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257 roy or 6.5-300

257 roy or 6.5-300
« on: June 03, 2018, 06:01:31 PM »
looking for another long range rifle, I have a 300 win mag accuguard and a 308 win vanguard rc. I live in the south shots are 400 yds down to 35 yrds. have the 300 for the once in a lifetime elk hunt and probably all I need, but would like an antelope/ muley rifle, for the once in a lifetime muley/ antelope hunt have decided on the two above rounds in wilderness, rc  or accuguard if I go 257 or accuguard if I go 6.5. I know what I have will work but its a want over need thing, probably don't have to clarify that. I reload and have 257 dies 257 brass is cheaper, I havnt bought commercial centerfire in 25 yrs. also would use for power line right of ways down south where a big while tail is 200#. im50 so barrel life isn't an issue. if I buy both I will have to get another safe, lol. ps newbie here

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Re: 257 roy or 6.5-300
« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2018, 06:12:24 PM »
Well .25 or .26 l don't think the deer or antelope will know the difference.
You have a .257 dies so l would choose it, but a .257 is my favorite
Mike

Re: 257 roy or 6.5-300
« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2018, 07:16:18 PM »
i was leaning that way, now the main decision is heaver accuguard vs wilderness/ rc would the accuguard extra weight be worth the small accuracy increase. I'm lraning toward wilderness or rc

Re: 257 roy or 6.5-300
« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2018, 07:35:11 PM »
You'll have better bullet selection with the 6.5. Especially since the Creedmoor has exploded in popularity lately. If you're thinking long distance, the right bullet in 6.5 will have much better external ballistics than the 257. Companies just aren't making high BC 257 caliber bullets. Supply and demand, I suppose.

Personally, I'd go for a 257 WBY. If it was good enough for Roy, it's good enough for me. I've been wanting to get one for a while. Preferably in a Mark V Deluxe. I'm a sucker for wood grain.
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Re: 257 roy or 6.5-300
« Reply #4 on: June 03, 2018, 09:40:13 PM »
I have two 257s and a 6.5-300, the 257s have become safe queens since I bought my ULW 6.5-300. Either cartridge will do the trick, but my ULW sure is fun to shoot and a lot lighter to carry!! So the only solution to your problem is another safe so you can buy both.
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Re: 257 roy or 6.5-300
« Reply #5 on: June 04, 2018, 04:50:28 AM »
Accuguard or wilderness
I would go with the accuguard, for the balance of the gun, l like the weight forward in a rifle. Both will shoot sub-moa
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Re: 257 roy or 6.5-300
« Reply #6 on: June 04, 2018, 07:20:19 AM »
Most of my Weatherby's are well balanced, so the weight forward wouldn't influence me one way or the other.(everyone has their own preferences) I'd lean towards the Wilderness mainly because I've never owned a light weight rifle, and with the #2 contour, it won't heat up any more then my other rifles at the range. With a 6 pound rifle I'd look for a light weight scope, and of the two caliber choices, I'd go 257 Wby. (from what I've read here, the 6.5-300 can be finicky about the ammo it likes, but other than that, the 6.5 has great ballistics) I'd still choose the Wilderness in 257Wby.
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Re: 257 roy or 6.5-300
« Reply #7 on: June 09, 2018, 04:14:31 PM »
If you're only shooting to 400 yds, it's a no-brainer....257 hands down. Both cartridges will hammer a Mule Deer or Pronghorn at 400 yds. The slicker bullet of the 6.5 won't make a bit of difference at 400. Why punish yourself with the extra recoil and muzzle blast of a 6.5, when a 257 will do the job just fine?

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Re: 257 roy or 6.5-300
« Reply #8 on: June 09, 2018, 07:12:47 PM »
I have both. My .257 shoots really good with everything I have tried in it. My 6.5-300 really like the Barnes and doesnít shoot anything quite as well or even close. Been messing with the 140 grain SPís which is shooting second best out of all I have tried.
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Re: 257 roy or 6.5-300
« Reply #9 on: June 09, 2018, 07:16:38 PM »
Also they making Vanguards with 26Ē barrels in both calibers. I am so happy with Weatherby for doing this.
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Re: 257 roy or 6.5-300
« Reply #10 on: June 09, 2018, 07:20:23 PM »
+1 Chris
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