Weatherby Vanguard: Bolt Action on a Budget
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. While priced at less than half the cost of a comparable Mark V, the Vanguard still shoots like a Weatherby, and compares favorably with other rifles in its price range. Which brings us to the reason for reviewing the Vanguard once again. Weatherby has recently drastically lowered the price on their synthetic/blued Vanguard to only $399 US at the time of this writing. I usually do not list manufacturer’s prices in my reviews, as prices do change and Gunblast reviews stay posted for many years. However, in this case, the price reduction is the meat of this review, as Weatherby has done nothing to change the Vanguard, they simply lowered the price.
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