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I Got a New Rifle

Well, I have been chomping at the bit to get out on a nice day and see just what this new rifle that I purchased 2 weeks ago could do, the Weatherby Vangard in .25-06. I mounted a Leupold VXII 3-9X40 scope on it and reloaded a few rounds for it and off I went this morning.

The first two shots with factory Hornady ammo shooting a 117 grain Interlock were a little high and to the right, I adjusted. The next two were lower and close to the center. The next four shots were about 2 inches high and right on the line. So I pulled out my reloads.

The first three Barnes 115 grain TTX bullets and 51 grains of RL-22 printed 2 inches high and 1/2 inch right. The next one went the same place the next two out of a quickly warming barrel were just off of the center line. The last three were shooting 52 grains of RL-22. Now to reload a few more rounds and to see if the fliers were from a hot barrel or a faster speed.

I tried to get a velocity on all of them but the stars were not aligned and my chronograph was not reading them for some reason and I didn't have another firearm to check it with. The published velocity for the Hornady 117 gr Interlock is 2900fps, the Barnes manual list the 52 grain load of RL-22 at around 3043fps for a 52.5 grain load so that 52 grain one should be around 3000fps.

The target on the left is the sight in target and the one on the right is the reload target.

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New Rifle

It looks like the western Colorado deer are in trouble. Thumbs up

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Don't forget antelope,

Don't forget antelope, jackrabbits, and any thing else that gets in my way this comming winter. 

I actually picked up this rifle for a African hunt next year.  I thought that a .25-06 would be just the medicine for the smaller animals that I plan to hunt.  I'll take my .340 Weatherby for the bigger critters. 

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Beautiful Rifle

Critter! I am in fact wanting to add another rifle to my predator arsenal that has 500 to 600 yard capability for wide open country calling. And, 25-06 is the caliber I am strongly leaning towards. Looks like your rig would fit that bill perfectly. I am really getting into longer range shooting as of late you know, past the more common 300 to 400 yd marker, and wanting to stretch that into the 5 to 600 yard arena for coyotes. From what I've read and heard from others the 25 is ideal for this in addition to being near perfect pronghorn and mulie medicine.

Congrats on a great looking gun!

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I was actually looking to see

I was actually looking to see if I could find a 6.5 Creedmore but I have wanted a .25-06 for over 30 years now so I got the Vangard.  Now I am debating on weather to open up the chamber to a Akley Improved to get close to .257 Weatherby performance. 

Decisions, decisions. 

I can't wait until this coming spring to see what it will do out to 600 yards. 

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Nice looking rifle!

Nice looking rifle!  I have a .257 Weatherby Vanguard, and I have been very happy with it!  In 4 years, it has taken two antelope and two deer.  My only complaint has been that the ammo is so expensive.  The ammo cost was the reason that I almost went with the .25-06.  I am sure you will enjoy your rifle.

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I have found that with any

I have found that with any Weatherby caliber you are going to have to reload if you want to shoot it very much.  Then the cost of the rounds go from $3-$5 a round down to under a buck once you have a supply of brass.

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My big dream for a rifle was

My big dream for a rifle was a Ruger #1 in 25-06. Finally found it in a gunshop in Loveland, Colo. $265 brand new! But picking it up I don't know what happened but the dream poped! Left it there. Now I've had a couple of them since, both bolt actions. My present one will be in my house until I'm gone. 700 ADL. Witll shoot 117gr Hirnasdy's under an inch all day. Has a very old 3x9 Bushnell Banner on it. My boy keeps eyeballing it and making rude remark's about my age but I still got it! I have killed a ton of deer with that rifle.