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. The extractor is a spring-loaded .25-inch-wide claw. 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. 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 buttstock, of course, has the Weatherby raised comb Monte Carlo design. There were three main problems with the original Vanguard rifle: the trigger was creepier than Uncle Joey, the stock looked and felt like it was designed by Kia (i.e. My best five- shot group came with the 115-grain loading and measured exactly 1.00 inch. The Vanguard Series 2 is taking a rather unorthodox approach to triggers on the modern hunting rifle—it comes with a two-stage trigger. A good trigger is the key to shooting well with any firearm. Range testing is one thing, and it's an important thing, but what attracted me to the .257 Weatherby so many years ago was its purported hunting performance. My rifle came with two test targets confirming that it did achieve that sub-MOA grouping ability with Weatherby 100-grain TSX ammunition. Roy Weatherby developed this big, belted .257 in 1944, and it was reportedly his favorite of the several Magnum cartridges that he designed. 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 Vanguard Series 2 comes from the factory with a 0.99-inch accuracy guarantee. What can I say, buying ammo for a gun I didn't even own? Waiting for something to come to be when the conditions are just right is very satisfying. Simple: It controls everything. Weatherby Vanguard Series 2 Synthetic Review March 19, 2013 By Joel J Hutchcroft Dreams do come true. Because of a calamitous case of human error, I did not get to review the Weatherby Series 2 Vanguard when it came out last year. Weatherby Stainless. The average of nine, three-shot groups was .994 inch at 100 yards. 257 Weatherby rifle from the first time I learned of the cartridge back when I was a teenager. The action uses Weatherby's "three rings of steel" lock-up (the cartridge's case head is surrounded by the boltface, which is ringed by the barrel, which is surrounded by the machined steel receiver), and the bolt has a fluted body. 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. The truth is that I am becoming (kicking and screaming) a much bigger fan of two-stage triggers for hunting. The center position is still on safe but allows the bolt to open for loading and unloading safely. The rifle is well built and comes in a comprehensive range of calibres, including the sizzling 257 Weatherby Magnum. The Vanguard Sporter includes a match quality, two-stage trigger (adjustable down to 2.5 lbs. Illustration courtesy of Weatherby, Inc. Even then the legendary Mark V rifle was expensive and well beyond the means of my blue collar brethren. Mag.Barrel: 24 inches; hammer-forged rifling; 1:10” RH twistMagazine: hinged floorplate; 3-round capacity Sights: none, drilled and tapped for scope Trigger: two-stage; stage-one pull weight .5 lb. by Bryce Towsley - The Weatherby Series 2 Vanguard is a great improvement on an already-proven rifle with a four-decade track record. So, I went into this with a pre-existing condition: a severe bias against the trigger. I did the three-shot groups to verify Weatherby's accuracy guarantee, and I fired five-shot groups for my own satisfaction. 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. Now, it’s one of the most accurate hunting rifles I own. 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. There was talk, but nobody I knew had actually seen one. But I did my own accuracy evaluation using four factory loads: Hornady's 90-grain GMX loading, Weatherby's 100-grain TSX, Weatherby's 115-grain Ballistic Tip, and Weatherby's 120-grain Partition. It had always had its 1.5 MOA accuracy guarantee, but in testing rifles before shipping they discovered that a consistent percentage of the rifles shot much better than that standard. Weatherby claims their Series two rifles too shoot under 1 moa guaranteed. Alas, it wasn’t meant to be. Howa is now taking their 1500 bbl/action and placing them in a chassis frame for precision shooting. It’s natural to pull tension on the first stage, pause and then break the shot. So the key is to keep the pull around 3 pounds, but keep it clean and crisp—just like this rifle’s trigger. Some shooters think the Vanguard triggers have creep, and they have voiced these concerns to Weatherby. The Back Country, like every rifle in the Vanguard Series 2 line, ships with a guarantee of three-shot sub-m.o.a. I think it’s a really nice rifle, it doesn’t have the cheap stock like the cheaper vanguards. What they are feeling is the take-up of the two-stage trigger. 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. It's been almost 35 years, but now I have one! I still like the good old Weatherby Vanguards (or the S&W as noted above) for the beautiful wood, nice polish, and mile deep blue job. That’s a flat-shooting cartridge and a worthy companion for the new Vanguard Series 2 rifle. The Series 2 is available in blued or stainless steel and in 15 different cartridges. 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. In addition, according to my research, hunters of days gone by used the .257 Weatherby to down brown bears and polar bears. 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. New S2s come with better stocks than the old Vanguard had. And the .257 Weatherby delivers more than enough energy to drop deer-size game as far away as any of us should attempt. (In fact, I've had that box of ammo for about 30 years, and I haven't lost it during seven moves.) It is reliable, accurate, affordable, and worthy to wear the Weatherby brand. So the potential for accuracy exists. 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. It's just too cool. 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). The .300 Blackout is here to stay, and we take some time to look at new technology surrounding this cartridge. So it’s not fussy about ammo either. Target shooters have been using two-stage triggers forever, but they have not been popular with hunters. 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. Weatherby helped me out late in 2010 by announcing that they would be rolling out the Vanguard Series 2 at the beginning of 2011 chambered in a host of non-Weatherby calibers as well as the .257 and .300 Weatherby Magnums. The other major change in the Vanguard Series 2 is stock design. 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. That means that in reality I am applying 2.5 pounds to make the gun fire. Mag, and 300 W’by Mag, all of which have 24-inch barrels with 1:10 rifling. Re: Weatherby Vanguard Issues!!! With a barrel length of only 20 inches it’s the shortest of the Vanguard series, making it much more maneuverable and also a tad lighter than the rest of the pack. As far as barrel length is concerned, Weatherby makes a model S2 compact 20" barrel also. The rifle in question is the “Carbine” variant of the Weatherby Vanguard. It is one of the ultimate long-range cartridges, one that bridges the gap between high velocity and manageable recoil. The synthetic stocked models have an MSRP of $649. But for a working rifle, I don't mind a matte finish on the metal either. I was not a huge fan of two-stage triggers in general and certainly not on a big-game rifle. Then I actually shot the gun and spent quite a bit of time prying my shoe out of my mouth. Then the second stage breaks clean and crisp at 3 pounds exactly. The “M.O.A.” is being replaced this year by the “Range Certified” Vanguard, with the same accuracy guarantee and a target proving it, signed by Ed Weatherby. 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. 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. So in 1970 he contracted with Howa in Japan to produce the affordably priced Vanguard rifle. Vanguard .270 Win., $673. The family-run firm is currently run by Adam Weatherby, the 3rd generation Weatherby at the helm. It also has a right-side palm swell. I have a Weatherby Vanguard the series 2 375 H&H. I have dreamt of owning a. In exchange for … Vanguard” in 2005. Our deer season opens three days from when I am writing this and I have this rifle zeroed and ready to go hunting. My finger is already holding the half pound of the first stage and with 2.5 more pounds of pressure the gun goes bang. For example, when a 100-grain bullet leaves the muzzle at 3,500 fps and is zeroed 3 inches high at 100 yards, it is about 4 inches above point of aim at 200 yards, a couple of inches high at 300 yards, and only about 6 inches low at 400 yards. VANGUARD SERIES 2 CARBINE AmmoLand Gun News. I still like the good old Weatherby Vanguards (or the S&W as noted above) for the beautiful wood, nice polish, and mile deep blue job. According to legend, he used the snappy .257 successfully on game as large as moose, elk, and Cape buffalo. Barrel, trigger, bolt, are all the same. ©2020 Outdoor Sportsman Group. The Vanguard S2 includes a match quality, two-stage trigger (adjustable down to 2.5 lbs. As for trajectory, the .257 Weatherby is as flat-shooting as they come. I was not a huge fan of two-stage triggers in general and certainly not on a big-game rifle. 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. But, finally, they made the Vanguard truly a “Weatherby” rifle, at least in the eyes of a lot of consumers. I researched like crazy before buying, and my research brought me to the Weatherby VG S2. 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. 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. Both are Vanguard Series 2, both made in Japan. In my opinion, the S2 model is one of the best value rifles on the market. You can also have 115-grain Ballistic Tips and 117-grain expand- ing roundnoses. Illustration courtesy of Weatherby, Inc. Magazines were filled with advertisements showing people like John Wayne with a Weatherby. And the .257 Weatherby cartridge has lived up to its reputation for me so far. Again, the 100-grain TSX came really close with a 0.77-inch best three-shot group. 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. Standard chamberings start at $549 retail, and Magnum rifles start at $599. 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. 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. 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. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. 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. No rifle can live up to its accuracy potential unless it has a good trigger. The Weatherby Vanguard Sporter is Weatherby's less expensive walnut stocked, bolt action centerfire rifle. https://www.basspro.com/shop/en/weatherby-vanguard-series-2-bolt-action-rifle But does it? 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. Specs:weatherby.comType: bolt-action centerfire rifleCalibers: .257 Wby. 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. 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 That's some symmetry — using the .257 Weatherby to drop a good pronghorn at 257 yards. The Back Country, like every rifle in the Vanguard Series 2 line, ships with a guarantee of three-shot sub-m.o.a. 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. The stock is solid. 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. The bolt body is fluted. The next day I shot a very respectable 14-plus-inch prong- horn at 257 yards. It's a sweet action! The action for Vanguard is made by Howa in Japan. 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. This Vanguard Series 2 rifle is the new Range Certified model that comes with a certificate proving the rifle’s accuracy downrange. 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. My first animal to fall to it was a mule deer buck that I dropped in its tracks at 288 yards. Forward is fire. The Weatherby Vanguard S2 rifle is a no-nonsense workhorse of a rifle at a competitive retail price of about $995. 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