Valmet M78 verses M78/83

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Stevo MT
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Valmet M78 verses M78/83

Post by Stevo MT » Tue Jan 24, 2017 1:41 pm

I have read that the M78/83 was created in the USA. The story is that Oden took M78 rifles and added the sniper skeletonized stock, scope mount and engraved them, BUT there are other differences that must have been built into the rifles in Finland. First there is the enlarged trunion area. This is the "bulged" area in the receiver that supports the bolt. This bulge requires a matching top cover. Also the rear of the receiver is square and not angled as I see in many full stocked Valmets. I have a M78 that has these features. It has the traditional M78 furniture, but it sports the bulge and square receiver. Where the M78/83s have "Oden" engraved, my rifle has milling marks as if this was removed. Valmets are certainly not boring! It seems that they were marked so many different ways and variations are plentiful.
Thanks in advance for any feed back to my observations.
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Post by M62/M76 » Wed Jan 25, 2017 7:48 am

Valmet's are anything but boring!

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Post by AGG » Wed Jan 25, 2017 7:54 am

All of the "stamped" receiver (385 Series) M78's (including the M78/83S) will be configured this way!!! :D
As far as the right receiver (left rear), I have seen both "scrubbed" (as pictured) and importer markings (ODIN INTERNATIONAL, LTD./Alexandria, Va. U.S.A.). :wink:


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Post by Stevo MT » Wed Jan 25, 2017 8:19 am

Cool. I'm glad to learn the details.
Thank you Tony.

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