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Looking hard at a Weatherby Accumark

 
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Old 01-12-2012, 10:53 AM
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Looking hard at a Weatherby Accumark

I would love to have one in .257WM for long range stand hunting (whitetails). Curious why the vanguard sub-minute angle is a less expensive rifle, and why Weatherby does not guarantee the more expensive accumark to be sub MOA?

Krieger barrels are used in the Accumark and they are made in the USA, so I do understand the cost increase.

Any first hand experience with a current production Accumark in .257WM?
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Old 01-12-2012, 10:59 AM
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Re: Looking hard at a Weatherby Accumark

I have owned several accumarks and many .257's as well as some Vanguards. I feel the vangusrd is a great rifle especially for the price. But the Mark V action is a far stronger action than the Howa used in the vangusrd. A .257 accumark is a great stand rifle for deer out to 600 yards. If you bed the action and do a little trigger tuning , then work up a good hand load that .257 accumark will shoot 1/2 moa. If it doesn't it will be the first I have seen that will not.

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Old 01-12-2012, 11:11 AM
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Re: Looking hard at a Weatherby Accumark

Broz, well you told me what I wanted to hear. Thanks. I have read that they shoot great out of the box, and others that said they had issues getting them to shoot no matter what they did. I think I am going to give it a try.
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Old 01-12-2012, 11:20 AM
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Re: Looking hard at a Weatherby Accumark

That will be a great rifle. Just remember that even though it will shoot well past 600 yards consistantly it is only a .25 cal. My best loads were with the 115 Berger VLD's and the 110 Accubonds. But if I was going to take a good sized deer at 600 or beyond I would be taking my 300 win with a 210 Berger.

Every accumark I have owned needed bedding in the front lug area. It is easy to do if you have some gun smith skills,or not that expensive to have professionally done. If I bought a new accumark today I would not even start load work up until it was bedded, free floated and trigget tuned. Then I feel confident it will impress me at the range.

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Old 01-12-2012, 11:30 AM
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Re: Looking hard at a Weatherby Accumark

Thanks. Yeah, the BC isn't great on the bullet selection, but oh the speed and flat trajectory! Also agree 600 yards is a stretch for the 100ish grain bullets.
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Old 01-12-2012, 11:32 AM
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Re: Looking hard at a Weatherby Accumark

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Krieger barrels are used in the Accumark and they are made in the USA, so I do understand the cost increase.
Actually its their sister company Criterion who makes the barrels. They are button rifled opposed to Kriegers Single Point cut rifling
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Old 01-12-2012, 11:48 AM
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Re: Looking hard at a Weatherby Accumark

Correct: Criterion is owned by Krieger but it's not the same barrel. Kriegers are cut and Criterion are button rifled. Krieger barrels are cryogenically treated and Criteions are not.
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