Long Range Hunting Online Magazine


Go Back   Long Range Hunting Online Magazine > Rifles, Reloading, Optics, Equipment > Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics

Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics Applied Ballistics


Reply

240 weatherby mag

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 12-21-2011, 09:43 PM
Bronze Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 61
240 weatherby mag

I think I want to get a 240 WBM. I have never shot one, backspace, held one, but it looks very interested in it. I am currently working toward getting a rifle in all of the major caliber sizes and yet to find a 6mm that I like. Any thoughts would be great.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 12-22-2011, 02:23 PM
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 22
Re: 240 weatherby mag

I shot my first deer with a .243 about 45 years ago, so, always had a soft spot for the 6MM round. I always wanted a .240 so I finally got around to buying one about 7-8 years ago. It is a Weatherby Accumark, a really beautiful factory rifle. I put a Zeis Conquest scope on it and use it often for hunting down here in South Texas.
I have primarily used .95 gr ballistic tip factory loads as well as 100 gr Nosler Partitions. The Ballistic tips are a little fragile inside of 150 yeards, if you shoot a deer be sure and put it behind his shoulder, in which case it will expand violently and not exit.
I use hand loads more now, using the 90 grain swift scirroco bullet and RL 19 powder. That is a sweet combination and the swift bullet is about perfect for this round.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 12-22-2011, 04:35 PM
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: Potomac River
Posts: 5,059
Re: 240 weatherby mag

The problem with the 240Wby in a factory rifle is that it is 1-10 twist and 24 inch barrel. This limits the bullets that will stabilize although the 105Amax may stabilize as it seems to be more forgiving of twist deficiencies than other VLDs. The short barrel does not do the case capacity justice. For many years I shot a 1-10 twist and 85 grain bullets at whitetail deer at ranges under 300 yards and it is just great for that. Then I rebarreled it to a 1-8 twist 30 inch barrel and have killed several antelope beyond 1000 yards with the Berger 115 VLD. Its a great cartridge but there is just not a great factory rifle available for it.

I'm not trying to talk you out of it but just informing you of some shortcomings of the rifles for it or any other large capacity 6mm.
__________________
The Smokin Fur Rifle Club
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 12-22-2011, 04:53 PM
Official LRH Sponsor
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Harrisburg, PA
Posts: 2,297
Re: 240 weatherby mag

Quote:
Originally Posted by Buffalobob View Post
The problem with the 240Wby in a factory rifle is that it is 1-10 twist and 24 inch barrel. This limits the bullets that will stabilize although the 105Amax may stabilize as it seems to be more forgiving of twist deficiencies than other VLDs. The short barrel does not do the case capacity justice. For many years I shot a 1-10 twist and 85 grain bullets at whitetail deer at ranges under 300 yards and it is just great for that. Then I rebarreled it to a 1-8 twist 30 inch barrel and have killed several antelope beyond 1000 yards with the Berger 115 VLD. Its a great cartridge but there is just not a great factory rifle available for it.

I'm not trying to talk you out of it but just informing you of some shortcomings of the rifles for it or any other large capacity 6mm.
BB is absolutely correct. I loved the cartridge, so I built a custom rifle with an 8 tw 28" barrel similiar to BB's. Mine lives on a steady diet of the 105 gr bullets and a stiff dose of RL22. The 105's leave the business end at 3,380 which is light years above the factory offerings.
Just be aware that in a factory config, you'll be limited to the lighter bullets at much lower velocities than the case is capable of.
__________________

"Character is who you are when nobody is watching"
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 12-22-2011, 10:04 PM
Bronze Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 61
Re: 240 weatherby mag

I would be considering caliber swap in a rifle that I am currently thinking may be shot out. I would do 26 to 28 on the tube. The twist however would bring up an interesting conversation for me. I already own a 257 WBM so I would not need to shoot 100 and above in my 240 WBM as I would get more shooting the 257. I would likely want the rifle to fill the gap between my 220 Swift and 257 WBM. Shooting bullets in the 75 grain range. I am a sucker for speed as you may have noted from the list of calibers included in this post. 20 and 25 grain bullets from my 17 Fireball, 36 to 55 grain from the Swift, 75 to 75 grains in the 240 (assuming I go with one), 100-120 from the 257. Working from the ground up.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 12-23-2011, 07:10 AM
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Tucson Az
Posts: 1,391
Re: 240 weatherby mag

Surprised nothing was mentioned regarding barrel life. I can remember posting on considering making a 6mm-284. Sure got plenty of comments: "a barrel burner", you'll regret it, the barrel will be destroyed very quickly etc.

I figure if you want one get one regardless of barrel life. You want performance! Imagine using it for coyote calling with a 75 gr bullet. You wouldn't have to worry much about trajectory out to 350 or so. Spot the yote aim and shoot!

Be sure to post here with your results when you finish.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 12-23-2011, 07:29 AM
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: Potomac River
Posts: 5,059
Re: 240 weatherby mag

I have a 257 wby with a 1-8 twist in addition to the 240 with a 1-8 twist. I shoot 130 -142 grain bullets in it.
__________________
The Smokin Fur Rifle Club
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes


Similar Threads for: 240 weatherby mag
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
FS: Vintage 1960's made in germany Weatherby Mark V in Weatherby 300 mag. stover954rr Guns For Sale 3 12-18-2013 09:53 AM
Weatherby Vanguard - 300 Weatherby Magnum - SOLD Reload 4 Less Guns For Sale 1 08-05-2011 08:41 AM
Freebore excess in Weatherby rifles chambered in non-Weatherby rounds? Yorkplates Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics 19 09-28-2009 08:41 PM
Weatherby Brand 7mm Weatherby Mag brass for sale. Reloader Guns For Sale 3 10-28-2008 09:17 PM
Weatherby Mark V Deluxe - .300 Weatherby Magnum 300winnie Guns For Sale 3 12-05-2006 12:24 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:40 PM.


Powered by vBulletin ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Content Management Powered by vBadvanced CMPS
All content ©2010-2014 Long Range Hunting, LLC