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post #1 of 37 (permalink) Old 11-30-2011, 01:52 AM Thread Starter
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Default Weatherby Vanguard Series 2 in 240 Weatherby Magnum

I was looking around this evening and heard that there chambering the 240 Weatherby Magnum in the Vanguard S2 rifle. This intrigues me as it is available for $500. Anyone out there have one or thinking of getting one? Also those with personal experience with the cartridge I would love to hear your accolades and opinions on the cartridge. Thank you for your time.

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id consider one just to try the 240wby out. Did you see any for sale?
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I was looking around this evening and heard that there chambering the 240 Weatherby Magnum in the Vanguard S2 rifle. This intrigues me as it is available for $500. Anyone out there have one or thinking of getting one? Also those with personal experience with the cartridge I would love to hear your accolades and opinions on the cartridge. Thank you for your time.

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I checked out Gunbroker and poked around they have the Series 2 rifles out but I did not see any chambered in it but the weatherby site said it was chambered and so I would assume you could order one. I'm sitting here debating about it myself. The new Series 2 rifles come in right around $475-$500 in blued synthetic. The only set back is how **** expensive ammo and components are for anything with the weatherby name on it. As my dads buddy told me your always one gun away from happiness.

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I bought one of the new S2's this summer in 25-06 and it will flat out shoot 5 shot sub-moa groups easy. My nephew and i both did it. The trigger is as smooth as any I've ever squeezed and the gun feels really good in my hands. I just read about the new 2012 line-up also including for the first time ever in the Vanguard line the 240 WM. The price of this gun has already gone up $150 since last summer and the 2 original sub-moa's no longer exist. I'll guarantee you this gun will go up another $150-$200 in the 2012 year. The 240 isn't available yet but I will be one of the first in line for it when it is. Best to ya !
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Well Fred let us have a range report when you get it!

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I will sir, haven't been this excited about a gun in a long time !!
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Its most certainly gotten my attention....So many wants so little money.

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Seems to be the story of my life...Mercedes tastes and a Yugo budget....

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It seems Weatherby is about to unleash a Yugo with a Mercedes engine. Actually the Vanguard is more like a Ford than a Yugo, and the engine is more like a Shelby GT than a Mercedes.

I don't think I know exactly how I would use a 240 Magnum but an 87 to 100 grain 6MM bullet running along at 3000-3200 fps seems a winner to me. Especially since its kick is about the same as a 270 Winchester or a 30-06. It might be the ideal antelope rifle.

The only thing that has held the 240 Weatherby magnum back is the lack of available rifles chambered for it. By the way, years and years ago I bought a 6MM Remington rifle which has better ballistics than the 243, but Remington didn't know what it had and Winchester won the marketing war before Remington figured out that hunters were going to use 100 grain bullets in it and that therefore it needed a barrel with a different twist than installed on early model rifles. I still love the idea of high velocity 100 grain bullets.

In the long run, the 243 hasn't done as well as it might have. People on sites like this seem to think of it as a youth caliber, but with the right bullet it can be as lethal as anything on deer sized game. You can set a 243 up to be light and handy. It is much better all around than the 30-30 since it can do all the 30-30 can do in the woods and can reach out to knock down antelope on the plains. The 240 Weatherby Magnum does the same except better. The only problems with the 240 Weatherby Magnum might be barrel wear and factory bullets costing $65 per box of 20. By the way I still think the 6MM Remington is the better solution to either the 243 or the 240 Weatherby Magnum. To bad so few rifles are built in 6MM Remington.
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A lot of merits to your case. The 240 is just so **** spendy to load for. I have heard it kicks less then an 30-06 and is rather pleasant. I know that hearing from a few that have them love them but other than that I have not had my turn at shooting one.
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