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  I agree the 270 caliber has been needing some improvements  a long time over do.  Time will tell where it goes.  We are still stretching it out and shrinking it down.  No outside the box innovations with a whow factor.

Zonie, I agree but there just aren't the great options for bullets, particularly to feed the high BC craziness in .277 as there is in .264 and .284. There are certainly good developments from amongst others Berger, but if that changed on a large scale I think the cartridges would follow.

The 6.5 thing is killing me. Build a 6.5-06 load it go hunting.

Exactly this. And if you want more then go AI.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: rifle help
« on: December 24, 2020, 11:31:07 AM »
Reduced loads and if need be a moderator / silencer.

A reduced load can come close to duplicating a 243 load so I'm not sure much will be gained by going to a 243 if you have access to reloading kit.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: 257 USA Model - new to me
« on: December 23, 2020, 03:55:21 PM »
Very nice. And chambered for a nice cartridge. Congratulations.

Rifles / Re: Who has the oldest Weatherby rifles?
« on: December 23, 2020, 05:14:58 AM »
I have a 257 weatherby from Southgate with a four digit serial # 11xx I don't know the year made. It is a pre Mark V It is one of the first made. Would like to know the year of Manufacture if anyone knows. Thank you all.

Should be 1952.

Rifles / Re: Who has the oldest Weatherby rifles?
« on: December 23, 2020, 05:13:40 AM »
Weatherby on an FN Mauser in 375 Weatherby Magnum 1954.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Not a Weatherby but a beauty
« on: December 23, 2020, 04:50:46 AM »
So, the 550 CZ has problems? Makes me kind of glad I sold mine! You have 2 now? LOL!

Grouchy the CZ 550 has by all accounts been discontinued and if you want a really large CRF action you will regret having sold it. They really are an exception to the rule that you cannot make a silk purse from the ear of a sow! There are no longer any large Mauser style actions out there that I can think of, aside from the custom jobs to build a good DG on.

The "problems" most likely relate to smoothing and feeding is sometimes related to the flat point solids that are now favoured for DG (and which are far better than any round nose designs).

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Weatherby Brass vs. Norma?
« on: December 23, 2020, 04:44:43 AM »
Reason I ask is I am looking at buying a mixed lot of 257 once fired. Some are wby headstamp some are norma. Thanks for the response!

Whilst chances are that the brass is similar, I would weight it to see. You may see two distinct groups. You can also check volume with water and check weight of the water in grains and sort like that.

I have factory Weatherby ammo brass for my 340 and other brass (was it Weatherby or Norma - will have to check) which differed a lot.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Not a Weatherby but a beauty
« on: December 22, 2020, 04:50:14 AM »
Congratulations Para45. Whilst I have no personal experience of it the work of AHR is very highly regarded and the rifle looks great.

Things are messy right now, not just due to the pandemic but also due to issues with our local carriers in South Africa. Only SAA, SA Airlink and SA Express were able to transport firearms as far as I am aware as they had agreements in place with G4S for the "safe handling" as required by law. SAA has required (another) massive bailout and was some months ago left with far fewer aircraft and was virtually not flying and had cancelled many routes. You will need to check once things settle down which of these are operating and are able to assist. Your outfitter will know.

Flying with hunting firearms was not an issue within SA until the developments this year. A quick search for Airlink (www.flyairlink.com) did provide flights to Port Elizabeth. Here is the link to the firearm requirements for baggage - https://www.flyairlink.com/baggage-info/animal-in-hold#412firearmsandammuni - yes it stops short like that

What are the dates of your trip?

I saw the Black Friday sale but was trying to talk with customer service and couldn't get through for a few days. They must be really busy as I took a few days of trying and holding to finally get to speak to someone.

I was hoping to be able to get the book signed by Adam Weatherby (and possibly also Ed Weatherby), but I was told that this had been requested before and that the position had been taken that was not an option.

Whilst I get that everyone is busy maybe I had hoped that signing a few each day with the morning coffee, or just before leaving in the evening would be doable and add up to quite a few books in no time at all.

I still feel it would be a nice touch for the anniversary book. One does realise Weatherby is big business now and most likely a lot like dealing with any large corporate. The sense that we have of a personal touch is possibly rooted in history and belongs to an era that has passed (for all of us and in many aspects of life). That said, I was quite disappointed by the response.

I would like to get one but was told this may be considered in the future, so maybe I'll still wait a bit. It looks like a great resource for WEatherby fans and collectors the world over.

I am sorry to hear of your ring failure. I had considered a set but some internet searches before I got around to ordering had some pretty poor reviews for the lightweights. The steel bases and rings and very highly regarded and used by many of my friends with heavy recoiling rifles.

A heavy scope of course adds to the stress on the rings and bases.

I use a lot of Warne (a clunky but never had a problem) and Leupold (ideally the dual dovetail) which has never failed me either. As others have mentioned some of the tactical rings like NF are also great but can be heavy.

I can't believe they had bases for a Varmintmaster.


Talley has also given me details on what to order for my VM's. The model numbers were the same as the 6-lug MkV on their website as I recall.

Rifles / Re: Two-tone Mark Vs?
« on: October 16, 2020, 03:10:16 AM »
they made synthetic stainless listed as a ss is that the one?

The action on the "stainless steel" model is bright stainless. I have one.

Rifles / Re: Gun selection
« on: October 14, 2020, 12:12:22 AM »

Whilst I understand that the MRSP may be a bit above what is really possible to find from dealers, at $1100 for the Lazerguard, I think you should consider that you may find a really nice secondhand MkV Lazermark if you look around for similar, or less money if you want one.

I'm not from the USA so can't provide much guidance, but others here will be able to advise you on where to look.

Rifles / Re: Two-tone Mark Vs?
« on: October 14, 2020, 12:06:52 AM »
No webbing at all- flat black synthetic, Black action, matte stainless bbl.

I had a .270 Wby example and saw a .300 Win Mag fairly recently

If by some chance you have the serial number of your old rifle, or can track down one for that 300 maybe Weatherby will tell us what model or special run it is.

Was the stock plastic tupperware with impressed chequering or a fiberglass composite?

I am following this with interest as I've discovered that there were various models and even special runs for certain stores etc. by following this forum.

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