Originally Posted by spook jr
Hi im new to the site but not to hunting or shooting well maybe the shooting yall do. I shoot good out to 400yards with my 243 and 270 but im looking for something new.I want to be able to shoot to about 600yards for fun and still use the rifle for deer and hog hunting to 400 to 500 yards. I dont want a real big caliber because im going to try and get my girl friend shooting. Im stuck on the 257 Weatherby Mag but was wondering what yall would think? I dont reload dont know if that helps or not?
Spook...you're already on the right track!
I have a Weatherby Accumark .257 Wby Mag. with a Carl Zeiss Conquest 3-12x56 scope (30mm tube).
I would highly recommend that caliber....and that setup.
It's perfect for some long range shooting.
However, I don't know how well it will work for hogs.....For hogs I usually use my Smith & Wesson 629 - 6.5" PowerPorted .44 Mag.
That Hornady 300gr. XTP/JHP just Monkey-Stomps 'em everytime!!!
I'd recommend the .44 Mag. for Hogs...I've never had one run! It's always...Click...BOOM!!!...WHACK!!!...Fall.
It's just hits them like a ton of bricks!!!
I shot a small one (about 100 lbs.) with one, in the shoulder...and it actually blew him off his feet, sideways...and he hit the ground dead as a door-nail!
BTW...don't worry about reloading...I DON'T either.
The best factory-produced round that I've found for the .257 Wby Mag. is the Weatherby (brand) 110-grain AccuBond.
It will probably run you between $60-$70 / per box of 20.