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Unread 03-01-2007, 06:55 AM
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Re: Vanguard 300 Weatherby, what to do

I have the same gun and love it. Be aware that the Timeny triggers can be hard to get. When I ordered mine they were on back order. I ended up talking to the factory and was told they only run them once a year. When their gone, their gone.............

I also bedded mine with Marine Tex.

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Unread 03-01-2007, 08:00 AM
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Re: Vanguard 300 Weatherby, what to do

I have a Vanguard that I installed a Bell & Carlson Medlist stock and Timmy trigger. This is a great setup. The stock takes very little fitting. The rifle shoots under 1" @ 100 yards. I did bed this rifle with marine tex and float the barrel.
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Unread 03-01-2007, 10:48 AM
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Just changed my Vanguard 7mm mag over to the B&C Medalist stock. It dropped right in and the aluminum bedding block is a hoot. Did not free float it and not sure if I will as my groups went from 7/8s down to 3/8s. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
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Now this is a coincidence.

A year ago I wanted a long range (for me that's 4-500yds) elk rifle. I was debating between the .300 Win, .300 Wby and .300 RUM. I decided on the .300 Wby, bought a Vanguard.

I like to tinker with guns, and I have stocked several of my other rifles, so I thought this would be a good winter project. I ordered a AA Fancy Claro Walnut semi-finished stock from Richards Microfit. I had a local gunsmith install a KDF muzzle brake on the barrel. I pillar and glass bedded the action and glassed and free floated the barrel. I installed a Limbsaver 1" recoil pad, and installed a mercury recoil reducer in the stock. The factory trigger was a POS, so I polished the trigger and sear and cut the trigger spring so it could be adjusted. It is now fully adjustable and I set it at 2 1/2 lbs with a crisp break. I also smoothed the sharp edges of the face of the trigger, and re-blued it. I finally finished checkering it last month.

I've been working up a load with Barnes 180 gr TSX bullets. Last week 4 shots grouped 0.76" at 3180 fps. I have my new favorite elk rifle.

And the coincidence? I grew up in Colorado, and my name is also Kurt B.

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Unread 02-27-2009, 05:28 PM
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I have two Vanguards. One is a .257 Weatherby and the other is a .270 WSM.

The .257 came with a test target that measured .750 This is what I got with the specified 100 gr. factory load. Most loads shot under 1" at 100 yds. for 3 shots. I bought a B & C stock with the bedding block. I installed the stock without doing any bedding or free floating the barrel. I left the pressure point in the forend. I shot it over the weekend and got a .500 group with the last 3 factory loads that I had. I will do further testing with handloads before deciding to bed the action and free float the barrel. If It holds 1/2" at 100 yds. and holds point of impact I will probably leave it alone.

The .270 WSM came with a test target that measured .390. No factory load was specified. It only stated 130 gr. bullets. I loaded some Speer 130 gr. spitzers. It groups around .500 with the factory tupperware stock. I have done nothing to either rifle.

I like the Bell & Carlson stock. It is the Weatherby sporter version. I got the tan/black web. It is better looking, handles better and felt recoil is less.

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