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weatherby vanguard

does anybody have any thoughts on the weatherby vanguard? ive heard its made in china but would assume weatherby keeps a close eye on the quality of the gun and its manufacture. i cant find any real hard information on the gun.the price would almost make it worth a try.let me know either way.

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weatherby vanguard

The Vanguard is just a no frills weatherby without all the fancy finishes and wood. It still has the same accuracy claim out of the box. As for being made in China... I don't know but it could be possible. Many inexpensive products are manufactured in areas with "reduced" wages.

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weatherby vanguard

The Vanguard is actually made by Howa of Japan to Weatherby's specs. I currently own one in 7mm Rem Mag and like it. They guarantee a 1-1/2" group. The target my rifle came with was just over 1". I have worked up a load using Barnes X bullets and IMR powder and we have been able to get sub 1" groups, which is just fine for me in a hunting rifle. The gun is well built and I would recommend it to anyone.

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weatherby vanguard

My brother in law just picked up a Wetherby Vanguard .243. It is a sick little gun. Nice piece of wood. Very accurate comfortable. I do believe they are made in Japan.

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Confirmed. I own a Vanguard in 300 win mag. One hell of a rifle. It shoots better than I do (not saying much).

I have a much older Vanguard - it has the most beautiful burled walnut stock with rose wood inlays I've EVER seen. Someone comments on it each time I go to the range. And the bluing is so deep it looks like the bottom of the ocean. It KILLS ME when I have to climb through the chapparal we hunt in. Scratches.... oh well.

Jesse

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weatherby vanguard

I studied the vanguard a few months ago.

While I didn't purchase one, given the chance in the future I still would because it was at a good price point and I trust the weatherby name (and its good to read the comments by others that have been posted suggesting the vanguard is worthy).

A point worth considering is that if your looking for it to be chambered in a less common wthby cartridge (like for instance the 257 wthby mag or 300 wthby mag) the vanguard may be your only choice in this price level.

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