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.257 Weatherby Vanguard

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Unread 03-28-2004, 02:01 AM
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Re: .257 Weatherby Vanguard

Ian thanks for the tips. Yes my first check will be to take another closer look at the barrel channel. Still don't understand why this rifle wll shoot sub-moa wth the round nose bullet and just puts pointed bullets all over the paper up to 2 1/2". I shot an 8 point with it @ 165 yds this past fall. I took a neck shot since it was by no means a trophy deer and what happened just blew my mind. The bullet entered the neck behind the left ear and apparently followed the bone structure of the spine until it reached the cranial area and just blew up. When I first examined the deer I thought my mind was playing tricks because there was no sign of a rack left. No horns on this guys head. I found the remnants of the horns scattered over a 15 yd area. The longest section of antler that I could find was about two inches. Looked like a stick of TNT had gone off in the bucks mouth. "Shock and awe" to say the least. I have seriously contemplated loading for the rifle but I have never loaded belted cartridges before. I think the Hornady 100 gr. would make an excellent beginning for me til I get the hang of it. I have accumulated plenty of fact ory empties. I would need to order the dies but pretty much have everything else. I just got a 308 last year as you did. Mine is a Tikka and gives hints of being a decent shooter. I have so many rifles that it is hard to get serious about just one. I have a .17, 223, 22-250 243, 25-06, 257 WM. 6.5x55, 308, 7-mag, 270, and 30-06. I hate to think about selling any of them but I know I would become a better shooter with only 3 or 4 to concentrate on. Thanks again Ian for the helpful tips and if I am able to come up with a good load for the 257 I will share it with you. "You gotta love it".

[ 03-28-2004: Message edited by: jhw1st ]
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