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.257 Weatherby Magnum

Picked up one of the newer stainless S2 Vanguard rifles through a trade recently chambered in this cartridge. I know it's one of the flattest shooting centerfire cartridges on the planet and makes a great open country medium game rifle. Anyone else have one and like it? I was thinking about dialing in with Weatherby 115 grain ballistic tip ammo.

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Nope. Had one and didn't like it. Figured if I'm going to haul around a rifle that long, that loud, and burns that much powder, it might as well at least be a 7mm.

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I like 257wby. Less recoil than 7mm and flatter. More than enough for deer sized critters out to quite a distance. The only downside is price of brass and ammo. It does burn some powder though.
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If recoil is an issue the .243 has always been there doing the exact same stuff probably just as well.

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Pity your wallet if you don't reload. Weatherby ammo is notoriously pricey.
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If recoil is an issue the .243 has always been there doing the exact same stuff probably just as well.
Although the .243 is a capable round , it is by no means in the same class as the .257 Weatherby.
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Never noticed a whole lot of difference. Deer don't take another step with either one.

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Never noticed a whole lot of difference. Deer don't take another step with either one.
True, but beyond 300 yards it gets progressively easier to kill with the .257 Weatherby than the .243 Win.. The .257 Weatherby can kill at a considerably longer range if the shooter can do his part (if you haven't practiced a lot don't even consider it). The .243 is marginal at best when you start getting out much farther. But for the average PA whitetail hunt, given the choice I would take the .243.

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Picked up one of the newer stainless S2 Vanguard rifles through a trade recently chambered in this cartridge. I know it's one of the flattest shooting centerfire cartridges on the planet and makes a great open country medium game rifle. Anyone else have one and like it? I was thinking about dialing in with Weatherby 115 grain ballistic tip ammo.
Great cartridge and a nice gun! The 115gr Ballistic Tip should work fine, but personally I have been leaning toward Barnes X or Nosler Partitions when using high velocity cartridges like the 257wby. I recently picked up some 110gr Nosler Accubonds to try in my 257wby, I think they should also be a good fit for that cartridge/velocity.

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Although the .243 is a capable round , it is by no means in the same class as the .257 Weatherby.
Agree. Around a 500fps difference with a 100gr bullet.

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