The Deluxe version has quite a beautiful stock. Some versions have a nice fiberglass stock.
October 17, 2008, 03:01 PM
Weatherby rifles always seemed mysterious to me. The Mark V's are fairly expensive for a factory gun, and the vanguard's are very wallet friendly. Seems like a big jump with no "inbetweeners" to me, but I may be wrong. Also, I know nothing about Howa rifles; they strike me as a less accurate savage for some reason.
October 17, 2008, 07:24 PM
I have never personally shot or even handled a Vanguard, but FWIW everything I have read about them in the gun press has been very positive.
I know nothing about Howa rifles; they strike me as a less accurate savage for some reason.It's noteworthy that Weatherby guarantees the standard Vanguard will group 3 shots in under 1.5" at 100 yards. The sub-MOA version (which has a better synthetic stock) is guaranteed to group 3 in under .99".
AFAIK, Savage (like most manufacturers) does not guarantee accuracy. Of course, that does not mean that their rifles are less accurate than Weatherby's / Howa's. But I see no reason to suggest that Savages are typically more accurate.
October 17, 2008, 08:07 PM
I've got a Vanguard Sporter in .30-06.
Accurate, easy to shoot well offhand, well-made. I really like the Weatherby stock design; it fits me well, provides a good cheek weld and directs recoil away from her face.
It's not a light gun, but a bit of weight and good balance are what makes it so offhand friendly. I'd get another -- I'm seriously thinking of getting the Howa Ranchland Security rifle. I was thinking Model 7, but between the better price and the better safety, I'd get the Howa (or the Weatherby Compact).
October 17, 2008, 11:06 PM
I have an RWS model 89 (which is a Howa 1500 as well.) .22-250. It's an okay rifle. Certainly nothing is wrong with it, but it isn't as accurate as I would like it to be.
October 17, 2008, 11:43 PM
They are very popular here in the uk. they use some great design features of lots of different rifles.