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Old 06-08-2012, 11:48 PM
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Re: .257 Weatherby Mag

I have had one for over twenty years. And I agree a 6.5 caliber will take you out to 1k much better. But for a quarter bore, it does the job. I have been shooting barnes 100gr bullets out of it for some years now. In my experience with the 257 I have had no issues when a good hit was made. Please let me be clear, I have only had the opportunity to stretch this gun out to a distance of 500 when hunting. 100gr barnes ttsx's I have gotten very good groups with, at just under 3800fps. RE 22, and MAGPRO are the powders of choice in my MarkV.

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Old 06-08-2012, 11:59 PM
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Re: .257 Weatherby Mag

600 BP is right on. It is one of our favorite go to rifles for deer and antelope. Accuracy is outstanding with the 100 grain ttsx at near 3800 fps. My son has shot 2.5" groups at 600 yards with it. We have taken several antelope and deer in the 500-600 yard range and the most important thing is when you hit them with the 257 weatherby they go down quick.
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Old 06-09-2012, 12:44 AM
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Already got the action on order with a mag boltface...
Swapping the bolt body is an extremely minor deal. Check with PT&G.
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Old 06-09-2012, 01:02 AM
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Re: .257 Weatherby Mag

I have had both. I really like my 25-06AI until I tried a 257Wby. A 26" barrel in 257 Wby will exceed a 25-06AI with 100 grain or better bullets by almost 300fps. With heavier it will for sure. Put 30" barrel on that 257 and 100 grain bullets are knocking on 4000 fps. At 3800+ you don't need much doping or dialing if any to get from 0-400 yards.

I put a brake on my 257 and it makes it a hoot to varmint hunt with too. My Accumark will litterally shoot tacks at 100 yards.

My son shot a little black tail doe at 155 yards right behind the shoulder. I was watching in my 10 power stabilized bino's and I swear it looked like you held a 10 gauge on the hide and blew the stuffing out the back side. It painted the hillside red. No meat damage but it took most all it's blood out at the shot. It was devestating. We both have them now and so far everything has been dropped instantly. Something about that high velocity shock wave or something.

For us it's a solid 600 yard rifle. Beyond that we have better tools for the job.
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Old 06-09-2012, 08:37 AM
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Re: .257 Weatherby Mag

Magpro is the best powder I have found for this one. The lack of high bc bullets make the 25's not as good a long range choice as the 6.5. But if you want a 600 yard lazer they are fun to shoot. Recoil is light but we have a brake on the one we shoot the most to observe hits through the scope. Like shooting a 22 with the brake. The high velocity hits are pretty spectacular. Most times the animal hits the ground faster than the eye can follow. Several companies now make brass so it is same cost as other brass. You can use either 270 wby or 7mm wby brass so whichever you find the cheapest. New brass prep always requires running it through the sizer so no matter which one you use. With one pull the sizing die makes it all 257 wby with no difference anwway. If you want a 25 it is a good one. I have two 257 STW's and the wby mk 5 257 wby shoots basically the same velocity with less powder. The STW is just to much overbore. The 264 STW though is one of the best and an incredible long range performer shooting high BC 129/130 grain bullets over 3700 fps with Retumbo.
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Old 06-09-2012, 07:31 PM
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Re: .257 Weatherby Mag

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Swapping the bolt body is an extremely minor deal. Check with PT&G.
I plan on contacting them and see how much PITA it is to have "interchangable" bolts. If the body is bored to "X" diameter it should make 2 different bolts "swappable"
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