Weatherby’s New Vanguard Series 2 and Mark V TRR Range Certified Rifles


Weatherby takes accuracy assurance for hunters and target shooters to new heights with Vanguard Series 2 RC and Mark V TRR RC rifles that come with a SUB-MOA guarantee as well as a factory-shot target signed by company President Ed Weatherby himself.

RC stands for Range Certified. Vanguard Series 2 RC (including Varmint and TRR versions) and Mark V TRR RC rifles are tested at Weatherby’s modern indoor range. The range technicians mount premium optics, boresight and test fire each rifle to determine the most accurate load using the Oehler Research 83 Ballistic Imaging System. After testing, the rifle is cleaned and packed with the actual target signed by Ed Weatherby. Each rifle sports a special RC engraved floorplate.

“Our meticulous Range Certified process provides absolute assurance of the rifle’s accuracy potential,”
Ed Weatherby commented. “We couldn’t be more excited to introduce the Vanguard Series 2 as the next generation of Weatherby rifles, with the RC models in the forefront in terms of flat-shooting, hard-hitting performance and superior accuracy. Likewise, RC takes our Mark V Threat Response Rifle to an even higher level.”

All RC models are guaranteed to shoot SUB-MOA (a three-shot group of .99-inch or less) with specified Weatherby factory or premium ammunition.

The Vanguard Series 2 RC, RC Varmint and TRR RC each offer multiple accuracy-enhancing features. Highlighting the RC model is a pillar-bedded composite stock with Monte Carlo raised cheekpiece and non-slip black spiderwebbing. It also features a 24-inch #2 contour cold hammer forged barrel with a matte bead blasted blued finish.

The RC Varmint has a hand-laminated Monte Carlo composite stock with beavertail forearm. A Pachmayr Decelerator pad on the buttstock helps reduce felt recoil. Vents are strategically placed to dissipate shooting-generated heat and promote repeatable accuracy. The 22-inch #3 contour cold hammer forged barrel has a matte bead blasted blued finish. The barrel is free-floated and topped with a recessed target crown. A CNC-machined aluminum bedding plate provides a solid, stable platform for the barreled action.

A part of Weatherby’s Threat Response rifle line, the Vanguard Series 2 TRR RC has a hand-laminated Monte Carlo composite stock with aluminum bedding plate, beavertail forearm and Pachmayr Decelerator recoil pad. Other highlights include a 22-inch #3 contour barrel (.740 muzzle diameter) with recessed target crown. Dual swivel studs allow use of a bipod and sling.

Other features common to each Vanguard Series 2 RC model include a new two-stage Match Quality Target Trigger. The trigger has an auxiliary sear for a “creep free” consistent let-off and pre-set sear engagement at .008-.012. It is adjustable for weight of pull down to 2.5 pounds. A new 3-position safety is standard.

Designed specifically for long-range tactical situations requiring pinpoint accuracy, the Mark V TRR RC has a hand-tuned, fully adjustable trigger, factory set at three pounds with sear engagement at .008-.014. The action is hand honed to assure complete lug contact with the receiver.

Other key features include a 26-inch Krieger Custom Cut-Rifled #3 contour free-floated barrel and a hand-laminated stock with CNC 6061 T-6 aluminum bedding system. To allow customizing for individual shooters, the three-position buttstock is adjustable for length of pull, drop at heel and cant of the pad. The stock also has a #6 slide for bipod attachment. A drop box magazine provides “plus one” capacity.

Weatherby’s Mark V TRR RC is also available in a package including a Leupold Mark 4 4.5-14x50mm LR/T M1 riflescope with illuminated TMR reticle and BDC dial. The scope comes mounted on the rifle with Talley Mil-spec Picatinny rings and one-piece base. A HarrisĀ® Model L bipod and Weatherby Magnum aluminum rifle case complete the package.

The Vanguard Series 2 RC is available in calibers ranging from .223 Remington to .338 Winchester Mag., including the .257 Weatherby Mag. and .300 Weatherby Mag. Caliber options for the RC Varmint are .223 Remington, .22-250 Remington and .308 Winchester. The Vanguard Series 2 TRR RC is offered in .223 Remington and .308 Winchester. Mark V TRR RC caliber options are .300 Winchester Mag., .300 Weatherby Mag., .30-378 Weatherby Mag., .338 Lapua Mag. and .338-378 Weatherby Mag.

Manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $1,099 for each Vanguard Series 2 RC model and $4,100 for the Mark V TRR RC (package is an additional $2,500). For more information, contact a local Weatherby dealer, call the company at (805) 227-2600 or visitĀ

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