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. 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. It worked out great because I had been considering purchasing a .308 or .270 for lighter big game like antelope and deer. I'm pretty sure all Vanguards are still made in Japan by Howa. 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. The Boyds™ gunstock is constructed of top-grade laminated hardwood that's dried to exacting specifications to ensure rigidity and stability. to .338 Win. 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 I actually shot the gun and spent quite a bit of time prying my shoe out of my mouth. 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. Either way, even at 3 pounds, that’s remarkable in a production rifle. For testing, we topped the.240 Wby. That means that in reality I am applying 2.5 pounds to make the gun fire. Three critical aspects of any rifle cartridge are recoil, trajectory, and energy. Weatherby rifles achieved mythological status; they were not like our common, everyday rifles. Vanguard” in 2005. So, I went into this with a pre-existing condition: a severe bias against the trigger. 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. 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. In those days, gun owners would have spent a lot of dollars with a gunsmith to get the kind of trigger pull that comes standard on the Weatherby Vanguard Series 2 today. The Vanguard Series 2 is taking a rather unorthodox approach to triggers on the modern hunting rifle—it comes with a two-stage trigger. 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. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets. (tested); 15 chamberings from .223 Rem. The Weatherby Vanguard Sporter is Weatherby's less expensive walnut stocked, bolt action centerfire rifle. Re: Weatherby Vanguard Issues!!! I have a Weatherby Vanguard the series 2 375 H&H. 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 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. 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. Mag, and 300 W’by Mag, all of which have 24-inch barrels with 1:10 rifling. As memory serves, that was also the year that Weatherby discovered the phenomenon that lead to the introduction of the “M.O.A. Like other Vanguard Series 2 rifles, the WBY-X line has a crisp, two-stage trigger that is adjustable down to 2.5 pounds. However, I can see that changing with the introduction of this new Weatherby rifle. I did the three-shot groups to verify Weatherby's accuracy guarantee, and I fired five-shot groups for my own satisfaction. Even then the legendary Mark V rifle was expensive and well beyond the means of my blue collar brethren. In exchange for … 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 But does it? 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. 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. 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 Sako S20 hybrid rifle evolves with the owner, and it combines best-in-class versatility... Give a Gift   With a 300-yard zero it is 2.6 inches high at 200 yards and only 6.4 inches low at 400. 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. I’ll be honest. In 2004, the year I got my first Vanguard, the .257 Weatherby was added. 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. This Vanguard Series 2 rifle is the new Range Certified model that comes with a certificate proving the rifle’s accuracy downrange. For the money I don’t think you can go wrong with it. It is one of the ultimate long-range cartridges, one that bridges the gap between high velocity and manageable recoil. Illustration courtesy of Weatherby, Inc. But then, on a hunting rifle going much below a 3-pound pull has some safety concerns. 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. 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. All Shooting Times subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. What they are feeling is the take-up of the two-stage trigger. And the rifle/ammo combo did the job quite nicely. One of the biggest changes for this rifle is the trigger. The trigger on my test rifle uses 8 ounces to complete the first stage. In my opinion, the S2 model is one of the best value rifles on the market. 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). Simple: It controls everything. Again, the 100-grain TSX came really close with a 0.77-inch best three-shot group. This Weatherby Vanguard is exclusive to Rural King. You'll probably find a new Vanguard 2 is just as slick as your old S&W was. Our deer season opens three days from when I am writing this and I have this rifle zeroed and ready to go hunting. ; 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. The Series 2 is available in blued or stainless steel and in 15 different cartridges. 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. The Vanguard Sporter includes a match quality, two-stage trigger (adjustable down to 2.5 lbs. One of which was a 257 weatherby… Now, it’s one of the most accurate hunting rifles I own. The truth is that I am becoming (kicking and screaming) a much bigger fan of two-stage triggers for hunting. My shot was high, and I spined the buck, but he went down immediately. 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 center position is still on safe but allows the bolt to open for loading and unloading safely. Ammoland Inc. Posted on February 18, 2013 August 21, 2018 by Bob Shell. Weatherby Vanguard Rifle in 22-250 Review. 257 Weatherby rifle from the first time I learned of the cartridge back when I was a teenager. And it's a genuine Weatherby to boot. The Weatherby Vanguard Series 2 rifle has much to recommend it to Aussie shooters in terms of style and functionality. New S2s come with better stocks than the old Vanguard had. Alas, it wasn’t meant to be. No rifle can live up to its accuracy potential unless it has a good trigger. 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. In addition, according to my research, hunters of days gone by used the .257 Weatherby to down brown bears and polar bears. You can also have 115-grain Ballistic Tips and 117-grain expand- ing roundnoses. 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. Mag, and 300 W’by Mag, all of which have 24-inch barrels with 1:10 rifling. The Back Country, like every rifle in the Vanguard Series 2 line, ships with a guarantee of three-shot sub-m.o.a. For this test rifle I selected the classic .257 Weatherby. So in 1970 he contracted with Howa in Japan to produce the affordably priced Vanguard rifle. I fitted it with a 3x-12x scope and with three ammo products, one from Hornady and two from Weatherby. The rifle in question is the “Carbine” variant of the Weatherby Vanguard. That's beyond my self-imposed limit of 300 to 400 yards depending on the situation, and inside 400 yards the .257's energy ranges from 1,400 to 1,600 ft-lbs depending on the bullet weight. 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. I have dreamt of owning a .257 Weatherby rifle from the first time I learned of the cartridge back when I was a teenager. Magazines were filled with advertisements showing people like John Wayne with a Weatherby. And Hornady offers a new 90-grain GMX loading of the speedy .257 Weatherby. 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. To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine. You'll probably find a new Vanguard 2 is just as slick as your old S&W was. If you happen to have a .257 Weatherby rifle built before 1964, you probably have the older, slower twist. Current models are made in Turkey. The Vanguard S2 includes a match quality, two-stage trigger (adjustable down to 2.5 lbs. My best single three-shot group measured 0.75 inch and came with the 120-grain Partition load. As for my accuracy results, the chart gives the pertinent details. All Rights Reserved. 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 other major change in the Vanguard Series 2 is stock design. 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. A good trigger is the key to shooting well with any firearm. 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. 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 safety is a three-position unit located on the right side of the receiver. So it’s not fussy about ammo either. The average of nine, three-shot groups was .994 inch at 100 yards. The Weatherby Series 2 Vanguard is a great improvement on an already-proven rifle with a four-decade track record. 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. 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. 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. 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. Back locks the gun on safe. Growing up with Weihrauch air rifles, I was spoilt with a quality Rekord trigger from an early age, and … https://www.basspro.com/shop/en/weatherby-vanguard-series-2-bolt-action-rifle Weatherby Vanguard Series 2 Synthetic Review March 19, 2013 By Joel J Hutchcroft Dreams do come true. Standard chamberings start at $549 retail, and Magnum rifles start at $599. So the potential for accuracy exists. So the key is to keep the pull around 3 pounds, but keep it clean and crisp—just like this rifle’s trigger. The stock has sling swivel studs and is fitted with a 1-inch black recoil pad. But for a working rifle, I don't mind a matte finish on the metal either. Weatherby claims their Series two rifles too shoot under 1 moa guaranteed. Illustration courtesy of Weatherby, Inc. Howa is now taking their 1500 bbl/action and placing them in a chassis frame for precision shooting. But, finally, they made the Vanguard truly a “Weatherby” rifle, at least in the eyes of a lot of consumers. Magazine capacity is three rounds for Magnum cartridges and five for standard cartridges. Factory ballistics with the 80-grain Barnes TSX show a muzzle velocity of 3870 fps from a 26-inch barrel. The new trigger is adjustable down to a pull weight of 2.5 pounds. Some bragged around the gun shops about owning a Weatherby, but never seemed to produce tangible proof of ownership. Weatherby rifles were, like limousines, caviar and Hollywood contracts, the objects of dreams. Combined average accuracy for all four loadings was 1.42 inches. Shooting a .22 LR rifle at 300 yards is just as challenging as shooting a .300 Win. Barrel, trigger, bolt, are all the same. 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. Using three, three-shot groups, all three ammo products shot within one-tenth either side of an inch. The buttstock, of course, has the Weatherby raised comb Monte Carlo design. 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They are also sealed with chemical-resistant finishes for long-lasting durability in all weather conditions. The Weatherby Vanguard Sporter is Weatherby's less expensive walnut stocked, bolt action centerfire rifle. 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. 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. Some shooters think the Vanguard triggers have creep, and they have voiced these concerns to Weatherby. When I was growing up in small-town Vermont in the ’60s, a Weatherby rifle was a mysterious thing. It’s natural to pull tension on the first stage, pause and then break the shot. For many years, Weatherby shotguns were made in Japan or Italy. The synthetic stocked models have an MSRP of $649. advertising claims. As for trajectory, the .257 Weatherby is as flat-shooting as they come. The heaviest and largest of the three test rifles, we liked the feel and handling of the Weatherby as a solid shooting tool. The heaviest and largest of the three test rifles, we liked the feel and handling of the Weatherby as a solid shooting tool. 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. Waiting for something to come to be when the conditions are just right is very satisfying. I recently won a Weatherby Vanguard 6.5 Creedmoor at our local Ducks Unlimited banquet (just before they all got shut down). Weatherby moved operations from Paso Robles, California, to Sheridan, Wyoming, in 2019. 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. That's some symmetry — using the .257 Weatherby to drop a good pronghorn at 257 yards. I wanted it because it was billed as being extremely flat shooting and packing a real punch on game at all kinds of distances. The bolt has two forward, opposing locking lugs. Both distances were ranged with laser rangefinders and confirmed by my hunting guide. Subscriber Services. 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. I was not a huge fan of two-stage triggers in general and certainly not on a big-game rifle. Target shooters have been using two-stage triggers forever, but they have not been popular with hunters. Weatherby Stainless. According to legend, he used the snappy .257 successfully on game as large as moose, elk, and Cape buffalo. My first animal to fall to it was a mule deer buck that I dropped in its tracks at 288 yards. 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. (In fact, I've had that box of ammo for about 30 years, and I haven't lost it during seven moves.) 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. Those three- shot groups measured 0.83 and 0.73 inch, respectively. As far as barrel length is concerned, Weatherby makes a model S2 compact 20" barrel also. It also comes with an MOA guarantee and a competitive price. 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. Also it’s a good shooting rifle, mine will shoot three well under an inch. The stock is gray while the inserts are black. 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. Forward is fire. 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. Roy Weatherby developed this big, belted .257 in 1944, and it was reportedly his favorite of the several Magnum cartridges that he designed. 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. There are also a cocking indicator, a three-position safety, and a hinged floorplate. by Bryce Towsley - 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 trouble, as many hunters saw it, was that it couldn’t be a true Weatherby rifle, because it was not offered in Weatherby
 cartridges. Obsolete Arms and Ammo By Bob Shell. It's a sweet action! It is reliable, accurate, affordable, and worthy to wear the Weatherby brand. I fixed my rifle with a replacement Timney trigger. And the .257 Weatherby cartridge has lived up to its reputation for me so far. 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. Since its introduction in 1944 the .257 has been a top-selling cartridge for Weatherby. The action for Vanguard is made by Howa in Japan. 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. The family-run firm is currently run by Adam Weatherby, the 3rd generation Weatherby at the helm. 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. But for a working rifle, I don't mind a matte finish on the metal either. My new rifle is the Weatherby Vanguard Series 2 Synthetic that came out in 2012, and it has a bunch of great features. 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. I have dreamt of owning a. The new Bushnell FORGE riflescope is “the only choice for long-range hunting enthusiasts.”. 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). After looking at quiet a few rifles in 30-06, I finally stumbled across the Weatherby Vanguard Series 2 and was pleasantly surprised at the feel and fit (for me) of this rifle. My finger is already holding the half pound of the first stage and with 2.5 more pounds of pressure the gun goes bang. ©2020 Outdoor Sportsman Group. The .300 Blackout is here to stay, and we take some time to look at new technology surrounding this cartridge. I think this one just might be my new go-to rifle for hunting every- thing from coyotes to caribou. The bolt body is fluted. I researched like crazy before buying, and my research brought me to the Weatherby VG S2. While I am pulling 3 pounds, it feels like 2.5 pounds. I own a Weatherby Vanguard S2 with a 24" barrel in .308, and I reload for it. 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. Then the second stage breaks clean and crisp at 3 pounds exactly. With an overall length of 44.5 inches, featuring a 24-inch barrel, and an unloaded weight of 7.5 pounds, the … 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. Both are Vanguard Series 2, both made in Japan. 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 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. Both are Vanguard Series 2, both made in Japan. Why is the trigger important? I'm pretty sure all Vanguards are still made in Japan by Howa. If there exists such a rifle as the definitive American .22, the Marlin Model 39 must be it. 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. Partners . There was talk, but nobody I knew had actually seen one. 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. Not cheap, but same action doing the work. Rare to find a real negative review other than weight or older crappy synthetic stocks. It's just too cool. Frank and Tony from Gallery of Guns spice up the Glock test using their non-dominant hands. 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. James Tarr runs through the 3-Second Headshot drill. terrible and cheap), and the accuracy was more or less “meh.” The ejector is a spring-loaded plunger in the bolt face. Enter the Series 2, the next incarnation of the Vanguard that supposedly fixes all the problems. 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. It's been almost 35 years, but now I have one! 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. According to the book Weatherby, The Man, The Gun, The Legend, the .270 and .300 Weatherby were the first of the proprietary cartridges offered in the Vanguard, and that was 18 years after introduction, in 1988. The Vanguard Series 2 comes from the factory with a 0.99-inch accuracy guarantee. My friend bought his Vanguard Series 2 Deluxe for $900. Dreams do come true. 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 Weatherby Vanguard S2 rifle is a no-nonsense workhorse of a rifle at a competitive retail price of about $995. My best five- shot group came with the 115-grain loading and measured exactly 1.00 inch. Mag. The Vanguard Series 2 is taking a rather unorthodox approach to triggers on the modern hunting rifle—it comes with a two-stage trigger. It also has a right-side palm swell. I’ll be honest. The Back Country, like every rifle in the Vanguard Series 2 line, ships with a guarantee of three-shot sub-m.o.a. What can I say, buying ammo for a gun I didn't even own? Well, I've done sillier things. 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 synthetic stocked models have an MSRP of $649. 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. Speaking of bullet weight, factory- loaded .257 Weatherby ammo is available with everything from 80-grain Barnes TTSXs to 120-grain Nosler Partitions. Monday, February 6, 2012. My friend bought his Vanguard Series 2 Deluxe for $900. It's a sweet action! Vanguard .270 Win., $673. 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 next day I shot a very respectable 14-plus-inch prong- horn at 257 yards. 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. 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. 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. 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