What is better than the Weatherby?

pig ranch deadeye

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A throwback to 1986, Layne Simpson and Shooting Times Magazine. 7mm Magnum STW (Shooting Times Westerner. Based on the 8mm Remington cartridge. Very flat shooting and lots of energy. You already have so many great cartridges mentioned, as well as the 300 Weatherby. Just thought I'd throw another great one your way.
I had one with a 28 inch barrel. Shot the 175 grain Rem core lokt at 3400 fps.
 

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Yes, that has been my experience wIth WBY's in the 7mm and up, I only own one, a 240. I have reloaded others up to 340 and 30-378. Working up the loads required bench testing and zeroing the rifles. Unpleasant experiences, this was before I bought a lead-sled, the guys that I were loading for eventually got rid of them or they sit in their safes.
Be careful using the lead sled....can reduce scope life....all that energy has to go somewhere.
 

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With the belt the headspace is positively set on both ends. All you have to do is not be over aggressive in the sizing of it and you have a double support . The belt gives you headspace support for fire forming.
 

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Im on the other side of the fence; really like reloading belted magnums over non belted mags.
I've had some "Belt Bulge" issues and loaded up a few handfuls to find out they wouldn't chamber.

I just started with virgin brass and have them marked across the head with a sharpie indicating how they were in the chamber when they were first fired so when i reload and fire again I can put them in the same way and hopefully wont have any issues.
 

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I don't think anything is better or worse than a Weatherby. To each person, their personal choice is best for their needs. Asking that question decades ago may have been a whole different discussion. At one point, it could be argued that Weatherby ruled in powerhouse cartridges.
 

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I've had some "Belt Bulge" issues and loaded up a few handfuls to find out they wouldn't chamber.

I just started with virgin brass and have them marked across the head with a sharpie indicating how they were in the chamber when they were first fired so when i reload and fire again I can put them in the same way and hopefully wont have any issues.
For this reason perhaps the new .300 PRC cartridge from Hornady is a good choice.
 

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A Weatherby is a thing of great beauty ! That said I heard a PH state he thought the barrels where a little "light". Perhaps that is why the military does not use? After a few rounds drifting shots? Too hot? What do you guys think?
 

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Most of the big 30s are potato powtahto, but I love the 300Bee. That was my first magnum in 91 and I have had most since. I currently have a Ruger #1B and a Mark V ULW with a Krieger cut on it both with std. Weatherby freebore. The #1 gets loaded really long and does very well with secant ogive bullets. There are obviously bigger cases and beltless cases and on and on, but I know what PRD is getting at. It provides a lot of performance, decent barrel life, load flexibility, good brass that is easy to find and history. Everyone has been trying to match or beat the Weatherby for decades and it is still in the discussion. Maybe I just stick with the Bee out of respect for the design that was 50 years ahead of the bullets and powders, and a line of cartridges that is largely responsible for the development of current powders bullets. I guess I am the old fart that just doesn't see enough difference in the new to abandon the old in this case. I love the 6.5 PRC, but stuff some RL26 and 140 Accubond in the 270Win and they stay close for a long ways out. The difference in magnum cases don't hold enough difference to offset practice and good judgement from a hunting standpoint...at least from my point of view.
 

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