My Weatherby rifles are all Mark v models. I don't own a Vangard model. I believe the Vangards are pretty good rifles for the money but not up to the Mark V series. One thing I always look at is resale value even if my intention is not to ever sell it. Sometimes we change our minds and invest in something different. I would want to know which rifle dollar for dollar spent would give me the best resale value if all else is equal.