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#6509319 - 10/24/16 02:49 PM A sweet deal at Walmart on a Weatherby Vanguard Deluxe
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I seemed to have gotten a great deal on a Weatherby Vanguard Deluxe rifle at my local Walmart. By all indications, they had the more expensive Vanguard Deluxe model marked at the discounted price ($657) of Weatherby's Sporter model which lists for $895. The more expensive Deluxe model which lists for $1,147 includes a high-luster bluing, whereas the Sporter comes in a matte finish. The rifle that I picked up at the much lower price has the high-gloss bluing.

I just happened across it after noticing a bolt action with a nice-looking wood stock in the display case. As many of you know, you usually have to go to a gun shop to find bolt action deer rifles with a wood stock. The discount stores seem to only carry bolt actions with synthetic stocks.

The Deluxe model looks very much like a Browning A-bolt.

They still have the same rifle in stock at the same price in .243 and .300 Mag if anyone is interested.

Weatherby Vanguard Deluxe
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#6509344 - 10/24/16 02:57 PM Re: A sweet deal at Walmart on a Weatherby Vanguard Deluxe [Re: Texas Dan]
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I have a delux, it is a very pretty gun and has been a great shooter as well. You sure your not getting mark V delux and vanguard mixed up?

If your right prices have gone up.
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#6509357 - 10/24/16 03:02 PM Re: A sweet deal at Walmart on a Weatherby Vanguard Deluxe [Re: redchevy]
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Originally Posted By: redchevy
I have a delux, it is a very pretty gun and has been a great shooter as well. You sure your not getting mark V delux and vanguard mixed up?

If your right prices have gone up.


There is some confusion according to the labeling on the box. The box is labeled "Deluxe Sporter". However, the Weatherby website shows the Deluxe and Sporter rifles as separate, with the high-luster bluing being a key differentiator to the Deluxe model. The owner's manual identifies it as a Vanguard Series 2.

I found this on another site...

"The Weatherby Vanguard Sporter is Weatherby's less expensive walnut stocked, bolt action centerfire rifle. 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). The synthetic stocked models have an MSRP of $649."
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#6509385 - 10/24/16 03:16 PM Re: A sweet deal at Walmart on a Weatherby Vanguard Deluxe [Re: Texas Dan]
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Maybe it's a Walmart exclusive? Cabelas had a Weatherby Lazerguard for awhile that was basically a really nice & pretty Vanguard. Took everything in my power to avoid buying it. The stock was beautifully engraved. It was too pretty and I knew it would get put in a gun sock and stuffed in the gun safe so I denied myself. Now they don't seem to be making them anymore and I regret not picking one up.

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#6509400 - 10/24/16 03:23 PM Re: A sweet deal at Walmart on a Weatherby Vanguard Deluxe [Re: jeepercreeper]
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Originally Posted By: jeepercreeper
Maybe it's a Walmart exclusive? Cabelas had a Weatherby Lazerguard for awhile that was basically a really nice & pretty Vanguard. Took everything in my power to avoid buying it. The stock was beautifully engraved. It was too pretty and I knew it would get put in a gun sock and stuffed in the gun safe so I denied myself. Now they don't seem to be making them anymore and I regret not picking one up.


That might explain it. I know this rifle is every bit as polished (both stock and bluing) as my Browning A-bolt Medallion, and with a barrel that's longer than my Remington Model 700. It's also clearly stamped as a Vanguard on the receiver.
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#6509424 - 10/24/16 03:36 PM Re: A sweet deal at Walmart on a Weatherby Vanguard Deluxe [Re: Texas Dan]
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I'm betting that it's a Wal Mart exclusive. I picked up a Lazerguard from Cabela's last year for around $700.
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#6509437 - 10/24/16 03:40 PM Re: A sweet deal at Walmart on a Weatherby Vanguard Deluxe [Re: LandPirate]
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Originally Posted By: LandPirate
I'm betting that it's a Wal Mart exclusive. I picked up a Lazerguard from Cabela's last year for around $700.


Perhaps a special agreement between Walmart and Weatherby to offer the Vanguard Deluxe at the price of a Sporter. Again, this rifle is clearly marked as a Vanguard, and includes a Vanguard Series 2 owner's manual.
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#6509566 - 10/24/16 05:01 PM Re: A sweet deal at Walmart on a Weatherby Vanguard Deluxe [Re: Texas Dan]
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Great rifle Dan, be sure and post pictures to make us all jealous up
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#6509568 - 10/24/16 05:02 PM Re: A sweet deal at Walmart on a Weatherby Vanguard Deluxe [Re: jeepercreeper]
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Originally Posted By: jeepercreeper
Maybe it's a Walmart exclusive?


Yes, I have found evidence of that, as the model name (Deluxe Sporter) suggests it's an "in between" model that includes the high luster bluing of the more expensive Deluxe model, but without the inlay on the stock. I can find no other differences between it and the more expensive Deluxe model.

Still a great deal since it's about $250 less than what others are selling the less expensive Sporter model.
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#6509583 - 10/24/16 05:13 PM Re: A sweet deal at Walmart on a Weatherby Vanguard Deluxe [Re: Buzzsaw]
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Originally Posted By: Buzzsaw
Great rifle Dan, be sure and post pictures to make us all jealous up


Or better yet, alert others of the unique model being offered at a great price.
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#6509683 - 10/24/16 06:26 PM Re: A sweet deal at Walmart on a Weatherby Vanguard Deluxe [Re: Texas Dan]
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I wish the vanguard came in 26" barrels

The deluxe vanguards look almost identical to the mark V's
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#6509708 - 10/24/16 06:46 PM Re: A sweet deal at Walmart on a Weatherby Vanguard Deluxe [Re: txtrophy85]
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Originally Posted By: txtrophy85
I wish the vanguard came in 26" barrels

The deluxe vanguards look almost identical to the mark V's


The quick giveaway is perhaps the red recoil pad on the Mark V. The Deluxe models carry a dark gray recoil pad.
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#6509771 - 10/24/16 07:25 PM Re: A sweet deal at Walmart on a Weatherby Vanguard Deluxe [Re: Texas Dan]
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Man, when we get up there around 8-900 bucks, we're getting close enough to bump up to a bottom end custom from APR or one of the other builders out there. I'm in the camp of a 200 buck Savage or a 12-1300 buck custom.
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#6509890 - 10/24/16 08:11 PM Re: A sweet deal at Walmart on a Weatherby Vanguard Deluxe [Re: poisonivie]
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Originally Posted By: poisonivie
Man, when we get up there around 8-900 bucks, we're getting close enough to bump up to a bottom end custom from APR or one of the other builders out there. I'm in the camp of a 200 buck Savage or a 12-1300 buck custom.


I tend to side with you, but there are a lot of guys that care just as much about glossy wood and beautiful bluing as they do accuracy.
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#6509960 - 10/24/16 08:43 PM Re: A sweet deal at Walmart on a Weatherby Vanguard Deluxe [Re: Texas Dan]
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My most used rifle is a Vanguard Deluxe (has a red recoil pad but isn't a mark v) in .30-06.

I bought it around 1999-2000 so maybe the quality is different, but the finish on the metal and wood is really nice still and it hasn't aged a day since I first got it. It's a great shooter and while it won't do .5 MOA with the light barrel on it, it's accounted for the majority of my animals.

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