Wetherby Vanguard S2


Guest post by Ricky.

There are two things I usually look for in a rifle when I am purchasing a new gun, first is a wooden stock, I love the look of a wooden stock the classic image of a rifle, the second is that the rifle must shoot at least a 1 inch group at 100 yards.  One day I was wandering around Webers gun shop in Temple, Texas when I noticed on the barrel of a gun a sticker that said Sub MOA ( minute of angle) which intrigued me so I took a look at it.  It was a Wetherby Vanguard S2 with a varmint barrel in 308 Winchester.  The price was right on the gun and the owner of the store said if it did not shoot under 1 inch at 100 yards I could send it back to Wetherby.  Well I bought it and put a Zeiss Conquest 3.5-14 X 44 scope on it and took it home.

I had some Federal 168 Match ammo which is the best factory target ammo on the market in my opinion.  I usually reload all my ammo but gave this a shot first.  I ran three rounds through it with no break in, all I had done was clean it with a bore snake and wow, it shot a .430 in group.

This gun has a nice synthetic stock with all the right stuff on it and a new trigger.  Its a two stage trigger which I though would be hard to get used to but was not at all.  There is a 1/2 a pound of slack then 2 and 1/2 more pounds to set it off.

So far every hand load I have tried has shot better than the ones before.  I have some loads that will put 5 in a 1/2 inch ad the bad loads are 5 rounds in a 1 and 1/4 inch pattern.  It so impressed me I have purchased two more in normal weight barrels a 7-08 and a 243.  They shoot very good but not quite as good as the varmint barrel.  They both shoot under a an inch.  One of my friends bough one in 243 and he is shooting Hornady 100 G SP and it is putting all of the shots in a 3/4 in group.  For the money I don’t thing you can go wrong with this Wetherby.


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