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I don't believe him for one second. His idea of hunting occurs on Easter Sunday.

If it's so difficult to get tags in AZ, I wonder how these TV shows get tags in AZ?  It's so deceiving that here they go and hunt with XYZ outfitter, and they get these monster elks.  No mention of how long they've been applying for tags, etc, etc, etc.   >:(

Not sure how it works in AZ but in Nevada, outfitters will assist the hunter in getting tags. There are several ways this might work but the most common would be that the outfitter either owns the land or is affiliated with the landowner in such a way as to have access to special landowner tags.

You might be hard pressed to get a better home protection arm,but I'd opt for something in 20 gauge and would use the little short shells.That would take a lot of the umpth out of the kick to your hand on one of these pistol grip type shotguns.

I think a lot of folks think the 12 gauge is the only home defense weapon that will take out a perp. I also think a shotgun is a good choice but a .410 or a 20 is all you really need. The upside to both of those is that post event home repairs are typically much less expensive.  ;D


Those little pistol grip shotguns are ok close range guns. I've tried them at an indoor range that rents them. I personally liked the bull pup's better but I don't think I'd buy one of those either. I have a Benelli M4 Super 90 semi auto 12 gauge for home defense and it will easily get the job done. It's also easy to shoot.

The other one that I never understood is the 9mm AR style rifle/pistols. I've shot a lot of 9mm through an Uzzi which in full auto, get's the lead out but a semi-auto doesn't make much sense to me. I have a new Glock 45 with a 17 round magazine. I can carry it concealed or open and I'd bet I can out shoot anyone with a 9mm AR.

Reloading / Re: 300 wby 178 eldx reload data
« on: Yesterday at 06:11:34 AM »
I would think you could use the same data as the A-Max. I could be wrong but isnt the ELD-X just an updated AMAX?

Correct, the load data is the same. Actually, it's the same for all 178-180g Hornady bullets.

Ammo / Re: Belted Vs Non Belted Cartridges
« on: January 17, 2019, 03:58:44 PM »

My .02 for whatever that's worth.

When you fire a round for the first time, it's supposed to be head spaced off the belt. Typically, head space is .002-.004 with .005 being a no go or .007 being no go for a field gauge. Head space is the distance from the head of the round to the face of the bolt.

Once it's fired, the case becomes fire formed to the chamber minus about .001 due to spring back. The case expands in diameter normally and rarely lengthens. If you can still chamber the case easily then it's still head spaced off the belt but it is now a better case from an accuracy standpoint because its dimensions are typically within .001 of the actual chamber.

You should only need to neck size a case that still chambers easily in your rifle. You have to do that because if you didn't the bullet would fall out due to lack of neck tension. I have found that after about 5 firings the case gets a little difficult to chamber. This is because the case has become work hardened and lost it's ability to spring back the needed .001. To avoid this and prevent a case from sticking in the chamber, I anneal the case and then do a full resize after 3 neck sizing's and firings. A full resize will add length to the case so I trim them back to trim length. You don't really need to trim them until they exceed max case length. Typically after the 4th full resize and subsequent firings, I begin to see signs of stress near the belt so I've come to discard cases after the 3rd resize and subsequent 3 neck resizes and firings.

So why add a belt to a round. In theory, unless your brass is work hardened, your head space should never change which should improve consistency and accuracy.

Rifles / Re: Synthetic vs Wood
« on: January 17, 2019, 05:46:18 AM »

The 30-06 is a formidable round. I have a Win Model 70 Featherweight in 30-06 and like the old ad slogan say's, I don't leave home without it. That said, I prefer my 300 WM for Elk because it is flatter shooting than my 06 and requires less holdover on the longer shots. When shot placement can mean the difference between a clean and ethical kill and a wounded animal I think the 300 WM gives me an advantage over the 06. I also think the felt recoil on the 06 is sharper than the 300 WM. I know for a fact that muzzle rise on the 06 easily exceeds the 300 WM.

As for Wood vs. Synthetic, I love wood and 4 of my 7 Weatherby's are Deluxes. I think my love for their wood is less than practical and more that my mind is trained to see a Weatherby in a beautiful, highly figured, wood stock. It just doesn't seem right when they are not. Some synthetic stocks are better than wood for things like durability and stability in multiple environments and then some are just crap. I think Weatherby has it figured out now and is using high quality synthetic stocks. I personally think that Bell and Carlson or McMillan non-wood stocks are the best there are and have not hesitated to buy rifles that have them.

That is absolutely beautiful and a testament to the talent, skill, and attention to detail of the craftsman(men) who did all that engraving work.  For the level of skill and time that it took to make that beautiful rifle the prices are very reasonable.
 Thank you for sharing this with us and as always we look forward to all the new info.

With the quantities being produced, I suspect it's laser engraved. Beautiful none the less.

Rifles / Re: Anybody Interested
« on: January 16, 2019, 06:56:13 PM »
Are you including the dog, and salt & pepper with the sale???  ;D  Just kidding, beautiful rifle.  Good luck!

You can have the salt and pepper but the dog rarely leaves my side. I could sell him but I'm pretty sure he'd come back home.. Hey, that gives me an idea... just kidding. That little guy is my best friend.

Rifles / Re: 257 Projectile For Elk
« on: January 16, 2019, 02:29:01 PM »
Thank you all for the feedback, it helps guide my decision.

I am worried the 300WBY will be too much recoil but wonder about the 270 or 7mm Weatherby's being a good balance.

Your thoughts?

You only feel recoil at the range, never on a hunt. The 300 is not a heavy recoil rifle.. Don't believe all the internet stories, most are written by people that hunt from a keyboard.

Rifles / Re: Hello from Aregentina
« on: January 16, 2019, 02:22:06 PM »
I'd re-torque the screws that hold it in the stock first.Make sure barrel is in center of channel then re-torque the screws per Weatherby's description.
Hello, I did it.
i think the stock has some contact with the barrel with more pressure than the other side. That's why i wanna know the correct distribution of the points of contacts between the barrel and stock.

Juan, one of the tricks with the Vanguards (and other rifles) is to loosen the action screws and then hold the rifle vertical by the fore end and tap the butt on the floor a few times. With the rifle still vertical, look at the barrel and it should be centered in the barrel channel. The Vanguards have a deep tang at the rear of the action and when it is fully seated it will center the barrel. With rifle still vertical tighten the rear screw and then the front screw. The barrel should now be centered, the tang fully seated and the recoil lug also seated.

Rifles / Re: Hello from Aregentina
« on: January 16, 2019, 10:30:52 AM »

Jaun, what caliber and what stock does it have? I'm trying to figure out if it's something I know about or if I should keep quiet..

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Mark V
« on: January 16, 2019, 10:25:27 AM »
Weatherby only did the 1 in 12 in the 270 and 257 because he was using light bullets in them.I have heard of very few 300's built that way and 7mm's never were.If your Mark V was chambered in anything else it was 1 in 10.

Picky, picky, picky... ROFLOL...

Well, there is actually one exception. The Mark V 6 lug .308 TRR is a 1-12 which makes very little sense to me. My Vanguard .308 is a 1-10 and handles 200g ELD-X bullets very well but the TRR, not so much.

I thought we were talking about German made Mark V's?

Rifles / Re: 257 Projectile For Elk
« on: January 16, 2019, 10:23:00 AM »
I took an Elk a few years ago with my McMillan 270 WSM at 425 yards (per my range finder). I had dialed the rifle in and had my scope dope taped to my rifle stock. I was still not confident but my guide said he'd back me up if I missed. I didn't but I could have cut a quarter in half with my butt cheeks. There was no exit wound, the bullet stopped just under his hide. The Accubond took out both lungs and his ticker and he still walked about 20 yards before he went down. He was laying in the cheat grass with both eyes closed so I put one more in his head to stop any further suffering. That hunt still bothers me to this day so I will never use anything less than a 30 cal rifle on an Elk. This is just me from having a less than pleasant experience, you all do as you wish, I won't argue.

Beautiful, looks like you've jeweled the bolt too.

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