Vanguard Strength

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by 270Weatherby, Apr 3, 2011.

  1. 270Weatherby

    270Weatherby Well-Known Member

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    How safe is the the Weatherby Vanguard action for reloading in .300 wea.? Is the MK V worth the peace of mind or is the Vanguard more than good enough?
     
  2. MTBULLET

    MTBULLET Well-Known Member

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    my experience with the howa built vanguard has been very good in both 257 and 300 weatherby. the older belgin built mk v is "nicer", but the howa works fine, and has a very good trigger.
     
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  3. boomtube

    boomtube Well-Known Member

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    "...is the Vanguard more than good enough? "

    Do you really think Weatherby would put together and sell an inferiour piece of equipment with their name on it?
     
  4. KRP

    KRP Well-Known Member

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    If you're seriously concerned about the strength of the action your loads are way, way, way too hot.
     
  5. MontanaRifleman

    MontanaRifleman Well-Known Member

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    wow... rough crowd :rolleyes:

    Weatherby sells the Vanguard in 300 Wby so you should be good to go. IME, they are every bit as strong as the 700... based on what my smith told me.
     
  6. backwoods83

    backwoods83 Well-Known Member

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    Indeed they will hold anything a Rem 700 will hold and maybe a little more, in addition to the chamber vent, their bolt body is also vented. If your ok shooting factory weatherby brand ammo in it then you have no worries because you'll have a hell of a time matching their pressure and getting their kind of speed and accuracy.
     
  7. MTBULLET

    MTBULLET Well-Known Member

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    anyone who has had the "luck" to work on either the P-08, or SA-08 will know the answer to that question, YES they do.
     
  8. 270Weatherby

    270Weatherby Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the help. Just worried about the low price of the Vanguard = low quality.
     
  9. Kevin Thomas

    Kevin Thomas Well-Known Member

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    Nobody is going to intentionally sell a weak action these days, just too many lawyers out there. The Vanguard is a perfectly strong action, no doubts about that. They do, however have their limits, as do all actions. The difference, and where the extra money is saved, is in things like fit and finish, or things you really can't see, like barrel quality. They're strong, just don't expect them to be as finely finished or crafted as one of their top of the line models.
     
  10. Trickymissfit

    Trickymissfit Well-Known Member

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    I own two Vanguards, and two or three MK. V's. The fit and finish is only what the others wish they could do
    gary
     
  11. B23

    B23 Well-Known Member

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    These Howa actions, IMO, have been one of the best bangs for your buck out there. Well, they were until alot of others started buying them up for donor actions. Now they cost almost, if not, as much as a comparible Rem. M700 donor.

    Built a 6.5-06AI from a 270win Howa donor. Thru everything away except the receiver and bottom metal. Now it wears a Lilja tube, sits in a Manners stock and uses a Timney trigger and it is easily one of the most accurate rifles in the safe.
     
  12. MontanaRifleman

    MontanaRifleman Well-Known Member

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    Did you toss the bolt? IMO, that's one of the big advantages the Howa has over the 700. Single piece, M16 claw extractor, 3 gas ports.

    some of the Howa triggers can be tuned very nicely, especially the old S&W M1500's. I have two of those and have tuned them so they break like glass @ about 1 lb. And it was real easy to do.
     
  13. B23

    B23 Well-Known Member

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    Nope. Kept the receiver, bolt and bottom metal intact. This donor I used came with the super cheap plastic POS stock. The Timney was a cheap and easy way to go.