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I just purchased one. Iíll let you know how it works. A friend is a distributor and is sending it to me to review. He said itís really as good as it says. If so, he will bill my credit card if I want it.

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What a beautiful rifle!

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Rifles / Re: Looking to add a 6.5-300 wby
« on: January 15, 2018, 06:04:24 PM »
Yes, purchase it. I use my 6.5-300 on whitetails in Michigan with shots coming from 50 yds to 300 yds. Itís a fun caliber to shoot. Deer drop like it was hit by lightning. With a muzzle brake it scares anyone hunting near me. Remember, buying a new rifle has nothing to do with ďneedĒ. All you have to do is want it.

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Whitetail Deer / Re: 6.5 300
« on: January 11, 2018, 08:24:27 AM »
I have the markV ultra lightweight at 6.75 lbs.
I use 127gr LRX and I have 3 shot groups of 1/2Ē at 100yds.
I believe the synthetic stock Vanguard weighs 7.5lbs
I recently ordered some ammo that has 140gr Berger VLDís just to see how they group. I doubt I will get better groups than the Barnes 127ís.
Welcome to the Weatherby Nation.

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A friend purchased one and loves it. He has taken deer, hogs, Black bears and a cow elk. They were shot from 30 yards out to 250. He mounted a Leupold vx111 1.75-6. He likes the muzzle brake and the weight of the rifle. His experience with 3 shot groups have been around two inches at 100 yds.
Prior to the availability of this rifle he used a muzzleloader, shotgun with sabots and a lever action 32 special for all his big game hunting. He never shot an animal over 100 yds in his 50 years of hunting before he bought this rifle. He always enjoyed teasing me about my Weatherbyís. He called them ICBMís. After shooting a deer at 250 yards his opinion changed.

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Rifles / Re: Weatherby Vanguard S2 Banshee
« on: December 28, 2017, 05:56:30 AM »
I love the Kryptek camo pattern stock!

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Rifles / Re: Accumark or Weathermark??
« on: December 28, 2017, 05:53:03 AM »
I own the 6.5-.300 ULW and it shoots 1/2 moa. I also walk a lot and the 6 1/2 lb weight is a joy to carry. If weight is not a problem then either the accumark or weather mark is a great choice. I love the trigger on the markV. I donít own a Vanguard so I canít give a personal opinion. There are many here that love them.

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Nice looking antelope !   Where about's  in New Mexico were you hunting ?
Lincoln county N.M. This area has plenty of state and federal land. You can also call Fish and Wildlife. They are very helpful and will point you in the right direction. Just ask for advice before you apply for a tag.

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I have a inline muzzleloader because it gives me more time hunting. In Michigan we enjoy 10 more days in the woods after our rifle season ends.

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Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / New Mexico Antelope & 257 Wby
« on: December 21, 2017, 12:14:13 PM »
In early September I hunted antelope in New Mexico. Only had 3 days to scout and hunt on public lands. Public lands usually means lots of hunters and fairly flat land with trails means a lot of trucks road hunting.
I like to backpack in on public lands to eliminate as many other hunters near me. This year I could not do so because of limited time.
Opening day I found a good place to sit with a view of a large area. I thought if I watched where the trucks were traveling and how the antelope reacted to them I might figure something out. There was an area between two trails with about a two miles between the roads. When the trucks started traveling opening morning the antelope would run away into a ravine almost in the middle between the two roads. No one would get out of their trucks to follow on foot. The next morning I hiked towards that ravine and set up before light with a great view of the ravine. When the dawn broke the trucks started moving and the antelope near the roads headed towards me. I saw a decent buck at the edge of a group of does. I set my .257 on my shooting sticks, checked the yardage on my rangefinder at 365 yards and let the 115 Berger VLD fly. I missed!    Don’t know how but I did. I put another round in the chamber and the buck was looking towards the road and not me. I shot again and it dropped. I was lucky the buck didn’t take off when I missed. I boned it out and packed it out. I had about 50 lbs. of meat and the head. I had a nice hunt and some decent meat.

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You certainly have a prime piece of land to hunt. I am sure you are grateful to be able to hunt it. Sharing these memories with your family is
priceless. That being said, your sons still had to stay calm, aim at a small part of those bucks, resist buck fever and squeeze the trigger. That doesnít happen by accident. Iím sure they have shot a great deal, seen many bucks and let them pass by waiting for a shooter. Just being lucky doesnít happen often with trophies like those two great bucks.
I also believe you are happier they shot them and not you. As a person gets older with many seasons behind them and shooting a few trophies, you really do get more satisfaction watching someone else take a beautiful animal. You taught those boys well. Kudos to you.
By the way, the whitetail your son shot, any idea what it scored? Even a rough estimate would be fine. It looks like a 170 class buck. Iíve shown the picture to several hunting buddies that I have coffee with in the morning and they have asked me to find out.

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Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: My military career
« on: December 05, 2017, 01:51:47 PM »
You have had a career in the ultimate service. You have protected and preserved our freedoms as a career. A career that could have required the ultimate sacrifice. I did not. I have enjoyed all the benefits of your career. Thank you and your family for doing so and may God bless all of you. Words are too small to express my gratitude.

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Beautiful buck!

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Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Simple rifles work well
« on: December 03, 2017, 12:35:23 PM »
I have a friend who was an expert marksman in the Vietnam war who loves a .308. He has taken many deer out to 450-500 yards with a Remington 700 in .308. He just has a nack at hitting what he aims at. He uses it on woodchucks, crows and coyotes. He is a great shot because he shoots a lot. I have also seen him not take a shot because, as he says ďI canít kill it from hereĒ. It isnít that he couldnít hit it, he just doesnít think he could kill it. So he doesnít shoot.

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Iím happy you had a great memorable hunt. Congratulations!

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