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Using Weatherby rounds in the woods?

Using Weatherby rounds in the woods?
« on: November 06, 2021, 06:27:02 PM »
Got a question for my fellow Weatherby owners of rifles chambered in Weatherby cartridges.  I've seen quite a few photos around of people using their Weatherby rifles in the woods.  I realize that these rifles do come chambered in standard rounds, and using those in the woods makes sense.  However, Weatherby rounds are generally among the highest velocity cartridges available in a given caliber.  How many here use their rifles chambered in those cartridges in the woods, and why?  Also what bullets are you using to avoid bullet failure and blowup at extremely high impact velocities?
 
I've got a 257Wby and two 240Wbys and I love using them over large fields where I typically hunt.  I had a bad experience with a close shot from my 257 years ago while using a standard soft point bullet.  I now leave the Weatherbys in the safe if I go to hunt in the woods.  I grab my 30-30 lever gun, 223, or maybe 7mm-08 if I know shots won't be over 100yds.  I prefer rounds that launch bullets at more sane speeds for that duty.  I save the Weatherbys for longer ranges.

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Re: Using Weatherby rounds in the woods?
« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2021, 05:09:36 AM »
I find its bullet construction at shorter ranges more than the velocity issue. I've taken a number of hogs in thick "woods" with my 7mm WSM at around 50 yards with Barnes 140gr. TSX, but had failures with softer bullets at the same speed.

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Re: Using Weatherby rounds in the woods?
« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2021, 06:45:04 AM »
Use premium bullets, like Barnes, Nosler Accubond, Partitions, Swift A-Frame to name a few.
You can use the same bullet for close to long range, in normal hunting distances
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Re: Using Weatherby rounds in the woods?
« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2021, 08:27:30 AM »
+3  like the others already posted, use premium bullets

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Re: Using Weatherby rounds in the woods?
« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2021, 10:01:54 AM »
Again, like others have posted, use premium bullets.

I've used my .300 Wby with 168 or 180 grain Barnes bullets on hunts on 4 continents for 30 pound African antelope with shots from 50 to 300 yards and 700 pound bull elk at 100 yards.  I have full confidence in those bullets and don't give them a second thought on any animal that I'm hunting with them.
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Re: Using Weatherby rounds in the woods?
« Reply #5 on: November 08, 2021, 09:20:18 AM »
+4 Use premium bullets.
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Re: Using Weatherby rounds in the woods?
« Reply #6 on: November 09, 2021, 04:15:10 PM »
Years ago I killed a whitetail buck in the woods with my 257 Weatherby Mag.  Dropped him with one shot instantly with a 100 Gr. Nosler handload. I was watching a field from a wood line at the time and he came in on the woods side. Killed him at about 70 yards.

The only Weatherby I use in the woods regularly is my Mark V Stainless in 340 Weatherby Mag.  I use it for bear hunting. I know I can kill him from any angle he may present and get the penetration required for such shots.
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Re: Using Weatherby rounds in the woods?
« Reply #7 on: November 12, 2021, 07:59:17 AM »
I hunt the mature forest of the Adirondacks with my .300Wby 180gr partitions and never had a problem


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Re: Using Weatherby rounds in the woods?
« Reply #8 on: November 12, 2021, 11:35:00 AM »
Cheap bullets only work in none premium calibers
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