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In 1958 Roy Weatherby had already established his magnums as the hardest-hitting commercial hunting cartridges in the world--except for one little detail. The .458 Winchester Magnum, introduced in 1956, and a host of British large-bore cartridges were still the tools of choice if you were facing the biggest, baddest creatures that walk the African continent.
World War II was raging when a watershed event occurred that would permanently alter the path of sporting arms development. An amateur gun tinkerer decided to experiment with reshaping the .300 H&H Magnum case to enlarge its powder capacity. The experiment was a resounding success. A second experiment shortened the overall length of the cartridge case and adapted it to smaller calibers. This, too, was a success. With the end of the war, the experimenter's name and his creations soon became icons among hunters worldwide.
It is best known for its Mark V Magnum rifles and the high-velocity cartridges pioneered by Roy Weatherby a half-century ago. But Weatherby Inc., now piloted by Roy's son Ed, has diversified to include a value-priced line of rifles bored for standard rounds and based on the excellent Howa action. Four years ago, the company began offering those Vanguards in .300 Weatherby. In 2005 the .257 Weatherby joined that stable. "Our best-selling Vanguard numbers are now the .300 Weatherby, .270, .30-06, .270 WSM and .257 Weatherby," says the firm's Aaron Smith.