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    weatherby rifles-opinions please

    Hi. I have seen a Weatherby .243 vanguard for sale(new) and would like any opinions on these rifles if possible please.
    It will be my first centrefire and I'm also considering a Howa in a package deal.
    I have a limited budget. look forward to your replies. many thanks.
    Gwilli

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    Weatherby/Howa, same thing, do the same job, go with what suits your budget.

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    I think Howa and Weatherby are the same rifle, made in the same factory but branded differently. Not sure if there is there is any subtle differences. I just bought a howa in 204 last week. shot it in and zerod it at the weekend and its a cracking rifle fits well and the new two stage trigger is nice. I also have a tikka t3 and remington 700 to compare it to and so far the howa is holding its own but time will tell.

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    Agree Bigboab cosmetic difference only.
    Howa produces the Weatherby Vanguard. Weatherby get's one stock and Howa uses a variation of the Hogue stock they produce themselves.
    Howa 1500 has been in production since the 60's, Weatherby contracted Howa to build them with the Weatherby Vanguard name on them in 1969.
    This rifle has also been sold as a Smith & Wesson 1500 & Mossberg 1500.
    The series Two Vanguard seems to be an even better model again.!
    (not much in it price wise either)

    Atb, Buck.
    "let him without sin cast the first stone"





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    Thanks gents will have to have a good think...now if you just tell me how to buy it without the missus finding out I will be impressed!!

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    Thats the easy bit - you won it in a competition. Or you bought it second hand for £100 then tell her you feel a bit guilty, give her £100 for shoes/handbags and everyone is happy

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    What about the Mark 5, is that also a Howa or their own action? Also is it any good?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigboab29 View Post
    Thats the easy bit - you won it in a competition. Or you bought it second hand for £100 then tell her you feel a bit guilty, give her £100 for shoes/handbags and everyone is happy
    Your an old hand at this game by the sound of it Rob....!
    "let him without sin cast the first stone"





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    Quote Originally Posted by Sako308 View Post
    What about the Mark 5, is that also a Howa or their own action? Also is it any good?
    The Mk V is Weatherbys' own. It's not available in .243. It's good, but scarce and REALLY expensive.

    If you're thinking of a secondhand budget Vanguard, read below. I don't know if these are U.S. models only, as it refers to models sold 'nationwide'.

    IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTICE

    VANGUARD® BY WEATHERBY RIFLE
    Weatherby, Inc. of Paso Robles, California, is performing a safety upgrade on all Vanguard® by Weatherby brand rifles manufactured between the years 1970 to 1993.
    The affected rifles bear serial numbers from one of the following series on the receiver: 00001 through 03810; V00001 through V80966; VX00001 through VX44065; VS00001 through VS23699; VL00001 through VL46984; W0001 through W0099; NV0001 through NV0099. The safety upgrade will replace the bolt sleeve to prevent misassembly of the bolt, which might occur on the affected rifles. Such misassembly might result into a hazardous condition in which the rifle can be accidentally discharged without the bolt being fully engaged, causing severe injury.
    WARNING: If you own a Vanguard® by Weatherby rifle with a serial number from one of the serial number series referred to above: USE OF YOUR RIFLE MAY RESULT IN AN ACCIDENT AND SEVERE INJURY. STOP USING YOUR RIFLE IMMEDIATELY and click on this link http://www.weatherby.com/vanguardsafety/registration to receive a Bolt Return Kit. Only the bolt sleeve is being upgraded. Your bolt will be returned to you after the upgrade. If you do not have web access, call Weatherby at 1-800-227-2018 to receive a Bolt Return Kit.



    NO OTHER WEATHERBY RIFLES ARE AFFECTED. CHECK YOUR SERIAL NUMBER.

    The affected rifles were originally sold through licensed gun dealers nationwide, and some of them may have been resold by the original owners through retail gun dealers, trade shows or privately. If you have sold, traded or given away an affected Vanguard® by Weatherby rifle, it is important for you to forward this Safety Notice to the current owner.
    Weatherby apologizes for any inconvenience to its customers resulting from this safety upgrade program, but it is important that owners of affected rifles take advantage of this free upgrade program and do not use an affected rifle before it has been upgraded. All work will be done at the factory at no charge. Return the bolt only, not the entire rifle. Please do not return your Vanguard® by Weatherby bolt to the factory before contacting us at either http://www.weatherby.com/vanguardsafety/registration or 1-800-227-2018 for your Bolt Return Kit.
    If I'm going to be accused of it then it's just as well I did it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Buck View Post
    Your an old hand at this game by the sound of it Rob....!

    i won every gun I own Billy lol

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