It's been almost 35 years, but now I have one! I was not a huge fan of two-stage triggers in general and certainly not on a big-game rifle. I'm not going to say that my life is now complete owning my long- awaited .257 Weatherby rifle, but I will say it is one step closer to being complete. My friend bought his Vanguard Series 2 Deluxe for $900. I did the three-shot groups to verify Weatherby's accuracy guarantee, and I fired five-shot groups for my own satisfaction. The center position is still on safe but allows the bolt to open for loading and unloading safely. Then I actually shot the gun and spent quite a bit of time prying my shoe out of my mouth. The Vanguard Series 2 is taking a rather unorthodox approach to triggers on the modern hunting rifle—it comes with a two-stage trigger. Some bragged around the gun shops about owning a Weatherby, but never seemed to produce tangible proof of ownership. Weatherby Vanguard Rifle in 22-250 Review. Specifically, the company says, "Weatherby Van- guard Series 2 rifles are guaranteed to shoot a three-shot group of 0.99 inch or less at 100 yards (sub-MOA) when used with specified Weatherby factory or premium ammunition.". The 120-grain Partition loading is a good selection for caribou, elk, and moose, and it's also a fine choice for a do-all loading in the .257, at least according to one hunter I know who has done a lot of hunting with the cartridge. I had decided to use the 100-grain TSX loading for both animals that I would be hunting because it was the most accurate ammo in my rifle according to the factory, because the bullet has a good ballistic coefficient of .420, and because the loading generates an impressive 2,731 ft-lbs of energy at the muzzle (1,725 at 300 yards), which would be more than adequate for my quarry. The .300 Blackout is here to stay, and we take some time to look at new technology surrounding this cartridge. I also had a box of vintage Weatherby 117-grain UltraVelocity softpoint ammo that I purchased at a gun show long before I acquired the rifle. As for my accuracy results, the chart gives the pertinent details. I’ll be honest. James Tarr runs through the 3-Second Headshot drill. And the .257 Weatherby delivers more than enough energy to drop deer-size game as far away as any of us should attempt. Enter the Series 2, the next incarnation of the Vanguard that supposedly fixes all the problems. Now, it’s one of the most accurate hunting rifles I own. I'm not going to go into the reasons why I waited so long, but I'll just say things were never just quite right for me to buy one. I recently won a Weatherby Vanguard 6.5 Creedmoor at our local Ducks Unlimited banquet (just before they all got shut down). At those prices the Van- guard Series 2 Synthetic is a very affordable high-performance rifle with a lot of great features, including the sub-MOA accuracy guarantee. It was a very windy day at the range, but the Weatherby still shot right at an inch CTC at 100 yards, with Winchester 140 grain AccuBond hunting ammunition. Barrel, trigger, bolt, are all the same. Ruger 10/22 Competition Rifle at 300 Yards, Revolver vs. Semiauto Pistol: A Ballistic Oddity, Danger Tamed: Hornady DGX Bonded Hunting Ammo, Winchester .350 Legend Rifles and Ammo Available Right Now, Ruger Custom Shop 10/22 Competition Rifle at 300 Yards, Weatherby Vanguard Series 2 Synthetic Review, Shooting Times Executive Field Editor Layne Simpson. The Back Country, like every rifle in the Vanguard Series 2 line, ships with a guarantee of three-shot sub-m.o.a. The Series 2 moniker refers to the new two-stage trigger that Weatherby designers came up with and have featured in all the Van- guard rifles going forward. With an overall length of 44.5 inches, featuring a 24-inch barrel, and an unloaded weight of 7.5 pounds, the … As for trajectory, the .257 Weatherby is as flat-shooting as they come. (tested); 15 chamberings from .223 Rem. Factory ballistics with the 80-grain Barnes TSX show a muzzle velocity of 3870 fps from a 26-inch barrel. VANGUARD SERIES 2 CARBINE AmmoLand Gun News. No rifle can live up to its accuracy potential unless it has a good trigger. On a different, slightly calmer day it grouped 3/4 inch at 100 yards with Winchester 150 grain "Super-X Power Max Bonded" cartridges. Then the second stage breaks clean and crisp at 3 pounds exactly. I have always said that you can learn a lot from a gun writer by watching what he uses when he is on his own dime. In my opinion, the S2 model is one of the best value rifles on the market. According to legend, he used the snappy .257 successfully on game as large as moose, elk, and Cape buffalo. With a 300-yard zero it is 2.6 inches high at 200 yards and only 6.4 inches low at 400. My friend bought his Vanguard Series 2 Deluxe for $900. If you happen to have a .257 Weatherby rifle built before 1964, you probably have the older, slower twist. Shooting a .22 LR rifle at 300 yards is just as challenging as shooting a .300 Win. It's just too cool. The new trigger is adjustable down to a pull weight of 2.5 pounds. The Weatherby Series 2 Vanguard is a great improvement on an already-proven rifle with a four-decade track record. I have dreamt of owning a .257 Weatherby rifle from the first time I learned of the cartridge back when I was a teenager. My best five- shot group came with the 115-grain loading and measured exactly 1.00 inch. I think this one just might be my new go-to rifle for hunting every- thing from coyotes to caribou. Roy Weatherby's favorite bullet weight was 100 grains, and today you can get factory-loaded ammo with spitzer, softpoint, Barnes TSX, and Nosler AccuBond bullets in that weight. The next day I shot a very respectable 14-plus-inch prong- horn at 257 yards. I researched like crazy before buying, and my research brought me to the Weatherby VG S2. The bolt has two forward, opposing locking lugs. The stock has sling swivel studs and is fitted with a 1-inch black recoil pad. Well, I've done sillier things. As listed by the manufacturer, the Weatherby Vanguard Series 2 Deluxe, $1149 MSRP, is available only in 257 Weatherby, 270 Win., 30-06 Springfield, 300 Win. Both distances were ranged with laser rangefinders and confirmed by my hunting guide. To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine. Other nice features of the new Series 2 Vanguard include a 24-inch, cold hammer forged barrel and a new-style stock with Griptonite no-slip inserts and low-density, soft-rubber recoil pad. My test gun shot very well, living up to the M.O.A. Dreams do come true. Both are Vanguard Series 2, both made in Japan. Weatherby VANGUARD RC 300 WBY SPECIAL $ 627.00 (0) WBY 18I DELUXE SEMI 12/28MC $ 1,517.00 (0) Weatherby 18I DELUXE SEMI 20/26MC $ 1,526.00 (0) WBY 18I Synthetic SEMI 12/28MC ... Payment Options/Cancellation Fees Shipping & Returns State Restrictions Warranty Team Buds Recent Reviews. Waiting for something to come to be when the conditions are just right is very satisfying. I remember vividly the days when most production rifles had 7- or 8-pound trigger pulls and were so rough that they felt like I was dragging a logging chain down a gravel road. I wanted it because it was billed as being extremely flat shooting and packing a real punch on game at all kinds of distances. All Shooting Times subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. The extractor is a spring-loaded .25-inch-wide claw. But for a working rifle, I don't mind a matte finish on the metal either. Those three- shot groups measured 0.83 and 0.73 inch, respectively. It carries a retail price of $849, compared to the Vanguard Series 2 Deluxe that has upgraded wood and highly polished blue for $1149 (2113 MSRP). MSRP: $599; $1,099 Range Certified, E-mail your comments/questions about this site to: EmediaHunter@nrahq.org, For questions/comments about American Hunter magazine, please e-mail:Publications@nrahq.org, You can contact the NRA via phone at: NRA Member Programs1-800-672-3888, To advertise on American Hunter, visit nramediakit.com for more information. In addition to this rifle I recently installed a Geissele Automatics two-stage trigger on a DPMS LR243 rifle that I have been using for coyote hunting. It’s natural to pull tension on the first stage, pause and then break the shot. I'm pretty sure all Vanguards are still made in Japan by Howa. I found that the transition and learning curve for a two-stage was just about non-existent. Some shooters think the Vanguard triggers have creep, and they have voiced these concerns to Weatherby. The Remington Model 700 PCR is a long-range rig built for punching paper, ringing steel, and... A half-century in the making, the new DGX Bonded is Hornady's best-ever dangerous-game bullet. It is reliable, accurate, affordable, and worthy to wear the Weatherby brand. The synthetic stocked models have an MSRP of $649. So it’s not fussy about ammo either. Not cheap, but same action doing the work. Standard chamberings start at $549 retail, and Magnum rifles start at $599. With an overall length of 44.5 inches, featuring a 24-inch barrel, and an unloaded weight of 7.5 pounds, the heft and balance were very comfortable. Vanguard” in 2005. Since its introduction in 1944 the .257 has been a top-selling cartridge for Weatherby. My shot was high, and I spined the buck, but he went down immediately. Monday, February 6, 2012. As listed by the manufacturer, the Weatherby Vanguard Series 2 Deluxe, $1149 MSRP, is available only in 257 Weatherby, 270 Win., 30-06 Springfield, 300 Win. I fired both three-shot and five-shot groups, five each for each loading. The heaviest and largest of the three test rifles, we liked the feel and handling of the Weatherby as a solid shooting tool. I also have a few other of thewre rifles and have not had a issue of getting them to shoot under 1 inch and some too the 1/2 to 3/4. When I was growing up in small-town Vermont in the ’60s, a Weatherby rifle was a mysterious thing. |
Get the American Hunter Insider newsletter for at-a-glance access to industry news, gear, gun reviews, videos and more—delivered directly to your Inbox. Anyway, I had intended on shooting that box, too, in order make a nice round number of five loads fired, but I just couldn't bring myself to do it. The Series 2 is available in blued or stainless steel and in 15 different cartridges. My rifle's trigger pull measures a consis- tent 3.35 pounds, and that is light enough for my purposes, so I left it as it came from the factory. Forward is fire. You'll probably find a new Vanguard 2 is just as slick as your old S&W was. Obsolete Arms and Ammo By Bob Shell. Hunting was socially acceptable even in Hollywood in that era, and movie stars and other beautiful people were having great adventures in exotic locations—always (it seemed) with Weatherby rifles. While I am pulling 3 pounds, it feels like 2.5 pounds. In 2004, the year I got my first Vanguard, the .257 Weatherby was added. The rifle in question is the “Carbine” variant of the Weatherby Vanguard. The trouble, as many hunters saw it, was that it couldn’t be a true Weatherby rifle, because it was not offered in Weatherby
cartridges. He considers it to be the most useful cartridge in the Weatherby stable and calls it the finest factory antelope cartridge ever created by the hands of mortal man. Subscriber Services. It is one of the ultimate long-range cartridges, one that bridges the gap between high velocity and manageable recoil. It also comes with an MOA guarantee and a competitive price. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. For this test rifle I selected the classic .257 Weatherby. The trigger on my test rifle uses 8 ounces to complete the first stage. I'm pretty sure all Vanguards are still made in Japan by Howa. As memory serves, that was also the year that Weatherby discovered the phenomenon that lead to the introduction of the “M.O.A. The family-run firm is currently run by Adam Weatherby, the 3rd generation Weatherby at the helm. The synthetic stocked models have an MSRP of $649. The accepted level of energy for quick, clean kills on deer is 1,000 ft-lbs, and the .257 Weatherby has that all the way out to 600 yards. The Vanguard Sporter includes a match quality, two-stage trigger (adjustable down to 2.5 lbs. Generally speaking, the 100-grain loads are good choices for smaller whitetails and pronghorn antelope. Weatherby moved operations from Paso Robles, California, to Sheridan, Wyoming, in 2019. I think it’s a really nice rifle, it doesn’t have the cheap stock like the cheaper vanguards. Weatherby's Vanguard Series 2 rifles are guaranteed to shoot a 3-shot group of .99" or less at 100 yards (SUB-MOA) when used with specified Weatherby factory or premium ammunition. But for a working rifle, I don't mind a matte finish on the metal either. The truth is that I am becoming (kicking and screaming) a much bigger fan of two-stage triggers for hunting. Magazine capacity is three rounds for Magnum cartridges and five for standard cartridges. The Weatherby Vanguard Sporter is Weatherby's less expensive walnut stocked, bolt action centerfire rifle. This Vanguard Series 2 rifle is the new Range Certified model that comes with a certificate proving the rifle’s accuracy downrange. I was not a huge fan of two-stage triggers in general and certainly not on a big-game rifle. The stock is solid. All Rights Reserved. Magazines were filled with advertisements showing people like John Wayne with a Weatherby. There was talk, but nobody I knew had actually seen one. Combined average accuracy for all four loadings was 1.42 inches. The new stock has what Weatherby calls Griptonite inserts in the injection-molded stock to provide a better gripping surface at the fore-end and pistol grip. It's a sweet action! I’m not a believer in “barrel break-in” as I’ve never done it on any rifle I’ve ever owned and have had great accuracy from all of them. Mag. However, I can see that changing with the introduction of this new Weatherby rifle. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets. The Weatherby Vanguard Series 2 rifle has much to recommend it to Aussie shooters in terms of style and functionality. The other major change in the Vanguard Series 2 is stock design. https://www.basspro.com/shop/en/weatherby-vanguard-series-2-bolt-action-rifle So the potential for accuracy exists. Roy Weatherby developed this big, belted .257 in 1944, and it was reportedly his favorite of the several Magnum cartridges that he designed. The new Bushnell FORGE riflescope is “the only choice for long-range hunting enthusiasts.”. Overall, the Weatherby is a very rugged design that incorporates many heavy duty features into its bolt, receiver, trigger guard, and the recessed bolt face encloses the case with three rings of steel. by Bryce Towsley -
I just recently purchased a 375 H&H weatherby vangaurd series 2 has anyone used this rifle in africa and with what loads , more info on this firearm been used in africa on big game would be greatly appreciated thanks a span According to my friend, noted Shooting Times Executive Field Editor Layne Simpson, the .257 Weatherby shoots flat, hits hard, generates a level of recoil easily tolerated by most hunters, and is inherently accurate. ; stage-two pull weight 2.5 lbs.Stock: injection-molded synthetic with rubber inserts; Monte Carlo style; length of pull 135/8"; drop at heel 5/8"; drop at comb 1"Overall Length: 44.5 inches Weight: 7 lbs., 8 ozs. Rare to find a real negative review other than weight or older crappy synthetic stocks. So in 1970 he contracted with Howa in Japan to produce the affordably priced Vanguard rifle. My Vanguard rifle is one of those “good shooting” guns, but it had a problem that was common to the Vanguard then—the trigger was not all I’d hoped. Before I get to them, I'll just mention that last year when Shooting Times conducted a multiple- sample budget bolt-action rifle shootout, Weatherby's Vanguard scored very highly among the six value-priced, synthetic-stocked bolt actions. The entire line of Series 2 Vanguard rifles now has Weatherby’s Sub-MOA guarantee, which guarantees that the rifle with shoot sub-minute-of-angle (.99 inch) or less at 100 yards using premium ammunition in the standard chamberings and Weatherby ammunition in the Weatherby magnum chamberings. If I'm not mistaken the only difference between the series 2 and the select model is the select model doesn't have the griptonite inserts in the palm swell and forend of the stock. So they started isolating these rifles and selling them with a 1 MOA accuracy guarantee. There are also a cocking indicator, a three-position safety, and a hinged floorplate. Mag, and 300 W’by Mag, all of which have 24-inch barrels with 1:10 rifling. The recoil of a .257 Weath- erby rifle is the same as or slightly less than that of a rifle in .270 Winchester when rifle weights are the same, indicating that anyone who can handle the recoil of a rifle in .270 Winchester can also handle the recoil of a rifle in .257 Weatherby. The heaviest and largest of the three test rifles, we liked the feel and handling of the Weatherby as a solid shooting tool. Roy Weatherby was a very smart man and he recognized that he was missing a big market by pricing his rifles past the means of the average hunter. Frank and Tony from Gallery of Guns spice up the Glock test using their non-dominant hands. Roger Whitchurch, Weatherby's quality control inspector, had a lot to do with the new trigger's design, and he told me Weatherby went with the two-stage trigger for safety reasons. The Sako S20 hybrid rifle evolves with the owner, and it combines best-in-class versatility... Give a Gift
As far as barrel length is concerned, Weatherby makes a model S2 compact 20" barrel also. There are several variations of the Vanguard Series 2, which include the Synthetic Package, Synthetic Combo, Synthetic Youth, Carbine, Varmint Special, Synthetic DBM, Stainless Synthetic, Sporter, Sporter DBM, Deluxe, RC (Range Certi- fied), and RC Varmint. The action for Vanguard is made by Howa in Japan. And besides, I learned that early .257 Weatherby rifles often had a 1:12 twist rate as opposed to today's more common 1:10 twist, and the 117-grain loading is more appropriate for guns with that older twist rate. The Vanguard S2 includes a match quality, two-stage trigger (adjustable down to 2.5 lbs. They are also sealed with chemical-resistant finishes for long-lasting durability in all weather conditions. The Boyds™ gunstock is constructed of top-grade laminated hardwood that's dried to exacting specifications to ensure rigidity and stability. The Weatherby Vanguard S2 rifle is a no-nonsense workhorse of a rifle at a competitive retail price of about $995. ©2020 Outdoor Sportsman Group. It worked out great because I had been considering purchasing a .308 or .270 for lighter big game like antelope and deer. That's some symmetry — using the .257 Weatherby to drop a good pronghorn at 257 yards. For many years, Weatherby shotguns were made in Japan or Italy. Back locks the gun on safe. Illustration courtesy of Weatherby, Inc. to .338 Win. And the .257 Weatherby cartridge has lived up to its reputation for me so far. I fitted it with a 3x-12x scope and with three ammo products, one from Hornady and two from Weatherby. I’ll be honest. Ammoland Inc. Posted on February 18, 2013 August 21, 2018 by Bob Shell. Re: Weatherby Vanguard Issues!!! advertising claims. My rifle came with two test targets confirming that it did achieve that sub-MOA grouping ability with Weatherby 100-grain TSX ammunition. Weatherby is always striving to improve its products, so in 2011 they introduced the new Vanguard Series 2 rifle. I don't think anyone should try to do that today because we have so many other cartridges specifically suited to hunting those dangerous game species, but the .257 Weatherby certainly has what it takes to hunt big game up to and including moose. The Back Country, like every rifle in the Vanguard Series 2 line, ships with a guarantee of three-shot sub-m.o.a. That’s a flat-shooting cartridge and a worthy companion for the new Vanguard Series 2 rifle. Mag.-chambered Vanguard Series 2 Synthetic with a Nightforce 12-42X 56 mm NXS scope, then attached a Harris bipod for stability. Unfortunately, Oklahoma only has a few dealers who stock Weatherby products, and the salesmen at the one big-box retailer that regularly carries the Vanguard displayed a total ignorance of the Series 2. Anyway, I'm just going to keep that vintage box of ammo right here on my desk in front me as a reminder that good things do come to those who wait. So I jumped at the chance to use it on a pronghorn antelope and mule deer hunt last October with the good people of the Tillard 55 Ranch outside of Glenrock, Wyoming. That means that in reality I am applying 2.5 pounds to make the gun fire. And the rifle/ammo combo did the job quite nicely. At just over £1,000 it is becoming more expensive due to the poor exchange rate, but as a Weatherby rifle it offers good value for money and all the Vanguards I have used shoot well. My finger is already holding the half pound of the first stage and with 2.5 more pounds of pressure the gun goes bang. Ok guys I have been thinking about putting up a post for awhile and am just getting around to it. Next, we pit subsonic rivals against each other before stretching the legs of this CQB round out to 600 yards from a short 9-inch barrel. The Vanguard Series 2 Synthetic is chambered for Magnum rounds, and it's also available in "standard" cartridges, in a total of 16 available chamberings. And it's a genuine Weatherby to boot. My new rifle is the Weatherby Vanguard Series 2 Synthetic that came out in 2012, and it has a bunch of great features. The Vanguard Series 2 comes from the factory with a 0.99-inch accuracy guarantee. The new Benelli Lupo bolt-action rifle is just as unique, innovative, and performance-oriented... Tom Beckstrand and Neal Emery of Hornady highlight the 6MM Creedmoor ammo. My guide Marty and his son Casey have been guiding pronghorn antelope and mule deer hunts for a long time, and they treated my companions and me right. Simple: It controls everything. Weatherby Vanguard Review The trigger on the Mk 2 has been vastly improved, offering a two-stage adjustable unit, with a three-position safety catch. It's a sweet action! Using three, three-shot groups, all three ammo products shot within one-tenth either side of an inch. I have dreamt of owning a. It also has a right-side palm swell. Also on the hunt were Mike Schwiebert and Tim Frampton of Weatherby, John Cunningham and Kevin Robison (both Weatherby sales reps), and Paul Orand and Mike McCune (both Weatherby sweepstakes winners). Weatherby has made some changes to the Vanguard (hence the name change to Vanguard Series 2), but it still offers a lot of quality at a very reasonable price. The rifle is well built and comes in a comprehensive range of calibres, including the sizzling 257 Weatherby Magnum. What they are feeling is the take-up of the two-stage trigger. Current models are made in Turkey. Growing up with Weihrauch air rifles, I was spoilt with a quality Rekord trigger from an early age, and … One of the biggest changes for this rifle is the trigger. The Weatherby feels solid, weighs more, and has a raised cheek piece, … So the key is to keep the pull around 3 pounds, but keep it clean and crisp—just like this rifle’s trigger. Mag, and 300 W’by Mag, all of which have 24-inch barrels with 1:10 rifling. The stock is gray while the inserts are black. For testing, we topped the.240 Wby. The Weatherby Vanguard Sporter is guaranteed to shoot a 3-shot group of .99″ or less at 100 yards (SUB-MOA) when used with specified Weatherby factory or premium ammunition. Vanguard .270 Win., $673. Three critical aspects of any rifle cartridge are recoil, trajectory, and energy. Overall, the 115-grain Ballistic Tip loading turned in the best average group accuracy at 1.21 inches, but the 100-grain TSX load was just 0.04 inch bigger. The Weatherby Vanguard Sporter is Weatherby's less expensive walnut stocked, bolt action centerfire rifle. My best single three-shot group measured 0.75 inch and came with the 120-grain Partition load. 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