Originally Posted by MSU Marksman
I see Timney has the trigger issue taken care of, and I’ve got an itch for a new gun. A couple of questions for those of you with a 257 Vanguard.
How is the fouling with this round? Would you say the finish of the barrels are smoother than Remington’s, causing less fouling? As far as this being an over-bore cartridge, is it worth looking into the stainless barrels for sake of barrel life?
As for load development with the Weatherby cartridge, I assume loading into the lands is impossible, so you are pretty set on loading to magazine OAL? When it comes to shooting groups, I assume 3 shots at a time are enough before you get that sporter contour barrel too hot?
Thanks in advance for all the info! (and yes I posted this in the gun reviews forum above)
I have been toying with the idea of the S2 Deluxe in .257 Wby, since I cannot afford a Mark-V Deluxe in .257 at the moment. But I will always know in my heart that it is not a Mark-V. Yes, I am a bit of a gun-snob....I won't lie. There is absolutely NOTHING wrong with a Vanguard rifle. But for me, once I went Mark-V, it was over with from there.
I just couldn't get over the attention to detail, and the fact that each and every Accumark is a hand-built rifle. The only complaint I have about mine is the trigger needs some tuning. Too much creep for me, and a little bit too heavy for my liking. I'll probably take a look at that tonight while fooling with the chamber depth measurement.
I don't have a Vanguard, but I do have a Mark-V Accumark in .257 Wby Mag, and it is a truly phenomenal caliber. My Accumark has the factory 1:10 twist stainless fluted barrel.
I have shot about 10 rounds before I let it cool down before. But once again, not a sporter contour, and not the same gun you are looking at.
If you want a big hot caliber like the Weatherbys, I suggest just breaking down and getting a heavy-barreled model. The Accumarks are heavy, but light-heavy. They shoot like a heavy barrel, but don't weigh as much.
You might just want to save up the extra grand and buy the Accumark. I have been incredibly pleased with mine. I have not gauged my chamber length yet, so I am not sure about being able to load into the lands. I will probably be doing that tonight. I also need to stop by my local store and pick up some Berger 115gr VLD's. I have been shooting the 110gr Accubonds for years, and they are awesome on whitetails, but I have been temped to try the Bergers just b/c they are a tad bit heavier.
I have talked with Ryan Neal @ Berger on a couple of occasions about the possibility of them persuing a 125-130gr .257 caliber VLD, but he said that currently they don't have that on the agenda for next year. So, maybe sometime in the future... Hopefully sometime in the near future.