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    I have a .257 weatherby! By far my most favorite gun! It is one flat shootin' son of gun!

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    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.

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    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
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.

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    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!!
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    Bummer, before you pay for the shipping on the scope, try putting on a different scope and see if that was the problem...

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    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.

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    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.

 

 

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