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Ed Weatherby on .240 Weatherby Magnum

Posted On: 09/22/11 By: Ed Weatherby

The Weatherby company has a slogan: “Nothing hits harder, shoots flatter, more accurately than a Weatherby.” This statement most certainly describes the Weatherby .240 Magnum. At 300-plus fps faster than its closest competition, the .240 Magnum is an ideal cartridge for light to medium size game.

In September of 1966, I joined my father on an antelope hunt in Lander, Wyoming. I remember so distinctly the cold air and strong wind as I leveled the sights of my rifle on a buck antelope at about 250 yards. As I pulled the trigger and watched the animal fall, I realized that two events had just happened simultaneously.

I had just shot my first big game animal and the first-ever big game animal had been shot with the new Weatherby .240 Magnum.

The .240 Magnum is an ideal cartridge for deer and antelope, as well as a large array of African animals in the antelope family. Loaded with lighter bullets, you have a perfect long-range varmint round. Because of its larger case design, based on a belted .30-06 case featuring Weatherby’s unique Venturi shoulder, the factory-loaded 100-grain bullet travels in excess of 3,300 fps, and the 87-grain bullet at 3,500 fps. Handloaded, a 70-grain bullet will travel at a whopping 3,700 fps! This makes for an extremely flat trajectory – only 5 1/4-inch drop at 300 yards, using a 100-grain bullet. That’s over 40 percent flatter than a 6mm Rem. or a .243 Win. In addition, it delivers 19 percent more foot pounds of energy than the 6mm Rem. And nearly 27 percent more than the .243 Win.

The .240 Weatherby Magnum is my favorite cartridge for everything from mule deer on down. The light recoil, excellent accuracy, and maximum knockdown power make a combination that is hard to beat. A lot of game has been taken around the world with the .240 Weatherby Magnum since I first fired that shot back in 1966. I suspect it will be a favorite for many years to come.

Ed Weatherby




Jon R. Sundra on 7mm Weatherby® Magnum

Posted On: 02/03/11 By: Jon R. Sundra
Though I’d hate to be held to it, if I had to choose one commercial cartridge with which I’d have to do all my non-dangerous game hunting, it would be with the 7mm Weatherby Magnum. If truth be told, the 7mm Remington is equally capable in all respects, but from the handloading standpoint, I prefer the Weatherby version for its longer neck.

My affinity for anything with a .284 bore is based on 25 years of having used every 7mm cartridge there is, plus a couple of wildcats. Over the course of some 55 foreign hunting trips, plus at least that many more here in the States, I’ve long since concluded that a .28 caliber Pitzer bullet of 150 to 160 grains started out at over 3,000 fps is a truly formidable combination.

To my mind, the 7mm Weatherby provided the most power to reach within the recoil tolerance of the average shooter. I’m not particularly sensitive to recoil, and I can shoot a .300 or .338 Mag. from the bench as well as I can a lesser cartridge. But I don’t have to like it! More importantly though, the recoil generated by a typical 7 Mag. is manageable enough that I can fire it from the steadiest of field positions – prone – and still avoid decorating my eyebrow with crescent-shaped scar tissue.

When you’ve got the butt of your rifle on the ground, you can’t get much of your shoulder behind it to back it up. With a 7 Mag. I can still control the gun, even on an uphill shot where there’s a tendency to crawl the stock. Over the years I have shot far more game from prone than from all others combined, so it’s an important consideration for me, especially since I’ve witnessed several “magnum eyebrow” incidents, some serious enough to end the hunts for the guys involved.

For me, then, there are considerations other than pure ballistics, though the 7 Mag. takes a back seat to none on that score. As for its versatility, there are few situations where one would be obscenely overgunned with a 7mm Weatherby, and fewer yet where one would be undergunned. If I need more than a Big Seven, then it’s dangerous game I’m after, and I want a lot more gun!

Jon R. Sundra
Jon is Field Editor for Peterson’s Hunting magazine and Shooting Editor for Guns magazine.


Randy Brooks on .300 Weatherby® Magnum

Posted On: 09/14/10 By: Randy Brooks

After more than 60 years, the .300 Weatherby Magnum remains the most popular cartridge in the Weatherby lineup. I’ve taken several big game animals with the cartridge, and its success is well deserved.

In 2001, I built a .300 Weatherby Magnum rifle specifically for a Marco Polo sheep hunt in the Pamir Mountains, near the Afghanistan border. My handloads used 168-grain prototypes of the Triple-Shock X-Bullet, which left the muzzle at 3250 fps. The rifle printed 3/8- to 1/2-MOA groups.

We hunted hard each day, beginning at 3:00 a.m. Above 14,000 feet, our lungs became starved for oxygen. At 18,000 feet, movements become slow and clumsy. It was hard to think clearly. You can’t survive long at those altitudes.

On the 10th day, we spotted a group of rams at 18,000 feet. By the time my guide and I climbed the mountainside, the rams had moved, bedding down in a bowl 1,000 yards below us. Stalking as close as possible, I laid my pack on a rock and rested my rifle on it. The ram I wanted was 540 yards away. He lay on a ledge, quartering away from me. The shot would be at a 60-degree down angle.

The TSX bullet entered just to the right of the animal’s spine and drove down through the heart. The 57-inch ram died on the spot.

— Randy Brooks


Stan Trzoniec on .257 Weatherby® Magnum

Posted On: 09/14/10 By: Stan Trzoniec

When one speaks about favorite rifle cartridges, it usually means at least two or three choices. My preference boils down to just one – the .257 Weatherby® Magnum.

Perfect medicine for the Eastern varmints where recoil is no problem when shooting lighter weight bullets out to 300 yards plus.

I can’t think of a better choice for mule deer and pronghorn out West where confidence simply exudes from the Weatherby rifle and Barnes 100 grain Triple-Shock cartridge pairing. With the heavier 115 grain Triple-Shock the .257 Weatherby Magnum is perfect for mountain sheep or goats – even surpassing the .25-06 Remington by as much as 300 fps with the IMR 7828 powder. It is truly a flat shooting, screaming recipe to have in the field and quickly becoming an even more versatile cartridge for plains game.

In years past, the .257 Weatherby was chambered only in the deluxe Mark V®. Now the popular Vanguard® is also available to digest this terrific cartridge with models available in the classic walnut wood or the sleek synthetic. As one Weatherby executive told me “the .257 Weatherby is fast becoming the ‘Darling’ of the entire line of Weatherby proprietary cartridges.”

Roy Weatherby always touted the .257 as his favorite cartridge, so I guess that puts many of us in good company.

— Stan Trzoniec

Brad Ruddell on 7mm Weatherby® Magnum

Posted On: 03/31/11 By: Brad Ruddell
Day one – New job. Not any new job, a new job at Weatherby! New people and new products. First question was not, “When’s payday?” It was, “What caliber?” Roy Weatherby always said “Get a .257 (his personal favorite) and a .300 Weatherby Magnum.” Most employees followed his sound advice. I tend to be a one rifle, one caliber, factory ammo kind of guy. But which one?

Day two – I grabbed some ballistic charts, a fresh cup of coffee, and started some comparisons. I would be replacing my old 7mm Remington Magnum. But with what? The Remington round was versatile and easy to shoot. How could I top that? I decided to look at the .300 Weatherby first. Recommended by Roy and used by the likes of Weatherby Big Game Trophy award winner, Elgin Gates, as well as custom rifle maker and record book Coues deer hunter, David Miller. Fine company in anybody’s camp. But, the recoil was a bit still in the lightweight rifles I preferred.

One rung down on the recoil ladder stood the 7mm Weatherby. I offered what appeared to me to be a very good compromise. Bullet weights ranging from 139 grains for deer and antelope up to 175 grains for bigger stuff—elk in particular, and it did it all with more muscle and the same felt recoil as my old 7mm Remington Magnum with factory loaded ammo. The big surprise was at the upper end of the bullet weight range. When I compared the 175 grain 7mm Weatherby Magnum factory load to 180 grain .300 Winchester Magnum loads, guess what? It generated equal to or greater velocity and energy. Check it out for yourself. After a number of range sessions, the 7mm Weatherby proved itself to be highly accurate with a variety of bullet weights. It dawned on me; the 7mm Weatherby Magnum was the most under appreciated cartridge in the Weatherby line. I didn’t need to look any farther.

What can I say about the 7mm Weatherby Magnum that hasn’t been said in greater depth by a score of writers before me? Those first two days at Weatherby were over 2,500 days ago. Since then, I’ve taken everything from 70-pound Springbok in South Africa to 800-pound bull elk in New Mexico and just about everything in between. Nirvana in a rifle cartridge? For me it was as close as I could get.

Flash back to day three—Now when was payday? What a job!

Brad Ruddell




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