First blood with .257 Wby Mag.

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  1. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    Well yall, I finally did it...

    The VERY FIRST time I took my new Accumark .257 Wby Mag. in the woods, I shot me a 100 lb. nanny.

    I'm shooting the Weatherby (brand) 110gr. Accubond's....and was thoroughly impressed at how the were at close range!

    She was about 75-80 yards from me, and I shot her at about a 45* angle, right through the shoulder. Left a nice, small intrance, and a nice small exit wound...

    When we tracked her (had to cause she ran about 50 yards, and it was pitch-black by the time we all met back up at my truck), we found little bits of blood here and there....

    After we run her by the processor, we stood there while they cut her open, and to the boy's amazement...he didn't see ANY lungs!

    It popped both of them perfectly, and just disentigrated them! It did NO other damage to her!!!

    Ruined virtually NO meat, and she didn't go very far...

    I just wanted to say that I have never been more pleased with ANY of my other guns other than my .308 and my 7mm Rem. Mag.

    I hope this helps some others who might be trying to decide on the .257 Wby Mag.

    In my opinion, this proves to me, that my little "lazer gun" is just as effective at close range with those 110gr. Accubond's as it is at 300 yards.

    ".257 Wby Mag.......I use it......I love it!"
     

  2. j870sm

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    Of all of my rifles, the 257 WBY is hands down my favorite. It is an awesome round. I have taken several White Tail and Mulies with mine and I couldn't have been more pleased with the gun and bullet performance. It shoots really flat
     

  3. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    Oh Yeah...that's why I called it a "lazer gun"...b/c if I sight mine in at 2.6" high at 100 yards...I'm dead-on at 300 yards!

    That's really flat!

    I love mine alot...It my favorite of all of my rifles as well.
     
  4. mike33

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    Normally nothing moves when hit. Wait to the next time you will be impressed.
    mike
     
  5. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    Well, unfortunately, I'll have to wait until next year, b/c our deer season went out January 31...

    So, I'll have to wait until then, and I can't afford to go anywhere else to go hunting...that costs too much money, right now (as far as my wallet's concerned).

    Yeah, she was at a bad angle, and if I'd hit her broadside, she'd been D.I.H.T. (dead in her tracks).

    But she was behind brush, so I couldn't tell how badly angles she was.

    Next time I'm gonna wait till I have a 100% clear shot, and place it right in that little "knot" behind the shoulder (heart).

    I'd love to shoot one at like 300 yards, but where I've been hunting lately, there's not anywhere to take a shot like that...
     
  6. gjn11

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    Shot my best whitetail this year in Montana with a remington 7oo LSS in 257 Weatherby. The range was 472 yards and I was using the Nosler 110 accubond over RL-25. It walked 1o feet and fell over. First time i used the 257 and I couldn't be more impressed.
     
  7. mike33

    mike33 Well-Known Member

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    I have never lost anything with it. My shots have been all under 300 yards. I had my first one built in 1990 by Clarence Hammonds a bench rest smith i used to shoot with. I like it so well i thought i should have 2. I had a new rem. 25-06 had a friend open the barrel to 257 whby and bolt face, surprising it shoots damn near as good as my custom. For years i shot and hunted with the 100 grain nosler solid base vel. around 3700 fps with 70.5 gr of imr 4831. My rem factory opened up i shot 68.5 4831 never checked ve. Nosler did away with the soild base so i went to 100 grain Sierra FB. It shoots very well also. Both bullets is great for hunting most deer i shot could not hit the ground hard enough. Other few didnt get 3 steps. Whats nice it is enjoyable to shoot. Im currently building a 25 wsm and going to try 100 gr. nosler bt. In my area i can not see any benefit of anything over 100 gr. bullet.
    mike
     
  8. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    Well....Just figured I'd bring this one back into the light. LOL

    I haven't gotten the chance to do much hunting this year, but am now hunting a place with large wide-open bottoms and hills. It's layout is almost what you'd imagine you mixed Alabama and Montana together. I'm gonna try to do some long-range shooting out there as soon as I get a range-finder. Been looking at the Swarovski 8x30 1,000 yard range-finder....Now I just gotta come up with the $1,000. :D
     
  9. Bravo 4

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    Look on the sample list from SWFA, I bought a display Swaro LG last month for $763 shipped...with warranty.
    Well worth every cent!
     
  10. hawkhunts

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    Absolutely my favorite cartridge. This rifle has never let me, or any of the others that have borrowed it, down. I have lasered one shot kills at 697 yds. on pronghorns, 512 on a klipspringer in Zimbabwe, and shot a rock rabbit in Zim so far away the trackers refused to go get it. They didn't believe anything could be killed that far away!
    My son killed a whitetail, drt, at 70 yards this year with it. It performs on both ends of the spectrum. I've never had issues with performance up close. Ballistic Tips make lungs into jello!
    Based on the performance with this rifle, I have friends who have converted to the 257 roy, and have not looked back. If the allure of high BC bullets wasn't calling (6.5 mm/7mm), I'd probably build another to have when my son steals mine.
     
  11. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    Hahaha! I hear ya. If you need a good long-range .284, I recommend a 7mm STW. Those are some nice shots at a good distance. I love my 110 grain AccuBonds for my .257 Wby....And so does it. LOL

    I'm thinking about building one off of a Remington 700 action.......Now to find an action........That is the main issue. Would I need a Ultra-Mag action or just a standard long-action with a Magnum bolt?
     
  12. liltank

    liltank Well-Known Member

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    Standard magnum action will suffice.

    Tank
     
  13. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Tank,

    I had to change my user name b/c I couldn't remember my other one b/c it was different than any of my other ones. LOL

    You don't happen to know anyone with one of those actions do you? Just had to ask about this one too. :D
     
  14. liltank

    liltank Well-Known Member

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    No, I don't. Check with a local gunsmith, they may have one or two laying around waiting to be bought. I'm a Savage guy, so that is my preference for an action to build on.

    Tank