Weatherby’s Vanguard rifles are known for its quality and accuracy. In fact, Weatherby guarantees this SUB-MOA accuracy right out of the box: .99 inches or less at 100 yards. And the Vanguard Series 2 is no exception, even taking it even further in terms of look, feel, and performance.
Basic Specifications (depends on calibre)
- Length – 44 and 44.5 inches
- Barrel Length – 24 inches
- Weight – 7.25 pounds
- Rate of twist – 9.5, 10, and 12 inches
- Magazine Capacity – 3+1 with detachable magazine or 5+1 with hinged floorplate
The Vanguard Series 2 is a bolt-action, centrefire rifle that was introduced in October 2011. It comes in 13 standard configurations from synthetics, carbines, and walnut stocks to scoped and youth models. With this many option, hunters and shooters will definitely find something to fit their budget and requirements.
Aside from the different configurations and models, Weatherby’s Vanguard Series 2 comes is a variety of calibres to fit every application. These include:
- .223 Remington
- .22-250 Remington
- .240 Weatherby Magnum
- 243 Winchester
- .25-06 Remington
- .270 Winchester
- 7mm-08 Remington
- .308 Winchester
- .30-06 Springfield
- .257 Weatherby Magnum
- .270 WSM
- 7mm Remington Magnum
- .300 Winchester Magnum
- .300 WSM
- .300 Weatherby Magnum
- .338 Winchester Magnum
Not only is the Vanguard S2 accurate, it is also a looker. The hardware’s bead-blasted matte-blue finish reduces glare while giving it a handsome appearance. Couple this with the composite Monte Carlo Griptonite™ stock, which is also lightweight and impervious to weather, the rifle looks good as well as sturdy.
The stock also comes fitted with a low density, soft-rubber recoil pad. Comb height and cheekpiece position is just right to support shooting with a scope. There is enough drop at the heel of the stock to absorb a good amount of recoil, too.
The Vanguard Series 2 is named as such because of the 2-stage trigger that is now featured in all new Vanguard rifles. According to the gun manufacturer’s quality control inspector, Roger Whitchurch, the new trigger system was used to ensure safety. Also, it is adjustable to a pull weight of 2.5 to 5 pounds, which is a desirable aspect to have in a rifle. This is because the more expert users have the option to tweak it to their liking.
Although a great and unique feature, some users find that the 2-stage trigger takes some time to get used to. It is also a bit slower than the single-stage rifles, so “recovering” from a shot also takes time. In a two-stage system when pressure is applied to the trigger it will move until it reaches the second stage. This is where it will come up against a “wall”. Keep increasing the pressure and you will break through this wall and drop the hammer to release the shot.
Other features of the Vanguard S2 include the action which uses Weatherby’s “3 rings of steel” lock-up system. This means that the cartridge’s case head is enveloped by the boltface which is then surrounded by the barrel, and finally, ringed by the steel receiver. This keeps the hot gasses from the user’s face or hands in case a rupture occurs.
Weatherby’s Vanguard Series 2 also sports a fluted bolt with a cocking indicator. The 3-position safety on the rifle means that the hunter or shooter has the option of unloading or loading the gun even on a safe mode. This prevents any unwanted accidents, such as the gun going off during the loading or unloading process. A hinged floorplate makes for a safe and convenient way of unloading the magazine.
Weighing in at more than 7 pounds, the Vanguard S2 is on the heavy side. Many users, especially the hunters, will find this a turn-off as they would want a lighter firearm to carry when hunting prey through rough terrain.
Clearly, there is very little complaint when it comes to the Weatherby Vanguard Series 2 rifle. Many praise its accuracy and durability even over time. It’s a well-made firearm that is worth its price tag.