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Sneak Peek: Wby X

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Sneak Peek: Wby X

Weatherby has for generations been associated with certain iconic words and actions: hunting the world’s largest and greatest game with the company’s venerable Mark V bolt-action rifle, the admiration of the rifle by Hollywood stars like John Wayne and Roy Rogers, and the Western lifestyle come to mind. Now, the company adds to the iconic list the letter “X” and everything that single letter connotes today.

Weatherby X, soon to be known simply as “Wby X,” is aimed at a younger demographic, today’s youth who have never heard of the Duke and Roy and Trigger. In fact the Wby X lineup doesn’t even include a Mark V. It consists of rifles and shotguns today’s youth might actually be able to afford to buy.

Among rifles there is the Whitetail Bonz and Whitetail Bonz Youth, Vanguard rifles with whitetail antler graphics on synthetic stocks; the Hog Reaper, a Vanguard chambered in .223 Rem., .243 Win., 7mm-08 Rem. and .308 Win. with slick hog skull graphics on its synthetic stock, which should be a huge hit in hog-hunting circles;

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  • Sawman

    Slick skull graphics on a plastic stock should sell more guns than outstanding craftsmanship, fit, and finish, for the same money of course? What, no Wby cartridges offered in the cheap Gen-X series?
    That’s right, regular cartridges that don’t run $60+ box have been reported to kill hogs well. So, it appears that Wby is more a name now resting on past products and performance. Couldn’t we go by a Savage, Marlin, or Mossberg in same caliber, apply some stickers from the local smoke shop/head shop and save 2 Benjies? What’s in a name? If it has skull logos or Zombie in the name it’s got to be good! Hell, it’s worth paying an extra 20-40% for those qualities! Uh, isn’t it? Pfffft. Hmmmmmm.
    Marketing, destroying quality and price structure in the name of coolness and quick profits.
    Where’s my medication?

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