Vanguard® Series 2
TRR RC (Range Certified)
(Actual price may vary.)
Introduced in 1970, the Weatherby Vanguard® action (based on a Mauser-style, dual opposed lug design) takes many of its cues from our legendary Mark V® action, including a one-piece machined receiver, fully enclosed bolt sleeve and three rings of steel surrounding the casehead. Today, it is our most popular option, combining exceptional value with the proven consistency of Japanese production and quality control. With models starting at just a few hundred dollars, there’s a Vanguard to fit virtually any budget and any requirement for the most serious hunters and shooters.
All Vanguard® rifles are guaranteed to shoot a 1 1/2" or better 3-shot group at 100 yards from a cold barrel when used with premium (non-Weatherby® calibers) or Weatherby® factory ammunition. Together, the Weatherby® system (premium ammunition and rifle) forms the flattest shooting, hardest hitting, most accurate combination in the industry today.
All Weatherby® Vanguard® rifles come with a letter of assurance written by President Ed Weatherby, supporting the written accuracy guarantee. All Vanguard® SUB-MOA models include a factory-shot electronic target profiling a 3-shot group from that specific rifle.
Cocking Indicator — Allows you to instantly see whether rifle is cocked or uncocked. An important safety feature.
Cold Hammer Forged 24" Barrel — Maximizes velocity and produces a guaranteed 1 1/2" OR BETTER 3-shot group at 100 yards when used with premium (non-Weatherby calibers) or Weatherby factory ammunition. 20" and 22" barrels available on some models.
Factory-Tuned, Fully Adjustable Trigger — The Vanguard® trigger system features a lightweight aluminum alloy housing and is fully adjustable for sear engagement and is factory set between .008 to .014. Let-off weight is factory set between 2.5 and 3.8 lbs. - averaging 3.15 lbs. Sears and triggers are hand-honed to provide an ultra-smooth surface and reduce friction between the sear and the trigger. Each trigger is manually inspected and tuned to assure a clean, crisp trigger that will break precisely, improving shooter accuracy. (Additional sear engagement adjustments must be performed by a Weatherby Service Center or qualified gunsmith).
Fluted Bolt Body — Features three gas ports to allow high-pressure gases to escape laterally in the event of an accidental case rupture. Longitudinal flutes reduce weight and bearing surface area, while minimizing binding for smooth action.
Fully Enclosed Bolt Sleeve — Completely enshrouds rear of action to redirect high-pressure gases and brass particles in the event of a case rupture.
Hinged Floorplate — One-piece bottom metal and hinged floorplate provides easy access to unfired cartridges in the magazine. Steel construction.
Integral Recoil Lug — One-piece machined receiver features integral recoil lug for the utmost in strength and structural integrity.
Monte Carlo Stock — Injection-molded composite delivers superior accuracy and durability. Monte Carlo design with raised comb is cast off to allow for quicker eye-to-scope alignment and faster target acquisition, while reducing felt recoil. Dual tapered forearm (back and upward) provides better grip and control under recoil and is flat-bottomed for a steady, stable rest. Low-density recoil pad greatly increases shock absorption and reducing felt recoil.
One-piece Forged Bolt — Provides maximum strength and structural integrity. Knurled bolt knob adds to the functionality and value.
Three Rings of Steel — The cartridge casehead is surrounded by the recessed bolt face, which is surrounded by the barrel, which is surrounded by the machined steel receiver. Creates an extra measure of strength and structural integrity.
- Can I send my rifle back to Weatherby® for rebluing and installation of a new stock?
Yes - Please contact Weatherby first and then your rifle can be sent to Weatherby for refurbishing or modification.
- Weatherby® offers rifles in standard caliber chamberings. Do they make ammunition for them?
Weatherby currently manufactures ammunition for Weatherby Magnum calibers only, and has no intentions to manufacture on an ongoing basis standard cartridge ammunition. Weatherby recommends you purchase premium standard cartridge ammunition from a high quality ammunition manufacturer.
NOTE: Weatherby did produce a small run of non-Weatherby caliber ammunition in 1997. Calibers included: .270 Win., .30-06 Spfd., 7mm Rem. Mag., .300 Win. Mag., .338 Win. Mag., and .375 H&H Mag.
- Will Weatherby® ever make left-handed rifles again, if so what calibers?
Some Weatherby® Mark V® rifles (.257 Wby. Mag. - .460 Wby. Mag.) can be ordered as a left hand model. For more information, please call the Weatherby Custom Shop at (805) 227-2600.
- What is the difference between the Vanguard® and the Mark V® rifles?
Mark V Magnum Mark V Standard Vanguard Locking Lugs Nine Six Two Bolt Lift 54 Degrees 54 Degrees 90 Degrees Bolt Release Pull Trigger Pull Trigger Side Release Magazine Capacity 2+1 in .378 & up; 3+1 in .257 through .375 H&H 5+1
4+1 in .22-.250 Rem.
3+1 in .257 Wby. Mag., .270 WSM., 7mm Rem. Mag., .300 WSM., .300 Wby. Mag., .388 Win. Mag., 5+1 in .223 Rem, .22-250 Rem., .243 Win., .270 Win., .308 Win. and .30-06 Spfd. Floorplate Release Located on the inside of the trigger guard Located on the inside of the trigger guard Located on the outside of the trigger guard
- When was my Weatherby® firearm manufactured?
You can learn the history and lineage of your Weatherby firearm, researched and authenticated through the Weatherby company records. You’ll receive an embossed letter of authenticity which verifies the country of origin, the date your firearm was shipped, where the firearm was originally delivered and a list of features, including any custom embellishments. Each certificate is personally signed by Roy E. Weatherby, Jr., President, and Dean Rumbaugh, Company Historian. Cost for each serial number search is $50 ($75 for Custom rifles, $100 for Special Edition or Commemorative rifles). You may print and mail the Authenticity Order Form or for information, write Company Historian, 1605 Commerce Way, Paso Robles, CA 93446.
Additional historical information can also be gathered from Weatherby. The Man. The Gun. The Legend. This 290-page biography, written by Grits and Tom Gresham, contains a tremendous amount of historical information that you may find valuable in the search for your firearm’s history. Standard hardbound copies are just $30.00. Proceeds benefit the Weatherby Foundation International. See your Weatherby dealer today or order online.
- When was my Mark V® made?
You can learn the history and lineage of your Weatherby® firearm, researched and authenticated through the Weatherby company records. You’ll receive an embossed letter of authenticity which verifies the country of origin, the date your firearm was shipped, where the firearm was originally delivered and a list of features, including any custom embellishments. Each certificate is personally signed by Roy E. Weatherby, Jr., President, and Dean Rumbaugh, Company Historian. Cost for each serial number search is $50 ($75 for Custom rifles, $100 for Special Edition or Commemorative rifles). You may print and mail the Authenticity Order Form or for information, write Company Historian, 1605 Commerce Way, Paso Robles, CA 93446.
Additional historical information can also be gathered from Weatherby. The Man. The Gun. The Legend. This 290-page biography, written by Grits and Tom Gresham, contains a tremendous amount of historical information that you may find valuable in the search for your firearm’s history. Standard hardbound copies are just $30.00. Proceeds benefit Weatherby Foundation International. See your Weatherby dealer today or order online.
Pre-Mark V® Weatherby ®Rifles Series # Prefix FN Belgian Mauser (1949 - 1963) NONE Mathieu Left Hand (1955 - 1959) L Schultz & Larson (1955 - 1962) S Brevex Magnum (1956 - 1962) NONE FN Sako Mauser (1957 - 1961) A Mark V® Mark V® (USA) PFI (1958 -1959) NONE Mark V® (Germany) (1959 - 1973) p Mark V® Varmintmaster (1964 – 1973) S Mark V® (Japan) (1972 - 1994) H Mark V® (Japan) (1972 - 1994) S0 Mark V® Silhouette Pistol (1980 - 1981) M Mark V® (USA)
Mark V® Magnum - 9 Lug Receiver (1994 – 2002) SS Mark V® Magnum - 9 Lug Receiver (1995 – 2002) SB Mark V® Magnum - 9 Lug Receiver (2002 – 2004) BW Mark V® Magnum - 9 Lug Receiver (2002 – 2004) SW Mark V® Magnum - 9 Lug Receiver (2004 - ) PB Mark V® Std. Caliber - 6 Lug Receiver (1996 – 1998) AB-AS Mark V® Std. Caliber - 6 Lug Receiver (1998 – 2004) WB Mark V® Std. Caliber - 6 Lug Receiver (1998 – 2002) WS Mark V® Std. Caliber - 6 Lug Receiver (2004 – present) BP
- What is Weatherby®’s Warranty Policy?
Weatherby®’s service policy statement reads as follows:
“Weatherby® is a name that has been synonymous with quality firearms for over 65 years. All Weatherby® firearms are manufactured of the finest materials, and have been thoroughly inspected and tested in every phase of production.
Because of the confidence we have in our products, Weatherby® does not provide a written warranty, but rather stands behind its reputation for customer service and satisfaction.
Simply stated, we will consider requests for service or repair of Weatherby® firearms on a case-by-case basis. A determination will be made, taking into consideration such things as the age and condition of the firearm, and the circumstances surrounding its malfunction or other problem.
Weatherby® will not be responsible for defects resulting from ordinary wear and tear, alterations by unauthorized persons, accidents, misuse, use of incorrect or other than factory-loaded ammunition, or failure to provide reasonable and normal maintenance.
Should any Weatherby® firearm require service or repair under this service policy, it must be delivered transportation prepaid to an authorized Weatherby Service Center. The product must be accompanied by a proof of purchase, and a letter explaining the problem. The firearm should also be insured by the owner at time of shipment, as Weatherby, Inc. can accept no responsibility for damage or loss in transit. Weatherby® will pay all charges to return the product to the owner if it is accepted for service or repair under the provisions of this policy.”
- Are any components interchangeable between the Mark V® and the Vanguard®?
No. Components are not interchangeable between the Mark V® and the Vanguard®.
- When were the Weatherby® cartridges developed?
Cartridge Introduced Commercially .220 Rocket Magnum 1945 .224 Weatherby Magnum 1964 .228 Weatherby Magnum 1947 .240 Weatherby Magnum 1968 .257 Weatherby Magnum 1945 .270 Weatherby Magnum 1945 7MM Weatherby Magnum 1947 .300 Weatherby Magnum 1945 .30-378 Weatherby Magnum 1996 .340 Weatherby Magnum 1963 .338-378 Weatherby Magnum 1998 .375 Weatherby Magnum 1947 .378 Weatherby Magnum 1956 .416 Weatherby Magnum 1989 .460 Weatherby Magnum 1959
- Are Mark V® barrels cryogenically treated?
- Why are some Weatherby® rifles “free floated” and some are not?
We have found through our testing that barrels having a smaller outside diameter than our #3 contour require upward pressure to help stabilize the barrel for increased accuracy. Our free floated barrels have enough rigidity in the barrel for them to be free floated.
- Can I send my rifle back to Weatherby® to have an Accubrake™ installed?
There are Weatherby-authorized Accubrake™ installation centers located across the United States. You can have an Accubrake™ installed on your rifle at any one of these centers or in the Weatherby Custom Shop in Paso Robles, CA. The work done by these centers is the same as would be done by the factory and the warranty of the rifle would still be in place. A list of these authorized installation centers can be found on this website or you can call Weatherby for a list.
- If I order one of your Weatherby® rifles can it be shipped to my friend who has his own FFL?
The rifle must be ordered through a Weatherby Dealer or Distributor.
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