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257 Weatherby vs. 257 STW

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Unread 04-03-2011, 03:43 PM
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257 Weatherby vs. 257 STW

From what I understand the STW will out perform the Weatherby, but at what cost?

How much of a performance difference is there?
Estimated barrel life for each round?
Recommended barrel length for each round?
Cost / availability of brass and dies?

I am looking to put together a 500 - 700 yard carry gun for medium game (deer, antelope, etc...).
Lightweight, likely sporter barrel. Would either of these rounds be comfortable at the range with no brake?

Also considering the 25-06, but I would like something a little "sexier" if it doesn't completely change what I'm after.
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    Re: 257 Weatherby vs. 257 STW

    I don't think the STW is worth the overbore.
    A better question would be why not go to a 6.5 cal, like a 6.5-06AI, or a 264 WM
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    Re: 257 Weatherby vs. 257 STW

    IMHO, there is no reason to go .25cal. The bullets available in 6.5 or 6mm will make for better ballistics with better barrel life. The bullets are just not there in .25cal to take full advantage of cartridges with that much boiler room, a lot of energy is wasted due to low BC.
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    Re: 257 Weatherby vs. 257 STW

    I have a 257 WM, I like it, but I have to agree with last 2 posts. Yes I would like a 6.5 of some type, better bullet selection
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    Re: 257 Weatherby vs. 257 STW

    Wow, no love for the 25's.
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    Re: 257 Weatherby vs. 257 STW

    I shoot both all the time. My 257 wby's are mk5's with the wby freebore and there is very little difference between them and my two 257 stw's. 50-75 fps. I shoot the 100 grain bullets 3760 fps in my 257 wby and right at 2800 fps in my stw. Either is an awesome deer/antelope round for the range you are looking at.
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    Re: 257 Weatherby vs. 257 STW

    Lt lr

    I was wondering if you had meant 3800fps instead of 2800?
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