Gunfight Friday: 1908 DWM Mauser vs. Weatherby Vanguard

Today’s Gun Fight pits two great deals against each another. Both of these rifles were steals for their owners. One … Continued

Today’s Gun Fight pits two great deals against each another. Both of these rifles were steals for their owners. One found his rifle at a pawn shop, the other did an excellent piece of gun trading for his. Both are bolt actions chambered for classic cartridges, one in .270 Winchester, the other in 7×57 Mauser. Either round is a versatile choice and an excellent deer cartridge, with the .270 having the edge at longer range due to its flatter trajectory.

Joshua’s Weatherby

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This is my Weatherby Vanguard in .270 Winchester. It’s my first deer rifle. I was from a shotgun only-state until I moved to Arkansas where I lucked out and traded a Mossberg shotgun even up for the Weatherby. It was brand new (I’m responsible for the paint job) and it was the rifle I used to take the two biggest deer of my life, both B&C bucks two years in a row. I keep thinking I want a new rifle but I just can’t make myself replace it. The Weatherby will be passed down to one of my grandsons. It wears a cheap scope right now but I think since I’m going t keep it it’s time to upgrade the glass. I’ll tell my wife that costs less than buying a new rifle. Bottom line: great rifle, a little heavy, but it’s fine. I shoot it okay but that’s because the rifle is accurate and I’m not. It’s getting a little worn and ugly like me so we are a great pair.

Tom’s Mauser

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Class this under “pawn shop deals.” It’s a 1908 DWM Mauser in 7×57. The barrel has been nicely cut down and it has a new bolt handle. It’s got good blueing, a jeweled bolt and a Brownell’s safety. It also has one of the better do-it-yourself stocks that I’ve seen. Included was a case, sling and swivels, and a 4×40 Bushnell scope all for $250.00 Beat that if you can. And, this was two years ago, not last century. I always wanted a 7×57 and could not pass it up. I just had to hunt with it and it cost me the biggest buck I’ve ever had a shot at. Did you know the safety is not the same as a Remington 700 safety?

There are your choices. Even I, with my strong shotgun bias, think Joshua made a great trade for his Weatherby. Does that beat a $250 Mauser? Tough call. That is up to all you to decide. Vote and comment below, and keep the gun pictures coming to fsgunnuts@gmail.com

Which Gun Do You Prefer?

Tom’s Mauser

Joshua’s Weatherby

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