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Rifles / Re: Discuss the Weatherby Mark V® Safari Custom
« on: July 30, 2022, 07:36:34 PM »
Satin oil-finished, French walnut modified Monte Carlo stock with Fleur-de-lis checkering. Ebony forend and pistol grip cap. Damascened bolt and follower with checkered bolt knob and hand-honed action. Adjustable ramp, gold-filled “V” and a hooded barrel band front sight. Engraved floorplate with “Safari Custom.”
Great rifle but sell low used. Mine are accurate and well made. Nice iron sights.

Reloading / Downloading large calibers
« on: June 23, 2022, 03:59:51 PM »
Getting old with a bad neck does not allow me to shoot anywhere near starting loads in my large caliber rifles. I have two old reloading books that got me started on reduced loads. Ken Walters' Pet Loads and Lyman 45th addition. You can look at some of their cast bullet loads as well. I have old books because I am old :) I am sure that some newer books will list these loads as well as on line. NEVER just reduce a slow burning powder that you might be using as it can create unsafe pressures. Powders I have used are pistol powders with a low charge such as 18 grains of Unique in a 460 Weatherby with a 500 grain bullet at approximately 1200 FPS. I have used 11 grains of this powder in a 30/06 Weatherby that I have with a 180 grin bullet. A newer powder that has come around is IMR's Trail Boss. Their web sight list appropriate loads for you to look at. Their might be a newer powder but then again, I am old :) Reduced loads with enough velocity and the correct bullet a lows you to hunt whitetail deer and even hogs a close range so don't sell those big bores just because, your getting old :)

Rifles / 240 Weatherby Magnum
« on: June 22, 2022, 08:10:46 PM »
I am tired of the limitations I see written on the 240 Weatherby. I have hunted for over 55 years. Like most people I was dirt poor and had to hunt with one rifle. The first 15 years with a 6 mm Remington loaded with 100 grain Nosler Partitions loaded hot. I hunt in Colorado and have shot 2 black bears, 4 elk and over a dozen mule deer with it all one shot kills, yes one shot. Before you scream of being under gunned, the rifle was accurate, I knew where the bullet was going and I kept my shots under 200 yards. The 240 Weatherby is superior to the 6 mm Remington and if you take your time, know your rifle, limit your range, use the correct bullet and know where the bullet is going the 240 Weatherby will surprise you! 

Rifles / Re: Considering a .257 Weatherby Magnum
« on: April 08, 2020, 02:59:38 PM »
In a Vanguard a 243 or 223 would be my choice. If you ever choose to hunt at long ranges the .257 will kill easily anything in the lower 48 Joe

Rifles / Re: 240 or 257 Choices
« on: April 08, 2020, 02:56:33 PM »
I have both and have shot even elk with both. Little less recoil with the .240 but the .257 is a better back up for any reason your 300 is unavailable. Joe

Rifles / Re: 300 wby vanguard accuracy issues
« on: April 03, 2020, 05:51:17 PM »
I purchased a slimmed down custom once that would not shoot. I finally figured out that the front guard screw bottomed in the receiver before actually tightening down the receiver in the stock. 

Rifles / Re: Considering a .257 Weatherby Magnum
« on: April 03, 2020, 05:46:13 PM »
The 257 W. M. is one of my favorite calibers. I have shot a lot of deer and three elk with the 115 grain bullet. If you hand load IMR 7828 works great for me.

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