Weatherby 257mag choices?

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by CjC73, Oct 2, 2018.

  1. CjC73

    CjC73 Well-Known Member

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    I'm looking to buy a 257WM and looking for some advice. A few choices I'm deciding between are as follows:

    Vanguard 24" - $400 (or a used one w/ scope for $350)
    Vanguard Select SS 26" - $440
    Vanguard S2 24" - $470 (possibly SS)
    Vanguard 24" fluted barrel - $500

    I'd like a Mark V but most are out of my price range for this purchase. Did see one sell for $550 that I missed out on.

    Thoughts? I heard the Vanguards are good rifles, what's the difference between the Select, the base Vanguard and the S2?
     
  2. Dosh

    Dosh Well-Known Member

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    73, I've had a Mark V in .257 for 16 years, it shoots very accurately. I won a series I .257 Vanguard in 2010, bare bones plastic stock. Before I ever fired it I threw away the stock and stripped the barreled action and had it cryogenically treated. Bedded it in a B&C stock along with a Timney trigger. This low cost rifle is one of the most accurate rifles I own. I had it Cerakoted a couple hunts later due to hints of rust after a rainy hunt. I'd get the Select SS and start loading. Good luck
     
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  3. huntandfish2983

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    I would go for the 26" barrel. I never understood why the vanguards had 24" barrels.
     
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  4. the444shooter

    the444shooter Well-Known Member

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    New Vanguards are coming with 26" barrels. Since they were made by Howa, I think Weatherby was probably limited to Howa's production abilities, and most .25 cal blanks would've been made to finish at 24" for 25-06s if not 22"
     
  5. CjC73

    CjC73 Well-Known Member

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    great... I was leaning toward the SS 26" as well. I have a MV in 270mag SS 26" and it shoots! bone stock, no mods to it.

    I'll shoot this one right away and see if the stock needs to be upgraded.
     
  6. just country

    just country Well-Known Member

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    morning, Remington ran a production of weatherby calibers
    years ago. if possible I would bid my time and purchase
    1 on these rifles. I just built a 257wbee on a 700 mag.
    action, hart SS #7 contour barrel, timmey trigger. H&S
    combat stock, completely cercoted sniper gray,
    warne steel mounts and rings, 8-32x44 Nikon monarch,
    all rem. bottom metal. I wanted to build a 6.5x7mmwbee.
    justme gbot tum
     
  7. CjC73

    CjC73 Well-Known Member

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    morning, yes I saw a few Rem in 257, all of them were a bit out of my price range. I think the cheapest was around $850 on GB, just quick searches. If I was going to pay that much, I'd get a Mark V I think, not that I don't like Rem. Yours sounds like a nice rig.
     
  8. therifleman556

    therifleman556 Well-Known Member

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    And it still needs a trigger and stock.
     
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    cheechin Well-Known Member

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    Remington makes the cdl sf in 257 Weatherby. Don't know if thats an option for you but never been a Weatherby fan myself. Been eyeing the Remington in Weatherby for a while now, will probably be my next rifle.
     
  10. TX Badger

    TX Badger Well-Known Member

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    1. If buying used I'd ask about round count with such an overbore cartridge.

    2. I'm sure it would blow your budget, but a fast twist barrel capable of stabilizing the new high bc .257 bullets could help you max out this high performance round. Look up the 131 Ace from Blackjack bullets if you haven't yet.
     
  11. CjC73

    CjC73 Well-Known Member

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    what twist you talking about? 1:8? I think the VG are 1:10.
     
  12. TX Badger

    TX Badger Well-Known Member

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    7.5-8. They have layed out
    all the details. Search for blackjack bullets here and you'll see the thread.
     
  13. therifleman556

    therifleman556 Well-Known Member

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    If $850 is more than the op wants to spend on a rifle I highly doubt he wants to spend another couple hundred on a new barrel right off the bat.
     
  14. TX Badger

    TX Badger Well-Known Member

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    Probably right, that's why I hedged my statement. Just wanted him to be informed in case he wasn't aware of these bullets. I'd be frustrated if I bought a 257 bee and then found it I couldn't max out the potential of the round.