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.257Wby Ultra Light Report

 
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Old 08-14-2005, 02:01 AM
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.257Wby Ultra Light Report

Here is Report on the .257Wby.

Bought this rifle in 2000'. Broke in the barrel per Lilja instructions on his website. Was accurate when it was new.

Shot 5/8" 5 shot groups @ 100yds. After approx. 60 rounds it started to get finicky. Sometimes it shot great, sometimes it sprayed fliers, 2" off course.

It used to shoot MRP-70.9 with 117 Hornady SPTBT into 3/8" groups. Now it sprays them into 2.5" groups.

It still likes the MRP-70.5 with 115 Barnes TSX though. Just shot a group today into .7grp.

I just gave it the David Tubbs abrasive bullet treatment to try and smooth out the bore and get it to shoot better. No such luck. In fact I think I screwed up. When I look into the barrel, from the action, I see very faint evidence of rifling. It did not look so worn before the treatment. When I look down the bore of my newer .300Wby, I see substantial rifling. On the bright side, it does clean up easier. Would I do the treatment again, No!
[image]http://[/image] [image][/image] Pic of first group when gun was new and barrel broke in.
[image][/image] Pic of group it shot with MRP-70.9 & 117 SPTBT that it just won't group anymore.
[image][/image] Pic of group shot earlier today. Still seems to shoot the Barnes Triple Shock bullets ok.
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Regardless, I think a new barrel will be getting ordered soon.

Other than the stated problems with this rifle I love it and the caliber. It weighs in at 6.7 lbs without scope and is perfect for hunting deer in steep country. I also love the Weatherby stocks. The angle on the cheek piece goes down so when it kicks it goes down and away from your face. The comb lines my eye up perfectly with the scope. I guess I might as well throw in the fact that I really like the Zeiss conquest scopes as well. Very sharp and clear, not too heavy and bulky and competitively priced with Leupolds. The only thing I regret is not getting the turret knobs on the 3 - 9 x 40. I did get them on my 4.5 - 14 x 44 for my 300Wby and I love it.

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Vic
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Old 08-14-2005, 06:47 AM
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Re: .257Wby Ultra Light Report

Vic,

I fought the same battle with my 257 Wby for 2 years. Mine is an Ultra Light as well, but has a wood stock. I couldn't get anything to shoot through it. I changed powders, primers, bullets, etc, and although some combos were a little better than others, but 2MOA was the norm on just about all of them. I sent it back to Weatherby twice, but that didn't help. I have since given up on it and it now sits in the safe until I am ready to have Chris rebarrel it.

I have the same likes and dislikes as you, but because of the sentimental value this rifle has to me, I will never get rid of it. Won't buy another one though. Way overpriced for what you get.

Your decision to rebarrel now is the best route. The route I should have taken a long time ago.
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Old 08-14-2005, 08:31 AM
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Re: .257Wby Ultra Light Report

Very interesting. And I thought I was the only one!!! I could tell the exact same story as you two, virtually word for word. Same gun, only in 7mm-08. Loved the gun but absolutely would not consistantly shoot well. I just decided that Weatherby sucks and was right. I did rebarrel to a .257 Roberts AI and it's great now. Mark H.
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Old 08-14-2005, 08:40 AM
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Re: .257Wby Ultra Light Report

I have the 257 ultra light and love it. I have been shooting it for about 5yrs and have yet to have a single problem with the gun. It is a tack driver. Although I shoot only factory ammo. I shoot the 120gr NP from Weatherby. This last year my daughter learned that the gun didn't kick when she shot her first deer with it and so I lost it to her. I couldn't afford a new one so had to go with the Vanguard Sub MOA. I would have bought the gun again in a heart beat. I hunt all over the US and Canada with the 257 and have taken deer at over 500yds with it with no problems.
I also love the weatherby stocks and all that you guys mentioned. I also shoot the 30-378 in the accumark and feel the same about it.
Good luck with your guns and hope it all works out.
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Old 08-14-2005, 08:45 AM
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Re: .257Wby Ultra Light Report

here is a pic of the gun with a MuleDeer in 2000 in Colorado
Mule Deer picture

Here is a Texas Hog and Whitetail

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whitetail

Sorry guys pics wouldn't post so here is a link to the pics





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Old 08-17-2005, 04:58 AM
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Re: .257Wby Ultra Light Report

victor,
I have 2 .257. One is in the Lazermark w/24" barrel built in Japan, it has the lightweight buggy whip barrel. It will out shoot my newer lightweight by over 150fps. I had accuracy problems w/ both of them until I rebedded using the correct pressure points on the barrels. (The factory spent alot of time on developing that point but production injected stocks just miss it sometime)They both shoot 1st and 2nd shot touching with the third about 1/2 out 10:00 leaving me with a 3/4" group at 200 yrds. They both shoot the 115 Balitic tip. The Lightweight uses H-1000. The Lazermark IMR-7828.
They were both bear to get clean until there was more than 200 rounds down the tube. Now they are a breeze to clean.
If I was to buy another I would look for the one made in Japan. Others I've spoke to owning them had the same comment, they shoot!
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Old 08-17-2005, 07:45 PM
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Re: .257Wby Ultra Light Report

Freebore, good to hear someone is having good success with them. I took out the pressure point on mine and bedded the action. Didn't help. I would tend to agree that the pressure point is key, but with a wood stock, consistency is hard to come by. I have over 200 rounds through mine, but the barrel still becomes a copper mine after I shoot. It is one of the roughest bores I own.

On the flip side I love the cartridge and the feel of the rifle. Once I'm ready to rebarrel, I plan to stick with the 257 WBY chamber, but put just a little heavier barrel on it and extend it to 26".
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