Shot one before thought it was a nice gun and cartridge. It has an advantage over many cartridges and does it well. It really isn't a 100 yard deer gun but it will perform that task. Larger animals at greater distances is where it shines.
Used one on bear also, know a couple guys that use one for deer, it's a lot of gun, but then again I have no problem with being "over-gunned" if there is such a thing. Muzzle break should make tame recoil pretty well.
I have shot a lot of deer with mine. 150 grain Barnes Triple Shocks at 3,500 fps. Does the trick. It is quite loud, recoil is significant and the gun is long and heavy. But, it's awesome. Like a muscle car.
You'll have yourself a do-all rifle for North America and most of the rest of the world. The Vanguard platform tends to be nutz for accurate. For me...…...the muzzle brake would be a deal breaker. The recoil of a .300 Wby is not anywhere near that which I'd let my ears take the brutal beating the brake would hand out just to reduce a very tolerable level of recoil.
Vangard S2. Have purchased 8 of them so far and plan on buying 2 more (Grice has a sale on them now). They are very accurate out of the box and the trigger is sweet! I have breaks on my Lapua,30-378,375 [email protected] and 300 wby. Also have a couple 300 wby without breaks,they're not that bad to shoot. Buy it!
thanks 7mmstw. have my heart set on the vanguard in the first lite camo. on the waiting list. my dealer sats his distributor has them coming. my 300win mag vanguard was manageable but like the camo pattern and the brake on the 300wby