The Weatherby Vanguard is an excellent rifle with premium performancebut comes at a very reasonable price range. It is more accurate, light, and reliable than most of the competition, and though the stocks aren't usually as premium as the action and barrel of the rifle, they can be fixed very easily thanks to the wide variety of aftermarket stocks available on the market.
Weatherby Vanguard standard configuration
Weatherby Vanguard® Synthetic - Source: Weatherby, Inc.
Weatherby Vanguard: history and models overview
Weatherby is an American firearms manufacturer who started their business back in 1945. In the late 60s, they worked with Howa to build an affordable rifle with premium features that every average hunter could use. This is how the Vanguard was developed, and it was introduced into the market in 1970.
Based on the Howa 1500 bolt action, the Vanguard was initially offered in standard hunting calibers and was an excellent alternative to the common Remington 700 and Winchester Model 70 rifles. Now, they also offer some models chambered in their proprietary Weatherby magnum calibers.
Below you can find the list of the popular Weatherby vanguard models available on the market.
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Why upgrade your VANGUARD?
There comes a time in almost every rifle shooter’s life when they just aren’t satisfied with their OEM rifle stock. It might be too heavy. It might be too flimsy. It might swell and contract with changes in temperature and humidity. It might even be ugly. Whatever the reason, most of us look for a stock that better suits our needs and desires. Here’s what you should be looking for when you decide to buy your aftermarket rifle stock.
WEATHERBY VANGUARD WOOX stocks and chassis options
WEATHERBY VANGUARD variants compatibility details
Weatherby Vanguard series 2
Weatherby Vanguard / Weatherby Vanguard series 2
The standard Weatherby Vanguard comes with a composite synthetic Monte Carlo Pattern stock
The Weatherby Vanguard - First Lite features a Monte Carlo design stock. The stock has a right-side palm swell, raised cheek rest, and textured forearm and grip for easier use in wet environments. The rifle comes with the First Lite Fusion camo finish, which blends perfectly with most woodland and outdoor environments.
The Weatherby Vanguard – Badlands also comes with a Monte Carlo pattern stock, however, it uses the popular badlands Approach camo pattern, which is designed using an adaptive coloration in contrast with a neutral earth-toned color pallet.
With multiple layers of visual confusion, this stock will blend into a wide range of surroundings in most lighting conditions.
The Weatherby Vanguard – Camilla has a stock specifically designed for female shooters and hunters. The stock is made from premium Turkish Walnut and incorporates several features to make it more comfortable for women. The butt stock features a raised comb and is angled away from the body, which makes it easier for women to shoulder. The pistol grip and fore-end have a slimmer profile, and the stock has a shorter overall length of pull and grip-to-trigger reach
Weatherby Vanguard - High Country
Like most Vanguard models the High Country also has a Monte Carlo pattern stock. It has a right palm swell and textured grip and forearm for better grip. The stock has a Black finish, with green and tan accents.
Weatherby Vanguard – Sporter:
As the name suggests, the Sporter is made for competition shooting. This rifle has a wooden Monte Carlo style stock made from Premium Turkish Walnut. The stock has a Raised Comb and diamond checkering on the grip and forearm. The Sporter also comes with a match quality, two-stage trigger for better accuracy, and is available in popular sports shooting calibers like .25-06 REM. and .270 WIN.
Weatherby Vanguard – Synthetic:
Next up, we have the Weatherby Vanguard – Synthetic. This is one of the more affordable vanguard models with a more affordable Synthetic stock and matte finish. It still has the high-quality barrel and action that you can expect from any Weatherby Vanguard rifle.
Weatherby Vanguard – Weatherguard
The Weatherguard is made to withstand even the toughest weather condition. It comes with a Synthetic Monte Carlo stock, which is made from the super tough Griptonite® material. Moreover, all the metalwork on the rifle is protected with a high-quality Cerakote® finish. The stock has a matte black finish, with a gray grip and forearm inserts.
The Special Edition Vanguard rifles include the HUSH Edition and MeatEater Edition rifles. The HUSH edition has a Gray base Monte Carlo stock with black accent webbing. The grip and forearm are also textured, and the metal parts have a Graphite Black Cerakote® finish. The MeatEater Edition is made in collaboration with MeatEater and features a Monte Carlo Pattern, Base black stock with green and gray accents. The metal components on this rifle have a Full Tungsten Cerakote® finish