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Question by ZachJ. Uploaded on October 20, 2010
It maybe as ugly as sin, but you can hit with it, know it's quarks and Kentucky windage all as second nature and being as if an extension of your body!
Weatherby mark V is the best gun PERIOD. If you like fancy stuff here's your baby
If you have lousy taste in beautiful firearms the consider something like these.
and if you really want to go over the top.http://www.weatherby.com/customshop/customrifle/40704
rats that last link didn't work let's try again,
M-1 Abrams tank. It's a gun and a vehicle. Plus the onboard computer ensures a first round hit. Just kidding, for most gun-lovers like myself, the best gun is the one we want but can't afford. All joking aside I would choose a left-handed Mosin Nagant action that has been accurized and chambered for a 35 Whelen,375-06, or 35 Remington magnum. Scout scope and flush sling mounts a la Cooper. That's just my personal preference. I'm sure most people would disagree. As for the Nagant action, it may not be as refined as a Mauser action but it is strong, simple, and reliable.
Probably one of the Dakota Arms deluxe clones of the Winchester Model 70 bolt action rifle ("The Rifleman's Rifle").
The one I own
I would say a nice double rifle from Holland and Holland, with pretty wood, precision checkering and beautiful engraving.
Weatherby Mark V is my favorite
The one with the most sentimental value.
weatherby makes very good rifles
The one that fits you like a glove and you can shoot accurately.
Bonus points if your grandfather/father previously owned it.
Holand&Holand, Cooper, Empire, Montana Rifle co Westley Richards, Rigby or you can just buy a Remington 700.
idduckhunter had the best Idea! I have Rem 700's in 375 H&H & 30/06 no complaints except that I am not as accurate as the rifles! ( Being nearly 70 has most of my faults coming out.)
Sorry, but the remington 700 is a good rifle, but not the best regardless of price. Just sayin. Heres another link.http://www.nosler.com/Rifles.aspx
dang here goes nothin,http://www.nosler.com/Rifles.aspx
I kind of like the premium rifles from Dakota Arms too. The best of modern technology, globally tested design, and world class stock carving is pretty hard to beat. Nothing against all the others but personally, if I have one of those, I won't be taking my Weatherby out of the truck. Of course they sure aren't cheap. I have a Weatherby Mark V too and the action is suseptible to lots of problems in the field (two of which I experienced last week causing mis-fires and cocking failure). I can't imagine hunting a dangerous animal with one.
I forgot about CZ.
Dakota man , such faliures with weatherby rifles are almost unheard of.There is nothing I can say to change your mind, but I will say this. I would rather have a weatherby than any mauser style rifle for dangerous game or any type of game for that matter. I don't know what happened to your gun, but I'll ask this.
1) did you fire excessive handloads in it?
2) did a gunsmith do any type of work on it?
3) did YOU decide you were a master gunsmith and do anything to the gun?
4) did you drop it off a cliff or back a truck over it?
5) did you or someone else take the gun apart down to bolts, nuts and springs?
6) Was the gun used?
7) did you buy it online?
answer yes to 2 of these questions and the problem is YOUR FAULT!!! The Mark V action is the best there is. It cannot be beat buy mauser, remington, dakota, winchester, savage, montana, or any other. If you don't like your weatherby I'll email you the gunshop to send it to so I can take it off your hands.
Woodsman - DakotaMan's rifle's firing pin didn't do it's job properly. Not his fault. Weatherby's.
Jarretts are up there.
I liked your answer.
I will hunt ANY game anywhere with any of my Weatherby's. I'm betting your rifle was dirty with old factory grease. How come you stooped from your Dakota's to the Weatherby anyhow? LOL
The best gun,My R.F.Sedgley Springfield Sporter'03
barrel stamp 1918*,30/06 with a Lyman #48 Sight.
Like moishe, The gun shots better then me;
at almost 70 the frount sight gets fussy
I hear Kenny Jarrett makes a pretty good rifle.
I hear kenny jarret makes insanely expensive rifles, plus, they don't even look nice! They just have a butt ugly fiberglass stock, no fancy wood or anything. Treestand, those sporterized 03's are sweethearts.
Woodsman & WAM... I'm glad to hear that you have had good luck with your Weatherbys and trust them. I don't actually have a Dakota rifle... Unfortunately, they don't seem to fit into my retiree budget LOL. I do shoot the .300 Dakota cartidge in one of my project rifles though. My Weatherby was a gift from my boss and that is how I happened to own one. Its been in my safe and I just used it for the first time on an antelope hunt. I was proud to receive it as I have always admired Roy and group, their fast cartridges and their beautiful rifles. I'm not sure where my boss bought it but the answer to question #1 is YES I have used excessive reloads in it if you consider 300 to be excessive for a rifle of that price. I only shoot reloads (over 50,000 so far in other rifles) so that I can tune a case and load for the rifle in order to achieve maximum accuracy. The answers to questions 2 through 7 are NO however I don't know the source of purchase. I am new to the Weatherby action but my initial experience with my Mark V action are:
1. It seems to be more sensitive to cleanliness than any action I have used. Cleaning an apparently clean new action (bolt assembly and trigger group) with lighter fluid (not a common field commodity) eliminated cocking problems where it was failing 1 out of 10 times.
2. Although it seems to be ultra-sensitive to cleanliness, the bolt assembly is difficult to clean. The ball bearing that retains the firing pin depth setting can easily be dropped and lost (especially in dark surroundings or in leaves/rocks). The firing pin depth setting can be changed inadvertantly (it screws into the cocking piece) and could cause mis-fires.
As an aside, I may be somewhat predjudiced because I've shot over 40,000 rounds through one of my custom M98 Mauser actions and have only had one failure: after 40K rounds, a weak detent spring caused the bolt shroud to rotate in a very fast cartidge cylcing (a trophy buck was flying away in road gear). With that exception, I've shot it flawlessly full of mud, frozen, filled with dust, dirt, sage brush, tiny stones, and leaves. I've dropped it out of trucks, down mountains and out of tree stands but it never fails. Comments that I have read from African PHs where dangerous game is hunted constantly seem to support preference for the Mauser action too. I will continue working with Weatherby to get my rifle in top notch condition and I'm sure I will be very happy with it even though it isn't my #1 dream rifle.
No hard feelings or anything, I just hate it when people bad mouth a good rifle. However every once and awhile there's a bad apple. Weatherby is a very good company and if you keep a cool head and are willing to work with them they WILL make it right.
P.s. don't currently own a weatherby, I need to worry about paying for college and buying a car;) I'll get one a.s.a.p. My local gunshop has lots of WBY's. It makes me drool every time I go in;)
If it has been sitting new with factory grease for a while that is likely the issue. Weatherby actions are not finicky at all. Unless you are in the sandbox, no need to strip the bolt often at all.
While I am very happy with my Savage Weather Warrior, if I was a teenager with a life time of hunting in front of me I would seriously look at one of the Sako A7s.
"Best" like beauty, lies in the eye of the beholder.
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