Re: Vangaurd 257WBY won't shoot - options?
The vanguard/howa action is an excellent action. I have built numerous good shooters off that action. Bed it well and you seem to have done everything else. The bad thing about a used 257 sporter weight is they heat up very quickly and a guy gets one and keeps shooting trying to get a group and they just get worse with the hotter barrel. In other words they shoot them out in a few shots at the range and they are never effective shooters after that. The throat could be shot out. I bought a used mk 5 257 wby last year for my son and if didn't shoot I needed the action anyway. I basically did what you did and it shoots the barnes 100 grain tsx at 3765 fps with 75.5 grains of magpro. The last group we shot before my son shot his deer with it was 1 1/4" at a quarter mile 5 shot group. The 257 wby is a really good shooter usually.
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