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.300 Wby taken to next level?

 
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Old 11-08-2012, 02:13 PM
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.300 Wby taken to next level?

I am looking for a new rifle. I am seeing some really good deals on the WBY Vangurads in .300 Wby Mag. Thing is I am looking for more performance than the standard .300 WBY. Something more along the lime of a .30-378 WBY, 300 Tejas, 300 Rum, Lazz Warbird.

Are any of these possible to be made out of a .300 WBY vanguard without a new bbl?

I just like how many aftermarket stocks there are for this rifle like the Blackhawk Axiom thumbhole stocks.
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Old 11-08-2012, 11:16 PM
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Re: .300 Wby taken to next level?

The only one you list that will fit the bolt face is the 300rum, and in a 24" barrel there is nothing to be gained, if anything the wby has the advantage in a 24" barrel and with a lot less powder. I just worked up a load for a vanguard 300wby shooting the 208 amax at 2966fps avg with H1000, also rum brass isn't the greatest. Get a vanguard in 300wby, add a blackhawk or bell and carlson stock, a timney trigger, and a muzzle break and commence to burning the barrel off!
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Old 11-09-2012, 10:20 AM
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Re: .300 Wby taken to next level?

The .300 Wby is an excellent round. I've got the .30-378 but in the Mark V. The ballistics of the .300 Wby are not that much different at 0 - 500 yards, and the cost difference in ammunition and hand loading is significant. Plenty of custom aftermarket add-ons for either but you'll like the trigger action and consistency of the Weatherby and the reloading is in your price point if your on budget for a Vanguard.
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Old 11-09-2012, 10:32 AM
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Re: .300 Wby taken to next level?

I am very familiar with the Weatherby's as my bro shoots a .300 Roy in a Mark V Syn. and my Dad shoots a .257 Roy in Mark V Deluxe. I really like the .300 but it doesn't offer much over my 7STW. Then again not much really does till I get out past 1000 yards but that's not the purpose of this rifle. I have rarely had any shots present themselves that I can take advantage of long range shooting. WHere we hunt the elk are much more mobile that high mountain elk. Usually when we find elk they are on the run and there is never time to properly set up a long range shot. In 8 years now I can think of only 2 situations that MAYBE a true long range shot could have been made. Anything else has been 500 and under. So with this gun I am thinking shorter range with thumb hole type stock as I love how they feel and I think offer better abilities offhand/quick target acquisition shooting.

I can afford whatever gun I want but in my experiences I dont think spending huge money is really necessary. I have heard some great reports on the Vanguards and figure if I was to save some money on the rifle I can put way better glass on it. My biggest concern is the trigger actually as I like a light crisp trigger. I had forgot about the vanguard's having the shorter BBL and so backwoods is right, a bigger case isn't going to be effective for me.
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Old 11-09-2012, 11:12 AM
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Re: .300 Wby taken to next level?

The trigger can be replaced in 20 minutes or if you have the experience and patience the factory trigger can be tuned to 20-22oz in a few hours. Also I'm not saying this to be rude but if you launch a 208 amax or 210 berger at 2950+ and lose an elk at 500yrds, you don't need a bigger cartridge, you need more practice.
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Old 11-09-2012, 12:21 PM
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Re: .300 Wby taken to next level?

the .300 WBY mag dosn't really come into it's own till you move up to 200+ grain bullets. Lighter bullets, and you might as well shoot a .300 Win mag. A .300 mag with a 220 grain bullet will do 2900fps, and you ain't gonna ever come close to that with the smaller calibers. Using the 200 grain bullets at 3000 fps verses the 175 grain bullets at 3000fps; the difference is 500ft. lb. of energy at 500 yards, and the .300 mag.
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Old 11-09-2012, 08:01 PM
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Re: .300 Wby taken to next level?

I've shot a custom built 300 Weatherby for the last 10 seasons. Now my rifle is ready for a new barrel. The original Kreiger barrel's throat is shot after less than 1000 rounds. When it gets re-barreled next month it is also getting re-chambered to .300 Win Mag. This rifle has accounted for 9 bull elk, 3 mule deer and an antelope. All of these shots could have been made just as well with a .300 Win. Mag. and maybe I would not be needing a new barrel ? I think the difference in performance is so insignificant that I will never notice the difference.

So my version of a .300 Wby to the next level is to crank it down a notch.
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