Weatherby Offers Vanguard Leupold Package

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To many firearms aficionados the Weatherby Vanguard isn’t just any rifle, it’s the heart of the company’s long gun line. Weatherby refers to Vanguards as “the flattest, fastest shooting rifles on the market” while reviewers at Field and Stream bill them as “one of the best hunting rifles around at any price.” There’s no doubt the it is a popular rifle, and now Weatherby is offering it in a new way as a package with Leupold.

Weatherby’s newest item is simply called their Weatherby Vanguard Leupold package, and that’s exactly what it is. The package consists of a bolt-action Vanguard Synthetic paired with a Leupold VX-2 3-9X 40mm riflescope. Interestingly this package comes with an accuracy guarantee, a promise that – with the use of either Weatherby factory or premium ammunition – this gun and scope combo will deliver a 3″ group of 0.99″ or less at a distance of 100 yards when fired from a cold barrel.

The scope itself is a popular one among hunters who are also fans of Leupold. It’s designed for clarity and durability and what Leupold calls “absolute” water proofing. Features include, but are not limited to, easily adjustable click windage and elevation dials. According to the company it performs well even in low-light conditions.

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The Vanguard line has been around since the 1960s and was designed to be made up of no-frills, all-function rifles. All rifles in this line come with the aforementioned accuracy guarantee, but there have also been more than a few instances of the rifles producing even smaller groups straight out of the box. Weatherby manufactures Vanguards to get the job done and they seem to deliver quite well.

The Vanguard Synthetic has features such as a Monte Carlo Griptonite stock, 3-position safety, match-grade two-stage trigger, and a cold hammer forged barrel. It has a matte black finish, an average overall length of 44″ depending on caliber, and a weight of 8 1/2 pounds. Calibers available for the rifle/scope package vary a bit from those offered for the gun alone and include the following: .243 Win, .257 Weatherby Magnum, .270 Win, 7mm Remington Magnum, .308 Win, .30-06 Springfield, .300 Win Mag, and .300 Weatherby Magnum.

MSRP is listed as $1049.00. Take a look on Weatherby’s site at http://www.weatherby.com/vanguardr-leupold-package.html



katie.ainsworth

Katie is an avid shooter, hunter, military journalist, and Southern girl. Firearms are her passion whether at the range or on a spot-and-stalk after a big buck. She’s a staff writer at The Firearm Blog and writes about guns, hunting, and the military for various publications both online and in print such as Outdoor Life, Handguns, and Shooting Illustrated. Shoot her a message at ainsworth.kat@usa.com


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  • Jsim

    Wouldn’t the mark v be the heart of weatherby?

    • Dave

      It would be, also kind of hilarious Weatherby claim so much about the Vanguard when they don’t even make them, they are just re-branded Howa’s (which are fantastic)

  • RocketScientist

    By –3″ group of 0.99″ or less at a distance of 100 yards–, I’m assuming the ever-detail-oriented Katie meant a 3-shot group? If so, that’s pretty weak, statistically speaking. 5-shot groups at a bare minimum, 10+ shot groups if you want to get some semblance of statistically significant measurement.

    • TankGuy

      I’ve had a Vanguard Varminter in .22-250 for a few years, and it routinely turns in 5 shot groups- at 100 yards- of 1/4″ or less. The sub-moa guarantee is just that, and each gun comes with a proof target to demonstrate the capability built into the rifle. I’ve killed many deer and pigs with mine, and have never had to shoot more than once per animal. My gun has earned itself a spot in my family as an heirloom. I know my son and my daughter will be arguing over who gets it, as they both love shooting it. She’s nine, he’s sixteen.

      • Paul White

        that means you need another, but preferably in a different caliber.

  • Tassiebush

    That’s a pretty good package! Vanguards are good and so is that scope.

  • Chriss Kyle

    Where are Weatherby rifles made?

    • Flyingchipmunk

      The Vanguard is made by Howa in Japan and uses the same action as their 1500 series. The Mark V series is made in America, I believe in Southern CA originally although they may have moved