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How accurate are Weatherby Vanguard rifles?

 
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Old 11-19-2013, 08:18 PM
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How accurate are Weatherby Vanguard rifles?

I found a Vanguard in 257 Weatherby locally that I'm thinking about buying until I get a custom rifle built. It's the original Vanguard series with the plain black synthetic stock. Overall condition is pretty good, seller is asking $350 for it. What kind of groups do these "value line" Weatherby's shoot? I have never owned a Weatherby branded rifle. Looking for some input on whether to buy this rifle or just save my money towards the custom gun.
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Old 11-19-2013, 10:35 PM
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Re: How accurate are Weatherby Vanguard rifles?

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I found a Vanguard in 257 Weatherby locally that I'm thinking about buying until I get a custom rifle built. It's the original Vanguard series with the plain black synthetic stock. Overall condition is pretty good, seller is asking $350 for it. What kind of groups do these "value line" Weatherby's shoot? I have never owned a Weatherby branded rifle. Looking for some input on whether to buy this rifle or just save my money towards the custom gun.
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If you don't buy it maybe I will.

Seriously, the Vanguards are probably one of the best rifles for out-of-the-box accuracy. I own several and each is easily sub-moa with factory ammo. This includes plastic stocked ones, wood stocked ones and B&C stocked ones.

The worst thing about the Vanguards is the trigger. There is a good chance that it will have a fair amount of creep in it, and with tweaking I can get about half of Vanguard triggers to work as well as I'd like. The rest get replaced with a Timney.

Bed a Vanguard in a B&C stock and you'll have a rifle that will last a lifetime of hunting. One of my 270s just took a doe on Saturday, 135 yards, DRT.

Oh, and my latest 257 Vanguard shoots 0.22 inch at 100 yards, 0.67 at 300 with the targets the previous owner sent me. Can't wait to get the scope installed and the handloads going. I can't think of too many customs that can beat it.
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Old 11-19-2013, 11:28 PM
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Re: How accurate are Weatherby Vanguard rifles?

.257 Wby Mag is an awesome caliber. I have an Accumark in that caliber. It's a plains-game killing machine (deer, lopes, speed goats, etc...). I've only shot deer with mine, but the local gunstore store owner has killed just about everything on this continent with one.

The Vanguards are fine rifles...And for $350, I don't see how you can go wrong, honestly.
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Old 11-19-2013, 11:28 PM
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Re: How accurate are Weatherby Vanguard rifles?

No direct experience, but they are made by Howa, I have Howa 1500 .243 I use for deer here in KY great gun, but w/ 20" barrel not a a L/R rifle. Howa also made the S&W 1500. A friend has a .223 S&W identical to my Howa.
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Old 11-20-2013, 12:35 AM
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Re: How accurate are Weatherby Vanguard rifles?

Three sieries 1. All got timneys.

A clerk at my lgs got one in 257Wby. The guys just got back from a Utah trip. It was the only rifle with no ftf, it was used to take all game.

If there were any Vanguard for sale here for $350 it would be sold in minutes.
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Old 11-20-2013, 07:16 AM
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Re: How accurate are Weatherby Vanguard rifles?

codybrown, my son bought the same rifle on sale in 2010. We had the 24" barrel cryogenic treated, installed a Timney trigger and bedded a B&C Medalist stock. With hand loads (115gr Bergers, H1000, Wby cases and 215M primers) it shoots 1/2 MOA, as good as my Mark V Wby.
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Old 11-20-2013, 10:56 AM
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Re: How accurate are Weatherby Vanguard rifles?

Be sure to check the trigger, I ended up buying one in .243. The sales guy llet me go through their rifles in stock until I found one with a good trigger. I haven't shot it much yet but it seems to shoot about a minute with minimal load testing.
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