The U.S. Postman’s creed, with a few little changes, is the Weatherguard in a nutshell: “Neither rain nor snow, nor sleet nor dark of night shall stay the Vanguard Weatherguard from the swift completion of its appointed rounds.” As the name implies, the rifle is fully guarded against weather – so take the Weatherguard into the nastiest environments without a single worry about how it will perform.
Barrel/Receiver/Trigger Guard – Tactical gray Cerakote
Stock – Monte Carlo Griptonite stock features pistol grip and forend inserts
I own two one in Badlands .257 WBY Mag and Weatherguard .300 WBY Mag. Both shoot very well and my Weatherguard put my 2022 bull elk down at 650 yds. Cannot say enough about these rifles for the price they are hard to beat!
Dan D –
I have two Vanguard Weatherguard in 7mm-08. The picture below says it all; 300 yd verification group (just two shots) with 140 gr Barnes TTSX pushed with Hodgdon H4350 out of Nosler brass – completely stock rifle with mid-range optic. Rifles shoot better than I can. We live in Alaska and kids/ladies are shooting these rifles. I admit, I put my magnum in storage because I prefer the mild recoil and I rarely shoot beyond 300 yds. Though I have to say, my 7mag Weatherguard is an absolute tack driver too, with anything I put in it. The vastly underrated 7mm-08 rifles have filled our freezer with plenty of deer, caribou, and goat. Took a bit to find the right load that they like (and they’re both different) but both shoot incredibly when fed the right load. If you put the work in to find the right load and maximize what this amazing platform has to offer, you won’t be disappointed. Where we live it rains a lot. The rifles get beat in the worst weather and terrain imaginable and time after time they deliver and function flawlessly. I rarely clean them and the only part susceptible to rust is the magazine well spring which I keep well oiled after exposure to salt water or a lot of rain. They are simply excellent rifles and I can’t be happier with my purchase and the experiences we’ve had with them. Great job Weatherby. Lifelong customer loyalty well earned.
Richard Papp –
My Dad’s Weatherby 300 Magnum Deluxe was the first gun I ever shot as a boy in 1975 and I have been a Weatherby fan since that day. My current Weatherguard lives up to my highest expectations, even at a price that put it in easy reach. Chambered in 270 Winchester, my Weatherguard shoots most loads well and some loads spectacularly, easily within 1/2 MOA. Everything about it feels just right – the balance, grip, and handling are perfect, and the trigger is the best I have ever shot with. From a performance standpoint, everything I have ever shot at has gone down and I have never had a disappointing day at the range, even when ringing steel at 600 yards. In short, I just love the look, feel and performance of this rifle.
This was not the rifle I intended to purchase, the shop didn’t have my first choice in .270 win was shown the weather guard in an attempt to salvage the sale. I’ve never shot a better or more accurate rifle. My weather guard loves all things hornady especially white tails in 130grain. Now my wife owns a camilla and I’m going to purchase another just can’t decide between 257roy and 6.5/300. Personally I will never own another bolt action that isn’t a weatherby keep up the good work
Every type of ammo except Hornady Superformance <1MOA. It is a do all rifle. I love the 6.5 Creedmoor caliber and this rifle.
Went to South Africa on safari in May of 2018. I took two Weatherby Vanguard Weatherguard centerfire rifles, a Springfield .30-06 and a 300 Winchester Magnum. Did not pull out the 300 Win Mag from the case. Hunted with the .30-06 and it performed flawlessly. Both rifles were equipped with Nikon Bushmaster 4-12×40 scopes. I used Sako Super Hammerhead 200 grain ammunition. The animals I hunted were Blue Wildebeest, Red Hartebeest, Impala, Springbuck, and Blesbuck. The shortest shot was 275 yards and the longest 350 yards. Again the rifle performed flawlessly, very flat shooting at medium to long range. I would recommend this rifle combination to anyone. Although I did not hunt with the 300 Win Mag, I am looking forward to do so in the not too distant future. Weatherby produces excellent long rifles.
This rifle is fantastic out of the box. I got it in 6.5 Creedmoor. My only reservation is that it does not shoot the Hornady 143 Precision Hunter well > 1.5″ MOA, but 120, 125 and 129 grain is sub 1″ MOA. Overall though, I am extremely satisfied with my Weather Guard in every other aspect.
Hello all !! I bought this weatherby rifle chambered in 6.5 creedmore, I was a little hesitant because it wasn’t a free floating barrel, but too my surprise this rifle is absolutely amazing, it’s very accurate, I mean three shots under an inch, it’s well balanced, it functions flawlessly, the trigger is perfect, the finish is amazing, I’ve had it in the rain, the heat and the cold so far , no rusting, no blemishes etc, I’ve shot and owned some really nice high quality rifles, and some cheaper ones as well, but this rifle is my favorite hands down !! And the 6.5 creedmore is absolutely fantastic on whitetail deer.. my first weatherby and my first 6.5 .. I’m very very impressed.. it’s weatherby for me , from here on out.. thanks weatherby for a great rifle !!
I purchased a Weatherguard .257 Weatherby Mag in 2016 . The gun is unbelievable !! We had rain and snow the 1st week of our deer season and the gun never got one little spot of anything on it !! The rifle is a tack shooter !! Covered a 3 shot group with a dime @ 200 yards , not to shabby LOL Also took a PA Black Bear with one devastating shot ”
Bear never took a step” !! This is my second Weatherby and can’t say enough great things about them !! Keep up the great work !
Sounds like everybody is pretty much satisfied with the Vanguard
I purchased my 7mm-08 and immediately drop shipped it to Hill Country Rifles in Texas. I had them aluminum pillar and glass bed the receiver and floor plate, free float the barrel, re-crown the barrel, tune-up the the trigger as well as do an inspection on the chamber, barrel, head spacing, etc.
I think I paid $600 for all this work including shipping back to Georgia. I have a target where they dialed in my Nikon scope and it shows a 100 yd 3-shot group at .354″ which is INCREDIBLE !!!
The reason I went with the Weatherby Vanguard was based on a recommendation from HCR. The owner stated that right out of the box the Weatherby Vanguard is by far the best production gun and that they see the best results and happiest customers when using the Vanguard series.
The 1st kill was a single shot on a nice 7 pt Whitetail. My son got his 1st deer/buck on my new gun which I’m thrilled about!!!
After shooting it free hand the 3 shot group would be covered up by a quarter @ 100 yards……But
Recently within the last week, I was at the Montpelier range and used a Caldwell Dead Sled DFT, and we got amazed. This weapon fired a three (3) shot group that could easily have been covered by a DIME @ 100yards and just outside a DIME @ 200 yards.
Shooting 120gr & 140gr Fusion by Federal
Outstanding performance. Looking at a Laserguard right now to add to my collection
You’ll Not Find a Better Weapon for the Price
I own an original 7mm-08 Weatherguard made between 1979-1981. It carries a VL serial number. Out of All the rifles I presently own, and those that have left me; This one has never left my side. It shot 3 rounds the size of a Fifty Cent piece after boresighting, and now with the new Nikon Scope has even performed better. Down to a Quarter @100yrds. I’m 68 years young and this piece might just go to the mountain top when I leave this dirt.