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Old 09-19-2022, 01:02 PM   #1
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I have my choices narrowed down to a Bergara B14, Weatherby Vanguard or Browning X-Bolt.

These are all roughly the same price $800-1000 and have very good reviews across the board. They are all spec'd pretty much the same.

Any specific reason I should pick one over the others? The Browning stiff trigger might push that out of the running
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Old 09-19-2022, 01:23 PM   #2
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Bergara would be my choice
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Old 09-19-2022, 01:26 PM   #3
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Nothing wrong with Japanese guns but you are aware the Vangard is not a real Weatherby aren't you. Bergara would be my choice also.
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Old 09-19-2022, 01:33 PM   #4
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Bergara would be my choice. Mainly because itís a 700 clone action and aftermarket parts are everywhere. (Triggers, stocks, scope bases, etc)

X-bolts are pretty solid rifles also, and you can make the trigger decent with a lighter spring.

Never shot a vanguard, but have handled a few and wasnít very impressed. Just from that, Iíd go with one of the previous two.



Tikka is a solid option in that price range as well.


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Old 09-19-2022, 01:44 PM   #5
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Nothing wrong with Japanese guns but you are aware the Vangard is not a real Weatherby aren't you. Bergara would be my choice also.
I believe the vanguards are made by HOWA. I have 2 vanguards and they both shoot better than the Mark V that I had.
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Old 09-19-2022, 01:45 PM   #6
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The Browning trigger can be fixed with a different spring if it’s anything like the A Bolt.
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Old 09-19-2022, 01:54 PM   #7
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The stock seems to be the place the manufactures want to cut corners now days.
I just bought a Bergara in 6.5 PRC - based on the above mentioned (700 clone)
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Old 09-19-2022, 02:21 PM   #8
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Nothing wrong with Japanese guns but you are aware the Vangard is not a real Weatherby aren't you. Bergara would be my choice also.
Yes, I'm aware of that.

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I believe the vanguards are made by HOWA. I have 2 vanguards and they both shoot better than the Mark V that I had.
Howa - correct, but with different stock and some work on the barrel (I think). My Vanguard 22-250 shoots great as well. And that stock shape seems to fit me well too.

Still, I'm intrigued by the Bergara. When we were picking out my son's rifle (X Bolt), we were handling every gun at Cabela's and I noticed that the Bergara felt a lot nice than most of the other ones they handed to us. I haven't handled one since and haven't had luck finding one locally.

Something about the Tikka felt a bit off to me, but I haven't shot one.
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Old 09-20-2022, 05:57 AM   #9
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None of those, consider Tikka. My 3 are all fantastic shooters with no trigger work required. I have 6 friends that are all glad I bought the first one 7 years ago. They all own at least one that shoot equally well.
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Old 09-20-2022, 07:47 AM   #10
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None of those, consider Tikka. My 3 are all fantastic shooters with no trigger work required. I have 6 friends that are all glad I bought the first one 7 years ago. They all own at least one that shoot equally well.
Bought my first Tikka a couple of years ago. Wish I would.have paid more attention to them sooner. They have a very smooth action and shoot very well right out of the box. In fact, mine shot 1/2 MOA the first shot I took with it using factory ammunition. I reload Nd it does better than that now.
Out of the three mentioned by the OP, definitely Bergara if he is not going to throw Tikka in the mix to consider.

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Old 09-20-2022, 08:48 AM   #11
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Same boat, I vote Tikka. I was surprised by how well my 6.5cm Tikka CTR shot with factory ammo. That thing just loves Hornady.
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Old 09-20-2022, 09:18 AM   #12
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Tikka CTR.
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Old 09-20-2022, 09:30 AM   #13
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Bergara or Tikka/Beretta. Both are great.
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Old 09-20-2022, 09:32 AM   #14
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Can you top load any of the Tikkas or are they all mag fed?
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Old 09-20-2022, 10:10 AM   #15
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Tikkas are great, but they are mag fed. I have no problem loading single shot through the ejection port when at the range.
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Old 09-20-2022, 10:15 AM   #16
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I've had all of those at one time or another. Bergara, hands down. Weatherby (Howa) second. Hate a dang Browning.
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Old 09-20-2022, 02:36 PM   #17
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I'll check out a Tikka again. But the Bergara is def in the clear lead.

Truth is that any of them will prob be good and shoot fine.
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Old 09-20-2022, 03:19 PM   #18
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Another vote for a Tikka....
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Old 09-20-2022, 03:50 PM   #19
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Old 09-20-2022, 04:07 PM   #20
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I wouldn’t own a Bergera for anything the one I owned wouldn’t chamber a round and the mag wouldn’t hold more than one round. Was told they had major quality control issues. For your cash tikka wins
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Old 09-20-2022, 07:19 PM   #21
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I vote Bergara!
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Old 09-20-2022, 07:37 PM   #22
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Researching a Tikka in 308 for my son now. Loves his M77 243. This may be his move up. Haven't heard anything but good about it despite how it feels to myself. Most love the 6.5 Creed.

Berg is great too. Consumers are interesting. I have some of my own that judge the whole quality of a 5,000 sqft custom house based on the dishwasher or microwave which they chose on their own.

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Old 09-20-2022, 09:50 PM   #23
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I have a lightly used Bergara that I bought off here last year that I would take $725 for. I bought it to shoot pigs out of the blind with a thermal but have switched to a 22-6mm AI. Gun is clean and shoots good.
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Old 09-20-2022, 09:55 PM   #24
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I would choose Bergara over all those mentioned. In fact I did. I looked at most you mentioned and landed on the Bergara and have been 1000% pleased with my decision,

If wanting a more of a hunting style, look at the Hunter or Ridge models.

That is a really fair deal if 6.5 tickles your fancy ^^^^^
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Old 09-21-2022, 05:29 AM   #25
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Researching a Tikka in 308 for my son now. Loves his M77 243. This may be his move up. Haven't heard anything but good about it despite how it feels to myself. Most love the 6.5 Creed.

Berg is great too. Consumers are interesting. I have some of my own that judge the whole quality of a 5,000 sqft custom house based on the dishwasher or microwave which they chose on their own.
My first Tikka was a CTR in .308. With a Leupold VX5 HD, 3-15 x44 and Hornady 165 gr. SST I've killed more stuff than I can count. It is crazy accurate, I've killed at least 20 hogs and deer past 300 yards, and a few at 400+. Buy him the Tikka in CTR. It will change his hunting.
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Old 09-22-2022, 10:47 AM   #26
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I would choose Bergara over all those mentioned. In fact I did. I looked at most you mentioned and landed on the Bergara and have been 1000% pleased with my decision,

If wanting a more of a hunting style, look at the Hunter or Ridge models.

That is a really fair deal if 6.5 tickles your fancy ^^^^^
I'm going to buy a Wilderness Ridge model. It has the heavier profile barrel and muzzle break installed already.


That is a great deal on that rifle though. Someone should grab this
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Old 09-23-2022, 12:28 PM   #27
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Bergara or a Tikka CTR
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Old 09-23-2022, 04:48 PM   #28
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Bergara Wilderness Ridge 6.5CM inbound!
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Old 09-23-2022, 09:11 PM   #29
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Should have gone with a Tikka CTR.


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Old 09-24-2022, 09:30 AM   #30
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Tikka is always the right answer.
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Old 09-25-2022, 03:20 PM   #31
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I have a Christensen Mesa Long Range in 6.5 PRC, and my son has a Mesa in 6.5 CM. Both are excellent. The Mesa LR shoots sub .400 with handloads. No mods.
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Old 09-26-2022, 05:44 PM   #32
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Old 09-28-2022, 03:51 PM   #33
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Rifle has landed. Will get her built up in the next day or two.

I'm excited!
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Old 10-03-2022, 08:09 AM   #34
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Nice Rifle! Have you finished setting it up yet?
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Old 10-03-2022, 08:16 AM   #35
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My BIL has that exact rifle and it shoots lights out with factory Hornady 143 ELDX. Hope it is a shooter for you.
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Old 10-04-2022, 08:29 PM   #36
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Nice!

The one I got was the shorty SP model that was threaded.


Follow the break in procedures as they advise.
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Old 10-04-2022, 10:27 PM   #37
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I have that rifle in 308. My go to rifle now.


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Old 10-06-2022, 09:24 AM   #38
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My B-14 6.5cm has no problem ringing a 12" gong at 800yds even with the cheap Vortex Strike Eagle scope. Likes 140 eldm handloads and factory ammo. One of these days I hope to stretch it to 1200 yds. Just gotta find the time and place.
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Old 10-11-2022, 02:27 PM   #39
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Nice Rifle! Have you finished setting it up yet?
Yes but I haven't shot it yet. Will do that this weekend. Moved a Trijicon Huron off the 270 that went away. Very happy with it so far.

I'll post some pics this weekend
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