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.257 Weatherby, help me build it...

 
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Old 02-28-2009, 08:52 PM
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.257 Weatherby, help me build it...

I have decided that I need one, problem is, I can't decide which one to get for my first long range rig. I'd like to make this a budget rifle as much as I can, however, I know how costs can pile up. The 700 SPS, 700 LSS, Vanguard Deluxe, maybe even an Encore with an MGM barrel, I'm just overwhelmed and undecided. I think that a quarter bore Roy is a good starter gun as most of my long range opportunities will be for whitetails and inside 600 yards. A 338 Edge or Lapua might be a bit much for now and handloading isn't a viable option yet, gotta start small. Ammo for this gun is a seperate beast altogether that I'll tackle in the near future, just want to get it set up first.

Anyways, I'd also like some opinions on sub $800 scopes as well. The Nikon Monarch 4-16 x 50mm, Bushnell Elite 6500, Zeiss 4.5-14 x 50mm, Meopta Meostar R1, and the Leupold VX III 4.5-14 x 50mm were a few options I was considering.

As for mounts, I have the Leupold PRW rings and bases on my M70 7mm Rem Mag and have been extremely pleased with them but I am open to suggestions for those as well.

TIA for all your input and help, happy to be a part of the LRH community!
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Old 02-28-2009, 09:52 PM
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Re: .257 Weatherby, help me build it...

Have you looked at the sub-moa vanguards? I know that you might get a bit more velocity out of a MarkV due to the longer barrel (2"), but they sure are a bit less $$ than the MarkV.
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Old 03-01-2009, 07:25 AM
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Re: .257 Weatherby, help me build it...

One thing that will help with ammo cost is to save the ammo boxes and put every fired case back into the original ammo box. You can then sell it as once fired brass to someone who reloads.
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Old 03-01-2009, 08:41 AM
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Re: .257 Weatherby, help me build it...

I'd like to and will reload eventually but that's a suggestion I'd never thought of...
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Old 03-01-2009, 01:06 PM
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Re: .257 Weatherby, help me build it...

Very nice selection on the caliber. 257 weatherby is an outstanding round that is capable of taking a wide variety of game. If I were to build one on a budget. I would do this. Go get a Stevens 200 Long action with a magnum bolt face (who cares about caliber, it will be rebuilt anyway). Then rebarrel to 257 wby, change the stock to a manner of your liking, top it off with a Sightron SIII 6-24x50, and mount that scope on a good set of steel rings and 20 moa base. This will get you setup without breaking the bank. Think of it like this:

Stevens 200: $300 new
Barrel: ~$500 chambered and threaded thus it is ready to rock
Stock: ~$450
Sightron: $750
Rings and bases $~$120
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Old 03-03-2009, 07:09 AM
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Re: .257 Weatherby, help me build it...

I had a custom 257wby built about 20 years ago after being impressed by a friends factory wby. Mine is on a 700 rem action with a 28.5 in Shilen barrel fluted and glass bedded into a Brown Precision stock. I topped it with a Leupold 4.5x14x50. This rifle will put 3 rounds under a dime with factory 120BTs all day long if I drive it right. This is by far my favorite rifle to shoot, and I have a bunch to choose from. The next upgrade will getting turrets put on the scope for Mule Deer in Southern Utah this Oct.

I love the 257wby. Anything I've shot or seen shot by someone else has dropped right on the spot. One thing I can say for sure is it's hell on coyotes.


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Old 03-03-2009, 11:22 PM
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Re: .257 Weatherby, help me build it...

I have 2 of them myself awsome caliber.
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