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Weatherby magnum calibers typically have a velocity edge over standard magnum offerings. Do you think the extra expense and limited availability of Weatherby magnum cartridges is worth it? For example, is the 7mm Weatherby Magnum really superior to the 7mm Remington Magnum cartridge?

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from CPT BRAD wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

I own a few of them and I can tell you at 120 dollars a box for my 338-378 it is definitly NOT worth it. That and Weatherby's powder mixture is nearly impossible to duplicate when you go to reload them which will put you doing compressed loads to get the same velocity as factory ammo. I also have a 257 (love it) and a 270 Weatherby. Unless you are looking for a semi-exotic or a nitch gun (378 or any of its offspring) then go with big red or green.

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from libertyfirst wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

I personally do not think that the Weatherby's are worth the money or that they are practical rifles. The ammo is off the charts cost wise and The few that I had come through my store were not all that accurate. I've been out of business for awhile so things could have changed but I would still not invest in one of these rifles. On the limited amount of rifles that we chronographed the Weatherby rounds did show a velocity advantage and one particular rifle had the finest piece of walnut I ever saw.

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from Del in KS wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

The critters won't know the difference.

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from ishawooa wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

Typically the difference is 100 to 200 fps, maybe a bit more in the largest cases. I have never owned a Weatherby but have shot lots of them and have observed many kills made by them. Personally I had just as soon have a "conventional" magnum as the ridiculous looking double radiused case and the expense associated with Weatherby. Whatever a Weatherby will do so will an Ultra according to my chronograph and watching animals fall to a single bullet. That said I have two friends who would argue to the end that I am wrong and that Weatherby is the only way to go. I know others, including one with a 7 Wea and a 7 Rem, who could care less as one works as well as the other in their opinion.

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from ishawooa wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

I just thought of another hunting buddy who has a .300 Wea and a .300 H & H. He is more effective with the antique converted Mauser in H & H. Maybe the muzzle blast of the Weatherby has something to do with it or maybe it is just the confidence in the old rifle.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

Thanks for the feedback, fellas. I have the opportunity to buy a Mark V in 7mm Weatherby Magnum for a real deal of a price. I have a Weatherby Mark V chambered in .30-06, so I am well acquainted with the rifle. My Barnes load data suggests it will produce almost 200 fps more than a Rem Mag. I have never felt compelled to get a 7mm Rem Mag since I have a fine shooting .30-06.

The rest of you jump in here too. I am still in the decision zone. Thanks!

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from Edward J. Palumbo wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

Oddly, perhaps, the Weatherby rifle I found most desirable was the Varmintmaster in .22-250, and it proved a pleasure to work with on the range and in the field. Weatherby's proprietary cartridges are interesting, but I don't believe they occupy a unique niche or demonstrate sufficiently clear dominance over other cartridges of the same caliber to justify the additional expense of factory ammunition or Weatherby components - certainly not for the game I normally hunt (varmints, whitetail and mule deer). Weatherby rifles are attractive, intelligently designed, built with modern production techniques and quality materials, but the expense of the cartridges compared to more popular or conventional choices was a factor in making other choices.

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from BigBboy25 wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

It's not worth it

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from Clay Cooper wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

WA Mtnhunter you got to be pulling our leg on this one!

Are you going to be able to tell the difference of a Weatherby with 150 fps more? That’s half the velocity of my bow!

NO!!!!!

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from shane wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

If it's a real deal and you really like the rifle, I wouldn't let anything keep you from it, even though you have the same rifle in '06.

I don't think many, if any of the Weatherbys are really worth it. They only cartridge they have that really beats the crap out of its competition is the .460 Weatherby. It's ridiculously powerful, and you have to have a very angry buffalo or elephant, and a very recoil insensitive shooter for it to be worth it.

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from Del in KS wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

If you like Mk V's I'd say go for it. As for me, that stock looks like something a New Orleans pimp would carry. Give me a Classic stock and some nice wood.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

Clay -

I'm not pulling your leg pardner! I just wanted some feedback on whether I should get a 7mm WBY mag and if it really is worth the difference between that and a 7mm Rem Mag, which isn't but a gnat's a$$ faster than a .30-06 handload!

Del in KS -

LMAO! Sort of like GEN Patton's pearl handled (ivory) revolvers! He he!

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from idduckhntr wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

Wa Mtnhunter if this gun has a 1in10 twist buy it. I shoot a 7mm WBY and I have shot 160 grain bulets at 3400fps but dont recomend it. I have never had a problem with the cartridge and am currently converting a Rem 700 into a 7mm Wby. If it has the right twist you wont be sorry.

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from Big O wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

In one word NO !

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from jbird wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

Weatherby's are pretty, but I wouldn't be able to afford the ammo personally. Ponder this, the old, slow .30.30 has killed more whitetail's than all of Wby's calibers combined X 10. Even if the rifle's a steal, you still gotta feed it. If you're not gonna' shoot it much, or if cost isn't a factor, then buy it if you really want it.

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from DakotaMan wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

Nope, my Weatherby is in 25-06 for the simple reason that it performs about the same for a lot less hassle. I like the lower recoil and the speed is about the same (a little less but not noticable). I can buy the ammo off the shelf and I can make reloads out of any 30-06 based brass.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

Thanks for the feedback. Maybe I'll see if he marks it down some more!

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from 2Poppa wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

It states on Weatherby's web-site,and I quote ...

"All Weatherby® Mark V® rifles are guaranteed to shoot a 1 1/2" OR BETTER 3-shot group at 100 yards from a cold barrel when used with premium (non-Weatherby calibers) or Weatherby factory ammunition."

With my Weatherby .300,I use the Remington now. I've had deadly shots out to 500-yards and that drops 'em like a hammer.
I couldn't tell any difference when using the Weatherby Ammo,other than my pants got a little lighter.

http://www.weatherby.com/product/rifles/markv

The reason I have my Weatherby is because I got it at a great price,gently used,which off-set the price of ammo somewhat.

At the time I had a 7mm Magnum Browning,and switched to the .300.

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from Happy Myles wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

I have owned both a 300 and 340 Weatherby, but found I reach for my 300 Win Mag or 338 Win Mag more often, probably the recoil and I don't see much difference in the results. However. have a 257 I really like.

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from Happy Myles wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

Previous comment should read 257 Weatherby

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from rudyglove27 wrote 3 years 39 weeks ago

Agreed with Del in KS and + 1 for you sir!!!

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from Del in KS wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

The critters won't know the difference.

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from CPT BRAD wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

I own a few of them and I can tell you at 120 dollars a box for my 338-378 it is definitly NOT worth it. That and Weatherby's powder mixture is nearly impossible to duplicate when you go to reload them which will put you doing compressed loads to get the same velocity as factory ammo. I also have a 257 (love it) and a 270 Weatherby. Unless you are looking for a semi-exotic or a nitch gun (378 or any of its offspring) then go with big red or green.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

WA Mtnhunter you got to be pulling our leg on this one!

Are you going to be able to tell the difference of a Weatherby with 150 fps more? That’s half the velocity of my bow!

NO!!!!!

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

Clay -

I'm not pulling your leg pardner! I just wanted some feedback on whether I should get a 7mm WBY mag and if it really is worth the difference between that and a 7mm Rem Mag, which isn't but a gnat's a$$ faster than a .30-06 handload!

Del in KS -

LMAO! Sort of like GEN Patton's pearl handled (ivory) revolvers! He he!

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from idduckhntr wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

Wa Mtnhunter if this gun has a 1in10 twist buy it. I shoot a 7mm WBY and I have shot 160 grain bulets at 3400fps but dont recomend it. I have never had a problem with the cartridge and am currently converting a Rem 700 into a 7mm Wby. If it has the right twist you wont be sorry.

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from jbird wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

Weatherby's are pretty, but I wouldn't be able to afford the ammo personally. Ponder this, the old, slow .30.30 has killed more whitetail's than all of Wby's calibers combined X 10. Even if the rifle's a steal, you still gotta feed it. If you're not gonna' shoot it much, or if cost isn't a factor, then buy it if you really want it.

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from libertyfirst wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

I personally do not think that the Weatherby's are worth the money or that they are practical rifles. The ammo is off the charts cost wise and The few that I had come through my store were not all that accurate. I've been out of business for awhile so things could have changed but I would still not invest in one of these rifles. On the limited amount of rifles that we chronographed the Weatherby rounds did show a velocity advantage and one particular rifle had the finest piece of walnut I ever saw.

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from ishawooa wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

Typically the difference is 100 to 200 fps, maybe a bit more in the largest cases. I have never owned a Weatherby but have shot lots of them and have observed many kills made by them. Personally I had just as soon have a "conventional" magnum as the ridiculous looking double radiused case and the expense associated with Weatherby. Whatever a Weatherby will do so will an Ultra according to my chronograph and watching animals fall to a single bullet. That said I have two friends who would argue to the end that I am wrong and that Weatherby is the only way to go. I know others, including one with a 7 Wea and a 7 Rem, who could care less as one works as well as the other in their opinion.

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from ishawooa wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

I just thought of another hunting buddy who has a .300 Wea and a .300 H & H. He is more effective with the antique converted Mauser in H & H. Maybe the muzzle blast of the Weatherby has something to do with it or maybe it is just the confidence in the old rifle.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

Thanks for the feedback, fellas. I have the opportunity to buy a Mark V in 7mm Weatherby Magnum for a real deal of a price. I have a Weatherby Mark V chambered in .30-06, so I am well acquainted with the rifle. My Barnes load data suggests it will produce almost 200 fps more than a Rem Mag. I have never felt compelled to get a 7mm Rem Mag since I have a fine shooting .30-06.

The rest of you jump in here too. I am still in the decision zone. Thanks!

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from Edward J. Palumbo wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

Oddly, perhaps, the Weatherby rifle I found most desirable was the Varmintmaster in .22-250, and it proved a pleasure to work with on the range and in the field. Weatherby's proprietary cartridges are interesting, but I don't believe they occupy a unique niche or demonstrate sufficiently clear dominance over other cartridges of the same caliber to justify the additional expense of factory ammunition or Weatherby components - certainly not for the game I normally hunt (varmints, whitetail and mule deer). Weatherby rifles are attractive, intelligently designed, built with modern production techniques and quality materials, but the expense of the cartridges compared to more popular or conventional choices was a factor in making other choices.

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from BigBboy25 wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

It's not worth it

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from shane wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

If it's a real deal and you really like the rifle, I wouldn't let anything keep you from it, even though you have the same rifle in '06.

I don't think many, if any of the Weatherbys are really worth it. They only cartridge they have that really beats the crap out of its competition is the .460 Weatherby. It's ridiculously powerful, and you have to have a very angry buffalo or elephant, and a very recoil insensitive shooter for it to be worth it.

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from Del in KS wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

If you like Mk V's I'd say go for it. As for me, that stock looks like something a New Orleans pimp would carry. Give me a Classic stock and some nice wood.

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from Big O wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

In one word NO !

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from DakotaMan wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

Nope, my Weatherby is in 25-06 for the simple reason that it performs about the same for a lot less hassle. I like the lower recoil and the speed is about the same (a little less but not noticable). I can buy the ammo off the shelf and I can make reloads out of any 30-06 based brass.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

Thanks for the feedback. Maybe I'll see if he marks it down some more!

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from 2Poppa wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

It states on Weatherby's web-site,and I quote ...

"All Weatherby® Mark V® rifles are guaranteed to shoot a 1 1/2" OR BETTER 3-shot group at 100 yards from a cold barrel when used with premium (non-Weatherby calibers) or Weatherby factory ammunition."

With my Weatherby .300,I use the Remington now. I've had deadly shots out to 500-yards and that drops 'em like a hammer.
I couldn't tell any difference when using the Weatherby Ammo,other than my pants got a little lighter.

http://www.weatherby.com/product/rifles/markv

The reason I have my Weatherby is because I got it at a great price,gently used,which off-set the price of ammo somewhat.

At the time I had a 7mm Magnum Browning,and switched to the .300.

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from Happy Myles wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

I have owned both a 300 and 340 Weatherby, but found I reach for my 300 Win Mag or 338 Win Mag more often, probably the recoil and I don't see much difference in the results. However. have a 257 I really like.

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from Happy Myles wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

Previous comment should read 257 Weatherby

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from rudyglove27 wrote 3 years 39 weeks ago

Agreed with Del in KS and + 1 for you sir!!!

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