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Old 12-12-2011, 11:27 PM
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Let's Talk Weatherby

I'm looking at a few options for rifles. I "probably" will be sticking to only Deer and Antelope, but someday, if all my stars align (LOL) I'd love to go Elk hunting... it's my dream. Ok, so.....

I'm probably going to only buy one rifle and sadly, I like to buy GOOD, vs. semi-good.... so. Being a Lefty, my options seem like Weatherby, Sako (if I stumble upon one), maybe a new Browning XBOLT if they are any good?.... Remington possibly.

For this post though, how are factory made Weatherby rifles thought of for longer range shooting? I could be talked into an UltraLight 257 perhaps. I'm wondering if the Weatherby rounded shoulder is a problem for reloading? Are the guns "All That" as they say? Are they better than for instance, a Ruger Hawkeye? A Sako?

Let's hear some WEatherby comments.

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Old 12-12-2011, 11:33 PM
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Re: Let's Talk Weatherby

I like em. I have owned many.... probably 50 or more. I built my .338 LM off a Wby action. The only two duds I have owned were both ULW's in 270. The ulw was not intended for and are not long range rigs. They are light easy to shoulder 1 1/2 moa rifles. If you want to shoot a factory rifle to 1000 yards get an accumark.

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Old 12-12-2011, 11:38 PM
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Re: Let's Talk Weatherby

I was doing the same research not long ago and bought a Weatherby Vanguard used, in 7mm Rem Mag specifically for whitetails(for now). I'm like you, I'd love to go elk hunting if the stars aligned, it was a leap year, I held my face just right...lol....etc...But for now, all I can see is whitetails, coyotes, and LOTS of range time.

When I got my rifle it was pretty clean as it should have been. Looks brand new. But it has one of those *^#*% plastic stocks on it. I only had the cash at the time for one box of ammo to run through it to see what I'd bought. I bought a box of Hornady 139 Interbonds ( if memory serves). Anyway.....my new rifle didn't shoot as well as I'd hoped. BUT!!! After bedding it twice (d@mn plastic again) I finally got the bedding compound (J-B Weld) to stick well on my third attempt. Took it back out to the range and it shot as good as any factory rifle that I've shot to date and better than many.

Would I recommend a Weatherby to you? Yes I would!

Would I recommend a plastic-stocked model? Only if you've already bought a replacement stock.


EDITED TO ADD-----one last thing.....strongly consider cartridge choice if you'd like lots of brass choices. I think there are other companies now making Weatherby brass, but I'm not sure on availability since mine isn't chambered for a Weatherby caliber. If your going to reload for your new rifle, you almost HAVE TO look into brass before deciding on a caliber unless your wallet has no bottom.
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Old 12-12-2011, 11:38 PM
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Re: Let's Talk Weatherby

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I like em. I have owned many.... probably 50 or more. I built my .338 LM off a Wby action. The only two duds I have owned were both ULW's in 270. The ulw was not intended for and are not long range rigs. They are light easy to shoulder 1 1/2 moa rifles. If you want to shoot a factory rifle to 1000 yards get an accumark.

Jeff
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Old 12-12-2011, 11:41 PM
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Re: Let's Talk Weatherby

They are fine rifles, as are the sakos. but for the same price as accumark you could get the savage model 10 predator hunter lh in 260 with a good scope. If you decide you really need more just a small gunsmith bill away from 6.5./284 or something similar(still less money than the weatherby with the same scope) plenty good as is and factory ammo, and or brass for reloading is way cheaper. I met a guide, that swears by 260 for everything. I am a long time .257 fan and I am building a 6.5 for next hunting season, heck I might just buy the savage and save the time of waiting for the gunsmith and shoot more...just my .02
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Old 12-12-2011, 11:42 PM
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Re: Let's Talk Weatherby

What Broz said.

I have had about as many as Broz. They are at the top. The accumark is a serious 1000 yard rifle. I posted on here about my two 257 wby's that are our go to rifles for deer/antelope to 700 or so yards. Just incredibly flat and accurate with the 100-110 grain bullets. My standard mk 5 257 wby shoots under 1 1/2" at 400 yards and my son shot a three shot 2 1/2" group at 620 yards..
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Old 12-13-2011, 03:23 AM
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Re: Let's Talk Weatherby

I am a Weatherby fan but would recommend the mark v over the vanguard.
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