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Unread 09-14-2007, 04:31 PM
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Is A 257 Weatherby A Good Gun To Hunt Whitetails? I Was Thinking Of Buying One.
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    Unread 09-14-2007, 06:53 PM
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    Just one word ( A first for me )
    "PRESS ON"
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    Unread 09-14-2007, 08:51 PM
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    Richard Graves of Wildcat Bullets makes some 130 grain RBBTs that would fit really well in the standard factory freebore of a 257 Wby chamber and do some major damage out to about 1200 - 1500 yards.
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    Unread 09-15-2007, 08:46 AM
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    Grandpa had one of the first .257 Weatherby rifles, a customized Mauser 98 from Weatherby's old southern California shop. That rifle dropped everything from ground squirrels through deer with aplomb. Quite a cartridge. Dad still has the old Mauser in the gunsafe, but man does it need a new barrel!

    At closer (normal) hunting ranges - the .257's velocity can ruin a fair amount of meat, if that's a consideration for you.

    Regards, Guy
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    Unread 09-16-2007, 07:46 PM
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    Guy is right I had one few years ago and hunting in the eastern woods, had some bad experiences with meat damage. One bad incident with a doe and forty yard shot proved very fatal for the deer and about 25lbs. of my venison. It was great for ground hogs! Great gun and caliber.
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    Unread 09-18-2007, 08:49 AM
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    We shoot the factory 87 grainers and they read right at 3900 fps. we cant get any handloads to do any better. = < .5"
    0-500 hold dead on and it destroys them! will test on some does out to 6-700 yds later this year.

    this is an awesome round!
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    Unread 09-19-2007, 09:55 AM
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    My friends and I love my Wby 257, with the 87's loaded. A good thing is you really do not need to track. Normally the insides are slush, do to extreme fragmentation. What a great round. Have not hit any thing with the 85grn Noslers yet.
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