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Question by tony167n. Uploaded on August 05, 2009
300 Weatherby magnum + fairly cheap?
Oxymoron comes to mind!
Get ya a 338 Win Mag and be done with it!
And besides, does a fine job it does!!
4 years solid in Alaska of Been Dar and Dun DAT!
My uncle has a Weatherby Vanguard in 300 win mag.
How does he like the rifle. Clay I'm not looking at the cost of ammo i'm just looking for a good relatively cheap rifle preferably in 300 weatherby mag. but what is the difference in performance between the two?
I have a Weatherby Mark V,that I purchased at a great price from a buddy and I love it.
I have a Harris Bi-Pod,and a Boonie Packer Sling on it. I love this gun as I have killed deer almost out to 500-yards consistently,dead on. It knocks 'em down,as I haven't had a deer get up yet.
The .300 Weatherby does everything but drag your deer out!
I don't use the Weatherby Ammo, but get excellent results with the Remington 180 grain,in the Weatherby cartridge.
The gun is somewhat heavy,(that was the reason for my buddy selling it)but,the configuration of the Boonie Packer Sling distributes the weight equally across my shoulders.
If you can get one at a decent price ... go for it!
If you can't ... read what Clay typed.
I have 2 vanguards. They are both the stainless sub-moa models. One in .30-06 and one in .338. I have had problems with bolt not wanting to close on the .338. the button that releases the bolt from the receiver sticks. I haven't taken the time yet to investigate. Both are tack drivers. The monte carlo stocks fit me well and I think they help with recoil. trigger could be better.
With that said....my wife bought me a tikka 3. I was hesitant about the rifle because of the plastic that is used on the gun and I heard that many of the stocks end up with cracks after shooting. After shooting .300 win mag I must say it made me a believer. It handles and feels good and is more accurate than the guy shooting it. I always try to buy guns (or at least buy from) american companies but this tikka is something to look at.
I think Weatherby makes fine guns. You should look into a larger caliber in my opinion. But 300Wby mag is still pretty darn powerful. I would just want a larger diameter bullet.
hjohn429 -- I hope you are kidding. You've obviously never shot a .300 weatherby magnum if you think this caliber is not large enough.
When practicing it kicks like a mule in heat. Shootin' at a deer, the thump is still noticeable!
Ive seen that rifle work wonders on moose...
I've witnessed and gutted a many moose shot with different cartridges. Between the 300 Win Mag and the 300 Weatherby there isn’t any real difference except the harder kick. As for comparing the 300 Weatherby against the larger diameter 338 Win Mag, not only you can hear the difference of the pop when the bullet strikes the moose there is much more damage and deeper penetration done by the 338. But the best kill on any moose was a 17ish year old with a 30-06 with over the counter 30-06 Remington 180’s!
The boy is glutting for punishment LOL!
clay cooper brought up a good point...
Ill say it before and Ill say it again: A LOT of guys come up here to Alaska packing these elephant rifles more suited to africa than alaska...ask any old time moose killer and they will tell you that the 30-30 has killed more moose than any caliber out there...
MOOSE ARE NOT HARD TO KILL
except for one, every moose Ive ever killed has fallen to the 30.06 with factory 180's...
I would have to agree that a cannon is not necessary to kill a moose, anything in .30 caliber will do the trick. However, that is no reason not to buy a magnum if you want one. Like Kingfisher said, the 30-30 was the king here for a long time, and many guys still use it. I would guess the 30-06 is the most popular now.
The vanguard is a good gun for the money. I don't like the plastic stock they come with (non-SubMOA) but it is more personal preferance than performance. Otherwise, they are good rifles.
The .300 Weatherby is a killer cartridge, but you better hang onto your pantyhose for the recoil and blast!
Thanks for all your answers, once I save up enough I'll think of one of these cartridges
Just my opinion, but the Vanguard's 24 inch barrel does not take full advantage of the .300 Weatherby powder capacity. That is why Mark V's come with 26 inch barrels. The Vanguard is made in the Howa plant in Japan and is a good rifle. If I were getting a 24 inch barrel rifle, I would stick to the .300 Win mag if I just had to have a .300 magnum. The Weatherby case is not just a .300 Win case with the double radius shoulders, but a much larger case. Like 2Poppa said, it is a powerful cartridge capable of any game in N. America.
I would go in between the 2 and look at a 35 Whelen which is an exelent round for what you are looking for.
That or a 300 win would also do the job. You might find one in your price range at gunshows or even wholesale stores. Good Luck!
I second IDDUCKHNTR's comment. I have taken 6 bull elk with my Rem M-700 .35 Whelen from ranges of 150 to 308 yards and only had to track one of them due to poor shot placement on my part. Elk are harder to put right down than moose according to most experienced hunters. I have never shot a moose, but most I've seen shot on TV didn't appear to be too hard to kill either.
A moose hit with a 225 grain Trophy Bonded Bear Claw our of a .35 Whelen is headed to the freezer!
I got rid of a Winchester M-70 .338 Win Mag to get the .35W and have not missed the recoil one bit.
That .35 Whelen has always been a favorite of mine and sounds ideal for moose to me. In the .30 caliber, I liked the speed and performance of the .300 Weatherby but not the cost and recoil. I took a good Mauser action and cranked on a .300 Dakota chambered 26" barrel. It took a few minutes to widen the bolt face and rails for the fatter cartrige but it is an amazing rifle. It is generally a couple of hundred feet per second faster than the .300Wby and accuracy is scary. The 180 grainers are great but you need to use good bullets for something as large as a moose because they are moving at 3250 fps. By the way, I could have just as easily put on a .338 Dakota barrel and had more moose punch but I hate recoil.
Don't know about the 300 but that is a great company. They make some great guns.
I have owned a Vanguard and they are fine rifles. I don't like them as well as my Tikka T3 Lites but they are still fine rifles to hunt with. I never had a 300 mag. but a friend of mine has one and loves it. Good caliber for what you want to hunt.
Old post but still apt with prices going through the roof. Check the ballistics on this baby. Can anyone get a sniper grade round backed by such a company for just over $400? This is a Steal. One shot, one kill .30 cal moving at a blistering 3500 ft per second, packing a wallop and dead accurate, guaranteed. In Vietnam Nam they used Remington 700s chambered with 30-06. A Larue battle rifle .308 runs $3370, a .338 Lapua bolt action.. Close to $5000. Put an $800 scope on this beauty and Laugh at the fools who throw away their money for a name. Ironically Weatherby itself prospered by its name in some respects. Any way you slice it these rifles should be flying off the shelf and selling for $1200 easily.
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