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Reloading / Re: Classes on reloading in West Michigan
« on: October 09, 2009, 12:14:04 PM »
You might consider asking around the local gun stores about reloading help. When I started out I taped the list of things to do on the table where I reloaded. After a while, I didn't need the list anymore but I still ask the local gun-smart guys things now and then.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Lung, Shoulder or Neck
« on: September 24, 2009, 07:58:33 PM »
Last week my son got a 10-pt muley with a frontal shot @ 120ish yds. The buck was looking right us and didn't change its angle (even after waiting for what seemed like a long time), so my son took him with one 243 bullet that turned the R lung to mush and fragmented into the heart. It was the only shot he had but he was in a great position to make it.

Rifles / Re: scope eye relief needed for Vanguard 7 MM Rem Mag
« on: September 09, 2009, 08:37:45 PM »
You can installed the base, rings, and lay the scope in but don't tighten the rings together. Hold the rifle as if you are going to fire it and move the scope closer or farther from your eye so an image 100-200 yds away is in the full diameter of the lens. If you see a black ring inside the scope, your eye is too close or too far. Find your sweet spot for viewing and tighten the rings OR move it just a tiny bit away from you for some insurance and then secure the rings. This has proved to be fine with a 300Wby Mag, 308Win, 270Win, 25-06Rem, 7mmWby Mag, 243Win, 22-250Rem and all of the rifles have a different scope manufacturer.

I wanted a 300 Wby Mag and I got a good deal on a Vanguard. I know I could have gone for a 300 Win, but I'm glad I held out for the Weatherby.

You got a great deal on your 257Wby! Whatever game you hunt won't know you used a Vanguard or a Mark V. I have never had a problem with any of my Vanguards. I'm still planning on getting a 257Wby Vanguard and a 270Wby Mark V.

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Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Barnes bullets
« on: August 30, 2009, 04:01:46 PM »
A friend of mine used handloaded Barnes bullets in his .308Win when hunting in Africa recently. Of the bullets he recovered, they told me they had 99% of their original weight. I know they're more than most bullets, but for large game I think they're worth it.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / New caliber for deer
« on: August 30, 2009, 03:57:05 PM »
Is there any interest in a new caliber for deer and small game? Where I live, .23cal is the smallest caliber allowed, but there is no rifle made (that I know of) to chamber a round that size. Would a .233 or a .235cal using a a necked-down 240 Wby Mag case be something anyone is interested in? Your thoughts, please.

Rifles / Re: Relaod suggestions for 257 Weatherby
« on: August 30, 2009, 01:38:21 PM »
A big thank you to all who have given their loading information. I look forward to testing this all.

Accessories / Re: Vanguard replacement stock
« on: August 29, 2009, 08:28:41 PM »
I agree with daddyer on the Bell and Carlson stocks as an upper end replacement for your 300Wby. The stocks come in 21 different colors. I like the black with grey spiderweb pattern and the tan with black spiderwebing. I think you will like the BC stocks.

Rifles / Re: Bought a Vangaurd Yesterday - Still Questions.......
« on: August 29, 2009, 08:20:08 PM »
About a month ago I saw the same deal on a Vanguard at WalMart in Topeka. I didn't get it, but I know it was a great price. I have shot sub-MOA groups with a practically new Vanguard 7mm Rem Mag using inexpensive factory ammo (174gr bullet), so for the extra $$ you really might not shoot better than you can with a ordinary Vanguard. Whatever you hit in the vital areas won't need another shot as close as the first one.

Rifles / Re: Relaod suggestions for 257 Weatherby
« on: August 28, 2009, 09:00:33 PM »
James7mmwby -- Thanks for the info. I'm glad you suggested the H 4831 because I use that in my 25-06 as well.

150gr Sierra Game King spitzer boat tail, 48gr of Hodgdon 414 powder, Remington 9 1/2 primer.

Rifles / Relaod suggestions for 257 Weatherby
« on: August 28, 2009, 08:15:39 PM »
I'm getting a 257 Weatherby Magnum and will be loading my own ammo for it. Any powder / load / bullet type and weight suggestions for deer and elk?

Rifles / Re: free floated barrels
« on: August 28, 2009, 07:31:39 PM »
The pressure from a stock onto a hot (swelled) barrel can cause the slighest rise in the barrel, causing the rifle to shoot a bit higher than with a cold barrel. I found this out with a rebarreled rifle that didn't have a free floating barrel. I got a stock reaming tool and created some clearance between the barrel and the stock. It ought to help keep the barrel from raising.

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