I have not purchased a bolt rifle for a long time! Most of my rifles are of the military variety [M14, M1 and M1 Carbines].
Many of my bolt action rifles were handed down to me from my grandfather and dad [both of which have passed]. The others I purchased many years ago when I had limited funds and always purchased used rifles.
I am lucky to have a son that enjoys weapons, hunting, fishing etc. He recently reminded me that he can’t ever remember me purchasing a brand new bolt rifle and since he recently exited the Army [Captain] he has been getting back into shooting loner range bolt rifles and is now only about five hours away. So we hope to hunt more and meet up to do some longer range shooting.
We both have hunted with Weatherby’s for many years [he used my Weatherby .308 carbine length for many years deer hunting and later purchased his own Weatherby in .308]. So I did some research looking at the Remington 700’s, Savage and other nice offerings, but really liked the Weatherby Vanguard HBAR. After searching for price information and doing other research I found a new one I liked at a very good price on Gunbroker. I also wanted the Weatherby because my set-up is very similar to my sons and we can share certain load information, set-ups etc. Hopefully I will outshoot him – but that is not likely………..
I know many great bolt actions are out there but I really wanted this one. I will post some range reports once I can get to the range and find my preferred load. Here are some specifics:
Model: Vanguard H-Bar Range Certified
Caliber: .308 Winchester
Overall Length: 42"
Barrel: 22" #3 Contour, Cold Hammer-Forged, Heavy Barrel
Weight: 8.75 lbs
Capacity: 5 Rounds Hinged Floorplate
Length of pull: 13.625"
Sights: None, Drilled/Tapped
Stock: Hand Laminated Composite Monte Carlo Stock
Trigger: Match Quality two stage – adjustable down to 2.5lbs
Bolt: Fluted Bolt Body
3 position safety
Scope: Primary Arms 4x14x44 with FFP Mil Dot Reticle – I have used the HUDD reticle .308 version with my hunting M14 rifle with excellent results and look forward to trying this version out
Mount – HOWA Short Action Picatinny
Rings – Weaver (4) hole tactical/skelton
Bi-Pod – 6” - 9” Swivel
After installing the mount, rings and scope I took a few pictures of the final set-up in my shop.
Enjoy – M1Army