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hhunter23
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Nov-02-11, 
11:20 AM (MST)
"weatherby rifles."

just been looking at getting a new rifle for next year. i currently shoot a weatherby vanguard .270 win and its a tack driver. i want something that will shoot farther, with more knock down power. so i decided to get a .300 weatherby mag. my hold up is what model to get. i really like the mark v, but was wondering about the new vanguard model? anyone shooting them? whats the thoughts on the new vanguard model vs mark v? is it worth the extra $$ for the mark v? im on a budget as usual so if i could find a used mark v i would be alright with that. or i would buy a new vanguard model. any thoughts are appreciated.

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 Subject   Author   Message Date   ID 
 RE: weatherby ...  trophyhunter      Nov-03-11   1 
  RE: weatherby ...  WapitiBob      Nov-06-11   2 
 RE: weatherby ...  Darktimber      Nov-08-11   3 
 RE: weatherby ...  massNtrash      Aug-21-13   4 
  RE: weatherby ...  dang302      Aug-29-13   5 
   RE: weatherby ...  NORKALNIMROD      Sep-07-13   6 

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trophyhunter
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Nov-03-11, 
11:57 AM (MST)
1. "RE: weatherby rifles."

We have 3 older Mark V's in our family that we picked up back in the early 90's. Those are great rifles with a quality barrel and muzzel brake. They have the recoil of a 30/06. My 80 year old dad could shoot a box of 20 off the bench with the brake but couldn't shoot it at all without the muzzel brake.

You need to checkout the current Mark V's and see where they are manufactured and assembled as well as what type quality steel the barrels on the Mark V's are manufactured from and compare that to the Vanguard Spec's. So many rifles have parts manufactured in different countries the rifle is assembled in a different country etc... Make sure they have the same bolt design. I was told that the Vangaurd back a ways had a totally different bolt action than the Mark V so check that out... They are not the same as in the old days. Then make your choice. We love our 300 Weatherby's. If your going to work up a load try Nosler 180gr. Accubonds pushed by IMR 7828 powder at 84.5gr and a Fed215 primer. Works great in all our 300WBY's.

Obviously the Mark V is a step or two up from the Vanguard in quality and price or they wouldn't have made the Vanguard in the first place. They have to access a certain price range customer market to stay in the rifle selling game. If your pocket book allows you to purchase the Mark V you will never be sorry. That rifle can be handed down through the generations and will always be a quality rifle even as all manufactures find ways to put less quality into their rifles as costs of manufacturing and materials continue to sky rocket.

Good luck choosing your rifle take the time and get on the Weatherby website and to some research on craftmanship, materials, components and compare then make your choice.

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WapitiBob
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Nov-06-11, 
12:08 PM (MST)
2. "RE: weatherby rifles."

LAST EDITED ON Nov-06-11 AT 12:09 PM (MST)

I decided on an Accumark for a "longer" range rifle. The Vanguard II didn't look too bad.

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Darktimber
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Nov-08-11, 
04:34 PM (MST)
3. "RE: weatherby rifles."

I have the New vanguard in .243 Win. and love the thing. It is a tack driving machine with a smooth action. It basically is what you want. The vanguard I and II are both manufactured by HOWA. They are made in Japan and based on Howa's 1500 action. The Mark V, is made in the USA. I have shot both Mark V's and Vanguards, and they both hold their own against each other. I like the American made V, but the price tag can be a bit hard to swallow. It does offer the other Weatherby calibers that the Vanguard does not though. Would love to have a .270 Weatherby one day. That is my Grandfathers round and it is a Muley's worst nightmare.

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massNtrash
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Aug-21-13, 
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4. "RE: weatherby rifles."

I have five weatherby mark v's they are all tack drivers and shoot great. Now the vanguards are being made by howa not weatherby so the quality has gone down some in the past few years. With that said they are still good guns but in my eyes the mark v is worth the extra money. With the 300 you may want to consider having a muzzle break put on it. My favorite is a mark v chambered in a 25-06 that came out of their custom shop. Anything within 500yds has got a serious issue.

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Aug-29-13, 
03:06 PM (MST)
5. "RE: weatherby rifles."

I just got a vanguard II this summer in 257 WBY and have only shot the cheapest made 257 WBY ammo. Its the 100 grain spitzer and is about $39 box and I bought it because brass was the same price. It shoots great. You could cover 18 of the 20 shots from the first box with a quarter. I am in no hurry to reload for it yet.

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NORKALNIMROD
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Sep-07-13, 
01:04 AM (MST)
6. "RE: weatherby rifles."

The Vanguard line has been being made by Howa since at least 1989 and possibly longer. I have never seen one that does not shoot well.

Norkal

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confidence. I fear none and respect all."

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