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Low recoil rifle for whitetails and coyotes. Opinions?

 
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Old 07-29-2013, 09:14 PM
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Re: Low recoil rifle for whitetails and coyotes. Opinions?

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I found the rifle. While traveling through Boise, ID I stopped at Mid Star guns and found a .257 wby mag. It's a used Weatherby Vanguard that is in almost new condition. The price was too good to pass up. Ended up getting the rifle for $375 and a box of Weatherby ammo for $40. So now I need to track down some brass and decide what bullets I want to try out. I'm leaning toward the 110 grain Accubonds, or 115 grain ballistic tips.
If you have any questions or need any reloading info, shoot me a PM...I might be able to help. I've had my Accumark .257 Wby Mag since 2008. It loves the 110 NAB's and the 115 Berger VLD's.

I'm actually fixing to build a really lightweight .257 Wby on a Rem 700 I have sitting in the safe, with a worn-out .338 WM barrel on it. Just found that out this weekend... :( But it gives me an excuse to build another custom...Which is always nice.
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Old 12-10-2013, 02:44 PM
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Re: Low recoil rifle for whitetails and coyotes. Opinions?

A little update on this thread. As mentioned above, I ended up choosing a .257 Wby Mag for my fiancÚ to shoot for her first year deer hunting. I tested a few different bullet/powder combinations: 100 grain BT, 115 grain Partitions, and finally settled on 110 grain Accubonds. I still have some tinkering to do with the load, but this shoots about MOA which is good enough for medium range whitetail hunting. Now for the results. My fiancÚ took a decent 3x3 buck on the opening morning of the general season here in Washington. She made a perfect shot at about 300 yards on the bedded buck.
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Great work and congrats to both of you
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Re: Low recoil rifle for whitetails and coyotes. Opinions?

Glad to see yall are enjoying the .257 Wby! And congrats on the deer!

The 110 NAB's were what shot best for my Accumark, and performed flawlessly on deer for me, as well. Since then, I've gotten the Berger 115 VLD's to shoot pretty dang good, too. I'll be trying those out on deer this year to see how they compare to the 110 Accubonds.

Unfortunately my lightweight .257 Wby project took a different direction as the months passed, so the .338WM will be getting a 7mm RemMag barrel put on it, instead.
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Old 12-10-2013, 04:59 PM
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Re: Low recoil rifle for whitetails and coyotes. Opinions?

MudRunner - What powder/s do you find shoot best in your .257? I've been limited to testing with H4831sc and IMR4350 because that is what I shoot in my .300WM and .30-06 respectively. The H4831sc and 110 grain AB's have shot the best, but I think there is still room for improvement. I have been trying to get ahold of some H1000, RL-19, RL-22, and/or RL-25 for testing, but haven't had any luck.
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MudRunner - What powder/s do you find shoot best in your .257? I've been limited to testing with H4831sc and IMR4350 because that is what I shoot in my .300WM and .30-06 respectively. The H4831sc and 110 grain AB's have shot the best, but I think there is still room for improvement. I have been trying to get ahold of some H1000, RL-19, RL-22, and/or RL-25 for testing, but haven't had any luck.
I have been using H1000 alot. I have been wanting to try IMR 7828 SSC next, just to see if I can get the groups any smaller. But I haven't had much time to get out to the range...And when I do plan to, it usually ends up raining or excessive wind.

I have used RL-22 and it did fine. I think RL-19 would be a little fast for that caliber with that length barrel. If it had a 22" barrel or so, it might be ok. RL-25 will probably be a good one for it. Very slow burning for a highly overbore caliber.
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