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Old 03-15-2005, 03:24 AM
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Weatherby Vanguard

I saw a Weatherby Vanguard at Wally World for $366.00. I've had to reform my previous ways (I'm broke - except for a little room on my plastic), and wondered it that was a decent rifle for that price. Black synthetic stock, blued/black barrel in 7mm remington mag.
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Old 03-15-2005, 05:44 AM
 
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Re: Weatherby Vanguard

The Vanguard is actually a Howa, which is not necessarily a bad thing. I've seen some great groups come from these rifles.
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Old 03-16-2005, 12:23 AM
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Re: Weatherby Vanguard

Night hunter,

Thanks for the reply - any other opinions?
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Old 03-16-2005, 06:22 AM
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Re: Weatherby Vanguard

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Night hunter,

Thanks for the reply - any other opinions?

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I shot a buddies once, and I thought it was a piece of crap.
Roy Weatherby would turn in his grave. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img]

I just hate when a big name company takes an inferior product, and puts thier name on it. YMMV..sakofan...
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Old 03-16-2005, 01:34 PM
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Re: Weatherby Vanguard

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Night hunter,

Thanks for the reply - any other opinions?

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I shot a buddies once, and I thought it was a piece of crap.
Roy Weatherby would turn in his grave. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img]

I just hate when a big name company takes an inferior product, and puts thier name on it. YMMV..sakofan...

[/ QUOTE ] Well good old ROY was still alive when the company took on the Howa built Vanguard. Of course this was a few years after he had the Mark V rifles built in Japan by Howa. Some years after production in europe by Shultze& Larson quit making them. Now I know all the lovers of the mark V are not going to like what I going to say now! "THE VANGUARD IS STRONGER THAN THE MARK V". The first year of production for the Vanguard was 75 or 76. A fellow from Fairbanks saved his money and bought one in .300 WINCHESTER MAG. Next payday he came back to buy a box of shells. The clerk asked him what he needed, the fellow told the clerk he had bought a .300 Whby two weeks before and wanted to buy a box of ammo for it. Well to kinda of shorten up this story a might, when the scraps were brought to me in the shop, I was told the fellow had retained a lawyer who planned on making a lot of money on the lawsuit. I got the bolt open using a cheater bar that was close to 5 ft. long, I found the melted ctg. and on the bolt face burned in to the face .300 Whby Norma. This rifle once the stock and bottom metal were replaced went back into service. Of course I told the lawyer He could tell the client that he would no longer need a chunk of 2x4 to close the bolt or to open it as he did when he fired the 4 rds of the .300 Whby ammo, as long as he stuck with .300 WINCHESTER Mag, as was stamped on the barrel. I was later informed that all mention of law suites went away and the customer payed me for the parts and my time to get his rifle back in serivce. Oh yea did I menton, I proofed the rifle and was surprised to find it in vary good shape? The shooter was not harmed other than some splinters in the forearm when the stock gave way. He was NOT wearing glasses. Note I do not recommend not wearing glasses or using the wrong Ctg in any rifle. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img]
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Old 03-16-2005, 04:27 PM
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Re: Weatherby Vanguard

I was asked for my opinion of the rifle, and I gave it.

For the record, I wouldnt own any rifle that said Howa or Weatherby. But, thats me.
Weatherbys are the most overated rifles in existance IMO..sakofan..The rifle that I shot was a piece of crap...Again, YMMV....
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Old 03-16-2005, 04:49 PM
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Re: Weatherby Vanguard

I don't own any either, couldn't agree more about that. That said, they do have a market and I can think of less desirable rifles on the market than the Vanguard. I know this comes as a shock to some, but not everybody is ready or able to forkout thousands of dollars for a hunten rig! That sure doesn't allow me to belittle another shooters gear. (Unless of course their is a bet involved, and you need an edge.)Hey we all had to start somewhere! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]
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