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Old 03-06-2012, 04:31 PM
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Inherited rifles not fully sure what I have

Hey all, I inherited a few rifles from my late father and unfortunately due to living on opposite sides of the country I was not able to go hunting with him or learn the details about his setup.
What I have:
Rifle - Weatherby 30-378 MAG Mark V
Scope - Leupold VX-III 4.5-14x50mm Long Range with a Boone and Crockett Big Game Reticle.
Ammo - WBY 30-378 MAG 280 grain

I know my dad and he would only buy top of the line stuff, but this was also his newest rifle so I am not sure how long he had it or how much he actually used it.

I have taken it out to the range a couple times now and realized I really have no idea what I am doing in terms of sighting it in. My friend and I sort of sighted it in with 200 grain rounds at 100yds but after some reading and whatnot realized I should be sighting it in at 2-300yds.

If anyone has any advice on rounds or sighting this rifle in it would be much appreciated.

Cheers!
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Old 03-06-2012, 05:43 PM
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Re: Inherited rifles not fully sure what I have

I suppose both condolences and congratulations are in order.

That's a nice rifle/scope.

You can shoot at 100yds and set your zero for 100 or 200yds, or whatever distance you prefer.

The general recommendation is to practice shooting to actual distances beyond what you might encounter in a hunting situation to develop confidence in your drops/precision as well as a good understanding of your limits.

Since you had difficulty sighting it in at 100yds, I'd be inclined to try that on a few separate days just to make sure that the results are repeatable without having to fiddle with it.

If it's a hunting profile, you may want to give the barrel 3-5 minutes to cool between shots.

-- richard
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Old 03-06-2012, 05:50 PM
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Re: Inherited rifles not fully sure what I have

Richard, couldnt have said it better myself. Also the more you shoot, you will get better and enjoy it a lot more. Dont get discouraged. Rome was not built in a day. You have to crawl before you walk.
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Old 03-06-2012, 10:27 PM
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Re: Inherited rifles not fully sure what I have

Thanks guys!

I am not one to give up, I am hell bent on mastering this setup in time for hunting season this year! I just need to keep reading and digging through boxes to learn more about this scope and MOA settings.
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Old 03-06-2012, 10:45 PM
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Re: Inherited rifles not fully sure what I have

The scope:

Leupold || VX-3 4.5-14x50mm Long Range

See attached file for specific information on your reticle.
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File Type: pdf Leupold Ballistic Aiming System Info 2.pdf (1.68 MB, 0 views)
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Old 03-06-2012, 10:53 PM
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Re: Inherited rifles not fully sure what I have

SAVE YOUR BRASS!!! If you do not want it I will buy it off of you!!! For a Good Price!!

PM Me if you are interested.

The one thing you will notice with that rifle is Ammo Is Expensive. If you do not reload Please Send me your fired brass, I would love to have it and will make good use of it.

From your earlier posts I do not believe you reload, so watch out on pulling the trigger. This is not a gun where you can go to walmart and buy a box of 20 rounds for 20 bucks. 20 rounds costs over $130.00, closer to $150.00 depending on where you get it. (You can find it cheaper but from weatherby it is expensive, and cheaper means $120.00)

I would HIGHLY suggest getting something to learn the fundamentals of shooting before you shoot up all of that expensive ammo. You can grab a remington xps for $400, put a $100 scope on it and teach yourself how to shoot that way. Once you get it down take out the wby and learn to shoot it.
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Old 03-06-2012, 11:56 PM
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Re: Inherited rifles not fully sure what I have

He's right. The brass alone is worth $3 each.
I'd highly recommend saving it and either a) learning how to reload, or b) finding someone you know who reloads.

Good luck!
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