Re: Weatherby Vanguard Series 2 in 240 Weatherby Magnum
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.