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Old September 15, 2012, 01:05 AM   #8
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I understand your situation. .300 Weatherby + Vanguard = one of the worst combinations ever conceived.

The cheapest solution would be a Boyd's laminate stock, and a good recoil pad. (The Boyd's buttplate isn't going to work for .300 Weatherby.) The Vanguards don't have a 'magnum' length action, so the long action version is what you'd be looking at. However, they don't offer any thumbhole variants for the Vanguard.
Just a rough estimate... I'd say the Boyd's stock should add at least 18-20 ounces to the rifle, if you have the synthetic stock. ...maybe 10-13 ounces, if you have the "hardwood" stock.

You could also consider a recoil reducer/decelerator in the stock. But... they usually aren't cheap, and will require a visit to a gunsmith with experience installing them.
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