SPS varmit vs. Vanguard HB-ST

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by jpbaker, Jan 13, 2012.

  1. jpbaker

    jpbaker Well-Known Member

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    Quick one for you guys.

    I know you see these questions all the time, but:

    Looking to pick up a .308.

    Now im torn on SPS Varmit or Weatherby Vanguard HB-ST

    These rifles will be used up to 600yds. for deer sized game and paper.

    After getting the rifle it will get a new stock, and a Drop Mag system.
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    I need to keep this rifle under $1000 or less (without glass)

    The vanguard is the cheapest way to go considering I can get one for $400. and can get the mag system for $90 includes 10rd mag.

    SPS is a bit more and gonna be about $250 for the Drop mag system.

    So if you guys have any input to make this easier for me, by all means......



    TKS
    JPB
     
  2. JPaul17

    JPaul17 Active Member

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    Well I've got a weatherby vanguard in .243 that shoots great, but you'll definately want a better stock. Finding one thats bedded and allows the barrel to free-float should make it that much better. Not positive but the newer models may already be free-floated but mine isn't. Weatherbys are almost always great shooters so that would be the way I would go.
     
  3. jpbaker

    jpbaker Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, I figured A Bell and Carlson varmint/tactical of some kind will fit the bill for the price range im looking at.

    Any votes for remington?

    TKS
    JPB
     
  4. BillR

    BillR Well-Known Member

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    The Rem 700 SPS Varmint is one of the best kept secrets out there. Even with the original stock they seem to shoot very well. I also like the longer barrel on the SPSV as it is what I am use to and with the added length it seems to hold better for me but then that is me. I just don't like short barrels. Too bad Wby didn't put a 26" on the MOA as that would of been a good gun also. Just my opinion. All my rifles have at least 26" barrels on them. :)
     
  5. jpbaker

    jpbaker Well-Known Member

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    Yes, barrel length, Not sure what to think there. Where they both have a heavy barrel, I might be looking to cut down on some weight.

    My 300wm has a 26", and with a nikon buckmaster (6-18x40) and bipod. It is pretty heafty, shoots like a dream though, no recoil to speak of.

    With a .308 im not conscerned about recoil, but want to take advantage of the heavy barrel without a heavy rifle, so maybe shorter is the way to go......Please chime in!!!

    TKS
    JPB