Lately I have had questions about my Weatherby . . . barrel, trigger etc... Not that the gun did not shoot well as it did. But it just did not feel right to me when shooting it. So I just bought a Sako 75 hunter in stainless/wood 7mm. I am stoked!!!!!
I had questions why the trigger at 3#s was so much harder to pull than my Tikka and other Sako rifles that I have owned or shot. Also why the barrel was not free floated on a gun that retails for almost $1200.00. I liked the gun, but for the same money I got a Sako that in my opinion is a much better product, at least to me.
Well one thing the trigger pull on your Weatherby is adjustable, so why didn't you just adjust it? Another is that while the Sako is a fine rifle it doesn't hold up to a Weatherby, doesn't have the resale value or the prestige that owning and shooting a Weatherby brings. Again while the Sako is ok, they also have problems and they don't have the guarantee that Weatherby comes with. I would have kept the Weatherby. Lawdog
I am sure even Sako rifles can have problems. But according to my gunsmith Weatherbys triggers are not adjustable below 3#. And anyone that I have talked to that has had both/or shot both would take the Sako every time. Would I get another Weatherby . . . well after having 2 weatherbys and 2 Sakos I think I will take the Sako. AS far as resale goes, in the area I live in Sako resale is always higher (if your comparing apples to apples). Please dont take me as dissing Weatherbys because they are great guns, but I think they should do a little more in a rifle that retails for $1200.00.
I have to agree with Brian. I got nine Deluxe Mark V Weatherby’s and the tenth is on the way. Every trigger is adjustable down to two pounds and less and no I didn’t have them played with, ground down or whatever. I’m sorry but your gunsmith is either biased against Weatherby products or just plan doesn’t know and is giving you the wrong information. I used to have an older Sako in 7mm Rem. Mag. that I sold to my cousin when he lost the use of his legs. A really fine rifle, accurate with is 26” barrel. I only sold it to him because he couldn’t hunt the way he used to, spot and stalk. Now he has to ambush them and some times the range gets out there. This year he took two nice bucks on my property and one was at 402 yards. Lawdog
I have no special bias towards Weatherby or Sako rifles but would like to add a comment.. Cold numbed fingers and gloves remove the sensitivity needed to properly use a 2# trigger. In special circumstances i.e. prairy dog towns, target rifles, etc. perhaps. Many responsible smiths refuse to lower a trigger beyond "normal" safety limits. To do otherwise will guarantee him a trip to court eventually. Someone will 'forget' or the rifle will 'just go off' and everyone involved will get a subpoena since the greaving parties couldn't be the cause of all this misery. In any case the real question is this, for what reason does anyone require a trigger on a hunting rifle lighter than 3#'s? Remember, someday you may have to justify that need so be sure to have your answer ready.
The only rifle that can be justified with a light trigger pull is those used in bench rest competition and other competitions. Yes, all of my rifles have adjustable triggers and yes, while they are set under three pounds, it is just under three pounds - 2.75 pounds. In reading different articles from the so-called EXPERTS( Jack O’Connor, Jim Carmichel just to name two) and I have found that the most preferred trigger poundage to be 2.5 pounds. Anyone with a trigger pull set under a pound is an accident looking to happen. Lawdog
Yup, found one through the Weatherby fan club, like NIB with all the paper work and even the original box it came in. At first the guy must have though that it was bedded with gold. After two weeks of haggling I told him I wouldn't go his price, then two nights later he sent me an e-mail wanting to talk to me over the phone. Called him, COLLECT, and after 20 or so minutes we settled on a price. It's sitting at my local sporting goods store waiting for the waiting period to expire. I get to pick it up next Friday. This ends a five year long search. Lawdog
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