Originally Posted by 1simplemann
Today I had a good conversation w/ a customer of mine who happens to have a 1000yd range out his back door. He shot .300 Weatherby for 15 yrs. He told me the .300 WBY is a fun caliber to shoot and it is indeed a "meat axe". He also said that although the Accumark is a good hunting rifle but maybe not worth the cash. The Vanguard however is in his opinion an excellant hunting rifle and that he actually prefers that action. I have shouldered the Vanguard and didn't care for the stock. He told me that was a simple fix and showed me a stock that I immediatly liked. His advice was that if I was sold on a .300 then to restock it and I would have one heck of a elk rifle. He also suggested .300 Win Mag as I would have better factor ammo selection w/ only a slight decrease in velocity. Plus cheaper to shoot.
The Vangard is a bit of a crap shoot. Most of them will shoot decently but not even in the same league with the Accumark.
If you can find one in a 300wm it would be ideal for your application. Barrel life will be better than with the 7mm Wby and once you get past 600yds the better ballistics of the round become a great advantage.
As for the weight, if it's more than you are comfortable carrying get one of the double shoulder slings, Len Sells them at the LRH store and recommends them highly.
Another rifle that would be great for you to consider is the Remington Sendero in 300wm. There are lots of them around and come in at a much lower price point than the Accumark and they are extremely good shooting rifles. I have one in 300 Rum and it shot Sub MOA for me with both Remington Premier and Federal Factory loads with just a little tuning.