Weatherby Vanguard 300 Win Mag

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by Guest, Jul 10, 2004.

  1. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Just took 5 rifles to the range yesterday and all shot exceptionally well except the Weatherby Vanguard. Guns were boresighted at home and I couldn't get the 300 WM zeroed. Holes were everywhere! Took it apart today and noticed that the barrel was under severe tension, touching the front of the wooden stock by .035. Opened up the barrel channel to allow .012 clearance and epoxied the front lug & 2" of the barrel. Will have to wait until I can punch some more paper to tell if I did any good. Also noticed that the factory bullets were .248 from the lands!!! Reloaded what I shot yesterday and set them .011 from the lands. I can't imagine my modifications; not making a huge difference on the range, but would like to know if any Vanguard shooters have had these initial problems???
     
  2. Imortal Wombat

    Imortal Wombat Well-Known Member

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    arn't vanguards supposed to shoot 1 1/2 MOA outa the box? and dont they come with some factort shot test targets?
     

  3. Guest

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    It came with a target, but this one was bought used. It has not been shot out by any means; almost new. Whoever had it before must've been a novice. I know that this rifle did not shoot the target that came with it! Too many factory conditions working against it to shoot a 1" group, even at 25 yards! Fortunately, whoever the previous owner was, didn't shoot it much. One warning... If you have a Vanguard, go to the weatherby site and check your serial numbers against a bolt recall. Mine was one of them. I always do some research on anything I buy before shooting it. Anyway,
    I anticipate some decent groups after the bedding job and free float. Barrel channel had no wear and looked new. Just came with a lot of pressure on the barrel. So much for quality control...
     
  4. brian anders

    brian anders New Member

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    1 moa my vangard in 300 win will keep under a inch at 100 with 180 gr ballistic tips
     
  5. gohring3006

    gohring3006 Well-Known Member

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    My Weatherby Vanguard .300 Weatherby shot right around 1 inch, with the factory stock. I relieved the barrel channel and check for action binding by loseening each action screw and wrapping my hand around the forearm tip and barrel. It had severe binding, so I ordered a Boyds stock then pillared and glass bedded the action. Now it shoots well under a inch. The Vanguard come from the factory with the pressure on the barrel.
     
  6. FEENIX

    FEENIX Well-Known Member

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    lightbulbI hope that the OP has his issue resolved after 11 years. lightbulb
     
  7. gohring3006

    gohring3006 Well-Known Member

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    Yea just read that....lol
     
  8. ohiohunter

    ohiohunter Well-Known Member

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    #3 on the day and I think you've spotted them all.