i had a weatherby ,,it was the cheaper model the vangaurd,but it came with a nice rosewood stock and ebony inlay,,270 mag,and it shot very well while i own it, kinda sorry i sold it.. [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img]
The MK V Accumark rifle is a very accurate rifle. I have (2)in .257 WBY.Mags. and they love the 87grn. and 100grn. Factory Ammo shooting 1/2" to 3/4" groups at 100 yds. with either bullet weight in either rifle.
The recoil is about like a .270 Win. but the trajectory is a no brainer. I sight in at
+ 1 1/2" @ 100 yds. and impact is at -2" on the 300 yd. target. The only, I mean only, drawback is the price of the ammo in comparison to standard cartridges. But, some of the newer rounds provided for standard cartridges are not far off of the Weatherby Ammo price. Shoot what you want to shoot, period! I've shot Pronghorn, Whitetail, and Elk with the .257 Weatherby. All were one shot kills and some very long ranges.
I have the .270 Win., .25-06 Rem., .308 Win,
and a few others. I like them all. But when the range possibility could be long on any given hunt, I always grab the .257 Weatherby.
Good luck with your decision..Good Hunting!
I also beg to differ on the fact that Weatherby's are inaccurate. I have had two Accumarks," the first was a .300 Wby Mag and the second a .30-378 Wby Mag. I reloaded some with 220 grain Mk's and my dad got 1/4" groups or better. The .30-378 did about as good. Mind you that these were just testing loads with a factory barrel. The only thing I might change is a thicker barrel, the stock one as good as it is with flutes. I think it could be a little thicker. Thats debateable. Blowing up oranges was fun at 100 yards. Both rounds pack a very big punch so beware.
a whisper from this little friend of mine goes a lot way.
Location: The rifle range, or archery range or behind the computer in Alaska
Re: Weatherby rifles and cartridges
Well my advice is buy one and try it. I have HAD 2 and loved the way they looked, felt and such but hated the way they shot. They didnt shoot worth a crap for me. But I fugure that out of 2 one should have shot well. I meen one was a SVM in 308. If I cant get that WBY to shoot then I am sure I could never get one to shoot. The other was an Accumark in 30-378. Both are top end rifles. Just like shoes or vehicles some will fit one and not another.
The point here I am trying to make is that I dont think there is anything wrong with the rifles and I dont think there is anything wrong with my ability to shoot in general but obviously WBY and I DO NOT get along for unknown reasons. Some shooters will shoot them well and others wont. Who knows maybee I had the 2 worst turds they ever made [img]images/icons/confused.gif[/img] but I use what works for me personaly and they arent Weatherbys.
Long range shooting is a process that ends with a result. Once you start to focus on the result (how bad your last shot was, how big the group is going to be, what your buck will score, what your match score is, what place you are in...) then you loose the capacity to focus on the process.
I bought a Winchester Model 70 stainless Classic in .300 Weatherby and just love it. This cheapo gun (<$600) shoots under MOA at 100 yards, even with the cheap synthetic stock it has. I was planning on replacing the stock with a McMillan but have decided to hold off given the great accuracy and light weight. My point is that if you want a .300 weatherby (the best round in my opinion) you can find it in other Mfgs. guns. Also, if you are considering a .270 I would suggest looking at the Tikka T3 in .270WSM. Mine is a tackdriver and it falls right on the heels of the .270 weatherby in speed. Good Luck!
I own an older Mark V (Jap made) I believe it is the one they called the Alaskan, Nickel plated or whatever, fiber stock, factory installed removable muzzle break. Chambered in 300 WBY, probably one of the most accurate guns I have ever owned. I have shot mainly Weatherby factory ammo but on occation have shot the Remington 180 gr corelokts, both with great results (<1"@100yds), especially Hornady 165 gr SP, whitetails hate those. Great gun and caliber.