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Unread 01-24-2011, 02:00 PM
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Re: 257 weatherby

It was a factory Weatherby Vangard that I had. I did shoot some of the noslers out of it and it did pretty good with them but just not the bullet I wanted to use. I'm sure with a custom barrel it would have shot better. I might would try one again but it would have to be custom but I'm not sure I would want to spend the $$ for the little improvement over an 06 IMHO
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Unread 01-24-2011, 06:14 PM
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Re: 257 weatherby

Mines a vanguard and I HAVE SHOT sub moa, taken 4 speed goats,450-550.Still playing with it shot under 1/2 w/85 nbt for varmints
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Unread 01-25-2011, 07:22 AM
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Re: 257 weatherby

Yes I have a 257 as do three of my friends. It all started when Dan and I decided to make one. We consulted Dave Kiff at Pacific tool and gauge, told him we wanted to shoot the 115 VLD and wanted to have less freebore than Weatherby's design. He made us a reamer to our specs and boy did it work!

The first two rifles used 28" Lilja SS #5 profile 3 groove barrels. Dan's rifle was a model 700 in a McMillan Lazzaroni sporter stock. Mine was a M77 tang safety Ruger with extended mag box in a McMillan hunter stock. Weight of either was 9 1/4 lbs. Using RL-25 and moly coated bullets we were able to get 3600 fps!

We liked the first two rifles so much we built two more lighter versions. This time we each got a #3 profile SS Lilja 3 groove. Dan went wild and had a model 700 skeletonized, fluted barrel cut to 24", added a McMillan edge stock, talley alum lightweight rings and a 3.5-10 x 40 VX 3. Total weight is 6.4 lbs. Mine was done with savings in mind. Left the action and barrel with full weight, barrel cut to 26" and used a Rem Ti stock weight 7.5 lbs.

I tried the 115 nosler BT and it wouldn't go very fast. I figure it was the bearing surface building pressure early. Those 115 VLDs have very limited bearing surface which helped with velocity gains.

Tim borrowed the reamer, used the same #3 lilja and put it into a rem 700.

Imagine....we had four rifles that all used the same bullet with the same load data and ALL shot into tiny ragged holes. Allen, Tim's friend saw what Tim had and bought my lighter 257.

Then we went hunting. It has been 4 yrs now and the animal count is incredible. 14 coues wt, 3 mule deer, and five elk! The deer shots range from 237 to 525 yds. The elk shots were from 50 yds to 400 yds. Many of these deer kills were DRTs, that VLD is amazing.

I also took the rifle out to shoot a few jackrabbits at longer distances. Oh boy what a varminter. It is not a rapid fire rig but for the occasional shot it is great.

Dan says it is the only rifle he wants to carry when big game hunting and he is the guy shooting all the elk!

I would suggest you build your 257 and use a reamer designed for your rifle and bullet choice. FYI all rigs have M1 turrets.

You think you are amazed after having a chance to see a 257 Roy, wait till you have taken several animals with it. It is an incredible chambering.

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Unread 01-25-2011, 09:33 AM
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Re: 257 weatherby

i seen it comes with a 1/10 twist,would a 1/9 help?im thinkin this wood be a good rifle to put a custom barrel on.what optics are you guys using?i been looking at the viper 6.5-20
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Unread 01-25-2011, 06:43 PM
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Re: 257 weatherby

A 26-28" 10 twist is the best unless you want to shoot the 125 and 130 grain wildcats then you will want a 9 twist, or a 8 twist for 142 wildcats. Mine currently has a 4.5-14 Zeiss but when I used it all the time it had a 8-32 nightforce and I liked that better but the silver zeiss makes it look good, and is still decent at respectable ranges.
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Unread 01-26-2011, 10:25 AM
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Re: 257 weatherby

D.A.T. I recently purchased a 257 wby, mine's a remington 700 cdl 26" fluted barrel. It's all blued instead of the more common stainless model. I have'nt fired it yet, still gettin all my accessories rounded up. I'll be using a Leupold VX3 4.5-14X 50. Once I get my load developed I plan to send the scope to Leupold with my data and have them install a ballistically matched reticle. Just thought I'd mention the remington 257, they're a lot cheaper than a wby mark v, but you can have the 26" tube unlike the vanguard.
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Unread 02-26-2011, 12:55 AM
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Re: 257 weatherby

5 bull elk(last in trophy pics sec) numerous deer and coyotes. I love it. Was a factory weatherby mark v stainless but barrel went to sh*t after a few hundred rounds. Then went to a Lilja stainless 27.5" at it will shoot 1.5" at 590yds. Shot my elk at 429 with a berger 115. I like the barnes better for animals but crappy bc's. The bergers shoot great but tear animals up.

I bet none of you have a .234 (6mm rem necked to .234)
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