Weatherby Actions

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  1. etisll40

    etisll40 Well-Known Member

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    Any recommendation on which Weatherby actions are best to build off of? How much can you customize these, triggers and stocks?
     
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    J E Custom Well-Known Member

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    When using a cartridge with a case head larger than a magnum (.534 diameter) I like to use the Mark 5 Weatherby action. for standard case heads or magnum case heads I will use almost any action (Like the Weatherby Vanguard also known as the Howa).

    The Weatherby are not to hard to get after market parts for but are not as common as the Remingtons and Savages.

    Timney makes triggers for both the Mark 5 and the Vanguard. after market stocks are also available.

    What cartridge do you want to build ?

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  3. etisll40

    etisll40 Well-Known Member

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    I don't have a Weatherby cartidge or rifle, so that settles in the decision. I also don't have a 25 caliber. I do like hunting whitetail and that's a good caliber for whitetail I hear. I kinda thought a Weatherby maybe a Weatherby in 257 magnum. The other choice would be a 25-06. Maybe that on a Weatherby action. Then I'll have a 25 caliber and a Weatherby action rifle. What are your thoughts on that combination and Weatherby? which action and such, barrel length and twist. It will be a carry rifle and probably in cold weather here.

    Thanks
     
  4. Hired Gun

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    The Weatherby Mark 5 Ultra Lightweight is 6 3/4 pounds for packing. If you don't mind a little more weight the 8 3/4 pound Accumark is my choice. My son liked mine so much I had to buy him his own just so I could use mine.

    Just don't fall for a 24" 257Wby.
     
  5. etisll40

    etisll40 Well-Known Member

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    Okay, are you joking on the 24" because of length or the 257 caliber? Or tempting me more to get it? I like the sound of both of these rifles. It appears the Mark 5 action may be the most desirable? Thanks for chiming in.
     
  6. Dr. Vette

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    Some insist that the Weatherby Magnums need a full 26 inch barrel to get their best performance and speed. Within reason, that's probably true.

    I recently purchased a Wby Vanguard with a 24 inch barrel that shoots 0.22 inches at 100 and keeps that to 0.67 at 300. I'll take that accuracy over a little more speed any day.

    So, it just depends if you want to worry about the difference in speed due to the longer barrel. If you don't mind the 26 inches, then by all means buy the Mark V. However, there is nothing wrong, per se, with a 24 inch Vanguard. Just realize it will be a bit slower.

    Oh, and I'm not sure you'll see that much benefit in building a 257 Weatherby off a Weatherby action when there are thousands of them already made. No problem adding a trigger, stock, etc but odds are there may not be much reason to rebarrel anything, should that be what you were thinking.
     
  7. etisll40

    etisll40 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Dr. Vette, so you got the Vanguard in 24", that sounds like what I'd like, just in stainless steel probably. I cn always rebarrel it if it doesn't shoot accurately. It's going to be a 300 yds or less whitetail woods gun. Thanks
     
  8. Dr. Vette

    Dr. Vette Well-Known Member

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    I've actually got on in a Mark V (ULW custom) and now also a Vanguard.
    For a deer or antelope rifle at up to 500 yards, you'll do just fine.
    Mine is a stainless as well.

    If anything, you may want to swap the stock to a Bell & Carlson, and consider bedding it. However, even in the plain plastic stocks they seem to shoot very well.
     
  9. Trickymissfit

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  10. Hired Gun

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    I am serious. The 257 Wby in a 24" barrel might as well be a 25-06. On this caliber those 2" are about a 200 fps difference. A 24" 257Wby is about the same speed as my 25-06AI did.

    257Wby factory ammo in a no freebore rifle equals a K-Boom in most spectacular fashion. Nothing wrong with a factory chamber. Mine shoots in the .2's and our burned up throat one still shoots .400".

    No one needs that sort of accuracy or speed for 300 yard deer hunting. A 257 Roberts will do that all day long. The 257Wby on a 5" target it has a point blank range of 400 yards. I thought you were interested in the glamour of having a 257 Weatherby in a real Mark 5 rifle.

    [​IMG]
     
  11. etisll40

    etisll40 Well-Known Member

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    I am interested in the glamor a bit! I don't have a Weatherby action and caliber in the safe. I have just about everything else, caliber and action wise. I think I prefer the composite stocks though, mostly because almost all hunting here has some weather effect going on. The action whether 6 or 9 lug probably won't matter as either couldbe used for a custom gun if I wanted to change to another caliber. I'd probably keep it as is if i can. I think if I just wanted a 25 cal, 25-06 would be more than enough. But I think the 257 caliber fits the bill for me.
     
  12. Trickymissfit

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    I've been around two or three .257 mags with 24" barrels. They shot well, and maybe had 100fps less velocity than the 26" barrel. Extremely loud for no more than what it was. All these rifles were rechambered Ruger #1's that started life as .257 Roberts. The free bore and throats were a little short, but there was free bore in there. Powders of choice were 4831, 4350, and 3100.

    Now with the thought of deer hunting out to 400 yards in mind, there probably is nothing much better than a pain jane .257 Roberts improved (I'd go the 30 degree shoulder route). But if somebody like Hornaday or Berger would do a 140 grain bullet; the .257mag would be king! Even a standard .257 Roberts will everything you want, and last forever. A .257 improved in a Vanguard is what I'd be wanting
    gary
     
  13. 1tonpower

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    weaberby markv rifles have a 6 or a 9 lug bolt. the markv rifles that are non weatherby calibres have 6 lug bolts. there are some early mark v's in 30-06 and 270 that were built on the 9 lug action but are hard to find.
     
  14. etisll40

    etisll40 Well-Known Member

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    I hear the 257 Roberts talked about a lot, is that a short action cartridge. It seems like the 25-06 is between the roberts and the magnum. I'm still going to get a 257 weatherby I think though as I want to stick with getting a Weatherby action and a Weatherby cartridge. It won't be my only whitetail rifle but that and hogs are my 2 primary hunts. I'm looking at the stainless alaskan.