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Moderation isn't necessarily a virtue for a gunwriter. The easiest path to fame is to be controversial, to take extreme positions or attack something popular. For example, "The .30-06 is the most useless cartridge ever created, jack of all trades and master of none. It's not good for everything, it's good for nothing." See, such a comment gets attention even if it is utterly stupid.
A Weatherby rimfire rifle is available again for the first time in nearly 20 years. For some 25 years, from 1964 to 1989, Weatherby offered a semiauto .22 rifle called the Mark XXII.
It has been almost four years since I last reviewed the Weatherby Vanguard bolt action rifle. The Vanguard has for many years been a fine choice for a hunting rifle, whether in heavy-barreled varmint hunting form, or the lighter, handier version for carrying afield in pursuit of big game. The Vanguard has a well-deserved reputation for accuracy, and is much easier on the wallet than the Weatherby Mark V. For many years, the Vanguard stood in the shadow of the Mark V, but hunters and shooters have realized that the Vanguard is not just a “poor man’s Weatherby”, but is a dandy rifle in its own right...
The shooting for this article was done between December 2007 and April 2008. All averages are of three three-shot groups at 100 yards. Different scopes were used, but all were set on 9X. Guns were allowed to cool completely between groups, and they were not diddled with or modified. They were shot as they came out of the box.
The Weatherby Vanguard, one of our most popular bolt action rifles, is offered in a wide variety of models, including wood or synthetic stock variations, hunting and varmint models, full-size and compact youth models.