New from SAKO: 85 Black Wolf, 85 Exige “Take-Down” and 85 Carbonlight

Sako introduced two new rifles at the IWA Outdoor Classics press event held in Nuremberg, Germany.

The Sako 85 Black Wolf (ergonomic) och the Sako 85 Exige (take-down).

With the 85 Black Wolf Sako jumps on the growing trend with adjustable ergonomic cheek risers with their new model “85 Black Wolf”. This is in line with the solutions normally provided by companies like GRS Riflestocks from Norway.

This is the rifle for hunters who value the flexibility and adaptability of being able to make ergonomic adjustments. This modern rifle can quickly be configured for the range or for different hunting purposes.

There’s a wide range of calibers available, for instance .22-250 Rem, .308 Win, 6.5×55 SE up to 300 Win Mag and many more in between.

The Sako 85 Exige more focused on offering a compact rifle. It offers a take-down system to allow it to be easy to pack in a case for travel and hunting. The Exige is also available in Stainless Steel.

Sako 85 Black Wolf

REAR STOCK – Fast, button adjustable length of pull and cheek piece height.

STOCK FORE-END A broad stock provides a solid platform for shooting without a bipod. It has double sling studs in the fore-end so you can carry the Sako 85 Black Wolf with a bipod if needed. Clever.

Adjustability is key

A pistol grip without looking like one. The 85 Black Wolf has an ergonomic pistol grip to enable a natural and relaxed grip – without upsetting anyone with its looks.

Sako 85 Exige

The New Sako Take Down stock. You can quickly remove the stock, detach the fore-end and pack it into the case that comes with the rifle. Very convenient for transport.


The aluminum interface provides a stable bedding for the barrelled action, giving the rifle exceptional action accuracy.

From the SAKO Press Event. The Exige comes with a nice case for travel and transport.

This is a compact rifle for demanding hunting purposes. It’s easy to pack in a case and travel with on longer journeys and hunting trips. Available also in stainless steel. Practicality makes life easier. You can quickly remove the stock, detach the fore-end and pack it into the case that comes with the rifle, making it ideal for hunters who appreciate convenience.

The take-down function explained in detail.

Another option for traveling hunters is the Sako 85 Carbonlight, an ultra-light multi-purpose hunting rifle using modern materials like carbon fiber with a soft-touch surface. The weight is only around 2,4 kg, making it easy to carry. The 2017 models will also come with a left-handed option and different action lengths.

We will have a look at other carbon fiber options in future TFB blogs, because they were around as well.

What is my choice? Well there is still room for product development, so until Sako makes the “85 Exige Carbonlight” I’ll wait.

For 2018, bring on the Carbon Take-Down, until then I’ll stay with the TRG M10 or Tikka T3x TAC A1.

Eric B

Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with an European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatic firearms, optics and sound suppressors. Owning the night would be nice too.


  • PK

    I love that take-down mechanism! I’ll have to copy it, although I feel foolish for not coming up with a similar idea on my own. That’s one of those ideas that seems obvious in retrospect.

  • JP

    If you like that take down system, look up other Finnish rifle, Lynx Td15. it have same system.

  • b. griffin

    When can we expect the Exige to come to market? Can I pre-order?

  • gusto

    Wonder why sako hasn’t come out with a barrel change system for the hunting market. they already have the m10 system but should adapt it to a regular stock or one of those in the article

  • Adam D.

    I like the basic idea of that takedown, but the execution is a bit strange for me.
    Several thousand dollar price tag and having to fumble around with a screwdriver.

    I have nowhere near the amount of money this rifle may cost,
    but if I were in the target market, I’d definitely demand toolless disassembly for this kind of money, including the barrel assembly.
    Take the Sauer 202 TD, or the HS Precision takedowns for instance.
    I’m sure the Exige is still a fine rifle, but a toolless separating barrel assy and buttstock would make it ever better.

  • Edeco

    Hey, will it fire with the stock off?

    Also, I’m surprised at the layout of the case, I’d think they could get that smaller. Having set up a 52″ Plano with semi-pre-cut foam cubes I’m an expert at such things.

  • uisconfruzed

    A screwdriver takedown?
    Sako, please look at the Browning Citori breakdown.