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Lookin at a Weatherby

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by bgcc11, Jan 24, 2004.

  1. bgcc11

    bgcc11 Member

    Which rifle caliber out of a 26 or 24 inch Weatherby would be the most "quiet"? My friends neighbors are a half mile away but they still complain on Sunday mornings. Which Weatherby would y'all chose (or not chose). OR......
  2. Art Eatman

    Art Eatman Administrator Staff Member

    So, don't shoot on Sunday mornings.

    Anything with more Oomph! than a .223 is gonna be ungruntling to those neighbors, so you'll just have to change your shooting schedule...

    So: Back to Weatherbys. You talking Mark V? In a Weatherby cartridge? Whatcha gonna use it for, besides bothering the neighbors? Most Weatherbys have a rather slender barrel, to offset the weight of the action, so they're not target critters. They're intended for hunting, and the ammo is a tad expensive for just plinking...

  3. bgcc11

    bgcc11 Member

    I was thinking that a Weatherby Super VarmintMaster in .223 rem would be a tad more peaceful than the .308's, etc we've been plinkin with. I thought Weatherbys were extremely accurate at distances over 300 yards.
    Any opinions on Weatherbys (other than price).
    This is just for puttin holes in paper (we have a 1,000 yards to play with. We don't have the skills yet to take advantage of this privilege).
  4. tc300mag1

    tc300mag1 Well-Known Member

    Id like to try a 257 weatherby if they still make it just think it would be a awesome round... Now for all out annoying the neighbors how about the 460?
  5. Sunray

    Sunray Well-Known Member

    Aside from the fact that rare over prived, no center fire will be quiet. Physics is like that. Shoot a .22lr on Sundays.
  6. Art Eatman

    Art Eatman Administrator Staff Member

    Weatherby rifles are accurate, but the group size will generally degrade after the third or fourth shot, if the particular rifle has a thin-tube barrel. This is common to any brand of rifle. This is no problem for a hunting rifle, where only the first one or two shots matter. What's important there is that the first shot always go to the same place as the last time you shot the rifle...

    If you want small groups from a five- or ten-shot string, a heavy or heavy-ish barrel is needed. (A slow rate of fire is always helpful, of course.)

    If you plan to shoot at long range, heavy bullets do better than lighter ones. Heavy (and thus longer) bullets require a faster rate of twist to provide stability.

    My only experience with a Weatherby is my Mark V with a #2 profile barrel (26", medium weight) in .30-'06. I rebedded the forearm and installed a Canjar trigger. It has always been capable of five-shot, one MOA groups; three-shot groups of 7/8 MOA or less are common, and there is the occasional three-shot, 1/2 MOA group. Ol' Pet is now about 33 years old, with some 4,000 +/- rounds through it. :)

    I suggest you give some more thought to your "I want", and research the .223 cartridge a bit more. There have been many discussions about bullet weight and behavior, here; all available via the "search" function.

  7. BigG

    BigG Well-Known Member

    If that 1,000 yard distance was my goal, I'd get an older Winchester 70 Varmint in .243 Win. They are usually accurate and have plenty of steam. The ammo is less than Weatherby, also. JMTC
  8. bgcc11

    bgcc11 Member

    Thanx Art, and all. Back 2 the reasearch.
  9. Fatelvis

    Fatelvis Well-Known Member

    I agree with Art. Weatherbys are great hunting rifles! In thier calibers they`re flat shooting, hard hitting, and accurate as hell! If you`re going to be primarily target shooting though, Id suggest something with a heavier tube, as thier zeros do shift after a few shots, from cold barrel.
  10. Wryfox

    Wryfox Member

    I think you have a bigger problem than the Weatherby question if the neighbors are complaining from that far away (1/2 mile=~1000yds). It can't be that it's waking them up, should sound only like a small pop from that far. I think all rifle calibers would be a problem, and agree that you would probably have step all the way to a 22lr to be significantly quieter. all weatherby calibers are at the top of their performance level for their size, all they way from just a crack to a boom in signature. In the pits at highpower matches (600yds), it is not easy to me to differentiate a 223 from a 308 or 30-06 at that distance. It all pretty much sounds the same.
  11. rdbrowning

    rdbrowning Well-Known Member

    I bought a 257Wby last fall and have been very pleased with it. I haven't had an oportunity to try it on game but we were busting clay pigeons at 710 yards with it. We were also shooting 8" red peel and stick targets at 920, but both of those were with little wind. The muzzle blast was about the same as the 308's that others were shooting. The ammo is pricey though. I bought a box of each to try and found that mine liked the 115 grain X bullets the best so that is what I will reload with.
  12. Master Blaster

    Master Blaster Well-Known Member

  13. Black Snowman

    Black Snowman Well-Known Member

    The SVM in .223 is likely going to be the quietest and most accurate grouping choice in the Weatherbys with it's single shot action and fluted heavy barrel. CDNN has them for under $900 right now.

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