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Weatherby Vanguard Series 2 Deluxe 257 Weatherby, $1149

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The Vanguard Deluxe can easily be mistaken for the Mark V, until you look at the 90-degree bolt. The Vanguard has the same stock design as the Mark V and it works just as well, or even better for some who like coarser checkering. The rifle had a significant downward angle to its butt. This is made in Japan. The Mark V is U.S. made.

Weatherby Vanguard Series 2 Deluxe 257 Weatherby, $1149

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Comparing just these two Weatherby rifles, we would buy the Vanguard way before the Mark V, and come out at least a thousand dollars ahead and far happier, with what we consider to be a better rifle.
The Vanguard was our pick of these two rifles. The bolt was smooth and everything worked well. This one had about the same accuracy as the Mark V. There is really nothing to dislike about this rifle except perhaps the too-glossy stock, which can reflect badly in the wilderness.
We liked the position of the magazine- release button in front of the trigger guard. The bolt worked much easier and smoother than the Mark V.
Tech Editor Ray Ordorica is sweating over a hot rifle on a cold day. He liked the Van- guard much more than the Mark V.

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