Vanguard Series 2

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by Spinnerbaitslinger, Sep 22, 2012.

  1. Spinnerbaitslinger

    Spinnerbaitslinger Active Member

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    Hey all,

    I'm looking for a new tactical rifle in 308 and am torn between Remington and Savage. I was also looking at the new Weatherby rifles and saw their series 2 RC and it seems like a great rifle. Has anybody had any experience with it, if so would you be able to tell me about it?

    Here's the link:

    Vanguard® Series 2 RC (Range Certified) | Weatherby.com
     
  2. Dr. Vette

    Dr. Vette Well-Known Member

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    In a nutshell, the RC model is a "regular" Vanguard that has been certified (test shot) to shoot under 1 MOA, then placed in a Bell & Carlson stock. In the box are the target as well as a letter signed by Ed Weatherby. It's a moderately expensive upgrade ($320) compared to a regular Vanguard S2 when you consider that a B&C stock is about $225 street price. I see the RC is $842 through Bud's.

    If you're looking for a "tactical" rifle I'd look at this Vanguard:
    Vanguard® Series 2 Varmint Special | Weatherby.com

    It comes in .308 for about $610 and has a #3 contour barrel vs the #2 on the regular Range Certified model. As an upgrade the RC Varmint special is available for about $100 more than the "regular" range certified model at approximately $945.

    Good luck with your decision!
     

  3. Spinnerbaitslinger

    Spinnerbaitslinger Active Member

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    I was aware about whats so special about RC version. Im wondering how this performs for real world accuracy and the only reason i wanted the RC was for that extra two inches on the barrel since 308 win needs all the extra umph ot can get
     
  4. Dr. Vette

    Dr. Vette Well-Known Member

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    The RC doesn't specifically have any longer barrel than a non-RC Vanguard. The #2 barreled version is 24 inches, the #3 barreled varmint version is 22 inches. Exact same action, trigger and barrel placed in a different stock.

    I'd buy the "regular" one and go from there since the new S2 stock is much better than the original synthetic stock, but that's me. I have a couple of Series 1 Vanguards I placed in used B&C stocks I purchased to make my own version of the "RC" (or Sub-MOA as it used to be called) and they're exceptional shooters.
     
  5. Spinnerbaitslinger

    Spinnerbaitslinger Active Member

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    Obviously just because it says RC doesnt mean that the barrel is 24 inches. The model that im talking about in this thread has a 24 inch barrel. That extra length does wonders for drop at long range.
     
  6. ICANHITHIMMAN

    ICANHITHIMMAN Well-Known Member

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    Have you thought about the Tikka? If I was in the market for a new tactical 308 it would be that.
     
  7. Spinnerbaitslinger

    Spinnerbaitslinger Active Member

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    Havent looked at them, do you have any experience with them?