Weatherby Vanguard S2 .308 ammo recommendations

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by ChicagoJoe, Sep 17, 2012.

  1. ChicagoJoe

    ChicagoJoe New Member

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    Does anyone in the forum have a Weatherby Vanguard S2 in .308 with the standard 24" barrel? What hunting ammo does yours like? I have some Rem Core-Lokt 150gr, Core-Lokt 180 gr, Federal 150 gr and Winchester 150 gr. I would also like to try some 165/168 gr. I am hoping someone here ran a good range of ammo through theirs and can narrow my search (and save me money). I know, every rifle is different, but I am hoping that Weatherby's/Howa's QC is tight enough that identical rifles coming off the same line will like the same rounds. With a little luck, she will like Rem Core-Lokt, which has served me well in the past.

    Thanks in advance for your help.
     
  2. Old_Crow

    Old_Crow New Member

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    What kind of terrain do you plan to hunt? I like a 30/06. I would rather have a bullet that will handle the conditions than the most accurate bullet. What good is a .25 tighter group if the bullet fails to buck the wind or goes 5' off target in broomstraw grass?
     

  3. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn Active Member

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    Hornady Custom 150 grain SST or step up the Hornady's Superperfomance, IMHO the best factory ammo you can buy. YMMV
     
  4. ChicagoJoe

    ChicagoJoe New Member

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    Old Crow, we hunt in Western PA. The terrain is wooded hills with some open fields. The longest possible shot might be 200 yards, but I have never killed a deer from farther away than 70 yards. Most of our hunting is from stands, but we do also do drives at midday. I used to have a 30-06, but thought it was too much gun for deer at under 100 yards.
     
  5. hardluk1

    hardluk1 Active Member

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    I also really like how the sst bullets work on thin skinned game. Try 150gr sst and see how it shoots for you but the core-lokt should also work fine too. Just place your shots well and and no when to let a deer walk on. no problems.
     
  6. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    At those ranges, and hunting nothing larger than whitetail, any of the 150s you mentioned should be fine. I use handloads with the 150 Speer, but your core-Lokts or WW will do nicely.
     
  7. ChicagoJoe

    ChicagoJoe New Member

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    It turns out she likes Remington CoreLokt 180 gr.
     

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