The .257 Weatherby mag is a excellent round but it doesn't seem to be used much any more, i've found it to be a good round for those long shots on deer size game . any other thoughts on why it's not as widely used as it once was?
I think Zippy is on to it with the ammo availabilty, but it probably also has to do with these:
Historical Popularity: Its tough to compete with the history of the 30-06. People tend to gravitate toward historical standards, even if the standard is not necessarily the best available at the time or in the future. The computing word is full of cases like this...
Costs: I imagine the rifle manufactures have to balance what they will chamber in with the costs to add yet another caliber to what they will be offering and what they can hope to sell. Adding another cartidge adds costs and if the round is not as popular they may not recover their costs.
I work part time in a gun shop in southern Indiana, the shop does alot of gunsmithing and build a few custom rifle each year.I have over the last 16 years sold only two caliber of weatherby ammo 300 and 7 mag. never had anyone even ask about any of the other calibers.
I've started a new site for Hunters & Shooters to join on the MSN Groups. I looking for some help to get the site up and running.Some Asst. Managers and members where we all share info help other members to get started in the sport and so on.....http://groups.msn.com/HuntersShooters..Hope to see you there Thanks Gamegetter
The record books, that are put out by Boone & Crocket and Pope & Young and where I live is Henry Kelsey they are a great way to research a state or a province for big game. This does take some time but the knowledge it gives you, can be very valuable. Not all hunters have their trophies recorded, as where I live after the Hanson Buck became the new world record typical Whitetail, we saw a flood of hunters and now that has happened, some hunters are shying away from the record books but...