The Weatherby Vanguard Family
In the 1960s, Roy Weatherby recognized the need for a more affordable rifle that could chamber his signature magnum cartridges. Having just partnered with Howa to produce Mark V® actions and seeing the precision and attention to detail that this new Japanese manufacture provided, the Vanguard® project was born.
Starting with a Howa two-lug push-feed action, a number of Weatherby® signature safety features were incorporated, including a fully shrouded bolt and three gas ports on the bolt body, both providing protection in the event of an ammunition failure. As in the Mark V, the recessed bolt face protruded into the breech of the barrel, fully encapsulating the cartridge and providing an additional level of safety. A hammer forged barrel brought both accuracy and longevity not typically seen in mass-produced cut-rifled barrels of the day, while the M-16 style extractor gave great purchase on the cartridge rim for consistent and reliable extraction. A fluted bolt body similar to the Mark V creates smoother operation when the rigors of the hunt leave the rifle dusty and dirty.
The result was a smooth-running push-feed capable of handling Weatherby Magnums at a price more Americans could afford. THE FASTEST, FLATTEST SHOOTING RIFLES on the market, with a number of standard calibers available as well.
The modern Vanguard carries a SUB-MOA accuracy guarantee and ships with a crisp two-stage trigger, making it what we feel is the best value in the rifle market today.
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