Originally Posted by Deerhntr71
Have been thinking about getting a 257 Weatherby. What does everyone think of this caliber? Also is the extra money worth the Mark V for the 26 inch barrel or is the Vangard 2 with the 24 inch barrel sufficient?
If you want to maximize the performance of the 257, go with a Mark V. I've owned both and ended up cannibalizing the Vanguard to build a custom 257 Wby with a 26 in barrel. Some of the Vanny's have fast barrels from the factory and will give you 26 speeds, but you never know until after you buy it. My Vanguard unfortunately wasn't one of those.
You've picked a great cartridge. The 257 is an absolute terror in the field. I suggest shooting the heavier bullets. The heavies really make the 257 shine. I like the 115 Ballistic Tip and the 115 Berger VLD. They're 2 of the highest BC, 25 cal bullets available and allow you to really stretch the effective range. Lots of people praise the TTSX, but it has the BC of a barn door. Also, I've found the Ballistic Tip and Berger VLD to be plenty tough for thin skinned game like Whitetails and Hogs...even at Weatherby speeds. I run the 115's at 3450.
Good luck with your decision. Either way, you'll be happy.