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Suggestions on re-Barreling a Vanguard 7mm

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Suggestions on re-Barreling a Vanguard 7mm
« on: March 08, 2017, 04:21:16 PM »
Hello all, i'm not new to Weatherby's but i am new here. I just purchased a nice older Vanguard VGL with a short 20" barrel and i'd like to re-barrel it to a 24" or 26". Do the Vanguards have left handed threads on the barrel? What options are out there? Has anyone else done a barrel swap?  :{)
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Re: Suggestions on re-Barreling a Vanguard 7mm
« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2017, 05:02:16 AM »
I know the threading is "metric", but not sure about them being left hand threads
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Re: Suggestions on re-Barreling a Vanguard 7mm
« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2017, 05:06:29 AM »
Threads are 26mm 1.5 pitch.
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Re: Suggestions on re-Barreling a Vanguard 7mm
« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2017, 09:27:43 AM »
You could contact Weatherby, as I suspect they will be happy to rebarreled your Vanguard with a longer barrel. Understand that your rebarreled will also require either a new stock or having the barrel channel of your existing stock opened up to accommodate the new barrel, as I'm sure you won't want a contour like the 20" lightweight for which your current stock is cut.
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Re: Suggestions on re-Barreling a Vanguard 7mm
« Reply #4 on: May 10, 2017, 11:33:16 AM »
So i have the started working part-time at a gunsmithing shop in my area, "Long Range Customs". While there, i have been allowed to work on my own Weatherby rifles under their close supervision. I have learned from here that the Vanguard barrel threads are Metric, but i have not been able to personally confirm that.

I removed the 20" barrel from my Vanguard VGL 7mm Mag and in checking the threads on it, it seems to match the Winchester threads at 1 x 16tpi. Incidentally, i attempt to "Gently" thread on a Winchester barrel and it threads right on. However, it starts getting snug about 3/4 of the way on. Does anyone have any experience with this... Thanks,   :{)
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Re: Suggestions on re-Barreling a Vanguard 7mm
« Reply #5 on: May 10, 2017, 02:09:53 PM »
after an hours worth of digging i found a site that has new barrels!!    :{)

https://www.gunpartscorp.com/Manufacturers/Weatherby-33563/Vanguard-42559.htm
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Re: Suggestions on re-Barreling a Vanguard 7mm
« Reply #6 on: May 10, 2017, 02:55:55 PM »
Thanks for the info and link.
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Re: Suggestions on re-Barreling a Vanguard 7mm
« Reply #7 on: May 10, 2017, 03:49:51 PM »
Are you using the same stock? Did you order a 24 or 26" barrel and what contour did you choose? Are you staying with the 7 mag? Just curious.
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