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Weatherby Wildcat

Weatherby Wildcat
« on: January 31, 2011, 08:13:55 PM »
If weatherby were to ever release another wildcat like the 30-378 or 338-378 what would you guys like to see? I think a 7mm-378 would be interesting and amazingly long shooting, but probably expensive and unpracticle.

One i do think would be cool and I would love to get my hands on would be a .270 based on the full length .300 case aka .270-.300. Im not saying anything is wrong with the current .270 but I am always interested in more speed and power.

I am a little suprised that back in the day, Roy didnt base his 7mm on the full length 300 case, Im sure he probably had problems with the bullets and powders back then and would bet he probably tried it though!

I know none of these will probably happen, however it would be cool to see Weatherby release another hot new cartridge of their own. Just curious as to what you guys think would be cool?
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Re: Weatherby Wildcat
« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2011, 08:32:57 PM »
I would like to see and it would probably be the most marketable is the 300 x 7mm and the 264 wby mag which are readily being built custom

Re: Weatherby Wildcat
« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2011, 08:34:04 PM »
I agree - the 7mm/300, although it's so close to a 7mm STW that I'm not sure Wby will do it.

Re: Weatherby Wildcat
« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2011, 08:44:03 PM »
Well that's true but with there case design they will tete more out of it than the ate and compete with the 7 rum and the 26 cal has been gaining popularity with some new bullets out in both calibers that have great B.C.s for long range hunting and or shooting without taking a hammering from the big 378 cased rounds

Re: Weatherby Wildcat
« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2011, 09:04:11 PM »
I have done 7mm-378 7mm-300 and also a 270-300. And all i can say is Roy knew what he was doing. The cost and fustration of building theese wildcats is not worth the verry little gain you achive.
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Re: Weatherby Wildcat
« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2011, 09:58:51 PM »

.264 wby
IMO would be better than the .257wby and/or the .270wby, higher BC's, higher SD's.

ditch the .338-378
ditch the .378 wby,
maybe keep the .375wby?, the world really only needs one .375 IMO...

perhaps introduce a MKV short action and a line of short magnums, perhaps the lazzeroni's? or their own, or standardize some popular wildcats, etc...

.270 wsm
.300 wsm
.338 rcm
etc...etc...maybe a 375/416/458 short action mag.

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Re: Weatherby Wildcat
« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2011, 07:33:01 AM »
I think the 7mm-300 would be awesome, but I dont think it would be a huge seller just because of how close it would be to the STW and the RUM. The .270-.300 would be out there by itself, but Im sure Roy would have introduced it if he could have gotten it to work as nice as the current .270.

Re: Weatherby Wildcat
« Reply #7 on: February 01, 2011, 09:20:14 AM »
Husky,are you sure you are on the right site,this is the weatherby site,not the cabela's site.You sound like all of them,with your love affair of short mags.

ultralite-240 Wby
synthetic-240 Wby
synthetic-257 Wby
ultralite-270 Wby
fibermark-270 Wby
accumark-270 Wby
accumark-7mm Wby
stainless-300 Wby
accumark-30378 Wby
fibermark-340 Wby
accumark-338378 Wby
custom-375 Wby
DGR-378 Wby
DGR-416 Wby
custom DGR-460 Wby

Re: Weatherby Wildcat
« Reply #8 on: February 01, 2011, 10:10:25 AM »
There is a set of 7mm/300 Weatherby dies on ebay right now going for 10.00.  I think they are Redding. There is also like 3 sets of Weatherby wool clothing items for sale there right now. You rarely see any for sale.
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Re: Weatherby Wildcat
« Reply #9 on: February 01, 2011, 10:18:29 AM »
Gotta agree with catskinner a little. Im not a huge fan of short mags. The ones ive shot have always seemed to feed rough and extract rough and i cant really see what all the excitement is with them, maybe you get a little lighter gun with a shorter feed but they always seemed kinda dumb in my eyes. Its not because Im a loyal wby man, its just even with lazzeroni or the ultramags I will always go with the longer action version, I like power!


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Re: Weatherby Wildcat
« Reply #10 on: February 01, 2011, 02:54:10 PM »
Feed a short mag through a Sako or a Tikka and see what you think of how they feed.  I have a 270 WSM and I love it.  They are a bit of a paint to get set up to load for. That fat case doesn't fit into most of my catridge boxes either.  To me the 270 WSM is the only one that really made any sense.  There are a bunch of 30 and 7mm mags out there but only been one 270 mag since what the 40's, It's good to have another one without having to go the wildcat route.  My Weatherby wildcat vote would be a 6.5 in a necked up 257 Weatherby mag or even a necked up 240.
The 240 necked up to 6.5 would be a really nice easy shooting big game rifle.  MIght be a good one to offer up in the new S2.  Hint hint.


Re: Weatherby Wildcat
« Reply #11 on: February 01, 2011, 06:01:11 PM »
A 6.5mm weatherby would be interesting but 6.5's have never been all that popular except in europe and they have plenty of great 6.5's,some new rounds based on the shortened 378 case would also be interesting but short magnums took of on a huge publicity blitz and when that was over most of them were left behind maybe if they were 2.5" instead of 2"  like the 375 ruger they would have done better,atleast with a 6.5/257 cases would easily adapt and it could actually work  i would think of buying one but only after i buy a 257 i would prefer to see more weatherby calibres in the vanguard line instead of a new round but i'm sure the weatherby guys could work out if a 6.5 would be worth it,maybe even a shortened 378 round just for me


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Re: Weatherby Wildcat
« Reply #12 on: February 01, 2011, 07:22:31 PM »
I vote for the 6.5 Weatherby .  I use to think just necking down or up a 257 or 270 case would be ideal, but the more I look at the 6.5 STW ballistics I think going with a little shorter 300 case , maybe split the difference and get the velocities in the 3350 to 3450 + range would be cool.  My buddy is just now wotking up loads on his  6.5 x 300 Ultra Mag and the 140's are pushing a lite load at 3400 fps,  and I'm sure it will be pushed much faster. With a long barrel I could see close to 3600 with a 140. We are talking a Max Point blank range of 444 yds for a 5 " up or down using Berger 140 gr VLD's with a BC of .612.   I don't think the Weatherby 6.5 would get quite those numbers, but it would be close.   With the high ballistics bullets being made today in 6.5  it's time.  It's been talked about enough and  time for Weatherby to come out with a new caliber.    Ron 

Re: Weatherby Wildcat
« Reply #13 on: February 25, 2011, 09:37:08 AM »
I have a old vangaurd in >264 Win mag from Weatherby I love it Var X III Leapold 6x 20x50 scope 120 gr Sierra 65 gr H4831 flat shooting light recoil if can see it you can kill it Why did Weatherby stop makeing them ????

Re: Weatherby Wildcat
« Reply #14 on: February 25, 2011, 10:16:48 AM »
My first choice would be something like a 7mm-300, I would love to send a 160gr. accubond out at around 3300-3400 fps. Second choice would be a 6.5.