Are you refering to the Cartrige, or the rifle or both?
I own a Winchester Model-70 chambered in 300Weatherby.
I love my Winnies, and I love what the 300Wby is capable of, but Im still plodding along with my 24 inch barrel
. I gotta say a 24inch barrel was a big mistake by Winchester especially in this case
. I will never attain the Weatherby speeds no matter how hard I try
I hope to have it re barreled in a 300 Rum for my allround, near or far rifle, or 338 Rum, or edge if Im feeling frisky, for my long range work, after I shoot out this barrel, and have the money to do it. But Ill pass on the 340wby cartrige. Just a personal preferance thing.
As for thier rifles, Mark 5, and Accumark, I love the ones Ive shot, They come up nice, balance well, and have a good feel, and theyre about as sexy as a rifle gets, but they do cost a bunch.
Few Vanguards have the sex appeal, of its siblings, but theyre a solid buildable action. Howa/Vanguard has produced some fine rifles.
Like all "factory" rifles there is always gonna be a few bad with the good, but thats with any manufacturer of factory firearms. Overall I like them, but the ones I realy like are out of my pricerange for what I get.
I dont know what to say to Michael Eichele. Thats truly a horrible experience. I belive Id be soured as well if I had that experience......twice......in a row....Wow.
I agree for the price range your starting into, a custom is a better choice, but I havent had his experiences with any Weatherby Ive ever used. Overall I like them, theyre just too rich (mk-5 & Acumrk) for my blood when there are other quality factory options for less money, around the Vanguard +or- price range.
In this day and age, we rarely leave a factory rifle factory anymore anyway, so I think Id go with the Vanguard and build it as I wished, or, like usual, choose my personal favorite that fills my gun cabnet. But If I had the money, and wanted a quality rifle with some serious sex appeal, Id be very tempted by the Mark-5, or Accumark.