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#5406143 - 11/07/14 09:39 PM Weatherby Vanguard
SkiBuck Offline
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Registered: 09/19/11
Posts: 52
Thinking about getting one in .308. What are yall's opinions?

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#5406164 - 11/07/14 09:52 PM Re: Weatherby Vanguard [Re: SkiBuck]
jhenderson Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 02/07/10
Posts: 5061
Loc: The colony
Got one and its for sale actually. Great gun. Very accurate. Have had the trigger worked over and it's pretty good now.

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#5406165 - 11/07/14 09:53 PM Re: Weatherby Vanguard [Re: SkiBuck]
jhenderson Offline
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Registered: 02/07/10
Posts: 5061
Loc: The colony
Smooth action. Not the best to customize but I don't have to change everything to make it look cool. It's about function.

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#5406293 - 11/08/14 01:49 AM Re: Weatherby Vanguard [Re: SkiBuck]
Toxarch Offline
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Registered: 03/09/11
Posts: 1681
Loc: Parker County
I've got a Weatherby Vanguard Sub MOA in .308 and I love it. I'm thinking about having it threaded for a suppressor.
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#5406327 - 11/08/14 05:11 AM Re: Weatherby Vanguard [Re: SkiBuck]
davvy Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 10/30/14
Posts: 102
Loc: Ft Worth
Have a first Gen in 300win mag that's for sale cuz I tried out the second Gen. Same basic functions but they truly turned it into a great camp gun with just a few small upgrades.

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#5406410 - 11/08/14 07:12 AM Re: Weatherby Vanguard [Re: SkiBuck]
WileyCoyote Offline
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Registered: 09/01/04
Posts: 4535
Loc: The Dogwood Capital of Texas
Ya'll school me here ....I'm looking to get into a single brand with enough caliber selection to make it interesting...and BOBO's been beating the attributes of the 257Wby loud & long enough to make me wanna stop and think about one.

Whats the difference in real world usable upgrades between the original post VGX/VGS/VG? series x's the recent S1 2 position safety model, and the new S2 Series with a 3 position safety? Is the S2's new trigger that much better than the S1's?

I do like the 3 position safety, that has become important to me as my geezerhood is showing up more as fumblitis sets in when buck fever hits me, that locks the trigger but allows the bolt to be opened ala current Ruger 77 Hawkeye's & Winchester M70's - which is my only real gritch against Tikka T3's in the lack of a lockable trigger but with access to open the bolt & why SAKO A7's and M85's and above now use a different system.

I know these have been made by Howa for a waaay long time & had a couple of the even older Smith & Wesson 1500's "back in the day" that were decent shooters about like the average out of the box Ruger 77's of the day, but were just unexciting to me at the time, and had no aftermarket upgrades available back then.
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#5406517 - 11/08/14 08:20 AM Re: Weatherby Vanguard [Re: SkiBuck]
Buzzsaw Offline
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Registered: 06/29/11
Posts: 5023
Loc: Frisco, Texas
Skibuck. I shot next to a guy yesterday, he had one in .270 and one in '06. Both shot great, the .270 shot a bit tighter group. I think Timney makes a replacement trigger. That's all I would change. OH and get a GREAT scope!!! They already have great barrels
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#5406554 - 11/08/14 08:41 AM Re: Weatherby Vanguard [Re: SkiBuck]
WBYHunter Offline
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Registered: 02/22/13
Posts: 319
Loc: The Woodlands, TX
I have a 308 vanguard and it shoots sub MOA with the cheap Federal Power Shok 150gr SP. Trigger from the factory is 3 lbs on my trigger scale. For the money it's very hard to beat.
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#5406566 - 11/08/14 08:49 AM Re: Weatherby Vanguard [Re: SkiBuck]
Bullfrog Offline
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Registered: 01/21/11
Posts: 10596
Loc: N-Bedford
If you get the 257, do yourself a favor and find the right ammo for the gun. I personally wouldn't do factory ammo for that caliber if I get another. Too many variables that shot different. Hand load and be done with it once you get the data. I wish I would have kept mine and I WILL have another one day.
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#5406604 - 11/08/14 09:10 AM Re: Weatherby Vanguard [Re: SkiBuck]
The Tomcat 210 Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 01/18/14
Posts: 56
Loc: San Antonio, TX
Have Vanguards in .300WBY Magnum and .270WIN. I bought and use them as my mountain guns because they were cheap and thought if they got messed up I wouldn't feel so bad. Hunt elk/mulies in Colorado every year and needed something accurate and light. These two rifles have been put through the ringer on 4wheelers, in the back of trucks, mud, rain, snow, salt etc. and come out shooting great every time. I have very good optics on them which makes the difference on any gun. I even use the factory stocks and have no problems at all. Had the triggers worked on a little and I take them and all my other rifles in to the gunsmith every year for a "tune up" but that's it. Oh yeah and I replaced the butt pads to limbsavers. Very necessary on the .300!

In my opinion these are solid rifles that can be used by any hunter in any situation.

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#5406631 - 11/08/14 09:23 AM Re: Weatherby Vanguard [Re: SkiBuck]
chital_shikari Offline
Minor in training

Registered: 08/03/11
Posts: 11397
Loc: Katy, TX
Our S1s shoot great-(22-250 & 30-06)
Solid rifles, good triggers. Idk about the S1. Definitely worth buying.
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#5406823 - 11/08/14 11:27 AM Re: Weatherby Vanguard [Re: SkiBuck]
Toxarch Offline
Pro Tracker

Registered: 03/09/11
Posts: 1681
Loc: Parker County
Isn't the S1 a reworked Howa 1500? Same action at least, different trigger and shorter barrel I think. That would be a good option if you plan to replace the stock and trigger later. Not sure if they use the Howa for the S2.
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#5406928 - 11/08/14 01:00 PM Re: Weatherby Vanguard [Re: SkiBuck]
WBYHunter Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 02/22/13
Posts: 319
Loc: The Woodlands, TX
Yes the S1 is basically a Howa 1500. I believe the action and barrel are made in Japan and it's assembled here.
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#5407103 - 11/08/14 03:18 PM Re: Weatherby Vanguard [Re: SkiBuck]
charlesb Offline
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Registered: 04/07/10
Posts: 1408
Loc: West Texas mountains
- And the Howa, in turn, is a knock-off of an older Sako design from what I understand.

The Weatherby Vanguard is one of the best rifle deals around. You get a lot for your money.



Edited by charlesb (11/08/14 03:19 PM)
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#5407106 - 11/08/14 03:21 PM Re: Weatherby Vanguard [Re: SkiBuck]
SkiBuck Offline
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Registered: 09/19/11
Posts: 52
Well here she is. If it shoots half as good as it looks, I'll be tickled. Cabelas makes it way too easy to spend money.





Edited by SkiBuck (11/08/14 05:34 PM)

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