I've been bouncing back and forth between a couple of rifles that I have aquired over the winter. The first is a the fancy FN made SS Winchester with the full length aluminum bedding block...cost $800. The second is a Weatherby Vanguard carbine with a 20 inch barrel and a tupperware stock....cost $375....both are 308s.
The Winchester is a thing of beauty with it's 24 in ss fluted barrel, control round feed and swing safety. The Vanguard is the typical plain jane dull blue finish with black synthetic stock bargain gun. However even though it isn't an eye catcher, I can't find a thing wrong with the quality it possesses.
The Winchester is one of the straightest stocked guns that I have ever shouldered...more so than my walnut stocked Featherweight in 243. I have to smash my cheek into the stock to aquire a sight picture when shouldering the gun. The Vanguard on the other hand feels real good. I have the scope on the Weatherby mounted low and it fits perfectly.
I got this coyote killing season started off using a Weatherby just like this 308 only in 243. I gave up on it in short order because I was missing every coyote that I was shooting at. I mentioned on another thread a while back that I was having much better luck hitting those running shots with a gun that didn't fit me right and didn't even feel good just because that is what I was used to shooting for the last 30 years. Naturally I was thinking the same in regards to this 308. However a trip to the range yesterday changed all of that. I was shooting the same load in both guns. That load was the 168 grain Hornady National Match bullet on top of a good charge of Varget powder. The Winchester was up first (both guns were lazer bore sighted prior to going to the range) and after a couple of fouling shots I shot a 3 shot group that went just over 3/4 of an inch at 100 yards. Then it was the Weatherby's turn and after a couple of fouling shots it sent 3 bullets down range. A dime covered all three of those holes. I spent the the next two hours shouldering that Weatherby and learning to shoot it off hand and plan to go at it again as soon as this blizzard lets up.
Maybe it's not to late to teach an old dog new tricks!