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Old December 20, 2013, 03:10 PM   #1
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Valmet semi autos from Finland. Know anything?

As well as finding a loyalty-testing Ruger SBH .44 on sale, I have alaos seen a "Valmet Petra" in .308.

At first glance it has similar lines and furniture to a Vepr .308. Aside from that I know nothing about it.

I'm not looking to buy, just learn!!
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Old December 20, 2013, 04:19 PM   #2
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What style valmet? Military type or hunting like?
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Old December 20, 2013, 04:22 PM   #3
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Given the 5 round mag size advertised, I'd say hunting. As I said earlier it looks a lot like a Vepr/Saiga .308 semi...
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Old December 20, 2013, 07:55 PM   #4
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Oh, sorry, I missed that part.

Wish I could help you, but I know little about their more traditional long arms.

They aren't too common in the states. I hope someone can help you out.
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Old December 21, 2013, 02:22 AM   #5
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OK. No worries. The are a few Europeans including a couple of Scandinavians. They may know something and post it...
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Old December 21, 2013, 04:17 PM   #6
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Sold in USA as the Valmet Hunter; it gets pretty good reviews.
The only liabilities I could find are that it is not so accurate as a bolt action or AR based auto and magazines are not in good supply.
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Old December 24, 2013, 12:25 PM   #7
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Coolest looking AK I've ever seen. This one is a 30-06 according listed specs.
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Old December 31, 2013, 12:15 PM   #8
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I'd like one the Valmets with peep sights and the wire-cutter muzzle brake. Otherwise it doesn't seem to much different than a Saiga or Vepr.

Valmets do have a decent reputation for accuracy (I've heard of a few guys running .223 models in competitions).
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Old December 31, 2013, 02:24 PM   #9
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Valmets are known for durability atleast, valmet also makes tractors(:

Not many here in sweden have them due to silly laws regarding military style sa-rifles):

I have a Valmets 222/16 combo Great accurate rifles.

The finnish military Valmets are improved aks.
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Old January 4, 2014, 01:08 PM   #10
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A number of years ago, I owned both a Valmet 76 and a 78, Both were extremely fine weapons, being very well made and finished and 100% reliable.

The 78 was a semi version of a 7.62mm (.308) squad light automatic and was meant to be fired using the bipod; It was really too heavy to be used as a "fun" gun. Also, the mags were ungodly expensive.

The 76 was a wood stocked version of the earlier AK types and was chambered in 5.56mm (.223). This one would function very well with very slightly modified Galil or Norinco .223 AK mags, so the mag problem wasn't as big a deal as the 78. As I understand it, the first 500 or so Galils used receivers made by Valmet.

Anyway, as I said, they were both very well-made, high quality weapons.`
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Old January 6, 2014, 07:52 AM   #11
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Valmet

High quality SA AK variants. When you find one for sale they go for top dollar, like a Galil.
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Old January 7, 2014, 09:24 PM   #12
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Various Valmet models sold in the US for many years before the whole "assault weapon" hysteria drove the market nuts.

I had a friend who had two, he liked them so much he wore a Valmet belt buckle for many years, even though he had to get bigger belts as time went on.

Hi quality AK style operating system, in better than AK calibers, with better than traditional AK accuracy.

Always a high dollar item in the US, small numbers sold made them uncommon. High cost accessories, again, due to small market.

If you find one at a decent price, and you have a use/desire for a rifle that is probably about a rugged as an AK, slightly less well adapted to combat, but better suited to sport & hunting, you could do a lot worse.
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