Originally Posted by Maxwell
I bought a used Weatherby Vanguard Back Country in 270 win. I'm setting this up as a mountain rifle, so I've mounted a 2.5-8 VX-III on it, but I anticipate 400+ yard shot opportunities every once in a while so I want to tune this thing up right.
The trigger is complete garbage (or I'm at a complete loss as to how to adjust it to get rid of creep) so I'm replacing it with a Timney. My question is about the stock. See pictures below. What exactly is this thing made of? Fiberglass? Graphite or kevlar reinforced? I'm new to synthetic stocks so I don't even know what I'm looking at. It looks like Weatherby puts a pressure point on these rifles because of the skinny barrel contour.
Is this stock glass beddable? Would I gain anything by glass bedding if the barrel is going to be in contact with the stock at the fore-end anyway? Has anyone done this with this particular rifle or stock?
I like the style of the stock and the light weight. I'm just prone to tinkering with things and I've gathered that glass bedding is typically a surefire way to tighten groups. By the looks of the factory target this thing is already shooting sub-MOA. Any advice or input would be appreciated.
The stock triggers seem to be either good or bad. I spent a lot of time tweaking one and still bought a Timney so don't feel bad.
I have the same stock on my 270, and it works great. There are aluminum "pillars" at each of the action screw locations, and it's got whatever Bell & Carlson uses to make a stock - check their web site for details. The forend pressure point is on all of them.
You can -
a) leave it and shoot it, as it may show itself to be just fine;
b) bed it so that the barrel still contacts the forend pressure points. This is not too tough, but getting the "correct" amount of pressure can be a trick. You could either bed just the recoil lug or the whole action;
c) sand out the pressure points to float the barrel and then bed the action. Mine is this way because the previous owner had it bedded (not a great job) and the pressure points were gone when I purchased it. I then re-bedded the action and it shoots wonderfully. YMMV.