was this a good deal??

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by 500mag_guy, Mar 6, 2011.

  1. 500mag_guy

    500mag_guy New Member

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    So yesterday i was looking through the paper and seen that we were having a gun show this weekend in town so i decided that i should better go, just to make sure there wasn't any screaming deals out there.:D

    I walk up to the very first table and this guy has a Weatherby Vanguard sub moa model in 223 rem in absolutely brand new condition... actually ill take that back "brand new"! This gun was purchased brand new in November of 2010, has been shot less then 50 times, the box for the gun and the scope, with the original stock and this fancy stock, a 3.5-10x50 apex scope on it with a harris bipod and a leather sling. I picked up this rifle and fell in love with it! The rifle had a tag on it for $625 which i thought was a STEAL! I looked at the guy behind the table and and asked what his lowest cash price would be. He thought about it for a minute and said $575. So i decided lets low ball this guy and see if he bits. :D I offered him $550 cash and he took it. I could believe it.

    Here she is!:D Click on the pictures they will get larger!

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  2. skullcrusher

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    It is always a good deal if you are happy with it. Now, for that price, you got a great deal, imo.
     

  3. Sniper03

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    That is a nice rifle and a good price. MSRP on the Rifle alone is about $585.00 without the scope and the Harris Bi pod. And basically with the Rifle being as new you got a free scope, mounts and Bi Pod out of the deal.
    The rifle is built for Weatherby by Howa which makes some very accurate rifles! Yes they are made in Japan but they are good quality products. And as stated they are known for their accuracy. Great Rifle! Enjoy!:)

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  4. 500mag_guy

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    Are all weatherby rifles made in Japan.
     
  5. Sniper03

    Sniper03 Supporting Member Supporter

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    Just the Vanguard is made by Howa in Japan. Weatherby has had their MK-Vs actions made in various places over the years beginning in their home plant of South Gate CA. They also contracted with companies like J.P. Sauer and other European manufacturers over the years assembling the weapons in California. Today to my knowledge the Mk-Vs are made in Brainerd Minnesota. Nothing at all wrong with your Vanguard! You should be very happy with it and it's accuracy. Without looking I am not sure what barrel twist it has wich will have some bearing on what grain of bullet it may like best.

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  6. 500mag_guy

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    I was just on the weatherby website and the msrp for my gun is $1101!!

    Vanguard® Sub-MOA Varmint | Rifles | Products | Weatherby.com
     
  7. Sniper03

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    You are correct. I forgot the fact that it was the SUB MOA Model and the Varmint all of that is a plus! SO you really got one H--l of a deal didn't you. I was thinking the standard model when I said that. Great Rifle!:D

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  8. 500mag_guy

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    it has a 1:12" twist. any recommendations on grain of bullet for long range meaning out to 500 600 yards.
     
  9. 500mag_guy

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    boy o boy yes i did and i found the receipt for the scope in the scope box and he paid $259 for it!! this deal just keeps getting sweeter and sweeter. lol im almost starting to feel bad hehe:p
     
  10. 500mag_guy

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    i just got back inside from shooting it and it is a sweet shooting rifle! the wind started blowing so i couldnt sight it in but it was nice to shot it! :)
     
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  11. Sniper03

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    I can tell you felt real guilty about that deal! But must have lasted a whole .3 of a second didn't it !!!!! Great deal brother!
    Yes! on the ammunition. The 1:12 twist barrels will not effectively stabilize any bullets weighing much over 55 grains. That is what you want to shoot in it (55gr.) or lighter weight varmint loads. It might shoot some 62 grain bullets but you would not get peak accuracy from them if they would shoot good. Anything over that could result in what we call side strikes on the target at a fair distance. So 55gr. and under are what you need. It is a good twist and very accurate as long as you shoot the right bullet. Most of the Bolt Action Rifles in 223 were built in 1:12 twist. If you want to try some real accurate bullets the Federal P-223-E product code bullets are very accurate. Also the Black Hills JHP Boat Tails are good! Get a good rest and shoot for group. I will bet you will be impressed with your new rifle.

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  12. 500mag_guy

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    Thanks a million for everything 03. I reload and what i was pushing through my other 223 is 50 grain Nosler BT and am loving the groups i was getting with that rifle so i will just keep that mixture going and see what kind of groups i get. I cant wait for a day with no wind! I just got off the phone with one of the local gun shops and they said to get one of the Weatherby Vanguard Varmint Sub MOA in 223 rem i would be looking at $999.95.