Originally Posted by jackhwll
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.
brother inlaw has th,at Thompson in 7mm and 30-06, plus a custom .338-06 barrel.
Shoots well, but won't shoot as well as the Vanguards I've been around. Nice thing about the Thompson is they are easy to work with. Hate they way they cut the stock.
I have one synthetic stock Vanguard, and a wood stocked one. I like the wood stocked rifle much better for fit and feel. Can really tell a difference in the way the recoil transfers with it, plus for some odd reason that stock has never moved in thirty years of ownership. It'll shoot 3/4" groups with 150 grain Remington factory ammo out of the box. I know of at least one 25-06 wood stocked Vanguard that shot a tick over a half inch (5 shot groups) with generic bullets in hand loads. That rifle would probably drop another .10" off the group size with better bullets and dies alone. Shooter did virtually zero load development, and just picked a load out of the Hornaday manual.