Vanguard versus A-Bolt


November 24, 2012, 11:22 AM
I am looking to get a new .30-06 for elk, deer & bear hunting in Colo, and am having a tough time deciding between the Weatherby Vanguard and the Browning A-Bolt. Both have a great reputation, and I am able to buy them for very close to the same amount in the used market.

I have not shot either model, and do not know anyone who owns either one.

Anyone have any wise words for me?

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November 24, 2012, 01:35 PM
That comes down to personal preference. A-Bolt advantages are quicker bolt throw and less muzzle rise depending on how you hold the stock. If you tend to pick your head up or lower the butt between shots there is no practical advantage to the A-Bolt.

November 24, 2012, 02:34 PM
the only other thing that comes to mind is the weight - the Vanguard is about 8 1/4 lbs and the A-Bolt is under 7. Getting noticeably older every year, so I think about that.

November 24, 2012, 09:58 PM
Never fired the Vanguard, but can definitely vouch for the A Bolt (had a .243 that my buddy has now)
Light, VERY accurate, well made-I like a detachable box magazine, though the one on the A Bolt is a little quirky....X Bolt mag is awesome

November 24, 2012, 10:47 PM
For light/handy the A-Bolt is hard to beat. For performance/accuracy my money is on the Vanguard.
I like my A-Bolt II but it is the least accurate rifle in my safe (shooting about 1.25-1.50"), though to be fair it is my most recent rifle and I am sure I can figure out a handload for it with exceptional accuracy, I always do.

November 24, 2012, 10:50 PM
I don't own an a bolt but I really like my vanguard. Very smooth action.

November 24, 2012, 11:44 PM
The A bolt doesn't fit me as well as other makes and models, plus they can be tough on the shoulder with heavier loads. I have a Vanguard sub moa in 338 WinMag, 5/8" group from the factory. :)

November 25, 2012, 12:36 AM
I own and hunt with both.

My browning sure does look prettier, well the stock at least. And the bolt does seem to require a little more torque to open, so I wouldn't say it is any "faster"...

The weatherby is definitely heavier but I like the heft and the rifle fits my frame well.

Handle them both and pick which fits better I say. They are both fine rifles.

November 25, 2012, 01:06 AM
I would say either one will be an exceptional rifle, I think it boils down to personal preference.
If a rifle groups 1.5" or 2", you're actually only hitting 3/4"-1" away from point of aim (that ain't bad!).
For a hunting rifle, that seems plenty good to me.

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