show in Nuremberg, Germany on March 6, 2020.

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To learn more about the Sako S20, visit


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Corey Graff is the managing editor of the <i><a href="">Standard Catalog of Firearms</a></i> and <i><a href="">Gun Digest</a></i> annual book. In addition, he is the author of <i>What's In Your Bug-Out Bag?</i> and <i>The Comprehensive Guide to Concealed Carry Holsters.</i> His personal interest in firearms includes handguns for hunting and self-defense as well as bolt-action rifles for western hunting.


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