Vanguard® Synthetic Videos

Vanguard® Synthetic

(184 customer reviews)

$699.00

Description

While other rifles may talk the talk, this one would prefer to walk the walk. For example, there are guns that tout being SUB-MOA, but this one will guarantee it from its Vanguard action, hammer-forged barrel, and match-grade trigger. Someone might expect to pay dearly for a guarantee like that, but we’re proud to say that this is the best value at Weatherby for that degree of accuracy. When taking the Vanguard Synthetic hunting, don’t think this one has to be babied because of the precision. The Vanguard Synthetic, with a Griptonite® stock and all surfaces is designed to repel the harshest conditions.

FEATURES INCLUDE:

  • All Vanguard rifles are guaranteed to shoot a 3-shot group of .99” or less at 100 yards (SUB-MOA) from a cold barrel when used with Weatherby® factory or premium ammunition within Two-Years of Verified Purchase Date to Original Purchaser.
  • Adjustable Match Quality, Two-stage Trigger
  • Fluted Bolt Body
  • One-piece Machined Bolt Body
  • Fully Enclosed Bolt Sleeve
  • Vanguard Recoil Pad
  • 3-Position Safety
  • Cold Hammer Forged Barrel
  • Integral Recoil Lug
  • Hinged Floorplate
  • Drop-Box Magazine Models: .240 WBY MAG  /  .25-06 REM.  /  .270 WIN.  /  .30-06 SPRG.

STOCK:

  • Monte Carlo Griptonite® stock
  • Pistol grip and forend inserts
  • Right side palm swell (aids shooter comfort and control)

BARREL AND METALWORK:

  • Bead blasted matte finish
  • #2 contour barrel
  • Barrel length is 26” for magnum chamberings & 24” for non-magnum and 240 Wby Mag

 

184 reviews for Vanguard® Synthetic

4.9
Based on 184 reviews
  1. The Texan

    I have two: one in .308 and one in .243.
    The S2 is a significant improvement over the older models.
    They are extremely accurate rifles right out of the box, and the fit and finish is great.
    I gave it high marks based on its price range. It is not a custom gun, so don’t expect the moon and the stars. But, in the “basic hunting rifle” category it excels.

    They are now offering a .375 HH model…. now that is interesting !

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  2. Terry

    I bought this rifle in September after deliberating over Winchester and Browning for quite awhile. I cannot believe the quality of rifle for the money I paid. The trigger is crisp and the rifle sits well in the shoulder and hand. I bought this rifle in 30.06 and it hits 1/4 inch at 100 yards all day with regular federal 180 grain. Rugged and light weight I nailed my moose with it at 350 yards and it wasn’t a pain to pack out with my moose. Great job on this rifle.

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  3. Gunmonkey

    Here’s the deal; I bought the Vanguard Synthetic in 257 Weatherby Magnum. Followed the barrel break-in procedures, but figured, “Why not shoot for group during break-in?” Using Weatherby’s cheapest 100gr. bullets, I had the scope roughly dialed in to hit 2.5″ high at 100 yards in 3 rounds and backed off to 300 yards. The remaining 7 shots were all within a 2 5/8″ group. This was after cleaning the barrel after each shot. That was as far as I got (Wife called me for supper). I wasn’t really being careful about my aim, and I’m not the greatest shot by any stretch, and I was shooting from sand bags. When I continue with the break-in next weekend, I’ll use my rifle rest and be a little more careful about my aim, the results should be even better.

    The fit and finish of the gun is great. Nothing like you’d expect from a $600 rifle.

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  4. 338WM

    I purchased this rifle in, you guessed it, 338 Win Mag. It has a smooth action, and was quick to sight in after barrel break-in. Even though the rifle was chambered in a magnum cartridge, the recoil was very manageable. I summed this up to Weatherby engineering the stock to minimize felt recoil. The synthetic stock also feels like it will handle abuse and inclement weather. Even though its not as beautiful as a mark V, it still makes me smile every time I see it in my gun safe. My advice is to buy one and see for yourself.

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  5. Cvwdrummer

    When I bought this rifle (22-250, Bull barrel) the salesmen said that the gun is capable of shooting more accurate then I can aim. In other words, any inconsistencies with my groupings will be the sole result of human error. Thats what sold me on buying it and I must say it has definitely lived up to that claim! After sighting in and tuning my scope I am consistently getting 1 inch groups at 200yds (using nosler varmageddon 55g). I have ruled out that the only reason I am not getting 1/4″ groups at the 200 is purely the fault of my technique. After more practice and work on my technique, I am sure I can achieve 1/4″ groups or better at 200 yds consistently. Very good rifle at a very good price!

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  6. Randy

    This rifle is one of the best that I own.
    The bolt is butter smooth and the price cannot be beaten!

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  7. Andy Sipowicz

    Truly an exceptional rifle for fit and finish, accuracy, function. I have one in 300 Win mag Synthetic. This rifle far exceeds any other manufacturer in this level. To be quite honest this rifle would match most upper end models. My next purchase, maybe two, will be a 257 Wby and a 7mm-08. This is just a thought but I would like to see a detachable magazine in short action models.

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  8. Perry

    Was looking for a new gun for hunting, and a gun store owner led me in the direction of a Weatherby. Never thought of owning a Weatherby but listened to him talk up the gun and company. He claimed for the money the Vangaurd was the best buy. Bought the Vangaurd. Mounted a Bushnell Elite Tactical scope. Sited it in at the range in just a couple shots and was in business! Hitting plate consistantly out at 550 yards! Love the gun!!!

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  9. stanleygks

    I bought a 240 Wby Magnum and it is the most accurate sporter-weight rifle I’ve ever shot. The first group fired with factory ammo measured .60. A hand loaded Sierra GameKing groups under .5. A tremendous rifle at a tremendous value.

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  10. Berq

    These rifles can not be beat accuracy is as good as any! function of action excellent, nice looking rifle. I own 4 and will buying more.

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  11. Bullfrog

    I have a 223 vanguard and a 300 wby mag mark V. As a ex sniper I can really stretch them out. They both preform as advertised.

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  12. Free

    I have the Weatherby 300 mag and I’m very satisfied with the performance. At 200 yards, I can get a 1/2 inch group pattern with 5 shots. The deer I shot in Oklahoma dropped instantly. I would recommend this rifle to anybody shopping for a rifle.

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  13. John from Boise

    I purchased your Vanguard S2 in 257 Wby the first year it was produced. I shot
    2 rounds at 200 yds almost in the same hole! I own LOTS of rifles from most of the manufacturers and this is the most bang for the buck rifle I own. I am hoping to purchase another Vanguard S2 in 6.5 Creedmoor, or if Weatherby decides to come out with a 6.5mm Weatherby magnum I can wait a year or two.

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  14. Dan

    I own a 25-06 and a 270 in the Vanguard. Accuracy is excellent in both. Couldn’t be happier with these rifles. If I add another rifle to the mix it will be a Weatherby!

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  15. high plains hunter

    Great product, well made and well finished! One great price. I now own two, 223 and 308.

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  16. pete

    great rifle, well finished , .5 MOA @ 100 YDS with hand loads,
    money well spent, very pleased with rifle,

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  17. The Brit

    I own the VANGUARD SYNTHETIC 30-06, it was my first gun and i love it. Amazing accuracy relatively light and well balanced. A real treat to shoot!

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  18. practical

    Got my first Weatherby product in the vanguard s2 in 2012. .75 moa and better CONSISENTLY in 22-250. Good stock, excellent trigger, nice recoil pad, excellently smooth bolt, and sub MOA out of the box. Nothing better for the money.

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  19. grinchjr

    nice smooth action

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  20. Soca ball

    purchased a weatherby S2 in 240 Weatherby Magnum, thought if I was going to by a weatherby, should be in a weatherby caliber. Smaking pigs and Deer all the way out to 400m with a 85 grain pill and don’t have to allow for elevation, they just don’t get back up. First 3 reloaded rounds went into 1/4 inch. I use this rifle for everything in North Queensland , Australia and very comfortable to carry around for hours at a time

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  21. Rob

    Always wanted a Weatherby. Bought a Vanguard 2 in 2014. More accurate than I can shoot, smooth action,nice ethos. .257 WM shoots flat with modest recoil. What’s not to like?

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  22. Mike B.

    Mine is a 7mm-08 Rem. w/ a Vortex Crossfire 4×12 in Leupold PRW rings & bases.It shoots 140gr. Nosler Accubonds into 1 1/2 ins. at 200 yds. All the time. Successful on antelope, pigs, mule deer & lots of coyotes here in northern Nevada. Excellent value for the price.Durable, easy to maintain.I highly reccomend this rifle!

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  23. Triston P.

    I bought this rifle about 6 months ago and it was the best decision I have ever made. I got the .270 win model. I also bought a Vortex scope to go on it. Together they are a big game killing machine. The rifle shoots great, I got a nice 10 point buck kill with last deer season. Weatherby isn’t lying when they say this rifle is very accurate because it shoots exactly were I want it to. Overall this is an excellent rifle. Keep up the good work Weatherby!

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  24. hawkeye

    great gun i have a vanguard 300 wby mag. with a 165 gr.nab it shoot a 1/4 inch 3 shot group at a 100 yd.

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  25. TIM

    After already owning a Mark V Accumark in .257 Weatherby Magnum and a Vanguard M.O.A. in .338 Winchester Magnum, I purchased a Vanguard S2 in .300 Weatherby Magnum as my third Weatherby product and couldn’t be happier. Comparing this rifle against the 700 Remington or 77 Ruger ( I have several of each) and the Weatherby comes out on top in every category. Function, price, accuracy, caliber choice, the synthetic stock and great looks, it’s a winner no matter what. You get a great product at a great price and I recommend the S2 to everyone in the market for a new rifle.
    Don’t buy elsewhere…get you a Weatherby S2 !

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  26. Jaeger

    Just bought my S2 in 30-06 and already is showing what a shooter it is! So impressed that I immediately ordered another one in 25-06 due in next week and will follow up with a .338 Win mag and the .375 H&H magnum as soon as they hit the market. Yes, I like them that much and I also own an Accumark in .300 Wby which are outstanding as well. Now if they just offered the Vanguard in .300 H&H magnum to go along with it’s big brother……

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  27. Shakey

    Just got my hands on my new Vanguard…30.06…synthetic…I love this gun…paired with a Leupold VX2..I got such a great deal..feel like a kid on Christmas morning…LOVE IT!..Always wanted a Weatherby!…Super Excited!…can you tell?…lol

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  28. Riflelooney

    Shoots like a house afire! I bought one in .257 Whby Mag and it puts 3 shots in less than 1″ at 100 yds., and about 1.5″ at 200 yds. I handload and have had great success with the Barnes TTSx and Hogdon 1000 Extreme. Can’t wait to go deer hunting in PA this year!

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  29. Extremely accurate

    I have a fancy 270 Win, a super fancy AR10 type in 7.62/.308 Win and the Vanguard .308. The Weatherby Vanguard is the most accurate gun of them all.

    Only problem is that if you buy this inexpensive rifle, you won’t have an excuse to upgrade to a prettier gun. Buy a painting instead maybe.

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  30. Larry

    I’d been wanting to buy a 30-06 hunting rifle for several years to provide a little more downrange energy on elk than my Howa Model 1500 in .270.

    After looking at quiet a few rifles in 30-06, I finally stumbled across the Weatherby Vanguard Series 2 and was pleasantly surprised at the feel and fit (for me) of this rifle. As the barrel and action are made by Howa (my .270 is a sub 3/4″ shooter), I believed that the shooting characteristics would be excellent…and I wasn’t disappointed.

    I’m not a believer in “barrel break-in” as I’ve never done it on any rifle I’ve ever owned and have had great accuracy from all of them. That said, I took three sets of ammunition and my new Vanguard to the range. The ammunition included Federal 150g Sierra Game King BTSP, Federal 180g Vital Shok Nosler Accubonds, and my hand loaded 165g Nosler Accubonds.

    The Federal Sierra Game Kings produced a 5 shot group at 1.05″ with 3 rounds clover-leafed. The Federal Vital Shok had a 5 shot group at .905″. The handloaded 165g Nosler Accubonds (5 rounds) grouped at .82″ with a 3 shot cloverleaf. These were shot after an initial barrel cleaning, but with the gun being brand new and unfired to that point.

    I couldn’t be happier with my purchase and the experience only re-enforced my belief in any barrel/action made by Howa. Buy this rifle. Fit, function and finish are great. You will not be disappointed.

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  31. RAF

    Best and most accurate rifles for the money period.!!!
    I own four. I keep selling most of my other rifles and replacing them with Vanguard’s. Nothing come close for the price.

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  32. Lee

    What we have here is a rifle built the way a rifle should be built. One piece bolt and handle machined from forged steel. One piece receiver and recoil lug machined from one piece of forged steel. An excellent trigger and accuracy guarantee to boot. Compare it to the multiple piece bolts/receivers of the competition which cost more, in some cases much more, and judge for yourself. I have three Vanguard S2 (25-06, 30-06, and .338 Win) and am waiting for number four in .375 H&H. It’s just an excellent rifle–period.

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  33. Ghjhighlander

    Had mine for 3yrs now in 270 Win. with no issues. Shoots factory 150 gr. bullets while benched, warmed and fouled barrel at .74 inches. Can’t ask for more than that and highly recommend this rifle. You end up with twice the performance at half the cost and have a durable functional rifle.

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  34. rich

    I currently own these weatherby’s in the following calibers: 22-250, 240 weatherby mag, 257 weatherby mag, 7 mm 08, and 300 weatherby mag. I am hoping in the future they will bring out in the vanguard the 270 weatherby mag, the 7 mm weatherby mag, and the 340 weatherby mag, and maybe, just maybe the 375 weatherby. I’ve owned my first weatherby vanguard in the early 1980’s. I saved up monry and bought what would now be the weatherby vanguard deluxe in 300 win mag. Sadly, I lost it to a house fire, but I now have the ones I’ve purchased since then and they are better than ever!

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  35. Flatland shooter

    I have 3 of these. A 223,240, and a 257. All 3 shoot under a 3/4 of an inch. The 240 under a half inch and the 257 a ragged hole. These shoot better than any mark v I have ever owned. I just got the 223 so I haven,t had a chance to find what it really likes yet. In the 240 use a stout charge of western powders magnum with a Winchester WLRM primer and a speer 100 gr BT and seat to 3.2 oal. You will like it.

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  36. Fatnugly

    I recently purchased a .223 Vanguard S2 in Synthetic Blued and I am stoked at how accurate this rifle is. On paper I just get a ragged hole 3 or 5 shot 100yd group with others not knowing the difference or so they tell me. This gave me great confidence in the field and it has accounted for quite a few pests in its first outing. Feeding the rounds was smooth and trouble free. Not overly happy with the blueing as it marked easily however that’s a minor issue. I put a Zeiss Conquest HD5 5-25 x 50 on top and it is now my go to rifle. The Ruger Win Mag stays in the safe. Thanks Weatherby. Very very happy.

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  37. 80 camaro

    I’m from south Texas and I just want to say this rifle is my deer ,cyot,and hog gun.
    I also own many other brands of rifles .vanguard is extremely good rifle .
    I have to say i also want to sell other rifles to buy more vanguards.
    257 shoots dam good! 100,200,300,400 no problem for this caliber even out to 700
    (Can’t wait for deer season) thank you weatherby

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  38. Brandon

    I have an S2 in 270 Win that is the most accurate rifle I have shot.

    These rifles need to be made in 270 WBY and 7MM WBY.

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  39. Brad

    I own two Weatherby Vanguard rifles. These rifles can’t be beat for the money. The quality and accuracy of a Vanguard is second to none. I don’t see paying over 7-800$ for a gun unless it’s a 50 cal or something of that nature. However in today’s market you usually get what you pay for. Meaning if you buy a rifle for 600$ or less you might as well buy a sling shot. Well Weatherby broke the rules on the “you get what you pay for” deal. These rifles are of absolute great quality and the accuracy is something you would only expect out of a custom rifle. If you have any doubts about buying one of these rifles because you think “you get what you pay for” I can tell you, you have no worries and you won’t be disappointed. There is a variety of calibers to fit any of your shooting needs. Let’s not forget the superb customer service you will get when you purchase a Weatherby product either. I know I sound like I work for Weatherby’s sales dept. but I assure you I am just a coal miner from KY that loves to hunt and shoot and wants the best quality for my hard earned money.

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  40. Billy C

    Have in 243, taken deer with older vanguard in 300 WSM. 243 shot hornady custom 100 grain boat tail unbelievable. Unfortunately hornady discontinued. Have federal premium 100 gr Sierra game king btsp I am anxious to try. If it shoots as good, will expect .5 inch groups or less at 100 yards, hornady groups typically touching. Best what we call $500.00 rifle on the market. S2 seems to be better quality with a much better trigger than older models. Cannot go wrong. Will add 7mm Rem mag in the future.

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  41. Paul

    I have a series one vanguard synthetic in 270 wsm. I’ve taken game in size from sheep to elk to scimitar oryx. This rifle never fails me. Loaded with Nosler partitions or ballistic tips great groups and consistency. I have no need for another rifle to hunt with. This one does it all for me.

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  42. LN

    I recently purchased a Weatherby Vanguard 2 in .308. I followed the recommended break-in procedures and the rifle shoots great. I am getting .75 inch groups or better, at 100 yards, with Federal Premium Game King BTSP ammo. With cheaper Winchester PowerPoint 150 grain ammo I am getting 1 MOA groups. I am very happy with the rifle. Great job Weatherby!

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  43. Weatherby Fan

    I have two of the Vanguard S2 rifles,25-06 and the 240 Wby, the 240 with Factory Weatherby 85 gr TSX ammo will shoot 1/2 groups at 100 yards anytime as long as I do my part, I have on occasion put 3 shots in the same hole,
    I used Talley 1 piece lightweight rings and a Leupold VX3 3.5-10×40 duplex scope for a perfect combination.
    For the money, IMHO you can’t buy a better out of the box rifle right now, it has one of the nicest triggers I’ve ever felt on a rifle, I have several rifles that cost 3 and 4 times the price of the S2 and don’t shoot that well.

    I only wish Roy could see the amazing job his family is doing with the Weatherby company.
    Thank you and keep up the great work.

    Don Lynum
    Weatherby Fan

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  44. Archie

    bought a weatherby s2 in .308 win for shooting wild pigs here in Australia. Nice rifle but tuned trigger back to 2 lbs. Accurate rife for pigging,she knocks the socks off the pigs mate!!!

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  45. murf

    Only thing that could improve this rifle would be a left hand model

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  46. Ridgerunner

    Purchased an S2 in 7mm Mag two years ago. The accuracy is as advertised, sometimes better with my hand loads.. A moose, an elk and a deer taken the first two years. Money very well spent!

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  47. Philip

    Bought a used Vanguard 7mm Rem Mag at a gun show approx. 5 years ago. I replaced the marred synthetic stock with a wood thumb-hole custom stock and put a Redfield Revenge scope up top. Using Winchester Ballistic Silvertip 150 gr ammo, I’ve taken down deer and hogs at distances varying between 100 and 400 yards. Each time, the animal dropped. Anytime I can put meat on the table, that I didn’t have to track after I shot it, it’s a good day. Waiting for detachable mag kit for more firepower at longer ranges.

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  48. Gilmore

    I began a search for another rifle to bench shoot and hunt with. I have had the opportunity to shoot all sorts of rifles from friends and family. I had even considered rifles two to three times as much as what the vanguard is priced at. I also was looking for a bolt action in 6.5 Creedmoor I did alot of home work one the cartridge and on the rifles. I decided on the vanguard because of weatherby reputation and it felt right in my hands and shouldered. And I was impressed I can shoot wholes through holes on hand loads and factory ammo at 100 yards and keep a grouping at .75″ at 210 yards and I’m sure it will be a real winner the 600yd shoot at my local range. I’ll be bying another one soon.

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  49. nohalo

    I bought this in 22-250. It’s an excellent shooter with a slick bolt and very ridged stock (important when barrel rests on stock). I dinged the quality rating because the bore came with several scratches in it and I was unable to get the trigger down to 2#.

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  50. Tony P

    Over the years I have owned many Weatherby rifles. Although for good reason, I sold them all but always wanted to re-own this brand. I currently own 2 Vanguards; a Deluxe with an absolutely incredible wood stock in .270 Win and a current Series 2 in .300 Wby Mag. This most current gun is pleasing to hold; the palm swell is comforting. I have a slight issue with where the pistol grip and forend inserts meet the Griptonite stock, it is somewhat sharp on the hand. But the accuracy, 1/2 MOA 5 shot groups with my handloads, balance of the rifle and trigger pull more than make up for that minor irritant. I will not hesitate to choose this rifle for deer, antelope, mulie or elk hunting. 5 stars easily earned!

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  51. Harold1950

    i liked the rifle’s lines when I first saw it. Now that I have it, I like it even more. Was concerned at first about the material used in the stock but it seems well made and I don’t expect any problems with it. Rifle shoots good, better than I can and I’m fine tuning my shooting to improve to be a better shot with it. I plan on deer hunting with it next year and expect some longer shots than I’m used to but I know the 7mm-08 will handle it. Thanks Weatherby for such a good product. Always liked the Weatherby, grew up hearing about them and wanted one. Now I have one!

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  52. Dss

    Purchased this rifle in .30-06 in 2000.

    I am primarily a bow hunter but occasionally rifle hunt. As a result, I didn’t want to wrap up a ton of money in something I might not use every season.

    I have yet to be let down or disappointed by this rifle.

    Great accuracy, great dependability – all at a very affordable price.

    Put a good piece of glass on this rifle and you’ll be pleased and confident for years to come.

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  53. Dave

    Well made, accurate, and a quality product. Mine shoots as advertised with Hornady American Whitetail ammo, as well as Barnes Vortex 168 and 180 gr. Extremely accurate. Only down point was that the 30-06 that I have beat up my shoulder when wearing a T-shirt without any padding. So I added a Limbsaver slip-on pad on top of the factory pad and I can now shoot in comfort with a T-shirt in hot weather. The slip-on pad fits well, and looks and feels great, even with heavier loads.

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  54. joie54

    I own a lot of weatherby guns but this one is my new bread and butter gun for in the field if i am in Wyoming hunting dogs or in Alaska hunting wolfs

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  55. dark knight

    ALL 5 OF MY VANGUARDS, THREE IN 7MM REM, 1 22-250, AND 1 IN 300
    WEATHERBY, SHOOT UNDER 1 MOA, I HAVE HAVE DEVELOPED LOADS, WITH RL 19, NORMA MRP, AND IMR 4320. THERE IS NOTHING BETTER IN THE FIELD, SLICK ACTIONS, AWESOME TRIGGER LETOFF, ALL FOUR OF THE MAGNUMS HAVE BRAKES TO EASE THE PAIN, ALL FIVE ARE MOUNTED WITH LEOPOLD VX II’S. GOTTA LOVE IT! NEXT WEATHERBY IS A ACCUMARK
    IN GUESS WHAT CALIBER?

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  56. David H.

    The s2 synthetic in 300 WBY MAG was my first rifle after my military service. It was quite a jump from my service rifle but after shooting it for the first time I was hooked. I loved it so much and I loved shooting it out to 1000 yards. It was the best rifle I had owned and unfortunately it was stolen from me. I will definitely be buying another one in the future.

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  57. Henry

    My .243 win is my “go to” rifle for whitetail, hogs and coyotes. This tack driver puts the bullet in the impact zone time after time and makes tracking, if necessary, a short walk.

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  58. fishmaster

    My short barrel 308 did a # on a cow elk at 450 yds topped with a quality scope I was able to put the x on the elk adjust my moa and bingo one shot kill.

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  59. Comanche6

    I boresighted my Vanguard and headed right to the range with a box of .22-250 45gr. I could cover my first 3 shots with a nickel. Any flyers were clearly my fault. The action is silky smooth, the fit and ergonomics are superb and the finish is near flawless. Will be buying another and recommending them to others.

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  60. Perry

    Bought my Vanguard a couple years ago. Put a Bushnell Elite scope on it. I was experimenting with long range shots at my gun club. Have always been happy with its accuracy, but I didn’t know how good this Weatherby was until I put a Kenton Industries turret on it last week. My gun club rifle range has steel animal targets, chickens at 220 yards, pigs at 330 yards, turkeys at 440 yards and rams at 550. My buddy was on range finder and called them out. I spun the Kenton turret and the chicken dropped. He called it out again, I adjusted the turret, and down went the pig. Same for the turkey and ram. First shot each time…I felt like it was cheating! This gun has a smooth trigger and bolt right out of the box. Love it!

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  61. mike the milkman

    I purchased a Weatherby Vanguard 257 mag. to replace a stolen browning 243 bar. wow did I do the right thing. My 15 year old son has claimed it for the past 2 years of deer hunting and today Santa just purchased him his own. I will get my vanguard 257 back December 25th. More fun to shoot than a 22. Perfect rifle for a young and smaller teen.

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  62. Larry S.

    I’d been wanting to buy a 30-06 hunting rifle for several years to provide a little more downrange energy on elk than my Howa Model 1500 in .270. After looking at quiet a few rifles in 30-06, I finally stumbled across the Weatherby Vanguard Series 2 and was pleasantly surprised at the feel and fit (for me) of this rifle.

    I’m not a believer in “barrel break-in” as I’ve never done it on any rifle I’ve ever owned and have had great accuracy from all of them. That said, I took three sets of ammunition and my new Vanguard to the range. The amunition included Federal 150g Sierra Game King BTSP, Federal 180g Vital Shok Nosler Accubonds, and my hand loaded 165g Nosler Accubonds.

    The Federal Sierra Game Kings produced a 5 shot group at 1.05″ with 3 rounds clover-leafed. The Federal Vital Shok had a 5 shot group at .905″. The handloaded 165g Nosler Accubonds (5 rounds) grouped at .82″ with a 3 shot cloverleaf. These were shot after an initial barrel cleaning, but with the gun being brand new and unfired to that point.

    I couldn’t be happier with my purchase. Buy this rifle. Fit, function and finish are great and you will not be disappointed.

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  63. m.w.h

    i was looking for a new varmint rifle and spent a year doing research on all the different rifles out there. i picked up the s2 in march and preformed the recommended barrel break in. groups with 55 grain v-max are 1/2 inch at 100 yards. tested the rifle with a mill dot burris scope out to 550 yards, group size was about 2.25 inches. thank you weatherby for making a excellent and affordable rifle !! accuracy is beyond expectations. fit and finish is also excellent.

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  64. Dave c

    First time I’ve ever owned a Weatherby vanguard. All I can say is I love it and recommend them to anyone

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  65. Mystro

    There are alot of budget rifles that have a good reputation for accuracy. The problem is that most feel cheap with plastic trigger guards, flimsy stocks, etc… (Tikka would be one of those cheap feeling rifles). What the Vanguard 2 brings to the market is the accuracy with a quality build. Aluminum floor plates,trigger guards, etc.. A adjustable trigger without a silly split trigger safety.

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  66. Francois

    I’m a first time owner of a Vanguard…bought this great rifle brand new for $640.00 in Sydney, Australia. Great was my surprise to see how accurate this budget rifle is. Everything on the firearm works well, bolt action is very smooth and precise, safety works flawlessly, and the accuracy is unreal. Was able to shoot groups of MOA at 100 m without too much effort, hot or cold barrel.

    I’m a very happy customer, thanks Weatherby!

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  67. Chris D.

    I purchased my Weatherby S2 chambered in 25-06 Rem. In 2012. It enabled me to harvest a nice Alabama 8 point at over 300 yards with ease. A great rifle!!

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  68. BC

    The Vanguard 2 chambered in .308 may be the last rifle that i buy. I have many others, some far more expensive, but this one is deadly accurate, lightweight, tough and has a great trigger. The .308 handles whitetail, mule deer, hogs, aoudad sheep, coyotes and everything else I’ve shot at. You’ll never regret having this gun in your arsenal.

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  69. Tanner

    I am very disappointed in my .300 Win Mag Vanguard. I don’t believe it is the company nor their quality of work. I do believe I bought the lemon. I have taken this gun to two different shops and whether it’s me behind the trigger or them, we cannot get this thing to group. Since I was young I always dreamed of owning a Weatherby .300 sounds cliche, but it was the first gun I shot a deer with. I called Weatherby and switched factory ammo 4 different times & still no change. The best was the Barnes Vor-Tx. I will continue to buy Weatherby rifles, just wish this story had a better outcome. I will update this review, should there be a change in its performance. Obviously I am not a professional but I am confident in my ability to group a rifle at 200 yards and this thing is just not cutting it.

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  70. Buddy

    Took 3 shots to sight scope in out the box. You can get the performance of a three thousand dollar rifle with the 600 dollar weatherby unbelievable.

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  71. Brad B

    I own three vanguards and soon to be four. You just can’t find a better deal in a “budget” rifle. All my vanguards are shooters right out of the box. Very pleased and a life long customer.

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  72. cracker jack

    308,heavy barrel. Shot 5 shot group under 3 quarters of an inch with Hornaday ammo. Leopold 4×12 scope. Excellent triger. Would recommend this rifle to anyone.

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  73. Josey wales

    I have owned my vanguard s2 30-06 for 3 years now and ive never had 1 problem with it…. This is far my favorite rifle, the accuracy simply cannot be matched in any other factory rifle period! Thank you weatherby for an awesome oriduct

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  74. Willy

    I have one in 240 weatherby. Gun shoots as advertised with factory ammo, under inch and a half for sure. Rock solid action, good trigger, love the tech mag.

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  75. Dave

    Just finished the break-in for the barrel. Then shot rifle in. Shot 5 different rounds of factory ammo, all of them were under 2″ at 150 yards, using a shooting bag from my deer-stand. The Federal Vital-Shok Nosler Partition was the best, at 1″ at 150 yards and Hornady Custom SST, was a close second at 1.25″. FYI; all bullets were 150g. Using Redfield Revolution 4×12-40 with duplex crosshair

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  76. Matt

    I own three Weatherby rifles, and I love them all – a Mark V Accumark .257 Weatherby Magnum, a Vanguard Synthetic .25-06, and a Vanguard Varmint .223.

    The Mark V Accumark is almost perfect, with a fluted stainless barrel, capable of MOA or better, which despite internet hype is an incredible measure for a belted magnum cartridge. But it isn’t perfect.

    The Vanguard Varmint in .223 is also almost perfect, I typically fire 50 – 100 rounds each time I take it to the range, and I can say I am the limiting factor, since I only get sub-MOA with Nosler Ballistic Tip 55gr bullets over Hodgdon H322, and I know it is capable of better.

    The Vanguard Synthetic is perfect – I have a .25-06, which is not known for incredible accuracy, but I get MOA with hunting ammunition. I have no doubt these rifles could do better with even higher quality bullets, such as the Nosler Ballistic Tip or the Berger VLD, but the performance of the Sierra GameKing makes them my first choice in this caliber because of their low cost.

    This rifle is the best value that exists right now, in my opinion. The Vanguard Synthetic is capable of very good accuracy, with the best factory trigger available – two-stage trigger, light, and crisp, it makes all of the other attempts at a good trigger seem pathetic by comparison.

    As I said above, I own two Weatherby Vanguards, and one Mark V Accumark. If you have the money, get a Mark V Accumark, the trigger won’t be quite as good, but overall, the rifle will be better. If you want incredible value, get a Weatherby Vanguard, find the ammunition it likes best, and you’ll be set whether you punch holes in paper or bring down live game.

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  77. 10mm Auto

    This rifle matches my target rifles accuracy. 3 rounds touching @ 100 yards.

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  78. Robbie b

    I have a 3006 best rifle I have most accurate out of the box 1 inch group at 100 yards I shoot 165 grain hornady you just can’t get any better

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  79. Michael

    This is my first Vanguard. I am impressed. Took 3 shots to zero. Dropped 8 point Whitetail in first outing with rifle. Could not be happier.

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  80. jim

    I own 5 weatherby rifles other than how well these rifles shoot there are other features that make these rifles to me balance and pointablity are probably the most important features . The comfort that you feel when the rifle comes up to your face and the control you have will make you a better shot weather shooting a n mark 5 or a vanguard the only thing I wish is more weatherby calibers ere
    chambered in the vanguard line.

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  81. Dan

    I have this rifle in a 25-06 and it just flat shoots. It is simply surgical and just anchors large wisconsin whitetails right where they stand.

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  82. Chris

    I own a savage .30-06 16/116 trophy hunter XP, a Browning .30-06, and recently bought this .30-06.

    My father owns several .30-06 rifles also, and my grandfather also does.

    Out of all of the .30-06 rifles I own, and they own, this gun has the least recoil. This gun also feels and sounds much more solid when you shoot it than any of the others. The Weatherby Vanguard S2 in more accurate, and when actually testing velocity with the digital readouts, SHOOTS an average of .25% faster than all if the other guns running the same ammunition. This means it has a tighter seal in the barrel, which also contributes to its incredible accuracy.

    Teardown if this gun is easy as pie, and this gun stays cleaner than the rest of mine with the same box of 20 rounds through it as the others.

    Weatherby claims .99″ at 100 yds, but I have had no less than .75″ at 100 yds, and as good as .60″ at 100 yds running high quality ammunition. Overall, this gun could easily be sold for $1000 and still hold its value strongly, for $700 or less, this gun is a steal.

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  83. Dan

    I have this rifle in 25-06 and it just flat shoots. It anchors large wisconsin whitetails right where they stand.

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  84. Jaybird69

    I have Vanguard synthetic models in .257 Wby and .308 carbine. Both rifles shoot sub MOA……..IF you shoot enough to find the right ammo. These rifles are VERY FINNICKY with regard to ammo. Until you find the right ammo it’s all over the place. Once you find the right ammo it’s dead nuts. Love the stock and it has an awesome trigger. The safety could be better. It seems cheap when everything else on the gun is very solid.