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#6133856 - 01/13/16 11:10 AM Scope for Weatherby Mark V .257 WBY
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Bird Dog

Registered: 01/25/15
Posts: 454
Loc: Austin, Texas
I plan on hunting a 40 acre food plot from a box stand that has shooting ranges up to 450 yards. I've noticed most game is seen on a corner that's anywhere from 125 yards to 350 yards away. My target game are WTD, axis, and hogs.

My 257WBY has a 26" barrel shooting WBY 100g Spire Points @ 3602 FPS and sighting in for Max Point Blank Range (MPBR) for a 6" kill zone. My ballistics tables indicate the MPBR is 353 yards, sighting in at 2.2" high at 100 yards.

I have three scopes (2 in hand) that I'm considering. This post is to solicit some suggestions from our forum hunters which scope would be a better fit for the 257Wby.

1. Schmidt and Bender 3-12x50 (currently mounted on a 340Wby that I haven't hunted with in years)

2. Zeiss Conquest DL 3-12x50 w/illuminated reticle dot (in hand)

3. Swarovski Z5 Optik 3.5-18x44 (about to buy it this morning)

I even thought of adding a suppressor to make it a 33 length hahaha.

Thanks in advance for your comments!

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#6133895 - 01/13/16 11:28 AM Re: Scope for Weatherby Mark V .257 WBY [Re: DrifterAT]
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Extreme Tracker

Registered: 07/03/12
Posts: 4868
Loc: Central Texas
I'd go for the higher max power.

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#6133987 - 01/13/16 12:45 PM Re: Scope for Weatherby Mark V .257 WBY [Re: DrifterAT]
TexasEd Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 09/27/07
Posts: 5000
Loc: Cedar Park, Texas
I have a .270 Wby Mag Mark IV Deluxe with 26" barrel.
I'll be hunting out to 300 yards, mostly between 175 and 250 though.

I'm probably going to go with a 3-9x scope with a bullet drop reticle and sight in at 200 yards. Center cross hair should be +/-1" between 50 and 225 yards so I can use whatever magnification I want in those ranges.

After 225 dial it up to 9x and I'll be -2 at 250 and -5.2 at 300. The scope I'm looking at has a -4.7 mark so finding the appropriate hold over at those ranges should be simple, at least that's my thought so far.

I consider the ballistics tables theoretical so I'll be shooting at those ranges to verify zero and holdover at the different ranges at least in 100 yard increments.


Edit: I could possibly go to a 4-12x model, but I need to look into it more.


Edited by TexasEd (01/13/16 01:04 PM)
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#6134482 - 01/13/16 07:13 PM Re: Scope for Weatherby Mark V .257 WBY [Re: DrifterAT]
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Bird Dog

Registered: 01/25/15
Posts: 454
Loc: Austin, Texas
The Swarovski Z5 Optik 3.5-18x44 has shipped so I have a few days to make my decision. I have Conetrol bases and rings in both 50mm and 1" rings ready.

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#6135019 - 01/14/16 07:22 AM Re: Scope for Weatherby Mark V .257 WBY [Re: DrifterAT]
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decoy

Registered: 04/19/07
Posts: 41084
Loc: Metroplex
I originally bought my 257wby for hunting my alafafa fields. 4-12 x50 z3. Swaro. It stay at 250 zero for the most part now.

Anything over 400 it's easy to pop the cap and dial.



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#6135145 - 01/14/16 08:45 AM Re: Scope for Weatherby Mark V .257 WBY [Re: DrifterAT]
DrifterAT Online   content
Bird Dog

Registered: 01/25/15
Posts: 454
Loc: Austin, Texas
Bobo, what bullet and weight are you using? Is it Wby factory ammo?

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#6135440 - 01/14/16 11:05 AM Re: Scope for Weatherby Mark V .257 WBY [Re: DrifterAT]
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THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 08/27/09
Posts: 9492
Loc: Forney, Tx
I'm going through the same thing right now, but my wife's 257wby will be mainly use for 0-200 yards. For hers I'm considering the Leupold 3-12x40 in a high gloss finish. The gun is a MarkV Deluxe and I feel that putting a matte finish scope would do a dis service to the beauty of the stock.
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#6135563 - 01/14/16 12:17 PM Re: Scope for Weatherby Mark V .257 WBY [Re: DrifterAT]
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Bird Dog

Registered: 01/25/15
Posts: 454
Loc: Austin, Texas
BigPig - gotta agree the high gloss looks much better with the deluxe stock.

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#6135621 - 01/14/16 12:47 PM Re: Scope for Weatherby Mark V .257 WBY [Re: DrifterAT]
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decoy

Registered: 04/19/07
Posts: 41084
Loc: Metroplex
Originally Posted By: DrifterAT
Bobo, what bullet and weight are you using? Is it Wby factory ammo?


No 115vld...I wish it was hotter but I'll take sub at 300 all day.

I really loved the 80gr ttsx factory at 3825, but it's a beast to find in quantity

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#6136189 - 01/14/16 06:38 PM Re: Scope for Weatherby Mark V .257 WBY [Re: BOBO the Clown]
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Originally Posted By: BOBO the Clown
Originally Posted By: DrifterAT
Bobo, what bullet and weight are you using? Is it Wby factory ammo?


No 115vld...I wish it was hotter but I'll take sub at 300 all day.

I really loved the 80gr ttsx factory at 3825, but it's a beast to find in quantity



Have you tried the 87 grain factory rounds?
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#6136422 - 01/14/16 08:37 PM Re: Scope for Weatherby Mark V .257 WBY [Re: HWY_MAN]
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decoy

Registered: 04/19/07
Posts: 41084
Loc: Metroplex
Originally Posted By: HWY_MAN
Originally Posted By: BOBO the Clown
Originally Posted By: DrifterAT
Bobo, what bullet and weight are you using? Is it Wby factory ammo?


No 115vld...I wish it was hotter but I'll take sub at 300 all day.

I really loved the 80gr ttsx factory at 3825, but it's a beast to find in quantity



Have you tried the 87 grain factory rounds?


No Sir, I thought about it but I'd be scared to shoot a deer with a cup and core at those speeds. I'm sure I'd be fine but it just exceeds my comfort zone.

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#6137544 - 01/15/16 03:31 PM Re: Scope for Weatherby Mark V .257 WBY [Re: BOBO the Clown]
TexasEd Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 09/27/07
Posts: 5000
Loc: Cedar Park, Texas
Originally Posted By: BOBO the Clown
I originally bought my 257wby for hunting my alafafa fields. 4-12 x50 z3. Swaro. It stay at 250 zero for the most part now.

Anything over 400 it's easy to pop the cap and dial.




Bobo, which app is that?
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