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another MkV, but which one?

tdbru

another MkV, but which one?
« on: February 10, 2019, 06:09:35 PM »
WN,
as i work through my used but new to me MkV deluxe in 340, i've been nothing but impressed with the fit, finish, and craftsmanship.  wow.  of course you all know this already.   almost makes me want to pickup another one, but which one?  the quintessential  300 Wby is just too close to the 340.  smaller?  mmmm i like the 9 lug action.  what about the new 6.5-300 Wby?  it's enough different from the 340.  the 6.5mm bullets exhibit some very high BC's for their mass.
 however the 340 can hunt just about anything in N.A.  probably fine even for outsized coastal ursus arctos, though some probably have had experiences that tell them no such thing as too big.  and of course the 340 isn't normally considered for prairie dogs, but it should do just fine on all big game.  that's the problem with such a versatile caliber, how can you justify another for big game?  i see that Wby makes MkV even in standard calibers, and an ultra light.  however in an ultralight, i'm thinking modest caliber for moderating the recoil somewhat.  so for those of you that have a MkV and have used it successfully on all the big game you hunt, how would you go about picking another one?  i think i've been bitten.....
thanks,
tdbru

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Re: another MkV, but which one?
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2019, 06:21:00 PM »
I have a 9 lug 6.5-300 Weatherby in an ULW, it comes with an Accubrake which makes the recoil almost non-existent. The noise and muzzle blast do require hearing protection, but the weight and handling make it the perfect rifle for long hikes or backpacking. Then again I have two 257 Weatherbys and consider them the perfect deer cartridge, so do yourself a favor and buy one of each.  ;D
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Re: another MkV, but which one?
« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2019, 06:21:15 PM »
If it were me Id go for a 240 wby or 257wby in ultralight. Its something lighter to carry and will be easy on the shoulder if your worried about recoil.
Scott

Re: another MkV, but which one?
« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2019, 06:51:11 PM »
257 Weatherby.
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Re: another MkV, but which one?
« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2019, 07:14:30 PM »
Both the .257 and the 6.5-300 are great calibers and will take anything up to an including Elk. However, if I wanted a rifle that was easier on the shoulder yet highly capable, I would go with the 270 Roy for a good all around caliber. I would have one now but I already have an extremely expensive and capable 270 WSM rifle.
Weatherby Rifles:
M5 USA .257
M5 USA 6.5-300
M5 USA 300
M5 German 300
M5 .308 TRR
VG .308
VG 270
Other:
Win M70 30-06
Brn XBolt HC Speed 300 WSM
McMil G30 Dynasty 270 WSM
Ber B-14 HMR 6.5 CM
Mar 1895 SBL 45-70
Win 94 pre 64 30-30
4 AR-15 Match 5.56
2 AR-15 Match Wylde .223
1 AR-10 Match .308

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Re: another MkV, but which one?
« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2019, 07:14:41 PM »
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Re: another MkV, but which one?
« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2019, 07:21:57 PM »
257 Weatherby.

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That is the combo l have .257/.340
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tdbru

Re: another MkV, but which one?
« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2019, 08:00:25 PM »
thanks for the recommendations.  i see a lot of you have fondness for the 257Wby.  will the 10" twist stabilize the 100gr. barnes TTSX well?

Re: another MkV, but which one?
« Reply #8 on: February 10, 2019, 08:35:56 PM »
You betcha.The 257 loves the 100 grain Barnes. I stoke them with a healthy dose of H1000.
Roger
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Re: another MkV, but which one?
« Reply #9 on: February 11, 2019, 02:58:05 AM »
.257 and Barnes bullets just seem to go together at the range and hunting.
Mike

Re: another MkV, but which one?
« Reply #10 on: February 11, 2019, 05:52:44 AM »
I have a Mark V 340 and 270 WM. Both shoot to an inch. Love the combo. GJ

Re: another MkV, but which one?
« Reply #11 on: February 11, 2019, 08:49:18 AM »
thanks for the recommendations.  i see a lot of you have fondness for the 257Wby.  will the 10" twist stabilize the 100gr. barnes TTSX well?



Yes it does, the bullets are swaged in the free bore so they are basically stable before they hit the lands. I have the .257, 6.5-300 and 300. I would use any of them on Elk but I prefer my McMillan 270 WSM and if I didn't have that I would probably have a Weatherby 270 WM and it would be in stainless with a top of the line lightweight stock and really good glass. I haven't done the research about which Weatherby rifle fits that criteria so I'll let you do that yourself because that's when it gets personal.
Weatherby Rifles:
M5 USA .257
M5 USA 6.5-300
M5 USA 300
M5 German 300
M5 .308 TRR
VG .308
VG 270
Other:
Win M70 30-06
Brn XBolt HC Speed 300 WSM
McMil G30 Dynasty 270 WSM
Ber B-14 HMR 6.5 CM
Mar 1895 SBL 45-70
Win 94 pre 64 30-30
4 AR-15 Match 5.56
2 AR-15 Match Wylde .223
1 AR-10 Match .308

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Re: another MkV, but which one?
« Reply #12 on: February 11, 2019, 06:09:42 PM »
Well I am with the other guys in suggesting the .257 be next.... However if you want a fantastic lightweight, light recoiling rifle that has plenty of punch for small and medium game the think about the .240 in a Mark V Ultra Lightweight. I have one topped with a Swarovski 4-12x42 and it is dynamite on the critters I hunt. Couple it with a 90-100 grain pill and it'll shoot flat and hit hard way out yonder. Then with the next to nothing recoil you can see your shots hitting. 
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tdbru

Re: another MkV, but which one?
« Reply #13 on: February 11, 2019, 08:45:35 PM »
is the 257 Wby MkV a 6 or 9 lug bolt?
thx,
tdbru

Re: another MkV, but which one?
« Reply #14 on: February 11, 2019, 09:14:14 PM »
The Mark 5 257 Wby is a 9 bolt all day and night long.You won't be disappointed.
Roger
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