Ideal Plains Game Matched Pair .257 Wby & .340 Wby For Sale

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Hello;

With considerable mixed feelings, I am putting for sale my matched pair of .257 Wby & .340 Wby.

As many of you know, these two rifles have taken over 40 animals in Africa over the last 12 months. See my August 2018 hunt report at https://www.africahunting.com/threa...faris-august-2018-plains-game-paradise.45017/ and my July 2019 hunt report at https://www.africahunting.com/threa...ill-safaris-even-better-than-last-year.52376/.

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Both rifles are/have:
- Weatherby full length Mark V action.
- USA made by Saco Defense in Maine in the late 1990's early 2000's.
- True stainless steel - as opposed to the chrome plated Japan made Weathermark, or the current silver coated carbon steel Weathermark.
- True stainless steel machined metal bottom - as opposed to the current 'pot-steel' cast bottom.
- Tuned-up action and trigger.
- Bell & Carlson Medalist Kevlar stocks with full length (grip to swivel) aluminum bedding block.
- Action drilled and tapped for 8x40 scope bases screws - as opposed to 6x48 factory screws.
- Talley stainless steel bases and 30 mm Screw Lock detachable rings.
- Zeiss Diavari Z 2.5-10x48 rifle scope.
- Zeiss scope caps.

This is truly a matched pair, in both form and function. Both rifles are sighted for the game they are intended for and both have a ~330 yards maximum point blank range (MPBR) for a 6" vital area for the .257 and 8" vital area for the .340. From 0 to 330 yards, these are true "point & click" ballistics.

Both rifles shoot ~1 MOA or less with a variety of loads from the sticks:

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Note that the groups above were shot from the sticks for scope sighting purposes.

Note the very desirable characteristic that the .257 shoots both the 100 gr TTSX and the cheap 100 gr Norma spitzer to the same point of impact @ 100 yd; and that the .340 shoots the 225 gr TTSX and the 250 Nosler Partition within 1/2 inch of each other @ 100 yd. This is unusual and fortunate as it means that the rifles can go from one load to the other without re-sighting.

Both rifles are capable of ~ 1/2 MOA from the bench:

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Weatherby factory .257 Wby 100 gr Norma spitzer. ~ 1/2 MOA @ 1oo yd.


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Weatherby factory .340 Wby 250 gr Nosler Partition. ~ 1/2 MOA @ 1oo yd.

Both rifles and scopes are in 97%+ condition external, glass is "99%," and barrels and throats are "99%" as I do not shoot hundreds of practice rounds with these rifles - that is what .22 LR is for - so both rifles have a low rounds count.

Two months ago, at Huntershill the .257 accounted for 17 animals from 100 to 400 yd with 19 shots, one of which was a safety second shot on a Roan, and one of which was a purposeful first shot at the rear quarter of a Vaal Rhebok because it was the only clear shot I had. So, truly, this is 100% performance. Last year results with the .340 were similar although I had not practiced from the sticks enough and it showed with less 1 shot dead-right-there kills.

In terms of value:
- Stainless steel Mark V: not available new... Priceless? Market value appears to be ~$1,000 used
- Zeiss Diavari Z 2.5-10x48 rifle scope: Market value appears to be ~$1,200 used
- Bell & Carlson stock: $285
- Talley bases & rings: $240
- Action & trigger tuning, action 8x40 screws drilling & tapping: $100
- 46 rounds of Weatherby factory ammo .340 225 gr TTSX: $184
- 59 rounds of Weatherby factory ammo .257 100 gr TTSX: $191
- 24 rounds of Weatherby factory ammo .257 100 gr TTSX: $44
- Whatever once-fired brass I have: free
- Rifles sighted, tested, debugged, field proven: priceless and free
- Matched pair concept anything / anywhere / anytime: priceless and free
- Total 'book value' : $6,069 for the matched pair

I offer the matched pair for $5,500 + shipping. Local pick up in Arizona.

Why am I selling? Nothing wrong with the rifles whatsoever. Gun buying madness is upon me and there is a Blaser R8 Safari Pro set that looks pretty good to me right now...

If interested, please PM me and ask for the answer to any question you have, and ask for any high def pic you would like to see. There is no catch: this is a great matched pair, field proven in the last 12 months, and documented here on AH; I am just on the R8 path right now...

Thx
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Blood Lust has taken over and has overheated your brain.

Two extremely accurate and deadly outfits worth way more than you're asking for them.

Sit back, drink some Pabst Blue Ribbon and think this over for a while as when they sell....... which they will..... you will never have a pair like that ever again.
 

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That is indeed my worry...
I am torn apart in truth...
 

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Pascal,

You can't get those pieces ever again.

I haven't taken my 257 Wby out hunting in over 25 years and after your success my is ready with your loads and a new S&B scope sighted in and ready to do some Texas Murdering on speed goats, deer and oinkers.

Your 340 is probably the best pg smasher in the world.

If I was your son I'd tie you up and throw you in a closet until you fell back into your right mind......... and signed a note giving me those when you take a dirt nap.
 

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OK, OK, I guess that unless someone is making me an offer I can't refuse, I will keep them :)
 

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OK, OK, I guess that unless someone is making me an offer I can't refuse, I will keep them :)
Excellent move One Day! Go ahead and get your R8, but even if you don’t use these again in Africa, they will be much better for use in the USA. The 340 is set up perfect for an Alaska brown bear hunt. And you cannot beat the 257 for a fine Wyoming long range antelope hunt or a free range west Texas aoudad!

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