Re: Weatherby Vanguard S2 Backcountry?
I'd buy another Vanguard in a heart beat. If I didn't have 2 Mark Vs on the way I'd get the one listed here at $350.
My V1 Vanguards (3 so far) started out ~MOA but all got the same treatment.
Boyds Featherweight Thumbhole stock.
Fully bed the recoil lug, skim bed the rest of action.
A couple then got a QUE muzzle brake/BOSS tuner.
At that point they were sub all .5 MOA with handloads.
Original Rifle: $450ish
Total less than $700, $900 with QUE/Boss and very happy except...
My reloading for the .223 was a slow start but when I found V-Max 40s came really good. This was my first load development and was a great tool for learning.
A couple have grown from there.
The .243 got a Pac-Nor barrel in 260Rem. Along with this target weight barrel it got a Thumhole Varmint stock because the Featherweight could not be opened up enough. Now the investment is closer to $1300 but A-Max 140s to 1000 yards got me 8x in a 2x20 match on my first try.
The 300WSM got a Pac-Nor barrel in 300WSM Sendoro profile. I've only shot this to 700 with A-Max 208s. It likes copper bullet factory Federal Premium.
The .223 doesn't have it's Pac-Nor barrel and it's what I use in our local 'Tactical' competition. Sometimes it's at the top sometimes not, of course it's the shooter not the rifle or ammo.
Fred Seaman - NRA Life Member
“Ask, Listen, Learn, Grow”
"Quit worrying about the little things, good luck and god speed"