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Colorado Cowboy
05-06-2012, 04:37 PM
Guess I'm going to be able to get to the range Tuesday and try my new .257 Wby. I am going to take my chrono and see what It will do with some factory stuff that came with it before I load up some reloads. I'll have something to compare my stuff to. I need to see how I like the scope too. It came with a Leupold VXIII 3x10 50mm. It has the duplex reticle, which is not my favorite. Might have to send it back to Leupold to install a Leupold Dot, which is all I shoot. This is my first 50mm, as everything elso I shoot is a 40mm.

I will also take my ML with me to try out the new Thor bullets I just got.

sjsmallfield
05-06-2012, 05:14 PM
Good luck CC. Let us know how it turns out.

Drhorsepower
05-06-2012, 05:21 PM
Hey on midway, there are some factory rounds on clearance. It is cheaper than buying just the brass! My pops just bought 5 boxes just for the brass. Anyways, I thought I would pass it along

6mm Remington
05-06-2012, 05:39 PM
Sounds like a nice rifle CC!

Ikeepitcold
05-06-2012, 06:18 PM
I also have a .257 Weatherby. Let me know how you like it and how it shoots

Colorado Cowboy
05-06-2012, 06:28 PM
Hey on midway, there are some factory rounds on clearance. It is cheaper than buying just the brass! My pops just bought 5 boxes just for the brass. Anyways, I thought I would pass it along

It came with 3 boxes Wby factory and 12 boxes of once fired brass. Won't be needing ammo or brass soon. Dies, some powder & bullets too.

Colorado Cowboy
05-08-2012, 02:44 PM
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Just got back from the range. Shot the new Wby 257 mag and my 220 Ackley Imp Swift. Swift chronos a little over 4ooo fps. It is a custom I built a few years ago, did the stock work myself. Has a 6 x 20 Leupold on top. The Wby shot real good, chrono 3200 with factory 120 grs. The 3 shot group is from my 25-06, Ruger M77. Thats my antelope load.

Now I need to work up some reloads for the Wby 257.

The caption on the 3 shot group is labeled wrong, not from the Swift, is from my 25-06.

bigshot
05-08-2012, 09:31 PM
Very nice shooting rig!!

HuntinFool
05-21-2012, 11:45 PM
Am I seeing this wrong or is that a left handed stock with a right handed action?

Colorado Cowboy
05-22-2012, 06:47 AM
Yes its a left handed stock with a rt handed 03 Springfield action. Back in the late 60's early 70's, thumbhole stocks were quite popular. I decided to build one as I did some stockmaking. I started making stocks because there was nothing on the market then (except possibly the Savage 110) for lefties except very expensive customs. I thought it would be great for hunting as it pointed very well. But there was one problem...it was awkward as hell to operate the safety...with your thumb. I kept the stock (it was a really nice piece of walnut) and after many years decided to use it for the Swift as I use it mainly for prairie dogs and varmints..its really heavy (about #12).

Shoots great too!

jenbickel
05-22-2012, 03:44 PM
I have a .257 weatherby! By far my most favorite gun! It is one flat shootin' son of gun!

huntin_fool01
05-23-2012, 03:13 AM
Great choice of caliber and gun. I am a big fan of Weatherby's. Looks like you got a deluxe with a nice peice of walnut on it. Is it a Jap,german or USA? I am working on reloading some rounds for my .270 and .30-378 Weatherby's right now.

Colorado Cowboy
05-23-2012, 06:55 AM
The gun was made in Japan. It is in pretty good shape with really good blue. The stock wood is good also, with the finish showing some wear. I do stock work am considering refinishing the wood. I hate the sprayed on epoxy plastic type of finish. If I refinish the wood, I'll do a good hand applied oil finish with a classic satin finish. The key to a good refinish is prep. Getting the old finish off (especially this type of finish), repairing dings & dents and getting a really smooth surface to work with, (sound like preping a car for paint!) so the oil will really soak into the bare wood and seal it off.

I sent the scope back to Leupold as the windage adjustment was sticking, probably because it sat for a really long time. I wanted to change the reticle to a Leupold Dot (which is my favorite). Scope should be back in a week or so, cost was $59.00 incl postage. Then I can start some serious handload work with some of the new powders I like. I want to have it ready for goats this Sept/Oct!

I hpope it shoots as well as my 25-06......love the .25's:)

Colorado Cowboy
06-29-2012, 04:21 PM
Finally got back to the range today for some serious load testing. All the loads this session were with RE22 and 100 Nosler BT bullets. Started with 66 grs of powder and worked my way up to 73 in 1/2 grain increments, 3 rounds each. The 66 chrono'ed at 3215 avg (factory loads are 3250). I went al the way up to 70 gr at 3485 avg and stopped. The 70 grain load shot a 3 shot group that was touching (about 1/2" total group size) each other at 100 YDS. I did shoot the 73's to see what they would do...avg chrono was 3660! PLENTY HOT! Group not as good as the 70 grainer. I have 2 loads that I am going to do some more work with at 100 & 200 yards. The 70 and 67.5 (chronos 3320 avg).

Looks like the 70 gr will be the one for goats. I think that 3485/3500 fps is plenty fast. Thats 300+ fps faster than my 25-06. Once I do a little work at 100/200, then it will be out to 400/500 yards.

So far this rifle is awsome, it was a great addition to my hunting collection.

Colorado Cowboy
07-02-2012, 06:16 PM
Back to the range again tomorrow. I think I'll have my goat load when I finish up. Next is working out a heavier bullet/load for deer.

Didn't to shoot much as the wind started blowing almost as soon as I set up. Oh well another day, maybe thur or Fri.

Texans42
07-04-2012, 11:14 AM
Love my rem my 257 wby. 80gr ttsx are some nasty medicine at 3800+ fts on deer, hogs, and oryx.

Yet to recover a bullet even on the oryx.

Colorado Cowboy
07-06-2012, 08:44 PM
Spent several hours at the range this am and I am a little frustrated. I had the 2 loads that I had narrowed my 100 grainers down to and started to do some work at 100 yards. The first 3 shots were real good, less than 1", then everything went to hell. The next 4 or 5 were all over the paper with up to a 12" spread. The other load wouldn't shoot eather. I cleaned the barrel and started over and still looked like a shotgun pattern. I finally packed up and came homw.

Took the stock off and looked at the bedding...it is OK. Took the scope off and bases and ring screws were tight. I guess I'll call Leupold Monday and talk to them. The scope was was back to them a month ago for a reticle change, maybe there is something wrong there. I had a similiar problem with another VXIII several years ago and the scope internals had came loose.

I just don't think there is a barrel problem as it looks good. I don't thing it would suddenly just give up after it had shot so well earlier. Usually those problems show up over time.

I'm purplexed and a little frustrated. Guess I'd better get out the Ruger M77 25-06 and make sure it still is a tac driver!!

bigshot
07-06-2012, 09:17 PM
Bummer, before you pay for the shipping on the scope, try putting on a different scope and see if that was the problem...

Bitterroot Bulls
07-06-2012, 09:48 PM
If it isn't the bedding, isn't the barrel, or isn't the mounting system, it is the scope.

I would make sure you don't have a stubborn copper deposit in the barrel somewhere though. It seems like once the copper fouling goes over the tipping point ... groups go wild.

MOHunter
07-07-2012, 07:59 AM
I agree with trying another scope before sending it off. It will tell you for sure if it's the barrel or the scope/rings/bases. Good luck, I know it's frustrating trying to pinpoint those types of problems.

Colorado Cowboy
07-07-2012, 08:53 AM
I have a Leupold 6x I am going to install today and recheck/reclean the barrel. I've let it sit overnight with the barrel soaked down with Sweets. See what happens next week.

Colorado Cowboy
07-07-2012, 07:40 PM
Swapped the scope and been pushing patches thru the barrel all day! Still getting crap out...thought I had it pretty clean. I will put as many patches as it takes to get some clean one thru the barrel.

Bitterroot Bulls
07-07-2012, 08:30 PM
Swapped the scope and been pushing patches thru the barrel all day! Still getting crap out...thought I had it pretty clean. I will put as many patches as it takes to get some clean one thru the barrel.

CC,

Get some Wipeout Foaming Bore cleaner. Spray it in, let it sit for 12 hours. Then push a couple patches through and do it again. Repeat until the first patch through comes out clean. That stuff will take it down to bare metal. I had a Savage that did the same thing. Turned out it was collecting copper like a son-of-a about 4 inches ahead of the throat.

Colorado Cowboy
07-07-2012, 08:37 PM
Thanks. Seems like this gun probably hadn't really been cleaned for a long time!

Bitterroot Bulls
07-07-2012, 08:46 PM
Remember that high velocity cartridges have a tendency to copper foul ...

Colorado Cowboy
07-10-2012, 07:48 AM
Remember that high velocity cartridges have a tendency to copper foul ...
Thats a fact. My .220 Ackley Swift is pretty bad too. I clean the barrel really well after every shooting session.

I bought some of the foaming bore cleaner and left it overnight and it really worked. Clean patches now. Won't get back to the range until Friday (Am taking my wife fishing Thursday) so I'll see what happens.

MOHunter
07-10-2012, 10:40 AM
I'm anxious to hear how it turns out. Never used Sweets.

Bitterroot Bulls
07-10-2012, 10:49 AM
Thats a fact. My .220 Ackley Swift is pretty bad too. I clean the barrel really well after every shooting session.

I bought some of the foaming bore cleaner and left it overnight and it really worked. Clean patches now. Won't get back to the range until Friday (Am taking my wife fishing Thursday) so I'll see what happens.

Sounds good, CC!

Wipeout is a miracle product. I don't even have bore brushes anymore. I haven't tired any of the other foaming brands. Wipeout works so well I haven't needed to. Just foam it, let it sit, and push it out with a tight jag and a patch.

MOHunter
07-10-2012, 12:22 PM
It's kinda nice to hear a discussion on rifle work. With all I the bow hunters tuning their bows I sometimes feel like an outcast working on my rifle.

Let us know how it turns out.

Colorado Cowboy
07-10-2012, 02:18 PM
Talked to a tech at Leupold and they want the scope back to recheck it out. Sent it back today. They are also sending me some new mounts as they want tp eliminate one more potential problem area. The mounts are FREE! Process of elimination.

I have the 6x on the rifle and hope to get to the range Friday.

Colorado Cowboy
07-13-2012, 10:46 AM
Just got back from the range and got some intersting results. The first 3 rounds at 50 yards with factory loads were touching each other. Got out my reload candidates and the groups went to crap!. I am going to wait until I get the scope back from Leupold and then start over. I am going to pull all the remaining loads and relook at some different powders.

Did take my trusty ol Ruger M77 25-06 and shot a 3 shot group with my antelope loads at 100 yds that was about .7 dia. Sure love that rifle, always shoots great!

rossman18
07-27-2012, 09:32 PM
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Just got back from the range. Shot the new Wby 257 mag and my 220 Ackley Imp Swift. Swift chronos a little over 4ooo fps. It is a custom I built a few years ago, did the stock work myself. Has a 6 x 20 Leupold on top. The Wby shot real good, chrono 3200 with factory 120 grs. The 3 shot group is from my 25-06, Ruger M77. Thats my antelope load.

Now I need to work up some reloads for the Wby 257.

The caption on the 3 shot group is labeled wrong, not from the Swift, is from my 25-06.

Try the 110 grain accubonds, the factory rounds shot great, it took me a while to match the factory round's speed and acuracy due to the free bore. the factory 110 accubond and my 110 accubond shoot the same, except I can not match the speed without going way over the max powder recommendation. I inspect all my cases and there not cracking, getting stuck and the primer pocket is fine. My .257 weatherby accmark is my most acurate 1000 yard gun with minimal wind.

I found Weatherby's are the hardest rifles to load up cause the free bore eliminates seating the bullet against the lands.

If I run out of hand loads I buy the factories and with some minor adjustments they shoot pretty much the same.

good luck..

Colorado Cowboy
07-28-2012, 07:56 AM
You are right about the factory loads. I had the same problem with my .300 Wby, but it went away after I rebarreled it with a Shilen match ss barrel. My smith chambered it the way he does non Wby calibers with almost (or none) no free bore. It shoots great.

Got the scope back from Leupold yesterday and I'll be back at the range on Monday.

Colorado Cowboy
08-08-2012, 10:59 AM
Been back to the range several times and finally hit gold today! After looking back at all the loads I've tried, I decided to raise the ante a little. None of the 100 gr stuff shot very well for me, so I loaded up some 115 gr Nosler Bal Tip Boattails with RE25. Tried 10 different loads of 3 rounds each starting with 68 gr of powder and going up in 1/2 grain increments, highest was 72.5. Found 3 that shot pretty well. One (69 gr) got me a 3 shot group that measures .55 center to center, all touching at 100yds. The other 2 are close to this also. They are 69.5 & 70 gr. I am going to load up some more of these and take the chrono with me and see what they do. Looks like I will get a load for antelope after all!

MOHunter
08-08-2012, 06:12 PM
Way to go. Persistence pays off!