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Old 11-12-2012, 11:26   #1
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.257 Weatherby.

Just stumbled on a used Accumark Left Hand Mark V. Beautiful rifle with a fluted 26" stainless barrel and HS precision stock. I'm a 25-06 fan so this could be fun. Shocked that loaded ammo is the same price as empty brass. Rifle came with all three reading dies but no brass. Always wanted to own a Weatherby but not spend $1600. I paid $580 with Leopold mounts & quick release crossbolt rings plus the dies. Just put a Nikon 4.5x14 on her to see what loads I can come up with. Probably stay with 100 & 115 grain and Reloader 22 or 25 /4350/4831. Hope she shoots....barrel looks clean but I'll run some Rem Clean through it after some bore foam and look for any blue. I've read the .257 was Roys favorite and recoil is not an issue.
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Old 11-12-2012, 12:14   #2
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257 Weatherby is a screamer of a round, Great deer round and you can punch targets way out there! My personal favorite is the 340 Weatherby, You caught the Weatherby bug my man there is no going back, My dad is also a Weatherby freak, We put so many rounds through his 460 that we ended up cracking the stock and he had to send it back to weatherby to be repaired!
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Old 11-12-2012, 12:24   #3
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For my region the .257 is the only Weatherby round that interested me. I always felt it was the most "practical" of the group.
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Old 11-12-2012, 13:31   #4
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I owned a Mark V in 300 Weatherby years ago. Great rifle, great round
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Old 11-12-2012, 13:40   #5
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My son took a bull elk at 643yds with one with a single shot


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Old 11-12-2012, 13:41   #6
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King of the quarter bores. Congrats.
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Old 11-12-2012, 13:42   #7
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that is a great rifle and great round. I have that rifle in the .30-378 W'by Mag and it is a shooter.

I would have hopped all over that deal.......now you have me looking online!
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Old 11-12-2012, 14:16   #8
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That round rips.
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Old 11-12-2012, 15:30   #9
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Keep good solid bullets in that rifle, and preferrably in the heavier offerings... It can and will dismantle lighter constructed bullets at close ranges..
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Old 11-12-2012, 15:49   #10
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Wow

Yeah, its a very flat shooting round. Seems a little small for elk, but I guess it did the job well
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Old 11-12-2012, 16:55   #11
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The .257 Weatherby is a hell of a cartridge and as much as I like all of the Weatherby cartridges the .257 IMO is prob the most versatile.
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Old 11-12-2012, 17:36   #12
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Wow

Yeah, its a very flat shooting round. Seems a little small for elk, but I guess it did the job well
I have some buddies that live in CO and they hunt elk with .257 Roberts. They say it's the "outa towners" that shoot the bazookas. That said, the 30-378Wby is a blast to shoot, very flat.

OP the .257Wby and .300Wby are my favorite of the Weatherbys with .257 being my favorite by a smidge. Good gun and sounds like a great deal provided the throat isn't burned out. You do have to keep an eye on them because they are barrel burners.
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Old 11-12-2012, 18:30   #13
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.257 Roberts on a bull elk? That's impressive. Not something I would feel comfortable trying, and I like that cartridge. On the other hand, I just went on an elk hunt with a guy wearing cowboy boots and shooting a lever in 38-55.

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Old 11-12-2012, 18:42   #14
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wow sounds like a steal, congrats!
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Old 11-12-2012, 19:07   #15
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Most appealing of all Weatherby rounds for me.
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Old 11-13-2012, 06:56   #16
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Thanks Guys for the responses....just cleaned the barrel and no fouling found. Hope the ammo shows up this week. I bought 3 boxes of Weatherby 100g SP for $35 each....same price as empty brass. I bore sighted the scope yesterday on a telephone pole 100yds away....that gets the windage pretty close and on paper. Elevation usually is not to far off. At the range I can bore sight better on bags and use a 100Y High Power Military Target. Not wanting to waste ammo at $2.00 a shot. I'm going to try the 115 Nosler and 117 Sierra first with Reloader 22 and/or Reloader 25 with Fed 215's. Those powders work great in my 7mag with 150-160.
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Thanks Guys for the responses....just cleaned the barrel and no fouling found. Hope the ammo shows up this week. I bought 3 boxes of Weatherby 100g SP for $35 each....same price as empty brass. I bore sighted the scope yesterday on a telephone pole 100yds away....that gets the windage pretty close and on paper. Elevation usually is not to far off. At the range I can bore sight better on bags and use a 100Y High Power Military Target. Not wanting to waste ammo at $2.00 a shot. I'm going to try the 115 Nosler and 117 Sierra first with Reloader 22 and/or Reloader 25 with Fed 215's. Those powders work great in my 7mag with 150-160.
100gr Nosler Partitions are my favorite .257 bullets.
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100gr Nosler Partitions are my favorite .257 bullets.
Mine too. With close second Barnes TSX
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Mine too. With close second Barnes TSX
Another good one! I used to load a bunch of the Barnes XLC, or what ever they were called, with the blue moly coating. I quit using that bullet when it failed to penetrate more than 50% in a aoudad at 300yds. The partitions have never failed me. If the partition doesn't exit, it is always all the way to the other side of the chest cavity or under the skin on the other side. That said, Aoudads are pretty tough.
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Old 11-13-2012, 13:45   #20
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That round will flat work a ground hog field.
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Old 11-13-2012, 15:09   #21
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The 117 drain sierra's were a predictable fail in a 25-06 with experiences, so I'd assume it would be the same scenario exacerabted in a .257 weatherby... I would stick with the 120 partitions, heavy scirroco's, heavy accubond, etc... Although it's been quite a few years, but before the 25-06 burned the throat out the best killing bullet we found was a 115 grain Barnes X... It really wasn't the absolute most accurate but we never recovered another bullet, and never had another animal limp away and the shot angle in whitetail or 250+lbs hogs was irrelevant... All were DRT...

I haven't searched this so I'm gonna go on assumption of the .257 weatherby's point blank, but you may wanna sight in for 250-275 yards for the most universal point of aim/impact..
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Wow

Yeah, its a very flat shooting round. Seems a little small for elk, but I guess it did the job well
120 grain nosler partition at 3305 fps will kill a lot of things.

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120 grain nosler partition at 3305 fps will kill a lot of things.

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Yup. Weatherby's whole principle is "velocity kills". Roy Weatherby killed a lot of african game with his .257.
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Old 11-13-2012, 17:15   #24
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I had one many years ago. One of the guns I had to sell to help pay expenses after my divorce. A smokin flat shooter. Take the advice the guys gave you about getting good bullets, especially if you are expecting close shots.

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Old 11-14-2012, 09:23   #25
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Factory ammo is scheduled for delivery today. After doing some research, I'm going to work with 115, 117 & 120 Loads. Looks like Reloader 22 or 25, H4831 and H-1000 work great with Fed 215M. I have some IMR 7828 I bought years ago and have read some good and so so reports on it. Depending how the 100g factory ammo shoots, I may pull some bullets and swap them with a 100g Sierra BT or Nosler BT.....the old Mexican Match trick.
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