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Weatherby Vanguard

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Unread 05-07-2014, 08:03 PM
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Weatherby Vanguard

Hello I've been visiting the site over the last few months and just signed up. It is great for a green horn like myself to have all the experience from members to learn from.
Question - I'm looking at a Weatherby Vanguard and Thompson Center Dimention in 7mm mag. I would like to hear thoughts on these 2 rifles.
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Unread 05-07-2014, 10:04 PM
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Re: Weatherby Vanguard

I can not help you with the Thompson Center but I can tell you about my Weatherby Vanguard in 270 Winchester. I bought this gun last year because I liked the 24 inch barrel, the 2 stage trigger, and the 3 position safety. Also the price was good. However, I like the accuracy of this gun better than all the other features. Here is a number of 100 yards three shot groups with different bullets than will show that the Vanguard is an accurate gun right out of the box. Nothing has been done to this gun.
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Unread 05-07-2014, 11:23 PM
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Re: Weatherby Vanguard

I have it's twin, the 1500, in a 22-250 and it is a great gun for the money. Shoots great. No complaints. No experience with the Thompson.
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Unread 05-08-2014, 12:47 AM
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Re: Weatherby Vanguard

have several Vanguards. 223,243,257 wby. Like them a lot. Can't say much about the dimension. The TC Icon I do have in 243. One of the most accurate guns I own. Its a little heavy though and mostly a safe queen and range gun.
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Unread 05-08-2014, 11:02 AM
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Re: Weatherby Vanguard

Jack, have the Vanguard in .257 Wby. Replaced the trigger with Timney and had an offer to have the barrel cryogenic treated free. It shot barely to 1 inch at 200 with Accubonds changed to Berger VLD and now just over .500 at 200. I really like this rifle and wish I had shot it before the trigger and cryogenics. After owning it 2 years I had it Cerakoted when rust showed up following a very wet hunt. I use it on Javalina and coyotes. For $299 and a $112 trigger this is a great rifle for little money. As for the TC I fave 2 friends that had them but no more. They went to Savage in the caliber they needed. Good luck
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Unread 05-08-2014, 09:27 PM
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Re: Weatherby Vanguard

Not sure about the Dimension, but I hear it is very accurate. I have had 3 TC Venture rifles and they are VERY accurate out-of-the box rifles. Just about anything made by TC is a quality product. Everything by TC is made right here in the USA too.

I built a custom rifle with a Shilen barrel on a Howa action and it shoots well under 1/2 MOA. Never did shoot it with the factory barrel on so can't comment there.

Howa and Vanguard are the same actions, both made in Japan. Howa makes Vanguard for Weatherby. I think they are very underrated actions. It's as if Howa took all the best features of the Remington 700 and the Winchester Model 70, melded them together perfectly, then added even better features than either one of those actions such as the M16 extractor, and angled integral recoil lug that breaks free from bedding like a dream, and a firing pin that removes from the bolt with only a 1/4 turn for cleaning. The Howa/Vanguard use 2 piece Rem 700 scope bases, feed flawlessly, and timing of the bolt and trigger is as easy as a 700.

I think you will be happy with either. The Dimension's switch-barrel capability in the field is very appealing and convenient, but the Howa will have a lot more aftermarket options for stocks, triggers, bottom metal magazines, etc.

I have a buddy who told me his mountain lion guide likes the TC Dimension because he can carry it in two pieces in his backpack so it's easier to follow his dogs. Once the cat is treed, he takes it out, puts it together, and lets his client shoot his/her trophy.

So you have to really evaluate what your needs will be because the two rifles you have in question have very different capabilities.

Hope this helps! Take care
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Unread 05-09-2014, 06:13 AM
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Re: Weatherby Vanguard

Thanks for the input I'm going to order the T/C today cant wait to get it out on the range and give it a try I'm going to top it off with a leupold 3.5x10x50 that I had upgraded with CDS let you know how it turns out.
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