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Rifles / Re: Fibermark Stock Replacement Question
« on: Today at 11:53:09 AM »
The Fibermark has historically been pillar bedded, as African Leadwood says.  There are some I've seen which are the full bedding block stock, but those were all later models with the B&C stocks.  B&C makes (for Weatherby, at least) a pillar stock, or did at one time, but some of the Fibermarks I've see had full bedding blocks.  The older McMillan stocked Fibermarks are pillar bedded, and those stocks are spectacular in terms of quality and value.  I'd snap up a McMillan Fibermark stock in a heartbeat if anyone has one they want to get rid of for a decent price.

Rifles / Re: Cracking in Weatherby High Gloss Finish
« on: Today at 08:30:08 AM »
As has been said, it does affect resale value.

You can do as I've done with my dad's old Browning Belgium-made BAR from the first production year, and just enjoy the rifle despite the crazing, or you can strip and refinish, or you could send it to Western Hunter as he does spectacular work refinishing these. I have no idea what he charges.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Silly Question
« on: Yesterday at 05:17:20 PM »
Nobody (famous or not) has my first name. And I'm with Dino. I'm too old to take a whipping, and too young to die. That's a major reason I carry. I mind my own business but lay a hand on me, and I'm done, along with whomever lays a hand on me. I learned in my youth the only fair fight is one you win.

Rifles / Re: Looking for exact Model
« on: Yesterday at 12:33:31 PM »
Definitely a Deluxe. Based on the hollow bolt handle, I'd give it a production date somewhere around 2008. There was a time when Weatherby made all Mark Vs with that hollow handle, in an effort to reduce production costs by sticking only one bolt sku per size. It wasn't well received by customers, and they abandoned the idea in short order.

Reloading / Re: RCBS Ammo Master 2
« on: February 17, 2019, 10:04:03 AM »
Great bench setup! I'm about to reorganize my handloading closet and your pics have given me some ideas. I have shelves, but let me go ahead and say, build about 2x the shelves you think you need!

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: 308 Win
« on: February 16, 2019, 08:03:33 AM »
Juan, the 308Win is a fine cartridge for any medium game. It is very similar ballistically to the 30-06, and both offer the ability to take antelope, deer, elk, moose, or red deer with ease, using proper bullets and precise shot placement. At the 300m distances you are talking about shooting and hunting, it would work on deer, including your Argentinian Red Deer, so I do not see the round as weak or marginal at all. I would not take it after large, dangerous game (which in North America would be brown bears and polar bears, but might be some bigger hooved animals in South America).

The reason it is not discussed here very often is this forum is more focused on Weatherby rounds, but I know several folks who hunt and shoot 308Win with excellent results.

Rifles / Re: New Member with question
« on: February 15, 2019, 03:02:21 PM »
Lots of questions. First, welcome to the Nation.

Now, you might find better performed in a B&C stock, or it might stay the same.

As scopes go, I'm not a Leupold fan. You could do any number of things about your scope, and your budget, use of the rifle, and eyesight should drive those decisions.

Unless you're not getting good groups, I wouldn't worry over a barrel swap. If you want a brake, get one, but I don't generally care for them.

Ammo / Re: Hornady 130 gr. InterBond bullet
« on: February 15, 2019, 02:55:55 PM »
I tried them in my 270Wby. Velocity was good with IMR7828ssc and Accurate MagPro. I never got the precision I wanted out of them, however, so I switched to a Nosler bullet with a tangent ogive, as opposed to the secant ogive of the Hornady. I suspect my handloading technique was not as good then as it is now, and I could probably get better precision from them, but I'm satisfied with my Nosler E-Tip loads now so I don't worry over it.

Rifles / Re: Fibermark Stock Replacement Question
« on: February 15, 2019, 10:24:13 AM »
It should fit fine.

Ammo / Re: Sticking with a load
« on: February 13, 2019, 12:43:00 PM »
If I find a load which is consistent and precise, I stick with it. Every now and then I might experiment a bit, such as I'm considering for my 8x57, as the new Reloder 17 powder may give me around 200-230fps of gain in the rifle. If I can create a load which will turn in MOA or better (all that Remmy does now is MOA) I may switch. A 180gr at 2950fps would be stout medicine. It's fairly stout right now at 2720fps.

Accessories / Re: vanguard 7mm rem mag scope
« on: February 13, 2019, 05:15:50 AM »
Not sure what your budget is, but there are a lot of good options.  I saw where several retailers have the Vortex Strike Eagle 3-18x44 on sale (it's been discontinued), and you could nab one for less than $400 delivered.  If it's anything like the 1-6 and 1-8 Strike Eagles I've had the opportunity to use, it will be gin clear and track well.  The reticle and turrets will offer you options for holdover or dialing at the range, as well.  Alternately, a Meopta MeoPro 4.5-14x44 with the target turrets (around $650-700) will offer good service for the uses you've described.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Losing faith in weatherby
« on: February 10, 2019, 04:38:51 PM »
First of all, if you're saying you've sent a rifle to Remington and received it back in a timely manner, you need to go play the lotto tonight.  Seriously.  Remington is notorious for long delays in dealing with customer rifles, poor customer communication, and terrible service.  I've experience all of the above, on more than one occasion (on parts as well as a whole shotgun being serviced).  Your experience with them is literally the first I've heard of which was anything but onerous and lengthy.  Mine were onerous and lengthy, for sure.

Second, if you're expecting Weatherby to be able to fully assess your rifle, you need to understand what really needs to be done to it to confirm it is safe to shoot.  Having helped confirm an action (a Rem700, if anyone wants to know) which had a grossly overpressure round detonated in it's chamber was alright, I'll walk you through the process we used.  We did a visual inspection.  Then on a lark (because we had access to a new X-Ray machine at a medical office) we did some X-Rays of it.  Then we did what really mattered - checked the lugs for setback (headspace checked, effectively), and sent it to a machine shop with a magnaflux particle testing setup so we could look for hairline cracks inside and out.  That was just a few guys doing it, but I'm a hobbyist gunsmith and we had two NASA engineers involved (I live near Marshall Space Flight Center), and we weren't in a hurry at all, but it took us several weeks.  Now, if we'd had custom guns to deliver, other service projects to assess and diagnose, while short of staff, while managing a move over 1000mi distance, with all the regular ongoing work of running a B-to-C business, I suspect it would have taken months to work through all the details.

I understand your dad is impatient, and you are impatient.  But in this instance, there are some very good things to know.  One, the work will be done thoroughly.  Two, it's not deer season right now, and won't be for a long while.  Three, there's at least a reasonably good chance the action is toast and your dad is going to need a new rifle.  Might not be a bad idea to consider if there's something you want, which he would shoot if need be, and go ahead and invest in it.  My suspicion is, if the stock is cracked in two places, and the mag box got blown out the bottom, the action is no longer aligned properly, at least, and may well have lug setback along with hairline cracks.  Good luck with it.

Rifles / Re: Long or Short action question
« on: February 10, 2019, 11:34:15 AM »
The 308 is a short action. Unless you have one of the tactical models or one of the detachable magazine models, it will have a hinged floorplate.

Simple question to resolve this - do you have a mag which drops free from the rifle, and you load it, then insert it into the rifle, or do you load through the top of the action, and have a hinged floor plate to dump cartridges out?

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Calling it a "Roy"
« on: February 08, 2019, 10:20:21 AM »
I find there are a lot of complainers, and most of them just want to show out, like a bully. I've started using the ignore list on the four forums I'm still on. Makes my life a lot easier.

As for guys mocking Weatherby rifles, I've run into that enough to have a ready answer. When some blowhard starts in with the whole "too expensive, not accurate, etc. line of BS, I wait til they're done, and challenge them. $1000 to the guy who can take an off the shelf, spotter weight rifle, and outshoot my 270'bee. That rifle shoots well enough that I have a handful of pics of .25-.5MOA groups available to show them. So far, zero takers. Seems to shut them up pretty quickly.

Rifles / Re: New to Weatherby
« on: February 06, 2019, 03:54:15 PM »
Welcome to the Nation! You've received good advice so far. Only things I can add are:
This rifle probably has a 1:12 twist, so heavier (longer) bullets may not stabilize. You'll likely be fine with stuff up to 180gr, but if you get strange results, maybe try shorter bullets.

Check the trigger housing to be sure it isn't cracked. Some of the German rifles had issues with the trigger and it can become unsafe if the housing cracks.

And, yes, you will want a scope with at least 3.5" of eye relief, and 4" is better. That's not short eye relief, though. If you put a short eye relief scope (3" or so) you'll very likely get a scope scar over your eye.

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