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Welcome aboard. The 180 grain bullets are probably the best weight for a 300 Wby. The powders you mentioned ought to be fine. Donít be surprised when a max or near max load is very accurate, and deadly of course.

I have several Vanguards with #2 contour barrels. None of them have a true floating barrel but each one has a slightly different amount of upward pressure from the end of the stock, including the S2 257 Wby on a Bell & Carlson Medalist stock. Long ado, Weatherbyís rifle testers figured out a slight amount of upward pressure on Vanguard barrels was the most consistent / accurate. The Tupperware stocks mentioned by Zonie are the least consistent for receiver rigidity, but will still get you 1 MOA accuracy. Strange as it might seem, switching from the Tupperware stock to a walnut Sporter stock cut the size of the 3-shot group to 1/2Ē @ 100 yards with the same handloads. My Mark V Deluxe is all stock material, and it makes 3/4Ē groups with no drama.
Ask yourself is all the bedding, barrel floating and stock work going to be with a small gain in accuracy? I will say it is with it due to the smaller groups youíll gain are a big boost to your confidence, and perhaps make the rifle one that someone else will gladly hunt with 25 years from now.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Barrel cleaning
« on: July 10, 2020, 08:49:17 PM »
I try to clean the bore with Hoppes #9 on a nylon brush wrapped with a clean patch after shooting. Itís basically a mop. Usually I get it done the same day I shoot but not always. (I keep the barrel fouled through deer season.) The Hoppes keeps crud from building up and has some copper removing abilities. I donít oil the bore afterward. Rust in the bore is not an issue here due to the low humidity.
RL-19 or -22 might be the dirtiest powders I use. Theyíre effective, but have a lot more carbon / black, flaky residue than others such as H-1000, H-4831 or RL-26

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: CDB
« on: July 07, 2020, 03:51:16 AM »
Charlie Daniels toured Iraq with the USO for a week in 2005. He played and played and smoked younger guys with his drive to get out and perform for the troops he loved for 2-3 hours, get up early the next day and be thankful he could do such things again and again.
Rest In Peace Charlie. You made a difference.

Last night and this morning I heard two ESPN sportscasters complaining about what President Trump put out on his Twitter account. What happened to freedom of speech? Apparently, for some people at ESPN it means freedom of expression as long as you agree with my views and desires.
I see sports as competitive events based on the talent and strategy of the players. It is entertainment and that is it. Itís not much different than being a movie star: entertain me, and keep your political expertise to yourself because it is for attention and money and NOT from your vast experience and training in international relations, environmental studies or medicine.

If Kaepernick doesnít play any more in NFL it wonít change my opinion of him. Essentially, I see him as a spoiled teenager mad that his toys arenít as nice as the other kids toys. In his case, his on-field performance put him on he bench.

Decades of an all volunteer military-naval force has left millions of Americans out of the reality of serving and defending a country that is STILL the envy of the freedom-loving people across the world.

Before the 2016 general election, numerous celebrity types said they would move to Canada if Donald Trump was elected. Why didnít any of them say they would move to Mexico? Why didnít any of them carry through and go to Canada? Their freedom and Constitutionally guaranteed rights are better and more numerous, respectively, than what theyíll find anywhere.

Lastly, now that the statues have come down, how has that changed what the protesters are able to do for better jobs, a better lifestyle, or better opportunities for the next generations? If a statue was in the way, go around it and move forward.

Gettysburg and Vicksburg hold special places for me. Iíve toured both places, more at Vicksburg than Gettysburg, and the achievements of the forces in both places are extraordinary.

Send it to Weatherby. Their work will be guaranteed and you will have the full quality of the work we all want.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Weather
« on: June 30, 2020, 06:36:24 AM »
Upper 90s and higher, windy, and dry has made it hard to get to the public use range or the farm range. I have a lot of new loads I want to test for velocity but Iím not willing to wait long periods between shots so the barrel can cool. I could shoot at 6:00 AM but that isnít a good plan for the people who I would wake up before getting out the door.
Wheat harvest is almost over so the hail and rain are not going to have the fear factor they once did. Crop saving rains in May made a massive difference this year for the dry land (non irrigated) wheat so farmers are generally happy about allowing access to fields for anti-coyote plans. I hate coyotes.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Up in caliber
« on: June 29, 2020, 08:52:14 PM »
The oversimplified answer is take the biggest caliber you are comfortable with. My cousin uses an 1903 Springfield. He has taken at least two cow elk with it in Oregon. A now retired high school English teacher uses a 30/06 and she gets em every time. Two Army buddies use the 7mm Rem Mag and 338 Win Mag and tryouts with a 338/06 A-Square and 6.5 WSM (wildcat) are underway.
I think all this means there are plenty of suitable cartridges. I would use a bonded or all copper bullet. The Swift A-Frame is pure copper bonded to pure lead.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Blazing Saddles
« on: June 27, 2020, 08:16:36 PM »
Seven minutes. Thatís about right for what wouldnít make a liberal flip out.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Firearms Shortage
« on: June 27, 2020, 03:49:59 PM »
Several people have asked me to try and find certain AR-15 style rifles but not at Gunbroker prices. Sold Out is all Iím finding.
In May the FBI background checks were for the sale of over 1.79 million firearms óó a record for one month.

Rifles / Re: German weatherby Mark v
« on: June 26, 2020, 06:39:04 PM »
There is essentially no difference you can tell in how the German-made Mark Vs perform compared to others. Some of the 300 Royís made in Germany had 24Ē barrels. I donít know why.
I might be wrong, but I thought some of them had a barrel stamp Made In West Germany. I like that.

Rifles / Re: 300 Wby vs 270 Wby for hunting
« on: June 22, 2020, 07:48:45 AM »
Take the 300 Roy. There is no such thing as ďtoo deadĒ and an encounter with a bigger animal is better handled with a heavy 30 cal bullet.

Rifles / Re: Feedback on 6.5 CM results at 200yds?
« on: June 20, 2020, 01:35:19 PM »
It seems to me you have several things working against you. Different ammo, temperature and humidity and possibly loose scope mounts. Have someone else shoot with your least accurate ammo and see what happens. This could be a case of a semi-bad day at the range.

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