I have a 300 Weatherby now it is not actually the best caliber for our hunting conditions where you shoot on shorter distances however I borrowed it to Thomas a clients who hunted with me recently.
He used Federal’s nozzle partition’s (180gr) and shot Giraffe and Eland with it very successfully!
I am very impressed what a good bullet does combined with some serious kinetic energy for a plains game rifle.
I know this thread is getting a bit old, but I wanted to throw in my 2 cents. This being my first post, let me start by saying "thank you" to everyone on this forum who has shared information about their experiences. I plan to use much of that information in planning my 2012 trip to South Africa. I was in the same boat about the .300 Wby mag Vanguard and bought it in the stainless model last month. Holy cow! The thing is a beast! I had a Vais brake installed, and with the factory recoil pad, the recoil is very manageable (most of my shooting thus far has been shotguns, mainly Browning A5s with no recoil pads). For someone coming from different experience, the Wby recoil would probably be startling. Barring some bad event with the Wby, I plan to shoot at many things with it for a long time.
Congratulations on getting your .300 Weatherby Vanguard. I posted earlier on this thread about my new .300 Wby Vanguard, and in re-reading this thread, I noticed you had some concern about using your .300 Wby on small animals like Roe deer.
I have never shot a Roe deer, but I think they are similar in size to this Blackbuck antelope that was the first animal that I shot with my .300 Wby. He was standing quarting to me about 120 yds away, and I put the 168 gr Barnes TSX bullet into the front of his right shoulder. The bullet exited just in front of his left ham, and you can see a little bloody spot there in the photo. The damage to the animal was not excessive.